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March 1,  2019
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TechNite19 Nomination Season is Now Open! (4/29)
SVTC Luncheon: How to Speak Web Developer (3/13)
Member News: Rural Virginia Communities To Get 10-Gig Broadband
No-Cost Cybersecurity Assessments at Blue Ridge Community College
ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls (register by 3/1)
Future Engineers: Weather Balloon Challenge for Grades K-8 (entries due 3/6)
Cyber Risks & Solutions for Small Business (3/7)
Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) (3/22-3/23)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (4/26)
Welcome Back Level I Member: The Wildlife Center of Virginia
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
TechNite19 Nomination Season is Now Open | April 29, 2019
Plan to join your fellow tech users and creators on Monday,  April 29, 2019. 
Until then,  review the award categories and c onsider nominating yourself or someone else! 
The nomination season will last from February 13 - March 13. 

Nominations are most competitive when they are well coordinated between nominator and nominee, AND when they are accurate and complete. Self-nominations are welcome (no one knows who made what nomination for whom). 
Get a head start: review the categories, conceive of a good nominee, start communicating with that potential nominee, and gather the details.
Take a look at the guidelines (pdf) 
to anticipate questions in each category. 
Neither nominee or nominator need to be a member of the SVTC.  

Award Categories for 2019:

JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE)'s
Innovation in Community Impact Award

The ICI is awarded to an individual, team, non-profit/civic organization, or company in the Shenandoah Valley that aspires to use its capabilities to help solve a social or environmental issue in a local community while using technology to amplify the impact of a service, mission, or project. - A metric or measurable result of the impact is desired. Collaborative efforts are welcome and encouraged.

JMU College of Business (COB)'s
Innovation in Emerging Business Award
Awarded to a Shenandoah Valley start-up/emerging technology company or entrepreneur.
Must have 1-25 employees.

JMU College of Education (CoE)'s & JMU College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)'s
Innovation in Education K-12 Award
Awarded to the educator or program that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use, and/or development of technology, within the region's K-12 educational system or technology-training program while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

I nnovation in Higher Education Award
Awarded to the educator or program that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology in the Shenandoah Valley region's higher educational system or technology-training program, while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)'s
Innovation in Development Award
Awarded to a company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others' benefit.

Dynamic Aviation's
Innovation in Utilization Award
This award recognizes outstanding commercial growth and achievement by an established company that either produces or markets high tech products or services, or an established company or organization that produces/offers more traditional products and services (where technology itself is not the core business purpose).


Shentel's Dr. Noftsinger 
Leadership Award
Recipient's leadership has served as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity in the Shenandoah Valley.

People's Choice Award
Awarded to one nominee from the other categories. All nominees are candidates - and the company, organization, or individual with the most votes through social media before and during the event will win. Voting starts the day all nominees are publicized and continues during the gala. (A special hashtag will be used; look for the announcement)
March 21, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
Working with web developers can be challenging. You want to make educated decisions about the choices you're presented with but it's hard to make educated decisions when you have no idea what the developer across the table just asked you. This presentation should help you learn the lingo so that when your developer presents you with choices, you have a high-level understanding of what you're agreeing to.   

About the Speaker
Chiedo is the CEO of Chiedo Labs, a software agency that companies hire to build web, desktop, and mobile applications. He's passionate about his family, innovation, and the communities he serves in. If you've got something challenging, you've usually got his attention.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!
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Member News:
Rural Virginia Communities To Get 10-Gig Broadband

Bailey McCann (CivSource) February 14, 2019

Rural local exchange carrier (RLEC), Lumos Networks will begin offering 10-gigabit service in Virginia. Lumos is working with ADTRAN using its 10-gig service portfolio and expects the service to be available commercially within the first quarter of this year.

Waynesboro, Clifton Forge, Covington, and Botetourt County will be the first four communities to get the 10-gig service. Lumos says it plans to expand its service area over time.
In addition to its 10-gig access, Lumos will be using ADTRAN's software-defined access (SD-Access) architecture to scale its services. In an interview with CivSource Lumos Networks SVP and General Manager Diego Anderson said that the software will help the company continue its network evolution.

"When we started delivering fiber-to-the-premises in 2006 we were offering something like 25mbps, from there we moved up to 1-gig and now with 10-gig service, software-defined access is helping us maintain the user experience while we work on network improvements. We expect that it will play a bigger role as we work through our edge-out strategy," Anderson said.

