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January 11,  2019
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SVTC Luncheon | What to Do a Year After the FCC's Repeal of Net Neutrality Regulations? (1/17)
Maker City Boot Camps: 3D Printing Level I & II (1/12, 1/26)
College for Kids for Grades 1st - 8th (1/12 - 2/16)
Saturday Morning Physics for High School Students (1/26 - 2/23)
Madison Network Event | Harrisonburg (1/31)
EngineerGirl Writing Contest for Grades 3rd-12th (deadline 2/1)
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (2/4-2/14)
ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls (register by 3/1)
Welcome New SVTC Member: Bimus Consulting, LLC
Welcome New SVTC Member: Mandy Pearce
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
January 17, 2019 |  11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

The FCC repealed net neutrality rules just over a year ago, but not much has changed for the average business and home user.  ISPs, large businesses, and state legislatures are all actively debating how to regulate ISPs ability to selectively throttle specific vendors and types of services delivered via the Internet. Dr. Reif will explore issues underlying both sides of net neutrality arguments as they affect Valley businesses and residents.

About the speaker:
Harry Reif, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at James Madison University.  In addition to teaching, Reif served as JMU's first Chief Information Officer during the period that JMU established campus connectivity to the Internet. Previous to JMU, he spent his career planning and administering computing centers at universities throughout the US.  Dr. Reif is actively involved in computing degree program accreditation worldwide as an ABET Commissioner.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsor!

Maker City Boot Camps: 3D Printing Level I & II
(1/12, 1/26)
Jan. 12 and/or Jan. 26, 2019 |  10 am - 12 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members: free; Non-members: $7

Boot camps are a great way to get started and to build your Maker City skills. You'll learn more about Maker City's specialized work zones and the Master Maker Badge Program. Sign up for one or all of the following: 

3D Printing Level I (previously 3D Modeling) - Saturday, January 12th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Before you can produce a finished product, you must first learn Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program! After you've learned the design basics, take the 3D Printing Level II Boot Camp and transform your designs into printed objects. Ages 8+

3D Printing Level II - Saturday, January 26th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Learn how the Museum's 3-D printers work! Students will troubleshoot Tinkercad designs and transfer them to the 3D printer so the computer renderings can be transformed into a physical object. Prerequisite: Completion of 3D Printing Level I (previously called 3D Modeling) Ages 8+

Advance registration required. Free with your membership or paid admission.

Grades 1st - 8th (1/12 - 2/16)
January 12 - February 16, 2019
Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm | JMU  Memorial Hall
$140 per Student

College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! College for Kids is being held on 6 Saturdays from 9-12pm on campus in Memorial Hall. Students will participate in one course selection for the duration of the 6 consecutive weeks. Technology-related courses are available, as well as many other courses. You can check them out on the event page

Technology-related courses include:
  • Lego Engineering (1st - 5th grades) (In partnership with Explore More Childrens Museum)
  • Out of this world- Science, Technology and Engineering (2nd - 4th grades)  
  • Scratch Programming (4th - 6th grades) 
  • Python Programming (6th - 8th grades) 
  • Tinker with Arduino (6th - 8th grades)
  • App Inventor (6th - 8th grades) 
  • KidWind Challenge Team Prep (5th - 8th grades) 
  • Engineering a Brighter Future (5th-8th grades)
For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540-568-4226.

January 26 - February 23, 2019
Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm | JMU  Physics/Chem Building
$50 per Student

Come and explore the amazing properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed especially for high school students and teachers but one parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. For the eighth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 5 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.

Juniors and Seniors have the option of receiving 1 Physics College Credit from JMU. This is an additional fee of $123.00. 4/5 of the program sessions must be attended to receive credit. 

For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540-568-4226.

January 31, 2019 |  7:30 am - 9:00 pm
JMU Leeolou Alumni Center, Harrisonburg
Looking to amplify your involvement in the local community? Then you won't want to miss this event! Join us for a networking breakfast followed by a panel of guest speakers from JMU and the local community, as they share how they have been able to create a wave of positive impact through meaningful and collaborative partnerships. This event is free to attend.

Submit online by February 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.  Intended to inspire children, especially girls, in the world of engineering, participants will create and submit an original piece of writing that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.   This year, they are asking for stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking. They want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, "I want to be able to do that" or "I can do that." To enter this year's contest, write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem. 

February 4 - 14, 2019 
February 4:   9:00am-4:30pm,  Downtown Harrisonburg
February 7:  9:00-11:00am, Online
February 11:  9:00am-4:30pm,  Downtown Roanoke
February 14:  9:00-11:00am, Online

Are you being asked to shape how your organization protects its customer data or email systems?  Are your customers relying on you to protect their payment information?  Do you need a place to start learning about fundamental cybersecurity concepts?

This two-week crash course is designed for leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have a limited technical background related to cybersecurity, data security, and information technology.  The JMU Cybersecurity Basics for Managers noncredit certificate program is discussion-oriented and formatted for the working professional.

Participants will gain knowledge that can inform their strategies to mitigate cybersecurity risks, secure data and information, build secure infrastructure, and hire qualified personnel and vendors.

About the Instructor:
David Cafaro, CISSP/CCSP has been working in Information Technology for over two decades with a heavy focus on information security. Currently he is an Information Security Officer at Capital One where he leads a team providing security and risk management expertise on application, cloud, and on-prem technologies. Though currently working in the financial sector, his career has brought him through a variety of industries including environmental lab testing, government, telecommunications, and cancer research.  David holds a Masters in Computer Science from Georgetown University where he focused on security and privacy in the information age.  In addition to his careers focus on cyber security, David has also been active in sharing his knowledge through open source and community projects including working with the BSidesDC Security Conference to help organize the KidsCon section for the last 4 years.

Register by March 1, 2019
Submit Project online by 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.

Participants will embark on an exciting journey over the next few months while they're building their project. After they pick a theme and finalize a project idea, they'll be 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, they will want to test it to make sure everything works the way they want it to. And after multiple retests and rebuilds, they'll finally end up with a product that they're not only proud of, but which can make a difference. More information on how to participate:

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. 
Welcome New SVTC Member!
Bimus Consulting, LLC

Bimus Consulting provides professional IT leadership, strategic
planning, systems architecture, and development services to a variety of clients. Our service includes a comprehensive consult to help identify gaps and opportunities, a comprehensive report that includes a project plan with timelines and milestones, a cost analysis, and a schedule. True to the Latin definition of our name, Bimus, "we will" treat you fairly, honestly, and professionally. Our goal is to build a strong and lasting partnership based on trust and transparency. Our size and agility allows for rapid solutions that are cost effective.

Welcome New SVTC Member!
Mandy Pearce

Mandy is a JMU student graduating in May 2020 with a Computer Science degree. As the President of JMU's Women in Technology club, she is interested in making connections for the continuation and success of the club with the purpose of encouraging women in technology. Mandy is a SMART Scholar for the DoD sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Systems Command Philadelphia Division and she will be working in cybersecurity after she graduates. She has a passion for learning new ways she can solve problems using technology and joined SVTC to learn more about technology from other technology enthusiasts.

  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, UX Designer, etc) 

  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • IT Decisions, Harrisonburg (Level 2 Technician / Systems Engineer)
  • Immerge, Harrisonburg (Digital Marketing Specialist & Content Writer)
  • Harrisonburg IT Department (Technology Support Specialist)
  • Chiedo, Harrisonburg (Web Development Intern) -- No experience required!
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