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September 2, 2016
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SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
beCamp at OpenSource Connections (9/16-17)
SVTC Bits & Grits (9/20)
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Applications have been posted
Highlighting Renewing Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Ivy Tools
Job Opening: Systems Development Analyst | Rockingham Group
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer
September 29, 2016 at Beyond Restaurant from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us on September 29th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is a premier networking event. Come out and join current members and potential members as they mingle and network.

It's our treat - appetizers are 'on us' ... the food is fabulous and coconut shrimp will definitely be on the menu again! Drinks are dutch treat.

Come and find out what we're doing as an organization and what our members are doing individually.

Let us know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of appetizers. Feel free to bring a buddy, a customer, a co-worker, or your spouse (please register each).


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beCamp: September 16&17, 2016
OpenSource Connections located at 608  Preston Avenue, Charlottesville  

beCamp is Charlottesville's version of the BarCamp unconference movement - a conference organized on the fly by attendees, for attendees. Attendees usually include software developers, system administrators, quality assurance, devops, designers, and business developers.  It's open to any adult who is interested in technology, and has a very warm, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere.

More info and RSVP: http://becamp.org

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SVTC Bits & Grits
September 20, 8-9am at Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 
 
This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Look for Kurt Plowman.  
 
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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Session
Fall '16 cohort to begin on Sept. 6 

The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2016 (F16) Cohort that begins on September 6th.  

The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.

MACH37 is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products & markets
  • Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success
  • Have ideally built a team of 2-4 co-founders
  • Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls
  • Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital
  • Are willing to be in Virginia for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full-time

To apply, visit   www.mach37.com/apply and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

For the web version of MACH37 Press Release.
  
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Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions
Talent Solutions Competition: Grant applications now available on the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) website
 
Virginia must shift the paradigm through which the state has delivered workforce development solutions to meet the human capital needs of the private sector.  The Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions puts primary ownership for regional workforce solutions in the hands of the private sector. For the first time in Virginia's Workforce System, private businesses that employ cutting-edge, innovative solutions to address the skills shortfall many workers bring to the workplace will now have the opportunity to receive state funds to leverage private investment in workforce development.   

Businesses may choose to target grant funded workforce development activities using their choice of training methods: classroom, online, cooperative education, internships, on the job training, registered apprenticeships, any combination of these, or any other talent development strategies.

View the RFP:  HTML |  PDF 

Before you submit your proposal online, please  review the form and make sure you have all the required information available and ready.

Applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. Funding awards will be announced by October 28, 2016. Awarded funds will be available November 21, 2016 to December 31, 2018.


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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. 

WHAT SHENANDOAH VALLEY TEAM WILL BE NEXT????

WHAT is FLL?
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.)

Learn More:
 
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Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Rockingham County Economic Development

Rockingham County, located along the I-81 corridor in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is one of Virginia's fastest growing communities, where a diverse mix of business and agriculture provide a strong foundation for economic expansion. The County encompasses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan area, and firms in the area offer products for shipment nationwide and internationally. Major manufacturing centers serve clients along the East Coast and into the Mid-West - supplying food, auto parts, books, consumer goods and much more. Business leaders extol the high work ethic of the local workforce, that has a pride in quality workmanship. A short two-hour drive to the Nation's Capital in a beautiful country setting, with year-round recreational opportunities and top-level colleges and universities, make Rockingham County, Virginia a great place to live, work and play!

Website:  http://www.thinkrockingham.com

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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Ivy Tools

Ivy Tools is a business to business e-commerce retailer specializing in electronic test and measurement tools. We work with companies nationwide to supply equipment that helps diagnose or prevent problems related to heat, airflow, and moisture. Whether it's a tiny printed circuit board, or a large power plant boiler, Ivy Tools brings the experience and information our customers need in order to make critical decisions. We have FLIR thermal cameras working to solve moisture issues in the Southwest, and airflow meters in wind tunnels in Detroit working to increase fuel mileage. Ivy Tools is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the downtown National Historic District.

Website:  http://www.ivytools.com

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Job Opening: Systems Development Analyst
From: Rockingham Group

The Rockingham Group has a great opportunity for a motivated individual with the right balance of technical and communication skills.  This position requires the ability to provide innovative and well-thought-out use of technology to plan, develop, and implement financial services transactions.

For all the details please visit the RG job openings page  << RG Systems Development Analyst >>   and interested applicants should submit a resume to  recruiting@rockinghamgroup.com

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