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August 3,  2018
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Sponsorships Available: Startup Experience Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Submit Your Ideas to Our Programming 2018-2019
2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
Code and Coffee Study Group | Harrisonburg (8/9)
Valley Business Summit 2018 | BRCC, Weyers Cave (8/12)
SCCF Tuesday Tip Workshop - Just Canva It (8/14)
Maker City Boot Camp: 2D Design with Inkscape (8/16)
SCCF TT Workshop - Getting Started with Google Analytics (8/28)
SAVE THE DATE: Techsters (9/8)
SVTC Luncheon: Online Marketing and the Offhand Selling of Identity (9/13)
SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer (9/27)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
edUi Conference | Charlottesville (10/8 - 10/10)
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Friendship Industries, Inc.
Highlighting Renewing Individual Level Member: Frank Tamberrino
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs

The Staunton Creative Community Fund is  launching their very first 2-day Startup Experience youth entrepreneurship workshop series on October 4th and 5th at Blue Ridge Community College's Plecker Center.
The Startup Experience is an intensive hands-on workshop for future entrepreneurs and social innovators. During the program over 200 students, grades 10-11, from five Shenandoah Valley school systems will immerse themselves in the magical startup world and learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. 
They will learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company! 
Through entrepreneurship education, these young innovators will learn organizational skills, including time management, leadership development, and interpersonal skills, all of which are highly transferable skills sought by employers.
Recent national studies report other positive outcomes of youth entrepreneurship programs including:
  • improved academic performance, school attendance, and educational attainment
  • increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • job readiness
  • enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy), and
  • perceived improved health status

Additionally, ongoing research commissioned by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of youth entrepreneurship programs found that when youth participated in entrepreneurship programs:
  • interest in attending college increased 32%
  • occupational aspirations increased 44%
  • independent reading increased 4%
  • leadership behavior increased 8.5%
  • belief that attaining one's goals is within one's control (locus of control) increased
Sponsorship opportunities for the program and many opportunities are available. For more information on the sponsorship opportunities available , please contact Kathy Deacon at, or Debbie Irwin at .


Be an active SVTC member! Tell us what sort of programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate in September 2018 through June 2019. What tech topics are on your mind? 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?

Crack open the survey, below, and select which topics you'd like to hear about. Or, -- add one! 

Please note that we are a not-for-profit, so we look for speakers from the Valley with minimal or no travel or other expenses.

To know what topics we covered in the past, take a look:
  Summary of ALL the luncheons we have held (2005-2018) (pdf).

Love SVTC events and programming? How about joining the Events and Programming Committee? Send Nicky an email,, to join.

To give us your input, please complete the survey at


Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Eligibility: Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:

About FLL
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. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.

Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
August 8, 2018 |6 pm - 8 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members Free | Visitors $7.00 admission fee

Takes place on August 8th from 6 - 8 pm.  Learn the basics of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that allows you to transfer online designs into physical objects using the 3D printer. You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. 

This event will be occurring again on August 17 from 10 AM - Noon.

Prerequisite: Before taking any Boot Camp Series workshop, you must first complete a brief Intro to Maker City session. If you have not previously completed, Maker City will contact you with more information. 

Code and Coffee Study Group | Harrisonburg (8/9)
August 9, 2018 |5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Sheep Coffee, Harrisonburg

Join us for Code & Coffee Study Group! Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

Have a project idea and some skills, but haven't attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You're welcome too!

This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize and learn more about GDI. 

As a group, everyone will hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback.

Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.

Register for August 9, 2018 Code and Coffee Study Group

Valley Business Summit 2018 | BRCC, Weyers Cave (8/12)
August 13, 2018 |1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Robert E Plecker Workforce Center, BRCC

Join Valley business owners and managers for the Keynote Address from Secretary of Education Atif Qarni,
Business Panel and Entrepreneurial Stories, and Q&A with Local Legislators.

Registration is now open. Please note that membership is NOT required to register. When registering as a non-member, under "Not a member" select "Click here to continue your event registration."

