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August 19, 2016
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SVTC Tech on the Square (8/25)
The Best Lawyers In America Names 9 Attorneys to their Annual List
Share Your Ideas for SVTC Events & Topics for Sept 2016-June 2017
CIT Announces Winners in Apps4VA High School Apps Development Challenge
Speed Networking Event (8/24)
CIT Announces Innovative Smart City Initiative
Governor McAuliffe Launches Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge
WISPA elects new officers & board members (Congrats, SVTC member Alex Phillips)
Workshops offered by GENEDGE
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
Using Technology for Good: New apps for helping with social change
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Applications have been posted
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cyber-Physical Systems Summit
You're invited to a local Slack group, Rocktown Tech
SVTC Tech on the Square
August 25, 2016 at Pale Fire Brewing from 5:30pm  - 7:30pm

Quarterly round-up | Harrisonburg | Thu, August 25, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tech On The Square is a completely informal, ad-hoc, technology-agno stic meetup. Whether you're a seasoned technologist, working in / with startups, or completely new to everything, we'd love to meet you. We'll be at local favorite  Pale Fire Brewing! Please pre-register so that we'll have enough (free) pizza! 

We'll support our Ice House neighbors, Pale Fire Brewing.

Our friends at 
Comcast Business  will be sponsoring pizza & 

In other words: 

Membership in SVTC is not required. | All users and creators of technology are welcome.

Registering  now enables  us to bring pre-printed name tags for networking and helps us plan attendance  

The Best Lawyers in America Names 9 Attorneys to their Annual List
August 15,2016
Nine attorneys with over 300 years of combined experience were named in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition. 

Selected by their peers, the  attorneys were recognized in the following categories:

Daniel L. Fitch - personal injury litigation - defendants
Charles F. Hilton
- medical malpractice law - defendants, personal injury litigation - defendants, professional malpractice law - defendants
Glenn M. Hodge - health care law, real estate law
Stephan W. Milo
- bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law
George H. Roberts, Jr.
- corporate law, trust and estates
Donald E. Showalter
- corporate law, trusts and estates
Gregory T. St. Ours
- antitrust law
Thomas E. Ullrich
- commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, litigation - labor and employment
P. Marshall Yoder - collaborative law: family law, family law

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC is a full-service law firm with offices in Harrisonburg and Staunton. The firm serves individuals and businesses in the Shenandoah Valley and the Mid-Atlantic states in the areas of: bankruptcy, commercial and civil litigation, corporate finance, employment law, health care law, intellectual property matters, medical malpractice, real estate and land use, tax planning, wills, estate planning, and administration.

For more information please visit:

Share Your Ideas with Us!
Accepting ideas for our luncheon topics, site visits, workshops & events
  for Sept. 2016- June 2017 

Be an active member or reader! In what programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate? 

What tech related topics are on your mind? Cyber-security; Big data & Analytics; Health tech? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat?  Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you'd like to hear from or visit? What would you make room for on your calendar?

(Note: We are a not-for profit, so we look for speakers from the Valley without travel or other expenses)

To know what topics we covered in the past, take a look:
This committee will meet on Aug 24. Interested in joining? Please send Nicky a note. 

CIT Announces Winners in Apps4VA High School Apps Development Challenge 
Student teams develop apps using longitudial data

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), in partnership with the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS), announced today the winners of the 2016 Apps4VA software application (app) development competitions. The competition's two tracks challenged university and high school student teams to create unique apps and innovative solutions to common societal and educational challenges.
The Apps4VA JMU Challenge engaged 25 teams of students who were assembled based on their interest and skill sets. They were partnered with mentors from various agencies of the VLDS who provided institutional insights and guidance. The students' apps were first evaluated by sponsoring professor and program champion, Dr. Chris Mayfield. Students then presented to an evaluation panel of industry experts in a rapid-pitch presentation format. Apps were evaluated based on alignment with the project goals, functionality and technical merit, usefulness to stakeholders, feasibility and implementation, and creativity.
The students won prizes and an opportunity to advance to compete in the Governor's Datathon in the September 2016.  Bethann Canada, Director of Educational Information Management for the Virginia Department of Education, said, "Enlisting the bright young minds of Virginia's high school students in the Apps4VA program is an example of how the VDOE continues to search for new innovative ways to use our educational data. We are very proud of the accomplishments of the students who participated in this portion of the Apps4VA program and look forward to their participation in the Governor's Virtual Datathon."
For more information on the program and to view all the winners, visit the   Apps4VA website.

