SVTC Banner
The Shenandoah Valley Connection top 
February 23,  2018
Click Any Link Below to Jump to Article
The "Dig Deeper" Luncheon: Cryptocurrency & Bitcoins | March 1
Rockingham Insurance Selects Guidewire for Cloud-Based, All-in-One Solution
Tech Nite 2018 Award Nominations Are Open!
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)
Fluor Engineering Challenge for K-12 Students (deadline 3/16)
Expanding Your Horizons for Middle School Girls (3/17)
Hacking Diversity (TomTom, April 14)
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
Job Opening | Part-Time Web Programmer, JMU
The "Dig Deeper" Luncheon:
Cryptocurrency & Bitcoins | March 1st 

You asked for tech answers, so here we go! Building on our January luncheon, Dr. Morgan Benton (JMU CISE) will "dig deeper" with us and discuss how blockchain technology works and what the difference is between bitcoin and ethereum. In order to understand what he'll cover, attendees should be aware of how hashing algorithms work, and know what a public/private key is.

Please read ahead:
  • Public key cryptography, or asymmetrical cryptography, is any cryptographic system that uses pairs of keys: public keys which may be disseminated widely, and private keys which are known only to the owner. This accomplishes two functions: authentication, where the public key verifies a holder of the paired private key sent the message, and encryption, where only the paired private key holder can decrypt the message encrypted with the public key. Details: Public-key cryptography (Wikipedia)
  • A very good and easy-to-digest explanation for Symmetric Cryptography, Asymmetric Cryptography, and Public Key Cryptography is here:  Explaining public-key cryptography to non-geeks. (Panayotis Vryonis/
  • About  hashing algorithms: The main features of a hashing algorithm are that they are a one way function - or in other words you can get the output from the input but you can't get the input from the output - just like elliptic curve cryptography where you can't get the private key from the public key. The other property is that the same input creates the same output. More details re. hashing algorithms (

Thanks to our sponsors!

Rockingham Insurance Selects Guidewire for
Cloud-Based, All-in-One Solution 


February 16, 2018 (Harrisonburg, VA & Foster City, CA)

Rockingham Insurance , one of the ten oldest mutual insurers in  the United States , and  Guidewire Software , Inc.  (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers, today announced that  Rockingham Insurance  has selected Guidewire InsuranceNow™ to modernize its technology platform and transform the way it does business. The company plans to implement InsuranceNow's All-in-One functionality by line of business in three phases.  Rockingham Insurance  will start with its dwelling properties line of business and will follow with its other personal lines - auto, homeowners, mobile homeowners and umbrella. The final phase will bring in its commercial lines of business [farmowners, business owners (BOP), etc.]

"Guidewire's product maturity and market share, as well as their responsiveness, industry knowledge, and track record of successful implementations were important factors in our decision-making process," said 
Eugene Vatnik , CIO for  Rockingham Insurance . "We look forward to leveraging the best technology and tools available to continue improving upon our success, and our team is excited about what the future holds for our collaboration with Guidewire."
Read More (New York Times)

Tech Nite 2018 Award Nominations Are Open!

Choose a category:
Shentel's Noftsinger Leadership
JMU CISE Community Impact
JMU CoB Innovation in Emerging Business
  JMU CoE & JMU CS&M Innovation in K-12 Education
CIT Innovation in Development
  [*Available] 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.

A couple FYIs / changes for 2018:
  1.  Leadership category: ALL NOMINEES in the Leadership category WILL be publicized. (Instead of only the winner.)
  2. People's Choice Award (PCA): In a change from 2017, the PCA winner can also be the winner in a different category. (PS: Special hashtag to be used in voting will be announced in mid-March)

Pick a category and nominate an innovator, educator, or leader today! Take a look at previous SVTC Tech Nite nominees and winners.


(*) Thinking of grabbing that last available award sponsorship and  naming the award?
Or a  table sponsorship?  Getting your name in front of the premier tech crowd on May 2? Let us help you position yourself: SVTC Tech Nite sponorships 

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.

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 (

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

Questions about the class or interested in being a teaching assistant? Contact

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  

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.

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

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

Networking at Noon @ Holiday Inn Historic Gateway, Winchester 

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

NVTC Capital Data Summit & University Data

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.

