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October 14, 2016
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TECHTOBER is Coming to the Commonwealth of Virginia
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 2.0 (10/27)
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (10/27)
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: JMU University Programs
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Staunton City Schools
Rocktown RockIT Launch Pad Class: What's your PROTO Type?
CONNECTIONS2016 (11/15)
Techtober is coming to the Commonwealth of Virginia 
Keep an eye on this page to discover all of  the technology events happening in the coming months

Link to Techtober Calendar:


  • 7:30 am to 8:00 am
    Light breakfast and networking
  • 8:00 am to 10 am
    Celia Paulsen | Cybersecurity Researcher | National Institute of Standards and Technology (Cybersecurity and Privacy Applications Group)
    Cybersecurity for Small Businesses: Creating a Risk-Appropriate Response
  • 10 am to 11 am
    Chris Sullivan | Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer | Serco, Inc.
    Anatomy of an Attack - Cyber Threats Facing CIOs and How to Defend Against Them 
  • 11 am to 12 pm
    Roy Luebke | Innovation & Growth Consultant | GenEdge
    The Internet of Things & Cyber-Security Risks: Are You Prepared?
  • Noon
    Event over - Possible option for attendees to stay at the Ice House to engage with JMU professor Dr. Jim Lantzy, College of Business, and his students for a questionnaire and assessment. (More info to come)
  • Pre-registration required | Membership NOT required | Cost: $35 (includes breakfast)
  • Location: JMU Ice House, 127. West Bruce St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801


_Registration via SBDC_



Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series
October 27, 2016 4:30pm-6:30pm Ruby's Lounge
From the Shenandoah Valley to Silicon Valley

They started out as roommates at James Madison University and went on to be a part of the Silicon Valley technology scene. Paul Holland leads a major venture capital firm, Foundation Capital, helping businesses grow from startups to $100 million revenue producers. Jonathan Lamb joins us from Apple, where he heads the finance team for Apple's service and support business.  Come hear about their journey and be inspired to continue yours!
**Space is limited, please RSVP early.** ( Link to registration page)

After the program, continue the discussion upstairs as we gather for dinner (Dutch treat) at Clementine. Please RSVP separately for the event and for the dinner.
This event is the launch of a speaker series that will showcase the stories and lessons from the business and non-profit worlds that can only come from the people who have lived them.

3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer (2 positions) and Jr. Software Developer/Engineer
From: AxonAI, Inc.

AxonAI, Inc. has three new positions open: two senior software developer/engineers and one junior level software developer/engineer. All positions will focus on back-end development. These are great opportunities for motivated individuals with the right balance of technical and communication skills.  These positions require the ability to provide innovative and well-thought-out use of technology to plan, develop, and implement software solutions.

For all the details please visit the AxonAI Careers page,  Interested applicants should complete the initial application form online along with their resume.  

Questions? Email

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
James Madison University Programs

University Programs at James Madison University is the central location for students, faculty and the university community to receive services and support regarding the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS), the Honors Program and University Advising. University Programs is the Dean's office for Undeclared students, and coordinates some university-wide academic projects, including the Honor Code Test and the registration of new freshmen and transfer students into appropriate first-semester courses. Within University Programs, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies provides quality assessment service to the university while providing applied graduate training in both assessment and measurement. The General Education Program is the core academic program required of all students, regardless of their major, educating students in ways that have been fundamental to higher education and to thinking people for centuries. IdLS is a liberal arts and sciences major that is cooperatively produced by three different colleges (Arts and Letters, Integrated Science and Engineering, and Education). The IdLS major provides content-area education for future teachers, and is designed to prepare students to meet subject area competencies required for teacher licensure in Virginia. The Honors Program seeks to meet the educational needs of talented, highly motivated students by offering increased opportunities for an enriched and demanding curriculum. University Advising focuses on the implementation of advising practices across the majors.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Staunton City Schools

We are a school division committed to our students and providing an excellent educational program. Our teachers value the uniqueness of each student and strive to challenge them daily. Teaching engaging lessons rooted in the Standards of Learning augmented by a variety of resources makes every day critical for the achievement for our students. Our division also benefits from a supportive community. Staunton citizens realize the importance of an effective school system and volunteer countless hours in our schools each year. I encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our school division and each school. If you do not find the information you need, please contact us. Staunton is a wonderful place to live and our schools are an integral part of the rich heritage of our community. Join us in making a difference in the future, one student at a time.


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This year's Connections2016 is scheduled the week after Election Day, so the information is both timely and important.  Dr. Chmura spoke at Connections five years ago to one of the largest crowds we have seen and we expect a good turnout as well this year.  It will be the biggest Business-After-Hours of the year and a great marketing opportunity for a few lucky sponsors!

For more information:
For sponsorship registration:  Sponsorships |  Vender booth registration:  connections-2016-vendor-registration

The SVTC's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Sponsorship application has been posted 
SVTC will cover HALF the start-up cost for a NEW SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM!

As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST  Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL  Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  •   Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS├é┬« technology
  •   Apply real-world math and science concepts
  •   Research challenges facing today's scientists
  •   Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills 
  •   Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team?  Technical or technology experience or background  NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)

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