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Highlighting Tech News from Around the Valley: The Scylla Group Wins Umbraco's Best Editing Experience Award
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (7/15-7/25)
The Startup Experience | 2 Day Workshop (7/19-7/20)
JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
Maker City Boot Camps: 3D Printing Level I & II (7/31, 8/1)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (July - August 2019)
Registration Now OPEN | Valley Business Summit (8/8)
Valley TechCon.19 | Early Bird Registration OPEN (9/25)
Share Your Voice! Take the Virginia's Role in the Innovation Economy Survey
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
Highlighting Tech News from Around the Valley:
The Scylla Group Wins Umbraco's Best Editing Experience Award for Rubbermaid Commercial Products' Website
Learn How Umbraco-based Website Facilitated Work for Content Editors While Increasing Online Users, Pageviews and Pages per Session in New Case Study
July 10, 2019 -- ODENSE, Denmark--( BUSINESS WIRE)--When Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) set out to streamline the flow of its digital ecosystem and develop an impactful and future-ready website, it gave the job to The Scylla Group (Scylla) - and the return on investment has already been significant. In a new  case study, Scylla partner Tim Howes discusses why his agency recommended  Umbraco Cloud, a flexible and full-featured open-source content management system (CMS), for the job. The new site has resulted in more users, pageviews, and pages per session for RCP - and Scylla winning the Best Editing Experience Award at Umbraco's annual Codegarden conference in May.

According to Niels Hartvig, chief unicorn at Umbraco, the jury named Scylla the winner for its "amazing use of content blocks, content options and preview functionality" and "impressive array of customizations available to modules here."

"Scylla's work on the RCP website is an ideal example of the benefits a proper CMS can bring to companies overall and to content editors specifically," Hartvig added. "Far too often, content editors are stuck fighting difficult-to-use CMS solutions, resulting in it taking weeks, even months, to get content up in front of customers. This reduces the effectiveness of marketing and their companies from earning revenue. With Umbraco, RCP's content editors can now independently and quickly add to and update web content on an integrated and streamlined website without having to involve IT."
In addition to facilitating work for content editors, the new website is paying off for RCP overall, with 23 percent more site visitors, including 16 percent more new users; 21 percent more overall sessions; 55 percent more pageviews, and 27 percent more pages per session.

"With The Scylla Group's implementation of our new Umbraco website, we have a flexible, scalable marketing platform that is future ready for growth," said Jim Smith, Sr. marketing communications manager at RCP. "Umbraco CMS has put our website and digital campaigns back in the hands of Marketing. What used to take 30 days, now takes 30 minutes."

Why Umbraco? 
According to Tim Howes, a partner at Scylla, the agency used Umbraco Cloud for the RCP project because it offers the power and flexibility to provide its clients with a custom, enterprise CMS that fits their specific needs and technology infrastructure, without compromise. "Umbraco is fully featured, easy to work with, highly customizable, extensible, and scalable, and since it's based on the .NET platform from Microsoft, we knew the site would integrate easily with RCP's existing technology stack, be secure and stable," Howes said. "With Umbraco as our CMS platform and our experience creating enterprise-level backends, we knew we could deliver a solution that was as innovative as it was effective."

To read the full case study, visit To see more examples of how other U.S. and international brands-including Trex, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Scholl and Mercedes-Benz-have benefited from Umbraco CMS, visit  here.
Codegarden 2020 will take place in Odense, Denmark, May 27-29. US Umbraco Fest coming to Chicago next March 2020.

About Umbraco 
Umbraco is an open source CMS built on the Microsoft .NET platform. Often referred to as the "Friendly CMS," Umbraco gives developers the flexibility and freedom to build website, apps and other solutions with the look and features they want, while enabling editors and content creators to easily and quickly get content in front of their customers as quickly as possible. Created in 2005 by Danish developer Niels Hartvig, Umbraco also offers the Umbraco Cloud, providing all-in-one Azure hosting and predictability in cost, performance and time. More than 500,000 websites run live on Umbraco CMS and the Umbraco Cloud, supported by more than 220,000 very active Umbraco community members. For more information, visit

About The Scylla Group
Located in Winchester, VA the Scylla Group is an elite group of digital natives with a unique perspective on solving problems from governance and communications to technical issues.  They provide strategic insight and develop digital solutions that empower clients to spend less time managing technology and more time building meaningful relationships with their customers. For more information, visit

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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
Add More Team Members for $600 a seat!
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 Residential Camp (7/21-7/27)
 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! 

Maker City Boot Camps: 3D Printing Level I & II (7/31, 8/1)
Maker City boot camps are a great way to get started and to build your Maker skills. You'll learn more about our specialized work zones and we'll share information about our Master Maker Badge Program, too. Advance registration required. Free with your membership or admission fee!

Sign up for one or all of the following:

3D Printing Level I 
Tuesday, July 30 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Before you can produce a finished product, you must first learn Tinkercad, a 3-D Modeling program! After you've learned the design basics, take the 3-D Printing Level II Boot Camp and transform your designs into printed objects.

3D Printing Level II
Thursday, Aug 1 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Learn how the Museum's 3-D printers work! Students will troubleshoot Tinkercad designs and transfer them to the 3-D printer so the computer renderings can be transformed into a physical object. Prerequisite: Completion of 3-D Printing Level I (previously called 3-D Modeling)

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: 

Registration Now OPEN | 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

Valley TechCon.19 | Early Bird Registration OPEN (9/25)
September 25, 2019 | 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

** Early Bird Tickets (ends 8/31): $100 (+ $7.72 fee)  **
Regular Admission: $125 (+ $9.24 fee)
Student Rate: $50 (+4.67 fee)

Now in its second year, Valley TechCon brings together technology enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and business leaders to facilitate idea sharing, collaboration, and innovation. This year there will be three tracks to choose from for the breakout sessions: Technical Topics for Practitioners, The Business Impact of Technology, and Growing Your Technology Business. Within each track,  sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics. The goal is to inspire new ideas, improve business efficiency with emerging technologies, springboard new ventures, and expand networking opportunities.

Check out all that Valley TechCon.19 has to offer this year!
Ticket Includes
  • Breakfast, morning snack, lunch.
  • 14 breakout sessions.
  • 3 featured speaker sessions.
  • Post-event networking event at Pale Fire Brewing Company (shuttle and first drink included)*.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend, from high school age upwards, through college years, those in a professional career, and those looking to keep up to date in retirement.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center is conveniently located close to exit 245 on Interstate 81 at 710 S. Main St., Harrisonburg VA, 22801.  Directions. Once you arrive, you will find a multi-storey parking deck towards the rear of the hotel. The entrance is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historical Cantrell Ave.). Valet parking is also available.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact via email

What's the refund policy?
Refunds can be requested up until 7 days before the event.

*After conference networking session occurs 3:30-5:30 PM at Pale Fire Brewery in downtown Harrisonburg; one beer ticket per non-student conference attendee

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

  • 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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