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February 16,  2018
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DHS S&T Partners With James Madison University
Governor Northam Announces $2,618,150 in GO Virginia Grants
March 1st Cryptocurrency Luncheon Survey: What Would You Like to Know?
Tech Nite 2018 Award Nominations Are Open!
SVTC Bits & Grits (2/20)
Open for Business: Create a Positive Online Experience for Real World Customers (2/21)
Intro to User Experience (UX) | Harrisonburg Class | Limited Spaces Available (2/24)
Bricks & Clicks Workshop for Small Business Owners (Register by 2/25)
STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences | For Community College Students (deadline 2/26)
Networking at Noon @ Holiday Inn Historic Gateway, Winchester (2/27)
NVTC Capital Data Summit & University Data Challenge (2/28)
ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls (deadline 3/1)
2018 VIRTUES Summit @ JMU (3/1 - 3/2)
Technovation Competition for Girls Ages 10-18 (deadline 3/7)
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science, JMU
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | IT Technician, Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater
Job Opening | Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Writer, Immerge in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Network and Systems Administrator, BRCC
Dept. of Homeland Security Partners With James Madison University | 'Hacking For Defense' Class



About H4D:
Hacking 4 DefenseTM is an education initiative that has a very good track record for delivering innovative solutions for complex problems to defense, intelligence and security communities by applying design thinking and the Lean Startup model (an agile model that aims to shorten the product development process). 

February 12, 2018 (Washington, DC)

Students from James Madison University (JMU) will be tackling air travel security issues for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) as part of their spring semester of the  Hacking 4 Defense (H4D) class.

"Recent worldwide terrorist attacks have demonstrated that the ticketing/check-in areas and security checkpoints of airports are targets of interest for our adversaries," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "This is a critical issue, and we are trying to tackle it several different ways. Focusing the bright minds of students on the problem may lead to fresh new approaches."

The H4D team will look for innovative approaches that will enable the  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to be able to associate passengers with their personal belongings. This can be beneficial in several ways, such as supporting TSA's principles of risk-based screening, reducing false alarm rates to help passenger lines move faster, and reducing theft and lost items at checkpoints.

 "We have access to some of the nation's top students who are passionate about solving real-world problems," said Dr. John Fortune, program manager for S&T's  Apex Screening at Speed Program, who will work directly with JMU. "Students have come up with novel solutions working through the H4D program, and we're excited to see what they accomplish."

The H4D class will engage with stakeholders throughout the aviation security industry and will develop a website to publish their research and facilitate student research networks across different institutions. Throughout the semester, the students will be telling the story about their project and will capitalize on the Lean LaunchPad Methodology, which is based on querying and learning from customers, to rapidly iterate and ultimately deliver a concept to S&T that meets TSA requirements. At the end of the program, S&T will evaluate the students' concept and identify opportunities for further refinement and possible transition into an operational capability to enhance the traveler's experience.

"This could make the screening process more integrated, efficient, and secure, resulting in fewer false alarms, pat-downs, and bag searches for passengers," said Dr. Fortune. "The ultimate goal is to improve detection of explosives and prohibited items at the airport checkpoint. We are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with JMU's H4D class to help achieve these goals."

The  Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative research and development activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness from curb to gate while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience.    

Hacking 4 DefenseTM is an education initiative that has a very good track record for delivering innovative solutions for complex problems to defense, intelligence and security communities by applying design thinking and the Lean Startup model (an agile model that aims to shorten the product development process). These communities compete to be selected by submitting problem statements to be solved by H4D student teams across the country.

James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is one of a select group of universities in the United States participating in H4D.  

Additional info: H4D @ JMU:  https://sites.jmu.edu/h4djmu17/tag/h4d

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Governor Northam Announces $2,618,150 in
GO Virginia Grants  

February 14, 2018 (Richmond, VA)

Nine projects address strategic needs of regions in talent development, infrastructure development, and commercialization that will create higher paying jobs

Governor Ralph Northam today announced nine regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia). Key members of the Governor's Cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community approved $2,618,150 in GO Virginia regional per capita grant funds for projects across the Commonwealth. These grants are for projects that each region identified as vital to their efforts to diversify the regional economy, strengthen their workforce, and support collaborative programs between localities, public entities, and private businesses.
 