August 24, 2016: Mix. Mingle. Network.

WHO:  Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

WHAT:  Speed Networking Session(s) are great ways to market your products and services and meet a variety of people in a large group, in a convenient and short time frame. $20 per person ( A lite fare lunch is included.) Limited seating (2 Per company max.)

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
WHERE:  Residence Inn - 44 Windigrove Drive, Waynesboro, VA 22980

WHY: Meet 50+ people, face to face, in just 2 hours

Purchase tickets for Speed Networking Event.

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CIT Announces Innovative Smart City I nitiative 
Partnership with George Washington University and 22 Capital Partners aims to validate technology in living Smart City environment
Aug. 15, 2016 (Herndon, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology announced today a new partnership with George Washington University and 22 Capital Partners that will lead development of an ecosystem to create smart city technologies and innovation in Virginia.
The partnership was created to facilitate a working smart city development that will connect areas along the Washington D.C. and Dulles Airport corridor, to form a living environment built around the needs of entrepreneurs to envision the future and bring Smart City innovations to market. Technology will be embodied in the 22 CityLink Platform, with the first deployment taking place at the Gramercy District development at the new Silver Line Ashburn Metro Station.
CIT embodies the public-private partnership aspects of the development as both an authority of the Commonwealth and the home of leading edge innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems and early stage investment programs such as the MACH37 Cybersecurity Accelerator, the GAP early-stage investment fund, and the DHS-sponsored EMERGE wearable technology accelerator program.
About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To learn more, please visit

To view the web version of this release, visit:
Governor McAuliffe Launches Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge
Teams from across Virginia invited to use open jobs data and cutting-edge technology to create innovative workforce applications
Governor Terry McAuliffe  launched the 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge, a competition inviting citizens, students, and government teams from across the Commonwealth to come together to create innovative workforce solutions.
"We must embrace innovation and leverage data in order to advance our workforce efforts for a new Virginia economy," said Governor McAuliffe. "Jobs today require adaptive technical skills, as cyber and communication innovations are developing at an ever-increasing rate. We must cultivate a deeper understanding of current and future job opportunities to strengthen the connection between the skillsets we are imparting on our workforce and the needs employers have to grow successful businesses in the 21 st century."
"The Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge will provide participating high school and college students with a fantastic opportunity to solve real-world problems and gain skills through hands-on learning, essential to laying a firm foundation for the 21st century economy," Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. "I commend the Library of Virginia for hosting this important event, and I thank them for their continued partnership and commitment to providing the Commonwealth's young people with innovative opportunities to learn and grow."
This year's two-day challenge is scheduled for August 25-26 at the Library of Virginia.  For registration, additional information, and Datathon rules, please visit the event website:
Top teams will be invited to participate in final judging at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on September 7th, 2016.
This is the Commonwealth's third Datathon sponsored by Governor McAuliffe. To join and follow the Virginia data conversation on Twitter, use @DataVirginia and #dataVA.
To view the published release, please visit:

WISPA elects new officers and board  members for 2016-2017 term
>>Congratulations to SVTC member Alex Phillips!!<<

Washington, DC Members of t he Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry, are welcoming a slate of new and returning board members and officers for the 2016-2017 term. 

Alex Phillips CEO of Rural Broadband Network Services in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was elected to a second term as president. B rian Young , Managing Director of ConVergence Technologies in Burr Ridge, Illinois, was elected Vice President; Chuck Hogg, President of Shelby Broadband in Simpsonville, Kentucky, was elected Treasurer; and Dennis Burgess, owner of Link Technologies in House Springs, Missouri was elected Secretary.

