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Valley Women in Tech Lunch (11/18)
SVTC Luncheon | Innovate and Improve Brand By Embracing Web Accessibility (11/20)
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament | Volunteers Needed (11/16)
Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast (12/4)
Virginia Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Amazon HQ2 Announcement
Tech Bytes: Learn about JMU's Online Cyber Intelligence Program (11/16)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (12/6)
The Ethics of Technology Series: World Without Mind (1/30)
Welcome Back Level I Member: Generate Impact
Welcome Back Level I Member: JMU Technology Innovation and Economic Development
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
November 18, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
Dang did we have excellent attendance, or what!! Let's gather again and continue the conversation!

Gathering all who are interested in supporting women "in tech" from around the Valley for an informal meeting to connect, network, and share ideas. From students to professionals, we welcome all. We're building our Women in Technology village and we want you to be engaged.

Take a look at an organization in Charlottesville, Charlottesville Women in Tech (, we are keeping them in mind as we start a conversation among women who are in tech, in the Valley. As always, that's anywhere on the range from tech user to tech creator. Elaine Cheng, Chief Information Officer, Shentel and Nicky Swayne, CEO, Shen. Valley Technology Council will facilitate the meeting.

November 20, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
Want to create a more innovative web site that better represents your brand? Web accessibility (a11y) is a great place to start. Come learn about recent accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0 & 2.1), and how following them will make your website more engaging and easier to use for everyone.

About the Speaker
Chris O'Brien has been with higher education software company  Jenzabar since 2001, serving as an application architect, product manager, UX/UI designer, and now as the UX team founder and lead. His user-centered approach drives his work with web accessibility and design systems and he's excited to see where his passion will take him next.  Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors:


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

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

Just want to take a peek? 
The tournament is free and open to the public!
Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS. 
Come to JMU's ISAT Bldg sometime between 9 am and 
approx 2 pm for the bulk of the action. Park in lot D2.

Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast (12/4)
December 4, 2019 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am
JMU Festival & Student Center, Harrisonburg
SVTC or HRCC Members: $15 | Non-Members: $20
(SVTC members who are NOT also HRCC members choose the "Not a Member" option,
and then on the following page there will be an option for "SVTC Members $15".

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at JMU Festival and Conference Center.  This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.  What can we expect when the 2019 Session begins?

Virginia Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
of Amazon HQ2 Announcement
Project has made significant advancements in planning and development, transportation, tech talent initiative, and more over the past 12 months

November 12, 2019 (Richmond, Va.)

One year after Amazon announced plans to establish its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth is moving forward with long-term investments that include generating 31,000 new computer science graduates and replacing the capital region's worst traffic chokepoint, Governor Ralph Northam said today.

Governor Northam made the comments while celebrating the one-year anniversary of Amazon HQ2 and the progress made on the project over the last 12 months by the Commonwealth, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. On November 13, 2018, Governor Northam  announced that Amazon would invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a major new headquarters in Virginia, creating more than 25,000 high-paying jobs over 12 years.

"Virginia is investing proactively in our future, as the Amazon competition inspired us to do,"  said Governor Northam. "Since the company's announcement last year, we have been focused on making sure that every part of the Commonwealth benefits from their decision to make Northern Virginia their new home. Our plan includes investing in education, transportation infrastructure, and affordable housing. The investments spurred by the Amazon project will strengthen Virginia's workforce and diversify our economic growth for decades to come."

The headquarters will be housed in a collection of new and renovated buildings located in National Landing, which includes portions of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington County, and Potomac Yard in the City of Alexandria. Virginia successfully secured the project through an unprecedented state, local, regional, and private partnership after a 14-month competitive site selection process during which Amazon received 238 proposals from communities across North America. JBG SMITH was chosen as Amazon's partner to house and develop its HQ2 locations.

"The team spirit and commitment that helped secure Amazon's second headquarters for Virginia endures as the project advances into the next phase,"  said  Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. "The cornerstones of Virginia's proposal will enhance the infrastructure, tech talent, and higher education assets across the Commonwealth, and we are confident in the far-reaching benefits of Amazon HQ2 for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria."

One year later, the Commonwealth is highlighting several project milestones...

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

The Ethics of Technology Series: World Without Mind  (1/30)
January 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Stackhouse Theater, Lexington

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The JMU Office of Technology Innovation and Economic Development's mission is three-fold: 1) promote innovation through protecting and commercializing intellectual property developed at JMU, 2) create research opportunities by connecting faculty and students with business and industry, and 3) foster economic development through business partnerships and launching startup companies. Along with James Madison Innovations, Inc., JMUs intellectual property management and licensing organization, the two entities connect researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industry and support services to bolster the entrepreneurial infrastructure and promote innovation in the Valley.

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  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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