"GO Virginia's framework is unique in that it is empowering regional business leaders, local governments, and local educators to work together for the good of Virginia's economy," said Governor Northam. "These projects will strengthen our workforce and support our ongoing efforts to create opportunity in every corner of Virginia. GO Virginia will play an important role in developing the next generation of leaders and innovators from across the Commonwealth."
 
"GO Virginia's momentum continues as nine more projects were approved today," said GO Virginia Board Chairman John O. "Dubby" Wynne. "It is exciting to see more regional collaboration for economic development in nearly every corner of our Commonwealth. With this second round of projects approved, GO Virginia continues to make progress in addressing our state's economic challenges and in lifting up our communities. We look forward to carrying out this important work to boost Virginia's economy and create more higher-paying jobs over the next months and years."  
  
The GO Virginia Per Capita grant funds will be used to implement projects that align with the regions' Growth and Diversification Plans. These plans provide an honest assessment of the economic, workforce, and structural barriers in the region as well as the existing regional economic drivers and potential growth sectors in each region. Projects that address these challenges and opportunities are the first step toward the creation of higher paying jobs in the regions.

The regional per capita funding is awarded on a rolling basis by the State GO Virginia Board based on the regional application processes. All regions will be eligible for the statewide competitive grants that are expected to be awarded in April of 2018.

Six of the nine GO Virginia Regions submitted applications in this round of per capita funding. The nine projects approved today will leverage $4.3 million in non-state sources to assist with economic diversification throughout the Commonwealth. Local governments have committed $2.6 million toward these nine projects.
                                                                                   
View full list of grant awards and descriptions

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Dig Deeper | Cryptocurrency Luncheon II | March 1 

Because we did not get to ask all the questions we had, we're offering the Deeper Dive! Join us March 1st for a "deeper dive" into cryptocurrency and all that comes with that fascinating topic. Dr. Morgan Benton, JMU CISE/ISAT, has agreed to speak again.

To help us narrow the topics to exactly the questions everyone wants addressed most, please contribute: March 1 Luncheon prep. What's on your mind: Bitcoin mining; public ledger; block chain; difference between bitcoin and etherum? Something else? Let us know.

Get yourself started with the topic:  https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-cryptocurrency.

You can also register for the luncheon on our website

A big thank you to our sponsors!

      

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Tech Nite 2018 Award Nominations Are Open!

Choose a category:
Shentel's Noftsinger Leadership
JMU CISE Community Impact
JMU CoB Innovation in Emerging Business
Innovation in K-12 Education
CIT Innovation in Development
Innovation in Utilization
Serco People's Choice (*)
(* All nominee's will automatically be nominees in this category)
 

Get ready! Nominations are most competitive when they are well coordinated between nominator and nominee, AND when they are accurate and complete. PLUS: self-nominations are welcome (no one knows who nominated whom).  Neither nominee or nominator need to be a member of the SVTC. Nomination Season Ends March 16, 2018.

Unsure who's won before? Look at 
previous SVTC Tech Nite nominees and winners.

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February 20, 2018 | 8 am | Mrs. Rowe's in Staunton

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe's in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe's.

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February 21, 2018 | 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm | JMU Ice House, Room 117

Hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley SBDC with  Immerge Technologies, this Live Stream event is presented by Google in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Small Business Tech Coalition: Facebook, Square, and Constant Contact! 

Help your customers do business with you wherever they are. Whether it's in-person or on the go, it's important for you to create a seamless shopping experience to grow your business. Bring your laptop (or not) and enjoy this free LIVE STREAM workshop on the "big screen". Wifi connection will be available.  Feel free to bring your own lunch if you like, or visit one of the many dining options near the Ice House prior. Doors open at 12 noon.

Program Agenda:  
12:00                   Doors Open at JMU IceHouse Rm. 117
12:15                   Program Begins 
12:30                   Go Live for SBA Intro!
12:30 - 12:45      Constant Contact
12:45 - 1:00        Square
1:00 - 1:15          Facebook
1:15 - 1:30          Google
1:30 - 2:00          Live Q&A Pane l

Share on social media with hashtag  #SBAOpen4Biz

Or feel free to share or add to the discussion on  Facebook!

Register for Feb. 21, 2018 workshop
 
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February 24, 2018 | 10am - 4pm @ Jenzabar | $60

At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we're designing - a website, an Android app, or a toaster - we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you're a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.

This is a hands on course which will give you actionable tools to get started with user experience in your work day!

