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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)
Local company helps Gatwick Airport innovate and win Aviation Industry's Best Airside Operations award
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)
Tech Bytes: Learn about JMU's Online Cyber Intelligence Program (11/16)
Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast (12/4)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (12/6)
Welcome New SVTC Member: Converge Local
Welcome Back Level I Member: The Hub Coworking
Welcome Back Level I Member: Shen Valley Small Business Development Center
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 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

Local company helps Gatwick Airport innovate and win Aviation Industry's Best Airside Operations award
Gatwick Airport has won Aviation Industry's Best Airside Operations using 
ConvergentAI's Predictive Guidance

Gatwick has been awarded 'Best Airside Efficiency' by International Airport Review for its use of ConvergentAI's Predictive Turn Guidance to improve Flight Operations.

ConvergentAI's system dynamically predicts Departure Readiness for each of the over 400 flights arriving at Gatwick each day; highlighting their risk of delay, magnitude and time to respond.

Gatwick uses this predictive guidance to coordinate response and recovery efforts with their airline and ground handler partners to improve turn performance.

Gatwick has been using the system across all flights and over the last year has improved on time departure 4pts and delivered over 1.5M additional passengers on time.

Gatwick Airport operates the second largest airport in the UK, serving over 46 million passengers. It has had to meet the increasing demand of more passenger travel, larger aircraft and additional routes. Runway efficiency, airfield performance and passenger flow has become even more critical in this dynamic environment. Unplanned delays disrupt the process; reducing flow and capacity.

Building more capacity through more stands, additional runways and terminals comes with physical constraints, high capital costs and environmental considerations. This makes optimizing existing resources a critical part of increasing throughput and capacity.

A key optimization area is the turn process; which requires coordination and timing of many activities to achieve on time departure. Knowing departure timing early in the turn process allows airlines, handlers and the airport to plan downstream activities optimally. Traditionally, that coordination and timing is based on rules which were not designed for the dynamics and complexity of today's flight operations, making disruptions more pronounced and less recoverable.

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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

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.

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?

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

Welcome New SVTC Member!
Converge Local

Converge Local is a full-service marketing agency focused on delivering profitable results through the creation of creative, targeted, and heavily automated marketing campaigns.

Their services include: Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Graphic Design, Web Design/Development, Video Production, Print Services, Sign Production, and Vehicle Graphics.

Welcome Back Level I Member!
The Hub Coworking

The Hub Coworking is an inspiring downtown work space for professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators.
Members have access to the collective talents and knowledge of others who work here, creating an organic style of collaboration and rapport that is invaluable to small businesses, independent workers and growing organizations.

Welcome Back Level I Member!
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SV SBDC)

The SV SBDC is where business comes to talk business in the Shenandoah Valley. We offer no-fee, confidential consultation and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses. We can discuss your concerns about business planning, financing options, marketing strategies, financial analysis, strategic planning, operations, human resources, and more. We offer an active calendar of workshops and events for the business owner and manager, and we provide connections to the many local, state, and federal resources for small and medium-sized businesses. The SV SBDC is a grant-funded, not-for-profit agency hosted by James Madison University and serving the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, and Buena Vista, and the Counties of Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, and Highland. We are a Resource Partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of the Virginia SBDC Network and the National Association of SBDCs.

  • 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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