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March 29,  2019
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TechNite19 | Reservations OPEN | Nominees Announced! (4/29)
Cybersecurity Awareness Education | Staunton (4/4)
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Post-Session Legislative Breakfast (4/8)
Tom Tom Summit & Festival | Charlottesville (4/8 - 4/14)
Warrington Science Symposium | Winchester (4/17)
Save the Date | SVTC Luncheon | Digital Ethics (4/18)
Maker City Boot Camps | Harrisonburg (4/20 & 4/27)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit | Harrisonburg (4/26)
Save the Date | ValleyTechCon.19 (9/25)
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
TechNite19 | Reservations OPEN | See the Nominees!
April 29, 2019

During Tech Nite, approx. 275 attendees honor and recognize the technology innovators of the area. This recognition helps organizations and individuals immensely - the winning organization is able to expand its network, attract employees, and obtain publicity inside and often outside of the local region. Tech Nite allows attendees to witness the successes and innovative progression of the Shenandoah Valley. We encourage everyone to attend, network with others, and celebrate the innovative companies, organizations, educators, and leaders in our area. On Monday, April 29, we will gather for TechNite19.

Each year we receive a diverse set of nominees. Nominees come from a variety of disciplines - from agriculture to education and everything in-between. We gathered nominations for the 8 award categories between  Feb. 13 - March 13 - and we are delighted to announce our 31 nominees (see below).

And the nominees are...

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


JMU College of Business (COB)'s
Innovation in Emerging Business Award
JMU College of Education (CoE)'s & JMU College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)'s
Innovation in Education K-12 Award

I nnovation in Higher Education Award

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)'s
Innovation in Development Award

Dynamic Aviation's
Innovation in Utilization Award


Dr. Noftsinger Leadership Award
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. 
This year we will once again have a voting option for those with private social media accounts.
Voting (and rules) for the People's Choice Award will be announced on Monday!


Cybersecurity Awareness Education | Staunton
April 4, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton
Join us to find out why CyberSecurity is the CFOs new priority. Learn from, and network with, key players in cybersecurity during this exclusive conference created for CFOs. 

Learn how to keep your business safe

Event Schedule
  • Noon-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30 "Securing Open Ends", John Whitehead, Ricoh
  • 1:30-2:00 "Local CyberSecurity Activity" Sargent J. Grave, Augusta County Sherriff's Department
  • 2:00-2:30 First Bank and Trust
  • 2:30-3:00 OPEN Speaker Slot
  • -Break-
  • 3:15-4:00 Dan O'Brien, former US Department of Justice, Cyber Security - Current GO Virginia Cyber Security Program Manager and Instructor
  • 4:00-4:15 "Sophisticated Phishing" Thomas Kinsinger, IT Solutions Architect, E-N Computers
  • 4:15-4:30 "Top 20 Controls for managing Digital Risk" Ian MacRae, CEO, E-N Computers
-Networking and Refreshments-

Sponsorships and vendor tables are available ( see details).

Register for April 4, 2019 cybersecurity conference at

Post-Session Legislative Breakfast 
April 8, 2019 | 
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Spotswood Country Club, Harrisonburg

Please RSVP by 4/4/2019 (Thursday)
$15.00 for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber Members
$20.00 for Non-Chamber Members
The annual Post-Session Legislative Breakfast is  your opportunity to hear from our Senators and Delegates on the full impact of the 2019 General Assembly. 
  • Interested about I-81 and where do we go from here?
  • Taxes, tax conformity and extra money were on the agenda... Who Won?  Who Didn't??
  • Educators at all levels were keeping an eye on the General Assembly this year.  How does that impact us?
  • Were there any wins for Business, Industry and Agriculture???

April 8 -14, 2019 |
Charlottesville, Virginia
The Tom Tom Summit is a series of six conferences that gather civic leaders, entrepreneurs, engaged citizens, and legendary innovators to explore what makes hometowns thrive in the 21st century. These boutique conferences offer unparalleled access to today and tomorrow's leaders in a beautiful downtown setting of galleries, theaters, restaurants, and public spaces.

The 6 conferences that take place during the summit will be: 

Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

The Civic Innovation Conference is a day-long forum connecting changemakers across sectors. Session themes such as equity and inclusion, creative placemaking, affordable housing, local journalism, community wellness, and data-driven policy make for a unique event that offers real-world playbooks from across America and fosters alliances for lasting impact on today's most important challenges.

