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Tech on the Square | Registration Open (7/17)
The SVTC Announces New Directors to the Board
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15-7/25)
Advanced Lego Robotics | For Rising Grades 5-9 (7/15-7/19)
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (July - August 2019)
Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
Share Your Voice! Take the Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy Survey
Welcome Back Level I Member: JMU University Programs
Tech on the Square | Registration Open (7/17)
Montpelier Restaurant  & Bar
Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg
Join us on July 17th for Tech on the Square! It's time for the summer 2019 get-together to compare summer and fall plans. Who's up to what? Let's meet for networking, beer, and great tech talk! This event is technology agnostic and informal.

We will be meeting at the  Montpelier Restaurant & Bar. Parking information and location details will be sent via email prior to the event. Please register using the link below, and we'll make you a pre-printed name badge (registration is not required - but if you do register, it helps us plan for space better. And, we can print that nametag).
We're delighted to announce that we have newly appointed directors to our board as an outcome of our last election! The SVTC Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the SVTC holds an election in the spring of each year so that a new class of directors is elected and can be appointed by the board of directors before the end of the term on June 30th.

The following members were appointed by the board on June 13 based on this past spring's Class I election:
  • Chris Ashley (*) | Collegiate Customs
  • Joanna Bergdoll (*) | Immerge
  • Jay Guruswamy (*) | Cadence, Inc.
  • Doug Pascarella (*) | Dynamic Aviation
  • Kurt Paterson (*) | JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  • Ed Pease | Blue Ridge Community College
  • Ron Perry | grep Innovation LLC
  • Sandra Quigg
  • Greg St. Ours | Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver
  • Nick Swayne | JMU X-Labs; 4-Virginia
  • Keith Waters (*) | Chiedo Labs
* Director is new to the board

To view all board members see:  SVTC Board of Directors by Class and Committee (pdf).

Again, we are so happy to have some new faces on the SVTC board. Welcome, and thank you for your service to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council!

Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15-7/25)
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.

Dates and Time: 
  • Monday, July 15 | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 18 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
  • Monday, July 22  | In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm (Downtown Harrisonburg)
  • Thursday, July 25 | Online, 9:00-11:00am
Instructor: David Cafaro of Capital One Bank
Program Fee: $750
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Advanced Lego Robotics
For Rising Grades 5-9 (7/15-7/19)
July 15 - 19, 2019 | 1 pm - 4 pm
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave

For students with a basic understanding of the LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System, students will build on their knowledge by constructing  more advanced robotic devices using artificial intelligence that will be programmed into the operation of the robotic device.  Students will control the automation of the robotic device and have it make decisions based on its environment. Additional LCBF courses can be found at:

Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
Kick back, relax, and create some robots with teachers in your area at  Pale Fire Brewing Co.! Talk with peers about edtech, bring curriculum ideas & questions, or use the  Hummingbird Robotics Kit to make your own robot.

No programming/robotics experience required! Technology and craft materials will be provided. Brews and other beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
Email with questions.

The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
 9 am
The Startup Experience is a interactive 2-day workshop designed to teach you what it takes to get a business started. Startup teams (groups of 5 to 6 people) will work together learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, customer development, prototyping, web development, fundraising and professional pitching, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!

You will start the first day off with an overview of what entrepreneurship is and then dig into the Startup Experience model, founded by Henrik Scheel out of the Silicon Valley. This model has been taught all over the globe and the SCCF is looking forward to bringing to the Shenandoah Valley again this July.  Space is limited.


For more information about group rates, contact Debbie Irwin at

JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
 James Madison University
Using JMU's unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, Science on a Sphere, among others, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more! Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

JMU's Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 11th grade students. These camps seek to grow leaders and problems solvers of tomorrow, by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! 

There are three camps available for different age ranges. See details below: 

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps 
(July - August 2019)
Join us at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for a summer of adventure, education, and fun!  There are camp experiences for everyone, from preschool to high school! All programs are led by qualified professionals, with curriculum enhanced by the SVDM education team. The Discovery Museum is running a full summer of enriching fun from June to August.

Technology camps available: 

Save the Date | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
August 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plecker Center, BRCC, Weyers Cave

Join Valley Business Leaders and Managers for the Keynote address and the annual Business Resource Fair. For an accurate count, be sure to register in advance. This event will not include lunch.

Register for this event at

Share Your Voice!
Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy 
 - Survey -

You are invited to take the following 10-minute survey  regarding ideas and opinion's on what the state's role should be in the innovation economy. This survey will remain in effect through the end of July. ALL Virginians with an interest in this topic are encouraged to complete the survey and register their voice.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, two bills were considered that would have created a new authority or made several changes to an existing authority around funding and oversight of research commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation economic development initiatives in the Commonwealth.  Although there was universal support for more efficient use of state resources, the legislature decided - due to concerns addressed by many affected stakeholders - to delay pending an effort led by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to assess and recommend a legislative plan - statewide-backed and driven by a diverse workgroup of subject matter experts - to consolidate, restructure, and transition programs. This legislative proposal WILL be data driven. This survey will help catalog ideas from Virginian's who can and cannot attend the regional Town Hall series this spring/summer. 

Take the 10-minute survey | Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy

Welcome Back Level I Member!
JMU University Programs

University Programs at James Madison University is the central location for students, faculty and the university community to receive services and support regarding the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS), and University Advising. University Programs is the Dean's office for Undeclared students, and coordinates some university-wide academic projects, including the registration of new freshmen and transfer students into appropriate first-semester courses. Within University Programs, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies provides quality assessment service to the university while providing applied graduate training in both assessment and measurement. The General Education Program is the core academic program required of all students, regardless of their major, educating students in ways that have been fundamental to higher education and to thinking people for centuries. IdLS is a liberal arts and sciences major that is cooperatively produced by three different colleges (Arts and Letters, Integrated Science and Engineering, and Education). The IdLS major provides content-area education for future teachers, and is designed to prepare students to meet subject area competencies required for teacher licensure in Virginia. University Advising focuses on the implementation of advising practices across the majors.

  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Engineering Technician)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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