Anderson adds that by moving to 10-gig service Lumos is planning for future demand and hopes to support growing uses for high bandwidth networking like telemedicine and enterprise management. "With this, we're going to be able to bring service to rural parts of Virginia that rivals what is being offered in larger metropolitan areas, which is significant," he said.

Alongside the Lumos announcement, ADTRAN rolled out a comprehensive software-only Connect America Fund (CAF) performance test offering aimed at helping service providers meet FCC compliance changes for Connect America funds slated to start on July 1, 2019. The performance testing solution also accommodates those service providers looking to meet the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) requirements. The standards-based software runs on any TR-069 compliant device, including xDSL, Ethernet, DOCSIS, PON, and LTE WAN gateways.

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No-Cost Cybersecurity Assessments
at Blue Ridge Community College 

   BRCC is now offering no-cost basic cybersecurity assessments 
for select businesses in the Shenandoah Valley!

This assessment starts by reviewing  your existing cybersecurity program to understand how prepared you are to deal with sophisticated attacks, including examining your relevant internal documentation, and then meeting with individuals in your organization who know how your security works in practice. You'll develop a profile showing strengths, weaknesses, and suggested improvements across six key cybersecurity areas .

The assessment team will check passwords, operating system versions, network device firmware versions, and the like to assess your risk level and vulnerability to ransomware, phishing attacks, and malware infection . The assessment team  will NOT request access to your computer systems, do any penetration testing of your systems, or access any information on your devices.

When onsite, the cybersecurity assessment team interviews key staff members and conducts interactive discussions with your management and security team to explore areas of concern and to learn how your people, tools, and processes contribute to your current incident detection and response capabilities.

Next, they may ask  to check your operation system versions, firewall and network device firmware versions, antivirus/malware versions, password policies, etc. They do not need any personal details, passwords, or have any access to your data.

Finally, the team will prepare a comprehensive report that details findings and prioritizes recommended actions your organization should take in order to improve its cybersecurity. Also included is a rating of each action's importance , cost, and implementation difficulty, along with a roadmap view of short-, medium-, and long-term implementation strategies.

Interested in getting a free cybersecurity assessment?  Contact Dan O'Brien at or call  (540) 453-2254.
Register by March 1, 2019
Submit Project online by April 15th
The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of four themes - global health, a safer world, intelligent technology, and bridging inequalities. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls.

Participants will embark on an exciting journey over the next few months while they're building their project. After they pick a theme and finalize a project idea, they'll be ready to get started with building. Building can mean anything from physically putting together machine parts for a robot to writing code for a mobile app to prototyping a new prosthetic device. The possibilities are endless. After an initial build, they will want to test it to make sure everything works the way they want it to. And after multiple retests and rebuilds, they'll finally end up with a product that they're not only proud of, but which can make a difference. More information on how to participate:

About ProjectCSGIRLS
ProjectCSGIRLS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to cultivate a love for technology and computer science in girls and encourage them to pursue their interests and careers in these fields. They believe that nurturing an interest in science, math, and technology during the critical middle school period will help girls to better see themselves as the future leaders of tomorrow. They aim to do this through a unique idea - the nation's largest computer science competition for middle school girls. ProjectCSGIRLS is run by high school and college students from around the country who are incredibly passionate about computer science and technology. 
Entries due online March 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm
The Challenge:  If you are a K-8 student in the United States, your challenge is to design a weather balloon payload for Future Engineers to launch in Los Angeles, CA. 

First: Using historical data, create 2-3 data visualizations that explain Los Angeles weather and/or climate, including average annual temperatures in Los Angeles for the past 20 years. 

Second: Using recycled materials and "paper and penny" mockup components, design a payload that can hang from a helium weather balloon and survive an 8 foot drop test. Your entry must include images (up to 6), a title, and a text description. Be sure to review the CONTEST RULES and DESIGN GUIDELINES for all challenge details and specifications. 

If you win, your design will be launched and you will also get a weather balloon supply kit!
March 7, 2019 | Begins 12:00 pm
First Bank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Staunton
As a small business owner, you've experienced many threats to the success of your business over the years.

But this one? It takes the cake. Or in this case, your business! Most small business owners under estimate the seriousness of cyber threats to their livelihood.

"Why would anyone want to target my business? I'm not a Wal-Mart?"

And that's exactly what cyber thieves are banking on! With Virginia ranking #13 in the country as a prime cyber target, now is the time to give cyber thieves the boot. Let them know you're more passionate about your business than they are!

