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April 14, 2017
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35 nominees announced | Keynote speaker selected | Get ready for Tech Nite 2017
SVTC Luncheon (4/20): Eugene Vatnik, The Rockingham Group's Hybrid Cloud
HDR Pop-up Event (4/19)
JMU's 2017 Rocco Forum on the Future | What innovation will dominate the 21st century? (4/20)
2017 Madison Engineering xChange (4/22)
Cadence, Inc. Wins Leadership Award in MDO Magazine
Job Opening: Senior Network Engineer (Blue Ridge Community College)
Job Opening: Part time IT/Network Support Professional (Chiedo IT)
Job Openings: Computer Network Specialist, Massanutten Technical Center

Tech Nite 2017 | Keynote
Dr. Sven Brueckner, Axon AI
Artificial Intelligence for the Real World

Depending on whom you ask, the creation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will bring either the end of mankind (Elon Musk) or the solution to all our woes (Ray Kurzweil). What many people do not realize is that AI is already here and is used to improve business performance, discover cures for diseases, and generally, simplify our life in a world of ever increasing information. Dr. Sven Brueckner, renowned computer scientist and co-founder of AxonAI Inc., will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in applied artificial intelligence and machine learning with an emphasis on practical applications that are already available today.


Innovation in Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is given to an individual, team, nonprofit/civic organization, or company in the Shenandoah Valley that aspires to use its capabilities to help solve a social or environmental issue in a local community while using technology to amplify the impact of a service, mission, or project. Collaborative efforts welcome.

Explore More Discovery Museum & JMU Debate Club
Harrisonburg Gift and Thrift, Inc. & Secure Futures, LLC
Wildlife Center of Virginia

Innovation in Emerging Business Award
Awarded to a Shenandoah Valley start-up technology company, or entrepreneur, that has proven the ability to achieve commercial success. Employees: 1-25

Blue Vigil, LLC
The Chiedo Companies
Ryzing Technologies

Innovation in Education K-12 Award

(sponsorship available |  TN17 sponsorship opportunities)

Awarded to the educator or program in K-12 that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

Lucas Conner, Alleghany County Public Schools
Matt Goss, Blue Ridge Community College
SGT Kenneth Glass,  Fishburne Military School
Amy Sabarre, Jeremy Aldrich, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Remy Pangle, The KidWind Challenge/JMU Wind Energy
Chris Dalton, Massanutten Technical Center
Dr. Oskar Scheikl, Rockingham County Public Schools
Eric Johnston, Patrick Graybeal, Kathy Chrisman, SD Solutions et al
Matthew Britton, Shenandoah County Public Schools
Jessica Herr, Staunton City Public Schools

Innovation In Higher Education Award
Awarded to the educator or program in higher education that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

"Knowledge to Work" / Lord Fairfax Community College
 Robert Pastor, Michael Szul, Ashish Pathak, UVA SoM,  Software Development and Implementation
COL Stacia Vargas, PhD, VMI / VMI Research Laboratory

Innovation in Development Award

Awarded to a company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others' benefit.

Dr. Sven Brueckner, Axon AI, Inc. 
Center for International Stabilization and Recovery's  CAST Project Team 
Immerge Technologies 
Ben Hanson, Serco, Inc.

Innovation in Utilization Award

This award recognizes outstanding commercial growth and achievement by an established company that either produces or markets high tech products or services, or an established company or organization that produces/offers more traditional products and services (where technology itself is not the core business purpose).

Rivermont Farm
 The Rockingham Group
 Shenandoah Computer Center
 Sigora Solar
 Total Technology Management

  Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

Recipient's leadership has served as a catalyst for 
positive technology-related activity in the Shenandoah Valley.
(Only one nominee is publicized, even if several nominations were received)

Dr. Harry Reif,
JMU CoB, Dept. of  Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

People's Choice Award
Awarded to one nominee from the other categories. All nominees are candidates - and the company, organization, or individual with the most votes through social media *before* and *during* the event will win. Instructions on how to participate,  incl. what the hashtag will be, will be given in early April.
Get ready to vote for your favorite!

Congratulations to these fantastic nominees and their work!
On May 3rd, we will celebrate!

Want to get your organization's name associated with Tech Nite 2017 and your name in front of the premier tech crowd on May 3?
Join others and become a Tech Nite sponsor.

April 20 | Wood Grill Buffet  | 11:45-1:00 pm

The Rockingham Group's Hybrid Cloud
Speaker: Eugene Vatnik, CIO, The Rockingham Group

Why use cloud-based solutions (where information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on off-premise servers) - and how The Rockingham Group, a regional insurance company, implemented cloud infrastructure in the last 2 years.

