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Sept 29, 2017
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Tech Tuesday: Demystifying the Cloud (10/3)
Solar Open House at BrydgeWorks Glass (10/6)
Second Annual Virginia Solar Congress (10/14)
Capital One Coders Experience (10/14 @ JMU)
JMU Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference (10/23)
Congressional App Challenge (sign up ends 10/31)
Jenzabar Job Openings
GARCC Tech Tuesdays
Demystifying the Cloud 

Get some help "Demystifying the Cloud" from Ian MacRae with  E-N Computers . Lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A!

With a history of great service and quality results, E-N Computers has a story unlike any other. Ian MacRae founded E-N COMPUTERS, INC. in 1997 out of a passion for helping people with technology. Our Remote Service Desk started as Ian's cell phone and is now staffed with a team of 22 experts helping clients remotely, internally, and onsite throughout Virginia and Washington DC.

The Tech Tuesdays series is sponsored by Chiedo Labs.

This is a Chamber member only event. Registration is required.
Solar Open House at BrydgeWorks Glass (10/6)

Are you ready to take control of your electric bill?  BrydgeWorks Glass in Harrisonburg, VA will explain it at their educational Solar Open House on Oct 6th.

What you'll learn:
  • How solar energy works
  • How you could start saving with solar
Drop in anytime between 10am -1pm.
RSVP to let them know you are coming! Free food will be available.
Second Annual Virginia Solar Congress (10/14)

Join VA SUN and solar supporters from across the state for their 2nd Annual Virginia Solar Congress!

The Virginia Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Virginia. The day will include presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with growing solar in Virginia. We will also hold a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss the priorities that solar supporters in Virginia should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

The second annual Virginia Solar Congress will be hosted by VA SUN in partnership with JMU Center for Wind Energy.

Stay tuned for a full agenda for the day, coming soon! Visit: for more information.

Capital One Coders Experience | No Charge | Statewide
(10/14 & 10/21 | 10/14 at JMU)  

Capital One Coders Experience 2017

On October 14th and 21st come join the Capital One Coders Experience!  The Capital One Coders Experience will bring girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 a free, fun, interactive day that gives them a glimpse of what a career in technology looks like. They'll be introduced to problem solving, teamwork and the basic principles of a hands-on environment in learning labs in each of the GO Virginia Regions.

Let's give our girls the skills they need to pursue a life in a #STEM field. Did we mention it'll be fun?

JMU Teaching and Learning with
Technology Conference (10/23)

On October 23rd, come to the Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference at James Madison University. It is an opportunity to bring together educators using technology to share best practices and to make using technology a positive educational experience.

 CyberSecurity Awareness for Businesses 3.0 (10/26)
cybersecurity workshop

Hold this date for our 3rd annual CyberSecurity Conference for Small Businesses, with Keynote speaker Carlos Solari, joined by local experts and resources to help your business. 

The agenda and the speakers are being confirmed. Final details will be posted the week of Oct 2. More details will be posted via the SVTC calendar / Oct 26

Congressional App Challenge  (sign up ends 10/31)

Intended for students, the third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) will run through November 1, 2017. The CAC is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. This year, there are over 165 Members of Congress signed up to participate!

The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic, and racial gaps in tech. In its first two years, the program yielded 239 challenges across 33 states. Over 1,150 apps were created by nearly 4,000 students, and participant demographics surpassed all industry diversity metrics, with young women representing 30% of all competitors. This year, the Congressional App Challenge will strive to build upon those numbers.
During the next 14 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their own original applications, that will be evaluated by panels of local judges.The Members of Congress will announce the winners during Computer Science Education Week in early December. Winners will be honored by their Member of Congress. More prizes will be announced throughout the Challenge.

The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US, right now. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness, by proactively inspiring our youth and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.

The Challenge owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC. Challenge execution is supported by the efforts of our Advisory Board, which includes the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Computer Science Teachers Association, Girls Who Code, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Capital One, and Cisco, as well as a broad coalition of CS-focused partners.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit If you are interested getting involved or in supporting the Congressional App Challenge, please contact our Director, Rachel Decoste, at

Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
City of Harrisonburg
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The Harrisonburg MSA is a hub for technology development. Employers are quickly discovering the tremendous assets available in the Harrisonburg area. Ideally situated two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley offers a great quality of life, a highly skilled workforce, and a robust technology infrastructure. Harrisonburg specializes in growing information technology businesses for health and security solutions. James Madison University, with its emphasis on information security and information assurance, offers a competitive advantage as Harrisonburg seeks to attract technology developers and to foster the development of homegrown technology businesses. Come see why industry leaders Rosetta Stone, SRI International, AXON AI, Merck, Jenzabar, Chiedo Labs, and Serco are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in this thriving market.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
The Chiedo Companies

The Chiedo Companies were started in 2012 with Chiedo Labs being the first. Chiedo Labs was founded by Chiedo during his last semester at James Madison University and has been growing rapidly ever since. Today, The Chiedo Companies, consisting of four technology businesses, function as a one stop shop for all of your website, marketing, IT and Cybersecurity needs. 

Job Opening: IT Help Desk Administrator
Jenzabar | Harrisonburg

Do people always tell you how helpful you are? Do you enjoy wrestling with problems and resolving them with ease and a smile? Jenzabar is seeking an IT Help Desk Administrator in the Harrisonburg area with a service minded attitude, and maybe a t-shirt that says "I <3 our end users." The successful candidate will take up a position on the front lines of the never-ending struggle to keep our associates' technology running smoothly so they can maximize our client's success. Your reward? The satisfaction of fighting the good fight. Oh, and decent pay and benefits on a pretty excellent team of dudes, if we do say so ourselves. And we do.

Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

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