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After the Luncheon: WTF is Strategy and Why Should You Care?
Cyber Security Conference & Expo | Theme: Women Leaders in Cyber | Washington, DC (11/14)
The Shakedown State: Digital Debt, Economic Inequality, and Automation in Public Services (11/14)
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament | Volunteers Needed | Start-Up Grants Available (11/16)
Tech Bytes: Learn about JMU's Online Cyber Intelligence Program (11/16)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (12/6)
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
After the Luncheon: WTF is Strategy
and Why Should You Care?
On Thursday, October 24, David Deaton from Deaton Group, LLC joined the SVTC to discuss the  3 different types of strategic disciplines, how to build a strategy that leverages all 3, and how to do that to build a better organization.

For those who were unable to attend, or for attendees who would like to reference back, please visit our website at

November 14, 2019 | 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC
Digital Government Institute is privileged to work with some of the best and brightest government leaders.  We are especially excited about the upcoming 12th annual Cyber Security Conference - scheduled for November 14 - an event to highlight women in Cybersecurity.  These Cyber Leaders will share their capabilities, experiences, lessons learned and accomplishments, to include how they are advancing both their agencys' missions and their own careers.   DGI is finalizing the agenda and plans to have top-level cybersecurity leaders from organizations such as USPS, FBI, HHS, DHS, Montgomery County, WMATA and ZeroFox on the program. 

The complete conference schedule will be announced soon.  Plan to attend and get inspired!  Learn more

The Shakedown State: Digital Debt, Economic Inequality, and Automation in Public Services  (11/14)
November 14, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Stackhouse Theater, Lexington

November 16, 2019 | JMU ISAT-CS Building
-- Volunteers are currently needed! -- 

This event is free and open to the public! Come see what it's all about. Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS. Better yet -- volunteer! Just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact! To sign up as a volunteer, please visit

2019 Challenge: CITY SHAPER
What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?

More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST ®, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future-one that's built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward-and up.

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the CITY SHAPER season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Innovation Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the  FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.

For more information about FLL, visit

Team Start-Up Grants Available
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.

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:  FLL Reimbursement Grant Application (pdf)

Tech Bytes: Learn about JMU's Online
Cyber Intelligence Program (11/16)

November 16, 2019 | 10 am - 12 pm 
Fairfax Hall, LFCC Fauquier Campus, Warrenton

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: 
November 16, 2019, 10:00am, Fairfax Hall, Rm. 300 and Rm 210 Fauquier - Edna Reid, Cyber Intelligence, Retired FBI intelligence analyst & JMU Adjunct. Come learn about JMUs online Cyber Intelligence program.

Future sessions:
Talks are scheduled for one hour and Q&A, except for the 11/16 session which is a two hour presentation.

JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (12/6)
December 6, 2019 | 3 pm - 6pm
JMU Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg
Real problems. Real skills. Real impact.

All JMU X-Labs 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.

RSVP and additional info for December 6, 2019 JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit

  • Virginia Eagle Distributing, Verona (Digital Sales Administrator)
  • Sproutly, New Market (UX Designer)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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