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NOMINATIONS OPEN! | TechNite20 | February 14 - March 14, 2020
SVTC Luncheon: What is 5G and Why Should I Care? (2/17)
The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It. How to Benefit From It. How to Survive It. (3/25)
Innovation Partnerships at TechConnect World (4/6 - 4/9)
2021 Virginia Telecommunications (VATI) Input Sessions (4/14 or 4/23)
VACE Employer Connect Event (4/23)
Save the Date | June 4, 2020 | Commonwealth Connect Broadband Forum
STEM Youth Summer Camps in Harrisonburg | REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Welcome New SVTC Member: Sako Haji
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
February 14 - March 14, 2020


Largest SVTC Event Of The Year: May 5, 2020

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.

Submit Nominations: February 14 - March 14

Seeking the Valley's tech leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, companies, and organizations that have an amplified community impact while using technology!

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley's largest technology celebration of the year!
We're ready for your nominations for the Valley's best and brightest
in the following categories:

Innovation in Community Impact Award

Innovation in Emerging Business Award

Innovation in Education K-12 Award

Innovation in Higher Education Award

Innovation in Development Award

Innovation in Utilization Award

Dr. Noftsinger Leadership Award

People's Choice Award

(A word about self-nominations: we like them a lot! Why? Simple, we don't share or publish who made a nomination; and these types of nominations usually are the most complete and accurate. We also greatly value close coordination between nominator and nominee.
Please don't surprise someone with a nomination.)


SVTC Luncheon:  What is 5G and Why Should I Care? (2/17)

March 19, 2020 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
5G is the next generation of mobile phone radio technology. Deployment of 5G by wireless phone providers has already begun, and it will ramp up in 2020. In this talk, we'll explain 5G in simple terms and lay out how it will impact you today and in the next decade.

About the Speaker
Scott Robohn is Chief Architect of IP and Optical Networks art Nokia. He is an experienced technology leader with expertise in Mobile Networking, Cloud, IP networking, and related technologies. He has over 25 years experience building and leading teams in technical sales, customer service, and product development.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!


Tech Bytes Tech Talks:  The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It. How to Benefit From It.
How to Survive It.

March 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown

Lord Fairfax Community College is hosting monthly technology discussion with technology professionals from around that nation. The public is invited, but registration is required. Most talks will occur at the Middletown Campus, but they will be distancing the presentation to their Fauquier Campus also. 

Upcoming talk: The Modern Technology Tsunami: How to Think About It.
How to Benefit From It. How to Survive It.

This talk will look behind the cliches about technology change to provide deeper insight about 21st century technology change and the risks and benefits it entails. Examples will be drawn from information and telecommunication technologies, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology.

About the speaker: Richard Danzig's primary activity is as a consultant to U.S. Intelligence Agencies and the Department of Defense on national security issues. He is a Senior Advisor to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Chair of the Advisory Panel for Idaho National Laboratories' Innovation Center, and a member of the Toyota Research Institute Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Secretary's Advisory Council, a Trustee of Reed College and of the RAND Corporation, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm).

Dr. Danzig has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security, Vice Chair of RAND, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board, and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White, after his graduation from Yale.

He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Attendees are asked to register for the talks - and learn about upcoming talks - at

Future sessions: 
  • April 8 2020, 6:00pm - Heather Wilson, Analytics, L Brands
Talks are scheduled for one hour and Q&A.

Innovation Partnerships at TechConnect World (4/6 - 4/9)

April 6-9, 2020 | Denver, CO

Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo offers the most comprehensive conference, exposition, and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. The conference and expo deliver premium networking and educational opportunities with a keen focus on city leaders and their priorities. Working closely with the technology community, they bring together the largest collection of intelligent systems providers. There are two opportunities for Shen. Valley start-ups and or attendees: 
  • Showcase Opportunity: For startups that are interested in demonstrating their innovative technologies. Companies wishing to receive discounts for showcase displays contact Derek Mayer - for details.
  • Attendee opportunity: The Shen. Valley Technology Council has gotten a special code for attendance! Use this code for 10% off: 20SVTC10
2021 Virginia Telecommunications (VATI)
Input Sessions (4/14 or 4/23)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
South County Library,  Roanoke
Thursday, April 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Library of Virginia,  Richmond

 The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host two input sessions to discuss the proposed FY2021 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) guidelines and criteria. The meeting is open to the public. Representatives from units of local government, internet service providers and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend.  

VATI has an introduced budget of $35 million for FY2021 to implement broadband infrastructure deployment in partnership with units of local government and private internet service providers across the commonwealth.  The funds shall be used to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

If you have any questions, contact (804) 371-7003 or

VACE Employer Connect Event  (4/23)
April 23, 2020 |  Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg
Employer Program: 3 - 4 pm
Happy Hour & Meet and Greet: 4 - 6 pm

How do you stay up to date on what state leaders are discussing in the areas of college recruitment, engaging young talent, and career development?
The Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers (VACE) invites you to be a guest and attend a portion of their 2020 annual conference.

There will be a panel with representatives from Workforce Development, Economic Development, and the GOVirginia Board to discuss current trends and challenges in creating a talent pipeline. After this program, connect with career center leaders and other colleagues from across the state during their happy hour.
Because the Employer Connect event will be tied to the VACE annual conference occurring at the Hotel Madison on April 22-24, VACE will be raffling TWO individual employer memberships for the 2020-21 year (one during the Employer Panel and one during the Happy Hour). If you have questions about the event or VACE, please reach out to

Save the Date | June 4, 2020
Commonwealth Connect Broadband Forum
Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 9 am - 5 pm
Albemarle County Office Building
( 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902 )

The forum will feature speakers from localities, broadband providers, and the Commonwealth Connect team about a range of topics to help achieve universal broadband coverage in Virginia. General sessions, breakout discussions, and ample networking opportunities will allow localities and broadband providers to connect and share best practices.

The forum is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Full agenda and registration to follow. Local leaders and broadband providers are encouraged to attend.
Summit partners:
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Center for Innovation and Technology (CIT), Virginia Association of Counties (VACo), Virginia Municipal League (VML), Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC), VCTA the Broadband Association, Virginia's Electric Cooperatives, and Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association.

STEM Youth Summer Camps in Harrisonburg

JMU's Youth Program are offering several STEM summer camps starting June 2020. Act fast, as these camps fill up quickly! Fore more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at 540-568-4226, Rachel Vaughn at or email Camps offered are: 
  • June 15 -19: Biosynthetic Engineering Camp 
    Full-Day Camp (rising 8th grades & teachers)
    $150 / Student; $250 / Teacher
    Mail-In Registration Form
  • Science Explorer's Camps
    Full Day Camp (rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades)
    July 6-10, 2020; Program Fee: $220.00
    Full Day Camp (rising 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades)
    July 13-17, 2020; P
    rogram Fee: $250.00
    Residential Camp (rising 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th grades)
    July 19-25, 2020; Program Fee: $900.00
    More information/registration
  • July 27 - 31, 2020: College for Kids
    Full OR Half-Day Camp (rising K - 8th grades)

    $120/$200 | More information will be posted closer to camp date

Welcome New SVTC Member!
Sako Haji

Currently a full time student, majoring in computer science, with almost three years of experience. Seeking more hands-on learning settings, such as internships and/or shadowing. Very passionate in this field, and very excited to work in making a difference.

  • Segra, Waynesboro (IT Operations Technician)
  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Augusta County Service Authority, Verona (Systems Analyst/Developer)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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