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Introducing TechNite20 Sponsors!
NOMINATIONS OPEN! | TechNite20 | February 14 - March 14, 2020
SVTC Luncheon: What is 5G and Why Should I Care? (2/17)
EYH STEM Conference for Middle School Girls (event date: 3/21; deadline: 2/22)
Radio Frequency (RF) Fundamentals Seminar (2/28)
ProjectCSGirls Competition | For Middle School Girls (registration deadline 3/1)
The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It. How to Benefit From It. How to Survive It. (3/25)
2021 Virginia Telecommunications (VATI) Input Sessions (4/14 or 4/23)
VACE Employer Connect Event (4/23)
Welcome Back Level I Member: TransitionPoint
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Introducing TechNite20 Sponsors!
We are  delighted to welcome
our sponsors for this year!
Their active participation and support
makes our region and its tech users and creators strong and connected.

Let's get your name into a high visibility spot, too! 
Tech Nite Sponsorships Available: 

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February 14 - March 14, 2020


Largest SVTC Event Of The Year: May 5, 2020

During Tech Nite, approx. 275 attendees honor and recognize the technology innovators of the area. This recognition helps organizations and individuals immensely - the winning organization is able to expand its network, attract employees, and obtain publicity inside and often outside of the local region. Tech Nite allows attendees to witness the successes and innovative progression of the Shenandoah Valley. We encourage everyone to attend, network with others, and celebrate the innovative companies, organizations, educators, and leaders in our area.

Submit Nominations: February 14 - March 14

Seeking the Valley's tech leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, companies, and organizations that have an amplified community impact while using technology!

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley's largest technology celebration of the year!
We're ready for your nominations for the Valley's best and brightest
in the following categories:

Innovation in Community Impact Award

Innovation in Emerging Business Award

Innovation in Education K-12 Award

Innovation in Higher Education Award

Innovation in Development Award

Innovation in Utilization Award

Dr. Noftsinger Leadership Award

People's Choice Award

(A word about self-nominations: we like them a lot! Why? Simple, we don't share or publish who made a nomination; and these types of nominations usually are the most complete and accurate. We also greatly value close coordination between nominator and nominee.
Please don't surprise someone with a nomination.)


SVTC Luncheon:  What is 5G and Why Should I Care? (2/17)

March 19, 2020 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
5G is the next generation of mobile phone radio technology. Deployment of 5G by wireless phone providers has already begun, and it will ramp up in 2020. In this talk, we'll explain 5G in simple terms and lay out how it will impact you today and in the next decade.

About the Speaker
Scott Robohn is Chief Architect of IP and Optical Networks art Nokia. He is an experienced technology leader with expertise in Mobile Networking, Cloud, IP networking, and related technologies. He has over 25 years experience building and leading teams in technical sales, customer service, and product development.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!


Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Conference for Middle School Girls
(event date: 3/21; deadline for
individuals/small groups - 2/22)

March 21, 2020 | James Madison  University
Individuals/Small Groups  should enter online lottery 
between 2/14 - 2/22 (registration details below)

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-8. 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. Adult workshops will be offered again this year. Parents and teachers are also welcome to accompany their students to all of their activities.

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

How to Register: Registration for large groups has ended. Individual students and small groups who want to attend EYH must enter an online lottery. The form to enter the lottery will be open from 9 am on Friday, February 14, 2020 until 9 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Students can enter the lottery as either as an individual or within a group (2-6 students), but each student can only enter the lottery once. Entering the EYH lottery does NOT guarantee you a spot in the conference. All students who enter the lottery will either be accepted into the conference or placed on a waiting list. Students who are accepted must then complete additional steps to finish their conference registration and secure their spot.

Registration and Additional Details can be found at

Radio Frequency (RF) Fundamentals Seminar (2/28)

February 28, 2020 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
James Madison University, E-Hall Montpelier Room

Join us on February 28 at James Madison University for a RF Fundamentals Seminar offered to southern and central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley area technology companies, education/research students, and faculty. Hosted by Rohde & Schwarz and James Madison University.

Seminar Agenda:
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Basic units of measure
    • Voltage/Current/Resistance, Power
    • Sine Waves/Fourier Representation & Free Space Propagation
  • RF Transmission Characteristics
    • Transmission, Measurements & Components
  • Signals & signal models
    • Unintentional Modulation (Noise), Noise Figure, & Phase Noise
    • Intentional Analog Modulation: AM/PM/FM
    • Intentional Digital Modulation, I and Q representation
    • Digital Modulation: Constellation Diagrams & other aspects
    • Vector Signal Analysis
To Register: 
Those interested in attending are asked to pre-register by email or phone. Please contact Dale Simmonds at or call  540-872-3159.

