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April 7, 2017
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35 nominees announced | Keynote speaker selected | Get ready for Tech Nite 2017
GENEDGE Workshops (4/11)
Second Tuesday Tech Meetup (4/11)
Shenandoah Python Meetup (4/11)
JMU's 2017 Rocco Forum on the Future | What innovation will dominate the 21st century? (4/20)
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 and Development 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.
GENEDGE Workshop
April 11th | Blue Ridge Community College | Weyers Cave  

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing * April 11 * BRCC / Weyers CaveLearn the Principles of Lean Manufacturing and how to apply them. During the simulation exercises - as a member of the production team of Buzz Electronics - you will apply Lean concepts such as standardized work, visual signals, batch-size reduction, pull systems, and more. Experience first hand how Lean improves quality, reduces cycle time, improves delivery performance, reduces Work-in-Process, and creates higher profits. For more information, click here

Second Tuesday Tech Meetup (Welcome Jenzabar!)
Ruby's Arcade | April 11th | 4:30pm-6:30pm

Join the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance for the best Tech Tuesday yet.

Jenzabar is moving their office, bringing over 50 tech lovers to downtown Harrisonburg. Join the celebration with familiar faces as well as meet some new tech enthusiasts. 

Have fun, drinks, and a great time of geeking out with our newly-expanded downtown  tech community.

Find more information and RSVP on the event's Facebook page.  

Bridging Python to C with Cython for speed and flexibility
The Hub Coworking | April 11th | 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join Shenandoah Python April 11 for a presentation on code optimization by Brent Woodruff.
(This talk was re-scheduled from March 14, due to weather.) 

Python is an accessible, productive general purpose programming language. It is also interpreted and, at times, cannot match the raw speed and performance of compiled languages such as C, C++, and Fortran. This talk will demonstrate a practical and easy approach to working in Python, identifying runtime bottlenecks, and converting those hotspots to C. The end result is Python that can easily access compiled C code, allowing for the combination of the ease of Python with the speed and flexibility of C.

RSVP for the meetup here.
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

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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