Tech Requirements
Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

Scholarships
Central VA Girl Develop It is offering a limited number of scholarships to offer. Their goal is to be a sustainable organization that offers low-cost web development classes to women. With that in mind, if there's a class that you want to attend but cannot afford for financial reasons, please apply for a scholarship (https://goo.gl/forms/xVSJXjzzYFH5yQcf1).

For this class, the scholarship application deadline is February 19, 2017.

Contact
Questions about the class or interested in being a teaching assistant? Contact centralva@girldevelopit.com.


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Bricks & Clicks Workshop for Small Business Owners 
(Register by 2/25)
February 27, 2018 (registration deadline F eb. 25)
8:00 am - 3:30 pm |  JMU Madison Union Ballroom

$50 for Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City businesses
$75 for out-of-area businesses

Ready to become a dynamic online and offline business destination? Nationally renowned marketing expert and small business strategist, Jon Schallert of The Schallert Group will lead this dynamic workshop that will give business owners the tools to strengthen their web presence and transition to an experience-based business. 

Business owners will learn how to become a destination business - both online and in-store. In addition, attendees will:
  • Get the strategies to make sure customers can find you.
  • Discover ways to create an engaging and sales-driving website.
  • Hear what creative businesses around the nation have done to defy impossible customer markets and attract people from miles away by creating an experience-based destination.
  • Find out how to offer more than a transaction in order to become a destination - whether meal delivery subscriptions are eating into your dining room sales or Amazon is clicking away at your bottom line. 
Register for Feb. 27, 2018 workshop  

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STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences | For Community College Students 
(deadline 2/26)
 
Deadline February 26, 2018

Virginia Space Grant Consortium is partnering with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton and NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore to provide hands-on research experience opportunities for at least 23 Virginia Community College students during summer 2018. These paid opportunities will be identified by both NASA Centers with current Center missions and projects that are at a point which would maximize hands-on engagement of the students at project critical stages, while inspiring students, teaching them the nature of project work, communications and teamwork, and providing strong exposure to a wide range of technical and scientific career paths. Student researchers will work with NASA research advisors on the designated research project over the course of a 10 week, 40-hour- per-week, summer research experience. Students will receive a $5,000 stipend. Application packages are due February 26, 2018.

Deadlines
  • Summer 2018 Application Due: FEBRUARY 26, 2018
  • Electronic Recommendations Due: MARCH 2, 2018
  • Selection Notification Deadline: On or about APRIL 16, 2018
Contact 
Debbie Murray, Program Manager, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, dbmurray@odu.edu; 757-766-5210 or Nicole Shaw, Program Assistant,  lnshaw@odu.edu

More information, eligibility requirements, and registration for summer research program

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Networking at Noon @ Holiday Inn Historic Gateway, Winchester 
(2/27)
 


February 27, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Holiday Inn Historic Gateway, Winchester
Top of VA Chamber Members: $25 |  Non-Members: $30

The upcoming Networking at Noon is presented by  Tech Team Solutions. The e ducation moment will be presented by Toastmasters. Toastmasters will be focusing on, "Communicating with Confidence".

Networking at Noon will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Historic Gateway. During this luncheon attendees will have time for open networking, networking at their table, and hear a short educational moment from a guest speaker.

Register for Feb. 27, 2018 luncheon

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NVTC Capital Data Summit & University Data
Challenge 
(2/28)



February 28, 2018 | 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner |  See Prices Below

Join Northern VA's leading big data and analytics companies and prominent thought leaders at the second annual Capital Data Summit on Feb. 28, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Featuring keynote speakers and panels offering unique insights on how big data and analytics are transforming industries and producing results for organizations and their customers, a technology showcase of the region's leading big data and analytics companies, and unmatched networking opportunities, the Capital Data Summit will provide exceptional business development and educational value for NVTC members and the entire Greater Washington technology community.

Keynote Speakers
William Ruh, CEO, GE Digital, and Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, GE
Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services Public Sector

NEW IN 2018!
The 2018 Capital Data Summit will include a new University Data Challenge, in which teams of students representing the region's universities and community colleges will be challenged to analyze and respond to a topic/question using any combination of data sources and statistical, mathematical modeling, big data, and related techniques available to them.

Cost
Member: $395.00
Additional Member Attendee: $345.00
General Audience: $550.00
Student: $50.00
Government Employee: $25.0


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ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls
(deadline 3/1)
 
Register by February 28, 2018
Projects due April 15th

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of four themes - global health, a safer world, intelligent technology, and bridging inequalities. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls.