ProjectCSGirls Competition | For Middle School Girls
(registration deadline 3/1)

ProjectCSGirls is a competition designed to challenge middle school girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem. Participants will need to register as either an individual or a team prior to the registration deadline (March 1, 2020). Participants will need to first identify a social problem that falls under one of the following four themes:
  • Global Health (disease, hunger, poverty, etc)
  • A Safer World (safety-related technologies, cybersecurity, defense, etc)
  • Intelligent Technology (robotics, brain-computer interfaces, artificial intelligence applications, machine learning, etc)
  • Bridging Inequalities (any inequalities, civic tech, tech-enabled advocacy, etc.)
Participants will then build any kind of technology to address their chosen social issue. Examples include a mobile app, robot, device, web app, website, analytics software, algorithm, virtual reality (VR) program - and anything else they can come up with! 

Tech Bytes Tech Talks:  The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It. How to Benefit From It.
How to Survive It.

March 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown

Lord Fairfax Community College is hosting monthly technology discussion with technology professionals from around that nation. The public is invited, but registration is required. Most talks will occur at the Middletown Campus, but they will be distancing the presentation to their Fauquier Campus also. 

Upcoming talk: The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It.
How to Benefit From It. How to Survive It.

This talk will look behind the cliches about technology change to provide deeper insight about 21st century technology change and the risks and benefits it entails. Examples will be drawn from information and telecommunication technologies, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology.

About the speaker: Richard Danzig's primary activity is as a consultant to U.S. Intelligence Agencies and the Department of Defense on national security issues. He is a Senior Advisor to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Chair of the Advisory Panel for Idaho National Laboratories' Innovation Center, and a member of the Toyota Research Institute Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Secretary's Advisory Council, a Trustee of Reed College and of the RAND Corporation, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm).

Dr. Danzig has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security, Vice Chair of RAND, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board, and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White, after his graduation from Yale.

He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Attendees are asked to register for the talks - and learn about upcoming talks - at

Future sessions: 
  • April 8 2020, 6:00pm - Heather Wilson, Analytics, L Brands
Talks are scheduled for one hour and Q&A.

2021 Virginia Telecommunications (VATI)
Input Sessions (4/14 or 4/23)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
South County Library,  Roanoke
Thursday, April 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Library of Virginia,  Richmond

 The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host two input sessions to discuss the proposed FY2021 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) guidelines and criteria. The meeting is open to the public. Representatives from units of local government, internet service providers and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend.  

VATI has an introduced budget of $35 million for FY2021 to implement broadband infrastructure deployment in partnership with units of local government and private internet service providers across the commonwealth.  The funds shall be used to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

If you have any questions, contact (804) 371-7003 or

VACE Employer Connect Event  (4/23)
April 23, 2020 |  Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg
Employer Program: 3 - 4 pm
Happy Hour & Meet and Greet: 4 - 6 pm

How do you stay up to date on what state leaders are discussing in the areas of college recruitment, engaging young talent, and career development?
The Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers (VACE) invites you to be a guest and attend a portion of their 2020 annual conference.

There will be a panel with representatives from Workforce Development, Economic Development, and the GOVirginia Board to discuss current trends and challenges in creating a talent pipeline. After this program, connect with career center leaders and other colleagues from across the state during their happy hour.
Because the Employer Connect event will be tied to the VACE annual conference occurring at the Hotel Madison on April 22-24, VACE will be raffling TWO individual employer memberships for the 2020-21 year (one during the Employer Panel and one during the Happy Hour). If you have questions about the event or VACE, please reach out to

Welcome Back Level I Member!

TransitionPoint is John Paul's web application consultancy. TransitionPoint currently focuses on Ruby on Rails and data applications in the education, healthcare, government and non-profit worlds.

John Paul's background: John Paul started hacking games in the 80s, and started working with the web when Marc Andreessen was still upstairs in the lab at UIUC. He met DHH and Dave Thomas over dinner the night before they released the first book on Rails. He joined his first startup in 1999 and raised VC for his own startup accelerator in 2000. The last company he cofounded built integrated developer learning environments working directly with the education teams at GitHub and Docker. In his opinion, the most successful company so far is the Friendly City Food Coop here in Harrisonburg. He was part of the founding team, served as the treasurer for over a decade, and is still on the board.

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  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Augusta County Service Authority, Verona (Systems Analyst/Developer)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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