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October 7, 2016
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TECHTOBER is Coming to the Commonwealth of Virginia
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session (10/12)
SVTC Luncheon: How to become a Data Scientist (10/13)
CIT Announces FY2017 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
Presidio Splunk Lunch & Learn (10/12)
SVTC Member News: Lenhard Pettit
3 Job Openings: Sr. Software Developer/Engineer, Jr. Software Developer/Engineer | AxonAI
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 2.0 (10/27)
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (10/27)
Rocktown RockIT Launch Pad Class: What's your PROTO Type? (prototyping facilities & know-how available)
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:

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Information Session 
October 12, 2016; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | JMU  Ice House, room117

Registration form:

SVTC Luncheon: How to learn data science or any tech-related skill | Renee M.P. Teate
Thu, Oct. 13, 2016; 11:45 am - 1:00 pm | Wood Grill Buffet
Renee M. P. Teate is the creator and host of the "Becoming a Data Scientist" podcast, the associated Data Science Learning Club, DataSciGuide learning directory, and other data science related sites. You may know her as "Data Science Renee" @becomingdatasci on Twitter. On her podcast Teate has interviewed 17 data scientists about their career paths and how they learned data science. She also interacts with hundreds of data scientists regularly on Twitter.

In this talk she compiles advice she often hears about learning data science (much of which is applicable to learning any advanced technology-related skill), and answers some common questions about how to become a data scientist. She will also be available to answer questions about how advanced analytics can be used in business.  

Teate received a BS in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University, and a Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. She has worked as a database designer, SQL developer, and data analyst for most of her career, and recently started working with HelioCampus.

Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag. Dutch treat. Membership not required.

This luncheon is sponsored by these SVTC Level III and Level II members:


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C IT Announces FY2017 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund 
$2.8 million in funding opportunities available for Virginia's research community
October 4, 2016 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY2017. The solicitation opens today and Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by Thursday, November 10 th. Award announcements are planned for early June 2017.
The CRCF grows Virginia's economy by supporting high-potential technology commercialization projects at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector and nonprofit research institutions. A single solicitation for $2.8 million will be offered in FY2017, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.
Awards from the CRCF further the goals and industry opportunities set forth the in the  Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap. Eligible technology sectors this round are advanced manufacturing, cyber security, energy, environment - specifically water quality, information technology, life sciences and unmanned systems.
Details about the FY2017 solicitation are available on CIT's website at applicants also will find critical resources, including the link to submit an LOI, program guidelines, webinars, and more. Please direct questions to
In FY2016, CIT issued one solicitation resulting in $3.4 million recommended for award in 48 projects. This leveraged the Commonwealth's investment with approximately $11.6 million in matching funds. To date, the CRCF has announced nearly $20 million in support of 232 projects with leveraged dollars of $51.4 million. In FY2016, CRCF recipients reported a total of $69 million in additional follow-on investments.

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Presidio Splunk Lunch & Learn 
October 12, 2016; 12:00pm-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided and event is free) 

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SVTC Member News: Lenhard Pettit
Matthew J. Quatrara to join Lenhart Pettit 

Lenhart Pettit proudly announces that Matthew J. Quatrara will be joining the law firm effective November 1, 2016. Quatrara's practice will focus on complex litigation in state and federal court, with an emphasis on business and employment disputes, and white collar crime.

Quatrara is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law. He joins the firm after having served for eight years as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle. For five of those years, Quatrara served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia where he prosecuted white collar offenses. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Quatrara was an associate with the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

Quatrara is also actively involved in the community. He is on the boards of the Charlottesville Catholic School and Service Dogs of Virginia and is a youth coach for Virginia Basketball Academy. Quatrara is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Mike Derdeyn, Lenhart Pettit Litigation Practice Group Chair, said, "Matt is an accomplished and effective trial attorney with experience in complicated civil and criminal matters. We are thrilled that he is joining our firm and adding to our bench of seasoned trial attorneys."

Lenhart Pettit is a business and litigation law firm with twenty-five attorneys and offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. Lenhart Pettit's attorneys have been named to Virginia Business' "Legal Elite", Law & Politics "Virginia Super Lawyers" and Best Lawyers in America® publications. 

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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


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.


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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® 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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