Step 1 - Register
Before you start working on your project, decide whether you want to work as an individual or in a team. Then,  register yourself or your team before the registration deadline. No unregistered individuals/teams will be allowed to participate. 

Step 2 - Build The Project
You're about to embark on an exciting journey over the next few months while you're building your project. After you pick a theme and finalize a project idea, you're ready to get started with building. Building can mean anything from physically putting together machine parts for a robot to writing code for a mobile app to prototyping a new prosthetic device. The possibilities are endless. After an initial build, you'll want to test it to make sure everything works the way you want it to. And after multiple retests and rebuilds, you'll finally end up with a product that you're not only proud of, but which can make a difference. 

Step 3 - Submit The Project
Once you're satisfied with your project, you're ready to submit. To submit, you will need to prepare a te chnical report and, video, and blog post on your project. The submission portal will open in January of 2018.

About ProjectCSGIRLS
ProjectCSGIRLS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to cultivate a love for technology and computer science in girls and encourage them to pursue their interests and careers in these fields. They believe that nurturing an interest in science, math, and technology during the critical middle school period will help girls to better see themselves as the future leaders of tomorrow. They aim to do this through a unique idea - the nation's largest computer science competition for middle school girls. ProjectCSGIRLS is run by high school and college students from around the country who are incredibly passionate about computer science and technology. Simply put, they are here to drive change.


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2018 VIRTUES Summit @ JMU 
(3/1 - 3/2)
 
March 1 - 2, 2018 | JMU X-Labs, Harrisonburg

Are you aware of a technology that could transform your industry but you don't have time to explore it? Does your organization have long-range design problems that you don't have the resources to solve yourself? What if you could hire graduates who are ready to start working on your top needs from Day One?

The 2018 *VIRTUES Summit will focus on strategic coordination between higher education and industry with the aim of fostering creative, confident and market-ready students who are experienced in emerging technologies.

JMU X-Labs is entering its third year collaborating with distinguished government and industry organizations that give interdisciplinary student teams real-world experience. We invite industry professionals who are eager to plug into our expanding programs to come work directly with students and faculty from universities across the commonwealth and form mentorships with exceptional students.

*Virginia Industry Resources Through Undergraduate Education Summit


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Technovation Competition for Girls Ages 10-18
(deadline 3/7)
 
Register before March 7, 2018

Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Teams can range in size from 1-5 girls with 10-14 year olds in the junior division and 15-18 in the senior division.

Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum. T echnovation's curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:

  • Ideation: Identify a problem in the community
  • Technology: Develop a mobile app solution
  • Entrepreneurship: Build a business plan to launch the app
  • Pitch: Bring the business to market

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Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

 
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Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science
JMU Co llege of Integrated Science and Engineering| Harrisonburg

The Department of Integrated Science and Technology ( ISAT ) at James
Madison University ( JMU ) invites applications for a tenure-track position
at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August, 2018. The Department of Integrated Science and Technology (soon to become the School of Integrated Sciences) is a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary academic unit of 50 faculty with terminal degrees in 39 different fields. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers with strong analytical and teaming skills that enable them to work on complex socio-technical problems facing organizations, communities, and society. Additional information on the department and its individual programs can be found at http://www.isat.jmu.edu.


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Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 


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Job Opening: 
IT Technician
Dynamic Aviation | Bridgewater

The IT Technician will provide maintenance of the computer desktop environment by analyzing requirements, resolving problems, installing and removing hardware and software from computer systems, and supporting the internal IT Help Desk. The IT Technician will be responsible for administration and internal support of the company's PC's, printers, scanners, and related equipment. Tasks include end user support, license tracking, ticket generation and completion, and performing PC maintenance, upgrades, and configurations. The qualified applicant will also work closely with the network group to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.


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Job Opening: 
Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Writer 
Immerge | Harrisonburg

Immerge is seeking for a qualified Digital Marketing Specialist/Content Writer to join their team in Downtown Harrisonburg. They are specifically looking for an individual with digital marketing and content writing training/experience. Please note Immerge is not looking for remote workers at this time. Candidate must be willing to relocate.

More information at ZipRecruiter

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Network and Systems Administrator

This position will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and supporting all servers on the academic and administration networks including hardware-based and virtualized servers along with related storage devices (NetApp) Install server applications for the campus community when requested and approved. Will maintain the VMWare environment using vCenter and ESXi Enterprise Setup and administration.

More information at Jobs.Virginia.gov
 
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