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April 21, 2017
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How to vote for your favorite nominee in the Serco People's Choice Award category
2017 Madison Engineering xChange (4/22)
Presidio | Cisco Security Fundamentals (5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24)
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
Welcome our newest member: F&M Bank

  • Remind yourself who the nominees are: SVTC TN17 nominees
  • Nominees from all categories are candidates - and the company, organization, or individual with the most votes through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #SVTCPC17 *before* and *during* Tech Nite will win.
    (Caveat: A nominee cannot win twice)
  • The Serco PCA winner will be announced at the end of the evening
  • Nominees should tell their supporters/followers that they are nominated for a tech council award in [name of category] and have an *additional* chance to win by being the winner of the popular vote in the Serco People's Choice category. Supporters (or nominees themselves) can vote on FB/TW/Instagram using the hashtag #SVTCPC17 and the name of the nominee
  • Posts need to be set to 'public' of course!
  • Automated posts, tweets, and retweets ('bots') not allowed
  • If you want to explain what any of this is even about, give folks a fuller idea of Tech Nite and the gala by linking to the list of all 35 nominees (
  • Tweet at us: SVTechC (Twitter) or visit our Facebook page    and create a post there. Remember to add the hashtag: #SVTCPC17
  • We will tally the "votes" ( = number of times a nominee appeared in a post together with the hashtag #SVTCPC17) through the "magic of technology" (--> a service that will gather the hashtag results from across the three social media platforms for us, and they will then be displayed during the gala on the screens in the ballroom.)   
Some sample voting ideas (incl. but not limited to):
For someone else
  • I vote for [nominee name or handle] for the Serco #SVTCPC17
  • [nominee name or handle] is the best and should totally win the Serco #SVTCPC17
  • Congratulations, ${"["}@nominee name or handle] you should win #SVTCPC17 on May 3
The nominee him/herself
  • We are nominated in the [name of category] for Tech Nite 17 on May 3 and have an additional chance to win in the Serco People's Choice category - vote for us using #SVTCPC17 !
  • Our [job title] is nominated for the Serco Tech Nite award and we believe s/he is the best and should win the #SVTCPC17

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
 UVA School of Medicine,  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 
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.

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 .

Presidio | Cisco Security Fundamentals 
May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th |12-2pm | JMU Lakeview Hall 

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.

SVTC welcomes our newest member! 
F&M Bank

F&M Bank is a locally owned community bank serving the Shenandoah Valley with 13 full-service branches, a network of ATMs, and a wide variety of financial services. Both individuals and businesses find the organization's local decision-making, and up-to-date technology provide the kind of responsive, knowledgeable, and reliable service that only a progressive community bank can. F&M Bank has grown to over $750 million in assets with over 160 full and part-time employees. Its conservative approach to finances and sound investments, along with excellent customer service, has made F&M Bank profitable and continues to pave the way for a bright future.


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