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July 13,  2018
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Cadence Expands CNC Electrochemical Grinding Technology
Submit Your Ideas to Our Programming 2018-2019
2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Google Livestream Pt. 1: Small Biz Summer School "Get businesses holiday season-ready" (7/25)
Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
Battle Drone Bash for Kids (7/28)
Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
Code and Coffee Study Group | Harrisonburg (8/9)
SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer (9/27)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: LightCastle Technical Consulting
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Shenandoah University

July 19, 2018 (Staunton, VA)

Cadence recently expanded its Electrochemical Grinding (ECG) technology at the Cranston, Rhode Island facility.  The latest equipment uses high precision, burr-free grinding with CNC control.  This enables robust processing of harder materials such as spring tempered steel and heat treated stainless steel for profile grinding- shavers and related products.

 "This latest technology allows us to produce high precision, burr-free point grinding, as well as complex geometries with a cost effective process for our customers," stated John Rose, Senior Project Engineer at Cadence RI.  "Some of our current operations such as tube cutting, stylet notch cuts, and trocar tip forms are now burr free in one efficient process."

The new ECG technology also allows grinding to extremely tight tolerances and very low cutting forces for thin wall parts.  Furthermore, Cadence can cut almost all types of metals burr-free with this new technology. 

Interested in learning more about our ECG technology, visit

About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence Inc. is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical device and specialty industrial companies worldwide. Cadence develops solutions-oriented relationships with customers and provides highly technical solutions that enable improved product performance in clearly measurable ways. Cadence employs approximately 500 people worldwide with its corporate headquarters in Staunton, VA.


Be an active SVTC member! Tell us what sort of programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate in September 2018 through June 2019. What tech topics are on your mind? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you'd like to hear from or visit?

Crack open the survey, below, and select which topics you'd like to hear about. Or, -- add one! 

Please note that we are a not-for-profit, so we look for speakers from the Valley with minimal or no travel or other expenses.

To know what topics we covered in the past, take a look:
  Summary of ALL the luncheons we have held (2005-2018) (pdf).

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Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Eligibility: Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:

About FLL
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. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.


  • Jenzabar / Harrisonburg (Software Engineer, Senior Software Developer, UX Designer, etc) 
  • JMU, Harrisonburg (Information Technology Risk and Compliance Analyst)

July 25, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Small Business Development Center, Harrisonburg

Join us for Small Biz Summer-School with the SBA and Friends.  Google, Constant Contact, LinkedIn, and VistaPrint are teaming up with your SBDC to provide insight on how local businesses can leverage technology as your busy season approaches.

You'll hear about marketing strategies, best practices, and more.  Part 2 of the holiday LiveStream series is happening on Wednesday, October 17th.

Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
July 26, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $25
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg

The VBK committee is excited to announce another incredible Keynote for VBK 2018 - Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor. She will share with the audience the simple idea of radical candor, and how great managers can demonstrate personal care and direct challenge to build better relationships at work. Her Radical Candor framework will provide you the skills to create a culture of feedback, build cohesive teams, and achieve result. Dave Urso, founder of Dynamic Consulting, will open the 2018 VBK sharing his philosophy about leadership identity development at the individual level, so that you can lead with confidence.
Battle Drone Bash for Kids | Staunton (7/28)
July 28, 2018 | 10 am - 12 pm
Staunton Innovation Hub | $50 per drone

Build, Fly, and Battle with us  at the Staunton Innovation Hub!

Encourage STEM skills in your child. Satisfy your curiosity. This is a very attainable drone building kit that you can build and fly in under an hour.  Then the GAMES begin!!!

This is for kids of all ages though children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Only 15 spaces available.

$50 per drone
+$10 we'll have a bag lunch waiting for you.

Special Guest Andrei Dacko from Valley Career and Technical Center in Fishersville!
Sponsorships available.

Maker City Boot Camp: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (8/8)
August 8, 2018 |6 pm - 8 pm
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members Free | Visitors $7.00 admission fee

Takes place on August 8th from 6 - 8 pm.  Learn the basics of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that allows you to transfer online designs into physical objects using the 3D printer. You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. 

Prerequisite: Before taking any Boot Camp Series workshop, you must first complete a brief Intro to Maker City session. If you have not previously completed, Maker City will contact you with more information. 

Code and Coffee Study Group | Harrisonburg (8/9)
August 9, 2018 |5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Sheep Coffee, Harrisonburg

Join us for Code & Coffee Study Group! Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

Have a project idea and some skills, but haven't attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You're welcome too!

This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize and learn more about GDI. 

As a group, everyone will hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback.

Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.

Register for August 9, 2018 Code and Coffee Study Group

SAVE THE DATE: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer
September 27, 2018 | Harrisonburg
Save the date for SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer. You know we'll have yummy grub and good libations - stay tuned for details! Free to all tech users and creators from near and far - especially those attending ValleyTechCon the next day. 

Pre-registration will open August 2018.

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LightCastle Technical Consulting offers custom software development and Linux system administration with a focus on applications built using Ruby and JavaScript, and Python. We monitor our clients servers, network devices, and other critical elements using Zabbix and Nagios.

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Shenandoah University was established in 1875 and is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Shenandoah is a private, nationally recognized university that blends professional career experiences with liberal education. With nearly 4,000 students in more than 100 academic programs in seven different schools, Shenandoah promotes a close-knit community rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah students collaborate with accomplished professors who provide focused, individual attention, all the while leading several programs to be highly nationally ranked. Through innovative partnerships and programs at both the local and global level, there are exceptional opportunities for students to learn in and out of the classroom. Shenandoah empowers its students to improve the human condition and to be principled professionals and leaders wherever they go.


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