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July 15, 2016
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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
SVTC's July Bits and Grits (7/19)
FIRST LEGO League Team Applications have been posted
Governors Technology Awards: Call for Entries (by 7/22)
Valley Business Keynote Featuring Don Pallotta (7/26)
Annual Valley Business Summit (8/17)
UAV Symposium: Virtue: VIrginia RoboTIcs & Unmanned systems Education Summit (8/17-8/18)
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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Fall '16 Corhort to Begin on Sept.6 

The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2016 (F16) Cohort that begins on September 6th.  

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 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. 

For the web version of Press Release, click here.
SVTC's Bits and Grits
July 19, 8-9am;  Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

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.  


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The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHEN. VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS├é┬« technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

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COVITS 2016 | Governor's Technology Awards: Call for Entries
submission deadline: July 22, 2016
Nomination season is open for the 2016 Governor's Technology Awards, hosted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS).  This awards program recognizes outstanding public sector technology projects, and nominations are due on July 22 nd. The awards ceremony, scheduled for the afternoon of September 7 th in Richmond, provides great visibility for award winners and nominees, and typically attracts 200+ state, local, and private sector technology leaders. 

Nominations for the nine different award categories will be evaluated by IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Awards will be presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS).
Detailed information on how to submit can be found on the following webpage:
Organizations can submit nominations in multiple categories, but only one submission per category. 
If you would like to attend the symposium (September 7-8 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel), registration is now open:

Valley Business Keynote
July 26, 3pm-7pm; JMU's Forbes Center 

Valley Business Keynote is proud to bring one of the hottest speakers in America, Dan Pallotta, to th e Shenand oah Valley!

The Message: Quality of Life and a Healthy Economy
Savvy leaders recognize the direct relationship between improvements to quality of life and econom ic growth. How a community invests in itself affects rec ruitment of new business, expansion of current businesses, and sustaining of a strong workforce. Join us this year for VBK 2016 to identify new ways to be more strategic in our community. Such
 investments can improve further our healthy and vibrant economy.

About The Speakers
 In 2013, Dan Pallotta gave his first  TED Talk on rethinking charity, which has received nearly 4 million views to date and he just recently he gave his second. He will share this acumen with local leaders. For more information on Mr. Pallotta, see his bio.

The Valley's own Raymond Brown is a dynamic speaker whose passion is helping others fulfill their potential. Brown provides the opening presentation.

For more Information please visit: SVTC Events Calendar 

Annual Valley Business Summit 2016
August 17,2016 at Blue Ridge Community College

Join us as challenges and opportunities facing businesses in our community and around the state are addressed.  A feedback forum with state legislators, a business panel discussion and business resource fair are a few of the highlights of the Valley Business Summit 2016. 

Key note speaker announced:
Elizabeth Milito, Esq. |  Senior Executive Counsel | National Federation of Independent Business:
Who Cares What Happens in Washington? You Should.
 >>  How the Current Political, Legal, Regulatory Landscape Impacts Small Business in Virginia. <<

VIRTUES: VIrginia RoboTIcs & Unmanned systems  Education Summit
UAV Symposium on August 17-18, 2016 at Lakeview Hall, JMU
You're invited to apply to participate in VIRTUES - Unmanned Systems working group come share your thoughts and be heard!
With an estimated economic impact of $82 billion (AUVSI Report, 2013), growth in the UAS industry continues to spark interest and competition - particularly in states with significant aerospace and transportation research facilities as well as those transitioning military industries.  According to the report, Virginia ranks 8 th in terms of potential economic impact despite having significant research capacity and a high concentration of related military industries.
Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner have identified unmanned systems as top priorities for the new Virginia economy.  In an effort to maintain our edge and improve our economic impact opportunities, we're would like to bring the community together and start a working-group level conversation. 

We will be meeting for August 17 th  and 18 th   at our new Lakeview Hall facility located at 298 Port Republic Road.  The event will start with a reception on Wednesday evening at 6 pm.  Secretary Jackson has been invited and is planning to attend and address the group.  We've invited representatives from DARPA and the FAA to participate in the group sessions and guided small group discussions for Thursday.
Please contact Emily Winter for any questions at:  540-568-7447 or 

MEMBER NEWS:Cadence, Inc Completes move into New Wisconsin Facility
Sturgeon Bay, Wis. July 13, 2016

Cadence, Inc. announced July 13, 2016 that it has completed its move into a new, state-of-the-art, 63,000 square foot facility located in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park at 1425 S. Neenah Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.  A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. 
Cadence is a single-source manufacturing partner for medical device, diagnostics, industrial and automotive companies worldwide, providing end-to-end solutions focused on best-in-class total value.

Partners choose Cadence for:
  • Mission critical components (plastics + metals)
  • Complex Sub-assemblies
  • Finished devices
  • Sketch-to-scale solutions
"I would like to thank all of our employees and customers for their support over the past year," said Sandy Sekadlo, VP of Manufacturing for Cadence Wis.  "With nearly three times the footprint of the previous building, we are excited about our increased production capacity.  We are very proud of our new facility and look forward to showcasing our core capabilities in precision and microstamping, multi-slide forming, injection and insert molding, and automated assembly."
About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence is a single-source contract manufacturing partner.  Cadence makes new devices a reality and delivers end-to-end solutions that simply make the world work better. Cadence employs more than 500 people worldwide with locations including:
  • Advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin
  • Product Realization CenterTM in Pennsylvania
  • Nearshore operations in the Dominican Republic
For more information on Cadence, please visit our website at
SVTC's Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Axon AI

AxonAI, we overcome the limitations of current approaches to analysis, decision-making, and operations by deploying swarms of simple software pro cesses on massively parallel computing architectures that continuously assess new information, collectively contribute to the required analytic products, and learn from human input and real-world observations. With AXON:OS, we have developed a flexible platform of Swarm-Intelligence based reasoning modules that can be assembled into a wide range of customer applications. Early examples of such applications are AXON:Investigation (supporting knowledge extraction from complex data for enhanced situational awareness) and AXON:Risk (continuously providing updated risk profiles for broad classes of events based on real-time data).


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