SCCF Tuesday Tip Workshop - Just Canva It (8/14)

August 14, 2018 |  12 pm - 1 pm | $20
Staunton Creative Community Fund

Graphics make or break your credibility when potential customers are browsing online. Come learn about the amazing online tool of Canva! Canva helps you create great looking graphics without breaking your budget.

Register for August 14, 2018 SCCF Workshop

Maker City Boot Camp: 2D Design with Inkscape (8/16)
August 16, 2018 |10 am - 12 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members Free | Visitors $7.00 admission fee

Use graphic software to create your own 2D designs and then learn the basics of uploading to the laser cutter or vinyl cutter. Laser cutters are capable of three main operations - Vector Cutting, Vector Engraving and Raster Engraving.  You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. Free with your paid admission or membership.

SCCF Workshop - Getting Started with Google Analytics (8/28)

August 28, 2018 |  12 pm - 1 pm | $20
Staunton Creative Community Fund

If you don't know what Google Analytics is, haven't installed it on your website, or have installed it but never look at your data, this workshop is for you! This workshop will look at Google Analytics from the absolute beginner's point of view. Why you need it, how to get it, how to use it, and workarounds to common problems.

Register for August 28, 2018 SCCF Workshop

SAVE THE DATE: Techsters | September 8, 2018 | Harrisonburg

September 8, 2018 | Harrisonburg

Formed in 2013, TECHSTERS is an after-school program for middle school aged girls dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in STEM fields. Since the program's first day event with robotic balls called Spheros, TECHSTERS has served over 1,100 students in the greater Richmond region. In 2017, Capital One used the TECHSTERS model to host ten regional coding programs for middle school girls all across the Commonwealth. The outcome was spectacular as they reached over 900 students in two days.

This year, using the best practices and lessons learned from Capital One in conjunction with the long-standing TECHSTERS  program, the many technology and innovation business councils of the Commonwealth will work together to host a statewide "Capture the Flag" event on Saturday, September 8 that will expose the girls to the cybersecurity industry in a fun and interactive game style.

Be on the lookout for more information soon!

SVTC Luncheon: 
Online Marketing and the Offhand Selling of Identity (9/13)

September 13, 2018 | 11:45 am - 1 pm | Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is excited to announce that Michele Strano from Bridgewater College will be joining us for our September luncheon. Her talk will focus on the key characteristics of digital media that have revolutionized the way marketers and consumers interact. While the idea of targeting an audience can be traced back to early newspaper advertising, Web 2.0 enables marketers to gather data about consumer preferences easily and often invisibly. In addition to describing some of the key processes involved in online marketing, Michele will touch on some of the potential concerns we might have in a system that trades privacy for individualized content and convenience.
Michele Strano is an Associate Professor in the Communication, Technology and Culture major at Bridgewater College. Her research and teaching interests focus on the creation of online identity, the cultural impact of the digital age and the collection of data in the interest of effective message design. Strano is the director of Bridgewater's Master of Arts in Digital Media Strategy, scheduled for launch in January 2019, pending accreditation approval.

SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer
September 27, 2018 | Harrisonburg
Save the date for SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer. You know we'll have yummy grub and good libations - stay tuned for details! Free to all tech users and creators from near and far - especially those attending ValleyTechCon the next day. 

Pre-registration will open August 2018.

edUi Conference | Charlottesville (10/8 - 10/10)

October 8 - 10, 2018 | Charlottesville | See schedule for times

Join us on October 8 - 10 for edUi! edUi is a 3-day conference for web professionals working at institutions of learning-colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. Presented by Virginia Humanities. The event will take place at a variety of venues on the scenic pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia (view map).

For more information, visit:

Register for October 8-10 edUi Conference (discount code ROCKTOWN has been applied to this link for $100 off your ticket -- thanks to the edUi Planning Team!)

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The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to fostering the economic competitiveness of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and the larger region. The Chamber collaborates with local governments and a number of other entities, such as the SVTC, in support of business growth and development. Frank has over 30 years experience in economic development and Chamber management in Florida, Tennessee and Virginia.

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