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

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.

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

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

  Fluor Engineering Challenge for K-12 Students
(deadline 3/16)

Entries submitted online by March 16, 2018

Who can enter? 
The 2018 Fluor Engineering Challenge is open to K-12 students around the world. Students can enter individually or as teams of up to four students. Only one entry per team is allowed. 

What do I do? 
Build a device to launch a ball as far as possible, and another device to catch it, all from a limited list of materials like pencils, rubber bands, paper, and tape. The farther you can launch the ball (following the challenge rules) before it touches the ground, and the fewer materials you use, the higher your score. Finish your design and submit your score before the March 16, 2018 deadline to enter the contest. Full details, including the building and launching rules, allowable materials, scoring, and testing can be found in the  Ball Launcher project at Science Buddies.

Where is the challenge happening? 
Students can do this challenge anywhere! The 2018 Fluor Engineering Challenge is designed as a fun hands-on engineering project to do at home, in the classroom, or as part of an afterschool program.

When is the challenge taking place?
Students may build and test their ball launchers anytime now through March 16, 2018. Entries may be submitted February 18, 2018 through March 16, 2018. All entries are due by midnight Pacific Time (GMT-8) on March 16, 2018.

Who is eligible for the $1,000 USD prizes?
To qualify to receive a $1,000 USD prize, an organization must be classified as a U.S. 501(c)3 public charity, a public or private primary or secondary school, or an international nonprofit or non-government charity with a valid registration number. The organization must be located in one of the geographic regions listed above. An organization may enter as many teams in the 2018 Fluor Challenge as they desire. Each entry increases an organization's odds of winning, but an organization may only win a total of one prize.

 Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) for Middle School Girls 

March 17, 2018| 8:15 am - 3:20 pm
Memorial Hall, JMU, Harrisonburg

All participants will receive breakfast and lunch.  
There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying
adults and teachers must pre-register. 

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-9. The participants engage in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty, attend science presentations and demonstrations, and interact with JMU students who are studying math and science. Parents and teachers are invited to attend EYH with their students.  We plan to offer adult workshops again this year.  Parents and teachers are also welcome to accompany their students to all of their activities.

About EYH
Expanding Your Horizons at James Madison University engages young women in high-quality hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities and small-group interactions with female scientist role models to foster and support the young women's interest in STEM fields, to increase their awareness of opportunities in STEM-related careers, and to empower them to see themselves as future participants in these fields and careers.

 TomTom Festival | Hacking Diversity (April 14)   

UVA Hacking Diversity, co-hosted by the Tom Tom Festival, is aimed at encouraging diversity in technology while finding solutions for education using data science, chatbots, web applications, and data visualization tools. This coding hackathon is for women, African-Americans, and other underrepresented groups. Come for the community, the coding, free food, and swag.

Cash prizes for the best hacks. Door prizes throughout. 
Open to college student and professionals alike, from the technical to the techni-curious.  for info & registration


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.

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

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. 

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.

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


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
Job Opening: Part-Time Web Programmer
JMU College of Health and Behavioral Studies| Harrisonburg

James Madison University is seeking a temporary, part-time web programmer to join the Creative Services team. This wage position is a crucial part of a small team serving the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. The Creative Services team is looking for someone who enjoys learning new things, works well independently, and can easily communicate with both technical and non-technical clients.

Participate in the local tech conversation: Rocktown Tech (Slack)

Currently there are 18 channels and over 250 members. Please join in! 
Sign-up link:

Membership Badge Available 
Use our new graphic on your own website (and remember to link back to our website www. !) 

Choose the graphic file of your choice:

Let us know when you incorporate this graphic and we'll mention your site in return!

See how our Level I Members  grep Innovation, LLC displayed our membership badge on their  website!

View our profile on LinkedIn

Follow us on Twitter 


Like us on Facebook  

Level III Members



CIT Logo  


city of hburg logo


Lumos Logo





Serco logo

WAW Logo

>> Ready to become a member, too?  

Benefits & Prices


>> How have you benefited from participating in our activities and/ or from membership? Tell us!   




Contact Us 

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
800 S. Main Street MSC 3615
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807



Join Our Mailing List!