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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! For youth ages 8+
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)
Small Business, Women-Owned Business, and Minority-Owned Business (SWaM) Vendor Fair (8/1)
Join us for the 2019 Small Business, Women-Owned Business, and Minority-Owned Business Vendor Networking Event.
Information for Vendors
The SWaM Vendor Fair will offer a wealth of contacts for marketing your goods and services and provide an opportunity to make personal contact with some of the 600+ JMU departmental buyers. The event is scheduled to take place at the James Madison University Festival Center on Thursday, August 1st 2019. The morning will begin with a networking luncheon to meet with other SWaM vendors and the JMU Procurement Services buyers. As the fair gets underway in the afternoon, you'll meet with many JMU departmental buyers and faculty as well as numerous buyers from other state, local, and private organizations.
Small, Women-, and Minority-owned (SWaM) vendors from the local area and across the state will be on hand to talk about the goods and services they can provide to JMU and other state agencies.
Please come to meet them from
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom and discover new opportunities for your purchasing dollars. This is an excellent opportunity to develop new supplier relationships or strengthen existing relationships with personal contact.
Parking is available at the Festival & Student Conference Center.
JMU employees in attendance will have the opportunity to register for one of many great door prizes.
All buyers or parties from any organization wishing to visit the fair from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm are welcome to attend FREE of charge.
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!
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?
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.
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