The other newly elected board members are:             
  • Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband in Ashburn, Virginia;
  • Garth Nicholas, VP/CFO of New Wave Net Corp in Bloomington, Illinois; and
  • Mike Whelan, CEO of AirLink Internet Services in Mounds, Oklahoma.
Several other returning board members were not affected by the recent elections:   Mark Radabaugh , President of Amplex Internet in Luckey, Ohio; and  Blair Davis , President of Western Michigan Wireless ISP in Allegan, Michigan.
"All of us on the board are honored by the members' confidence in us, and we know that Jimmy, Garth and Mike will bring fresh energy and ideas to our work," said Phillips.
"The WISP industry delivers an essential service to millions of Americans, often in rural and hard-to-serve areas, and we face a number of  business and public policy challenges," Phillips added. "Our collective efforts are vital in promoting and defending our industry in a very competitive landscape."
Phillips said WISPA's goals for the coming year include growing the membership and strengthening the  Association's  presence and effectiveness in Washington, DC.

 For more information please visit
Upcoming Wo rkshops & Eve nts from GENEDGE

Topics include MFG Day events, Cyber Security, Process Improvements, and much more:
Join us this fall for informative events and workshop opportunities previewed below to expand your business knowledge or skill set . If  there is a topic not offered, then please suggest a future workshop or event by email that would be of interest. 

For more information please visit

SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 29, 2016 at Beyond Restaurant from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us on September 29th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are dutch treat.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).

Using Technology for Good
A number of new apps, web platforms & tools shine light on the power of using technology for social change

B the Change Media lists 16 apps that keep users engaged in social impact on their cell phones, while Huffington Post Australia profiles a new website, Gifts4Good, that allows shoppers to give to charity while shopping online. The League of Extraordinary Women is taking 'tech for good' one step further, building a Tinder-style matchmaking app that allows women entrepreneurs to connect virtually and swap ideas. As more technological innovations focused on social impact spring up, Cecile Blilious, a social venture capitalist in Israel, offers five tips for changing the world through social technology investments.

The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Fall '16 Corhort to Begin on Sept. 6 

The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2016 (F16) Cohort that begins on September 6th.  

The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.

MACH37 is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products & markets
  • Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success
  • Have ideally built a team of 2-4 co-founders
  • Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls
  • Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital
  • Are willing to be in Virginia for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full-time

To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

For the web version of MACH37 Press Release.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cyber-Physical Systems Summit
The first-ever Cyber-Physical Systems Summit on September 20 - 22, 2016 
RICHMOND - Governor McAuliffe today announced that he will host his first-ever Cyber-Physical Systems Summit on September 20 - 22, 2016 at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News Virginia. The Summit is being conducted in conjunction with the National Governor's Association and is an extension of Governor McAuliffe's Chairman's initiative Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.
The purpose of Governor McAuliffe's Cyber-Physical Systems Summit is to build awareness of the growing challenges associated with securing autonomous systems, critical infrastructure, and the Internet of Things. Additionally, the Summit will provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in facilitated discussions about the challenges and opportunities related to this quickly evolving discipline.
"Bolstering the security of Virginia's cyber assets and making our Commonwealth a leader in this booming economic sector is one of my administration's top priorities," said Governor McAuliffe. "This first-ever Cyber-Physical Systems Summit will bring industry leaders together in Virginia to devise new strategies to secure our cyber networks and physical assets. This type of collaboration is essential to staying on top of growing trends in this fast-moving industry, and staying ahead of criminals across the globe who are working every day to undermine the security of our technological resources and our communities."
Summit participants will hear leading cyber-physical experts provide insights on being prepared for the cyber-physical challenge, and how developing a culture of awareness and preparedness is essential to successfully defending against an ever increasing litany of cyber challenges.
For additional information and registration details, please visit:

To view the published release, please visit:

Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
SVTC is a proud supporter of the Talent Solutions Competition: Grant applications now available on the VEC Website
Virginia must shift the paradigm through which the state has delivered workforce development solutions to meet the human capital needs of the private sector.  The Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions puts primary ownership for regional workforce solutions in the hands of the private sector. For the first time in Virginia's Workforce System, private businesses that employ cutting-edge, innovative solutions to address the skills shortfall many workers bring to the workplace will now have the opportunity to receive state funds to leverage private investment in workforce development.   Businesses may choose to target grant funded workforce development activities using their choice of training methods: classroom, online, cooperative education, internships, on the job training, registered apprenticeships, any combination of these, or any other talent development strategies.

View the RFP:  HTML |  PDF 

Before you submit your proposal online, please  review the form and make sure you have all the required information available and ready.

Applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. Funding awards will be announced by October 28, 2016. Awarded funds will be available November 21, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

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