HDR to Crowdsource Ideas at Pop-up Event
April 19th | Downtown Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG, VA (April 11, 2017) - Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) has accomplished a lot since its inception in 2003, but their work isn't finished. The nonprofit continues to dream big for our city, and is inviting the community to envision the future of downtown at an "Idea Pop-up" event on April 19 th from 5 to 8pm at Agora Downtown Market (165 S. Main Street). 
The event is new, but the concept of bringing people and ideas together to create a downtown that everyone loves is an important part of HDR's mission.
"Community involvement is at the heart of what we do. More than 75 volunteers work with HDR throughout the year and give us their ideas, feedback, and direction," says Andrea L. Dono, HDR's executive director. "This event will open our doors to those who we don't get to hear from so that even more people can be involved in guiding where HDR could take Downtown Harrisonburg in the future."

The format for the event is unlike anything the nonprofit has planned before. There will be six interactive stations where community members can share ideas in a variety of fun and creative ways. The event is structured so that anyone can stop by for a few minutes or the entire time.
  • Station 1: "Paper Pinterest" BoardParticipants are encouraged to bring photos from places they've visited, download images from the Internet, or cut out pages from magazines to visually show ideas they would like to see downtown. Everyone will be able to vote on their favorites.
  • Station 2: Chat RoomHave ideas? Share them one-on-one with HDR board members, volunteers and staff.
  • Station 3: Idea IncubatorFeed ideas by writing them on a note card and pinning it to a clothesline. Build on other creative concepts and let's see what ideas will hatch.
  • Station 4: Wish MappingWhat would you like to see in specific areas of downtown? Place sticky notes with your wish on a map.
  • Station 5: Mad LibsPlay a mad libs-style game and fill in the blanks to build a vision for what downtown could look like in 10 years.
  •  Station 6: Sundaes by Kline's Dairy BarSweeten the evening with a free ice cream sundae!
The information and ideas shared at the event will help inform HDR's future work plans and a shared vision for what downtown could become. All ideas and ages are welcome. For more information, call Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance at 540.432.8922.

JMU's 2017 Rocco Forum on the Future | What innovation will dominate the 21st century? 
April 20 | JMU Memorial Hall |  395 S High Street, Harrisonburg | 3-5 pm
Pre-registration required

Futurist, filmmaker and author Joel Barker will speak on wealth, innovation and diversity: Creating the spiral of hope for the 21st century. Barker will present an overview of one kind of innovation that he believes will dominate the 21st century.

Registration (free) via JMU: April 20, 2017 Rocco Forum on the Future

2017 Madison Engineering xChange
April 22nd | JMU | 9:00am

Join JMU's Department of Engineering on Saturday, April 22nd at 9:00 a.m. for the 2017 Madison Engineering xChange!
The annual event includes a full day of student presentations, posters, and prototypes from all first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students - 75 project teams in total - and highlights our two-year-long capstone projects. Come see why Madison Engineers graduate "project ready."

The xChange is free, but please RSVP .

Cadence, Inc. Wins Medical Design & Outsourcing Magazine's 2016 Leadership in MedTech Award for Contract Manufacturing
Staunton, VA (April 12, 2017) - Cadence, Inc. is thrilled to announce that readers of Medical Design & Outsourcing (MDO) magazine selected Cadence as a recipient of the 2016 Leadership in MedTech Award for Contract Manufacturing Leadership in MedTech is a growing industry recognition program that acknowledges medtech leadership across multiple disciplines. 
"We are very excited and thankful for this recognition," stated CEO Alan Connor.  "We take special pride in that thisaward was voted on by the readers, many of whom are our customers.  Being acknowledged with a Leadership in MedTech Award for Contract Manufacturing further validates our total commitment to our customers' commercial success."
Medical Design & Outsourcing magazine readers voted up until December 31, 2016.  MDO announced the winners with the most votes in late February 2017, and Cadence received the official award this week.
About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence is a single source manufacturing partner for medical device and diagnostics companies worldwide.  Cadence provides end-to-end product realization solutions focused on best-in-class total value.  Cadence employs more than 450 people with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.     

Job Opening: Senior Network Engineer
Blue Ridge Community College | Weyers Cave

Blue Ridge Community College is looking for a mission driven network engineer to support the  BRCC  Enterprise-wide Area Network. The chief objective of this position is to provide technical expertise for managing  the  BRCC   LAN  and  WAN  networks. Management of the network includes all the components rel evant to a converged data, voice and  video Network and includes routers, gateways, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VoIP call managers, video bridges, scheduling systems and wireless. This position is responsible for the "hand-on" design, deployment and troubleshooting of the various components of the network. The  BRCC  network infrastructure supports the Student, Faculty, and Staff with two remote locations.


Job Opening: Part time IT/Network Support Professional
Chiedo IT | Downtown Harrisonburg

Chiedo IT is hiring a part-time IT/Network Support professional. 

Contact with your resume for details.

Job Openings: 
Computer Network Specialist

Massanutten Technical Center

Oversees the operation of the MTC local area network, and connection to the RCPS Central office. Responsibilities  include installing, testing and performing routine maintenance on  Microsoft  servers,  as well as administration of the google apps domain  and all local area network equipment. Identifies and solves problems related to  computer network technology and to communicate with users, manufacturers, and vendors concerning networking, hardware, or software issues. Oversees all audio / visual systems on the campus. Installs and maintains all classroom and conference room video projectors, document cameras, DVD video players.

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