The Renewable Energy Conference is a boutique, single-day gathering of executives, technologists, and policymakers for an in-depth discussion of 2019 trends to watch. Unpack the arrival of grid parity and the explosive growth of green finance. Get the inside story on game-changing innovations in storage, automation, microgrids, energy blockchain, and IoT. Learn how corporate and municipal emissions reduction targets affect your work and community, and engage with policymakers to explore climate action plans in your region. 

Thursday, April 11: Creative Ecosystems
The Creative Ecosystem Conference is a daylong meeting of the minds for arts administrators, curators, artists, and supporters from the Mid Atlantic and beyond. Focused on fostering productive alliances, this event will demystify how small organizations with limited resources can achieve outsized impact for the artists and communities that they serve.

Thursday April 11: Applied Machine Learning
The Applied Machine Learning Conference has sold out for two years running and continues to generate excitement with its focus on applied science and practitioner-driven content. This premier, day-long event features a who's who of researchers, entrepreneurs, and writers, as well as numerous opportunities for networking and recruitment at mixers, power lunches, and afterparties, all on Charlottesville's picturesque Downtown Mall.
Friday, April 12: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Over the past decade, hundreds of accelerators, incubators, innovation districts, angel networks, coworking labs, and other ecosystem support organizations have sprouted in America's small cities, all with the goal of propelling our hometowns to the forefront of innovation and economic growth. The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference is a unique, daylong summit for leaders to take stock and set the stage for even greater impact through data-driven presentations and lasting alliances.

There will also be a tech mixer on April 12th from 5pm - 8pm! 

For more information (and to see other events), please visit

The Warrington Science Symposium  is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. Dr. Talitha Washington from Howard University will speak on her research to a general audience followed by a student poster session. The student poster session will include research posters from the sciences and mathematics. This is a free event and open to the public. 

Dr. Talitha Washington's Research: 
How Modeling Can Explain Our World
In our ever changing, complex, information-rich world, we increasingly rely on mathematical and statistical modeling to advance our frontiers of knowledge. Even though the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed on July 1, 1940, we did not completely understand the reasons for its collapse until Dr. Joseph McKenna presented a nonlinear model in 1999. The relatively recent outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus urgently requires understanding of how it spreads in a society so we can prevent further infections. The burden on law enforcement to keep our society safe can be eased through predictive policing which can create strategies to reduce crime and improve public safety. With models of our world, we can have better bridges, eliminate epidemic diseases, and live in safer communities.

About the Speaker
Dr. Talitha Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She is currently a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems. She is the recipient of the 2019 BEYA STEM Innovator Award, MAA's 2018 Leitzel Lecturer, and an ASI Fellow.  

More information about April 17, 2019 Science Symposium
On April 18th, Joe Showker will join us to discuss the subject of digital ethics.
More details will be announced soon!

About the Speaker
Joe Showker recently retired from a career as an educator and digital ethics expert. He is a mentor on social media ethics, digital interactions, privacy,  and  internet safety. He helped craft Virginia's Public School Guide for Internet Safety, worked with the Attorney General of Virginia and has presented on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and MacWorld New York City. He consults others to reach their potential, build business networks and mentorship for best practices.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors: 


Full details will be announced at:

Boot camps are a great way to get started and to build your Maker City 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! Children must be 8 years or older to participate.

Sign up for one or all of the following: 

3D Printing Level I (Previously Called 3D Modeling) - Saturday, April 20th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Before you can produce a finished product you must first learn Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that will allow your ideas to take shape and become something that could eventually be made into a physical object. You must be 8 Years of age or older to take this workshop.

3D Printing Level II - Saturday, April 27th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Learn how the museum's 3-D printers work!  Students will trouble shoot 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)

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.

9.25.2019 ValleyTechCon19.
MARK THE DATE in your calendar. It's gonna be great.
Soon we'll put out a call for speakers and keynote, update the website, and offer sponsorships. Registration will open in the summer.

(Brought to you by local partners in business, government,
education, and non-profit, incl. us)

So for now, pencil it in!

  • 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 )
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • IT Decisions, Harrisonburg (Level 2 Technician / Systems Engineer)
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