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After the Luncheon: Innovate and Improve Brand By Embracing Web Accessibility
Member News: From mercenaries to missionaries, Chiedo Labs announcing rebrand to Generate Impact
Member News: Fiber optic internet coming to Staunton residents in 2020 through Shentel's new brand
Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast (12/4)
Tech Bytes Tech Talks: Artificial Intelligence (12/4)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (12/6)
The Ethics of Technology Series: World Without Mind (1/30)
Welome New SVTC Member: Sandra Quigg
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
On Wednesday, November 20, Chris O'Brien of Jenzabar joined the SVTC to discuss how web accessibility improves brand. For those who were unable to attend, or for attendees who would like to reference back to the presentation,  please visit our website at We also encourage those interested to check out the list of very helpful resources Chris provided on the last slide of his presentation!

Over the past 7 years, local Harrisonburg business Chiedo Labs LLC has been at the
forefront of application and web development services. Working with local businesses, startups
and entrepreneurs to expand their business and simplify day-to-day operations. JMU alumni
and founder Chiedo John turned his dorm room idea into the business known by many today.
Chiedo's journey saw the company through many different business models with varying levels
of success. These ultimately led him to the discovery that the projects the team was most
passionate about were those that had a positive impact on the world. That realization of their
core value has led Chiedo Labs to officially rebrand to a company that embodies providing
internationally-focused humanitarian and disaster response organizations with custom app
development, staff augmentation, and digital design services. Effective as of 10/25/2019 Chiedo
Labs has officially transitioned to Generate Impact and will focus on making an impact in the
world while continuing to support large scale local organizations.

With the newly established leadership team and clarity of the vision, Chiedo has
appointed Mike Forster as the President of the organization to lead the business while Chiedo
focuses on gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology domains and the
organization's future offerings as the Director of Innovation and Technology. When announcing
the rebrand to the company, Mike stated, "We are excited to be able to use our expertise to
partner with international humanitarian organizations. When their passion becomes our passion
we thrive and put that energy and excitement into the work we do." As Generate Impact they
plan to continue offering the highest quality services to their current clients while working with
humanitarian and world-changing organizations. Designing, building and improving the
applications and tools needed to impact humanity and support their client's mission. Their new
slogan "Innovate Today Impact Tomorrow" embodies their outlook on the personal investment
they have to create the tools that will generate change and impact humanity.

To learn more visit

Contact Information:  Kevan Olsen, Generate Impact,

Fiber optic internet coming to Staunton residents in 2020 through Shentel's new brand  
Come 2020, some Staunton residents will have access to fiber optic internet thanks to Shentel's Glo Fiber. The new service will also offer television and phone services. 

Fiber optic internet deploys internet service using fiber optic cable, according to, which is a website that helps consumers find and compare internet service providers in their area. According to the  site, fiber offers much faster speeds over much longer distances than traditional copper-based technologies like DSL and cable...

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?

Tech Bytes Tech Talks: Artificial Intelligence (12/4)

December 4, 2019 | 1:00 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: 

December 4, 2019, 1:00pm - Melanie Mitchell, Artificial Intelligence, Portland State University

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

Welome New SVTC Member!
Sandra Quigg

Sandra Quigg has been promoting positive social outcomes for most of her career, including her current position as Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club. Previously, she was the Director of Organizational Sustainability at the social enterprise Friendship Industries (FI), and its affiliate Able Solutions (ASI). A University of Richmond graduate, Sandra has worked in not-for-profit and for-profit businesses undertaking everything from research, grant writing, project management, major gift fundraising, and sales. Her work at the Boys & Girls Club benefits the community by providing a safe, enriching and positive environment for the youth of Harrisonburg and Rockingham. She assists the mission by developing relationships with the many stakeholders invested in supporting the citizens of tomorrow

  • Generate Impact, Harrisonburg (Director of Business Development)
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center (Technology Manager)
  • 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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