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February 3, 2017
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Save the Date | Tech Nite 17 | May 3, 2017
Virtues II App Deadline: Feb 3
Welcome Patrick McQuown to JMU
E-N Computers Lunch & Learn: Help Desk Best Practice (2/8)
Capital Data Summit | NVTC (2/15)
Harrisonburg City Public Schools STEM Day (2/18)
Bits & Grits, Staunton (2/21)
SVTC Luncheon | Alex Phillips | Update on WISPA (2/23)
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Job Opening: Associate Instructor of Technical Studies

Save the Date_ Tech Nite 2017
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Unmanned aerial vehicle conference (VIRTUES II) (Feb 9 & 10)
Attendance Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2017

The deadline for VIRTUES II attendance applications is TODAY. VIRTUES II attendance application
VIRTUES II will focus on curriculum and industry -- this was one of the primary needs identified at the first conference, strategic coordination between academia and industry. In order to match student capacities to industry needs and requirements, we must first clarify those needs and requirements. 

For more details about VIRTUES II, including updated agenda and parking information, visit  

Questions? Emily Winter, 540-568-7447,

Welcome Patrick McQuown to JMU
New Executive Director for the JMU College of Business' Center for Entrepreneurship

The SV tech council welcomes Patrick McQuown to the area and to JMU! Recently JMU's CoB brought on mobile and Internet trailblazer Patrick McQuown as executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a man of many accomplishments in the field of tech, but one most notable is creating the text-polling system used on the hit show American Idol. 

Welcome  to the community, Patrick McQuown! 

Lunch & Learn 
for IT Managers and CIOs | E-N Computers: Help Desk Best Practice
Feb. 8, 2017 | 11:30am | Wood Grill Buffet |Harrisonburg

A panel of speakers led by Ian MacRae of E-N Computers, will discuss Help Desk best practices. The presentation will include defining service levels and building a service catalog.

There will be additional discussion on reactive versus proactive Help Desk operations and the importance of service metrics.

Dutch Treat.

Capital Data Summit | Northern Virginia Technology Council
Feb. 15, 2017 | 8:00am | Ritz-Carlton | Tysons Corner

The 2017 Capital Data Summit will feature keynote speakers and panels offering unique insights on how big data and analytics are transforming industries and producing results for organizations and their customers. The Summit also will include a technology showcase at which the region's big data and analytics companies will promote their products and services, network, and connect with potential customers, partners, investors and employees.

The Capital Data Summit will provide tremendous business development and educational value for NVTC members and the entire technology community, providing an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and promote the region's data innovations, connect people, companies and academic partners, and showcase the region's technology assets.

For more information and to register, visit

Feb. 18 th , 2017  at the Valley Mall, 10am-3pm

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities are invited to join in at STEM Day 2017 at Valley Mall. STEM = Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, and students and parents will be able to find exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools. 

This is a free, family-friendly event. No registration required.
Bits and Grits
Feb. 21, 2017 | 8:00am-9:00am 
Mrs. Rowes | Staunton

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 

This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  


Feb. 23, 2017 | 11:45am-1:00pm | Wood Grill Buffet |Harrisonburg

Speaker: Alex Phillips, CEO, GM,

Phillips serves as President of WISPA and has been on the board of directors for 6 years. Phillips will speak about WISPA; who they are, what they do, why they exist, and share about what WISPA has been doing to help support broadband proliferation throughout Rural America. He also has some good news about the future of broadband and the technology in general.

WISPA Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. WISPA is a 501.c6 advocacy organization representing its membership and other companies who are part of the industry ecosystem. The association promotes the development, advancement and unification of the wireless Internet service provider industry. 

WISPA has over 800 members consisting of wireless Internet service providers, municipal wireless Internet providers, electric and telephone cooperative wireless Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, service vendors and other interested parties. These members support the industry which delivers broadband Internet to over 3 million users via 3000+ Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that serve both residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless internet service provider industry. For more information, visit

We look forward to hearing from our luncheon sponsors
about their plans for fall 2017:

Dutch Treat | Pre-registration encouraged | Membership not required

MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Spring '17 Cohort to Begin on March 14 th

December 14, 2016 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2017 (S17) Cohort that begins on March 14 th. 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 encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the S17 Cohort, which will be limited to 8 companies. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. The program brings together domain experts, successful security entrepreneurs, buyers, and investors familiar with the security market into a platform that supports the rapid launch of next generation security technologies.
Upon acceptance into the program, participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market. MACH37 companies receive ongoing access to the   MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will have support of our network throughout the life of their enterprise.
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.

To learn more, please visit and follow @MACH37cyber on Twitter.
Job Openings: 
Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
From: Lord Fairfax Community College

This position will provide leadership for the applied trades and manufacturing certificates and programs in the Division of Business, Education, and Technology. Specific duties include coordinating various existing trades programs such as Electrical, HVAC, and Welding.  The position, in collaboration with engineering faculty, will also lead the development of new courses and programs relevant to a multi-craft/manufacturing technician program.   This instructor will coordinate high school "Trades Academy" programs and will lead the development of a trades academy for the Luray-Page County center location. This position may teach at off-site locations within the LFCC service region.  Fostering relationships with business and industry leaders, secondary partners, and the offices of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) is important for the position.  

Link to the job posting and application process is:

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