Also, find out the costs involved from a cyber breach and how to protect yourself with technology and insurance.

Please join me and Patrick Hecht of Hecht Insurance Advisors, Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 12 pm - 1:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, First Bank, 1 W Frederick Street, Staunton, VA 24401 for a free educational workshop entitled, What Your Business Needs to Know about Cyber Security.  

Find out:

* How cyber thieves think and what they really want
* How they entice your employees to bankrupt your business
* Simple ways you can empower yourself and fight back
* The cost involved with a cyber breach and how to protect yourself with technology and insurance

Plus, you'll receive 3 BIG tips/strategies/methods you can implement immediately to protect the business you love so much. Don't miss it!

Capital Region Celebration
of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) 
March 22 - 23, 2019 | $25 to attend
James Madison University, Harrisonburg
The Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  gives high school students the opportunity to network with women at undergraduate, graduate, and professional networks to promote the recruitment, retention and progression of women in computing related fields that lack diversity in the national work force.

Top Reasons to Attend
  1. Practice public speaking by presenting a poster or flash talk.
  2. Share your work and ideas with your peers and experts during the poster session, flash talk, or technical short.
  3. Get valuable feedback about your work and ideas via your poster presentation or technical short
  4. Win a prize by competing in the Poster Competition.
  5. Be inspired. Meet technical women like you and celebrate your accomplishments together.
  6. Hear success stories of technical women who made it this far!
  7. Broaden your skills by attending a workshop.
  8. Meet recruiters from business, industry, and academia for internships, jobs, or graduate programs.
  9. Find a new job or internship. Bring your resume to our career fair to apply for job and internship opportunities.
  10. Did we mention that it is FUN!
There will be 3 types of participation in the area of computing research as well as efforts to increase diversity in computing, e.g. outreach programs or programs to engage students outside the classroom.
  • Flash Talks: Five-minute presentations of 20 slides, where slides automatically advance every 15 seconds. Talks will have a 15-minute window to provide time for feedback and mentoring. Reports on preliminary results, work-in progress, or anything fun and creative related to the conference are welcome in this category. Open to high-school, undergraduate, or graduate students as well as professionals.
  • Posters: Presenters create a 24" x 32" poster of research, a class project, or other type of work-in-progress including efforts to diversify computing before the conference and are present at the poster during the session to discuss content. Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Research Shorts: An opportunity to give a 15-minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions, similar to a talk at a research conference. Work should be technical in nature, investigating new ideas in any area of computer science. The intention is to give presenters a friendly environment in which to practice a future talk or work out details in an ongoing project with an audience capable of constructive feedback. No paper is required, only an abstract, so future publication of the work is not limited. Open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.
April 26, 2019 | 3 pm - 6 pm
JMU Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit - open to college students from the Shenandoah Valley.
Students from all eight courses will display and present their final projects to administrators, industry client partners, family and friends. You are invited to join us to connect with extraordinary students, watch presentations and explore an open symposium of demonstrations and displays of student solutions.
The 8 Courses
  1.  Augmented/Virtual Reality
  2.  Autonomous Vehicles
  3. Blockchain
  4. Community Innovations
  5. Creativity and Innovation
  6. Hacking for Diplomacy
  7. Internet of Things
  8. Medical Innovations

Non-JMU Participants
Parking for the summit will be available in lots L and P between 2 pm and 8pm on Friday, April 26th. Parking permits will not be necessary during that time.

Please note that regular enforcement will be in effect in all other parking lots and in lots L and P before and after the time frame listed above. Guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as service vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permits, expired timed spaces and fire lanes.

Please refer to the  JMU campus map for parking locations. You'll find lots L and P in blue near the labeled "Lake Area":

JMU Participants
All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

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The Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one of the worlds leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center uses an impressive array of cutting edge technology and social media tools to provide state-of-the art veterinary care to injured wildlife, professional training to veterinary and conservation professionals from more than 40 countries, and environmental education to the audiences worldwide, all in pursuit of its mission, teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment.

  • Chiedo Labs, Harrisonburg (two full-time Javascript Developer openings, Back-End Developer, React Developer, Web Development Intern)

  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, etc) 
  • Bridgewater College Art Department (Practitioner in Residence : Visual Designer )
  • SV Electric Cooperative, Harrisonburg (PC Technician, Application Specialist)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • IT Decisions, Harrisonburg (Level 2 Technician / Systems Engineer)
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