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2019 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
CIT Announces Annual Funding Sources Series for FY2020
The Ethics of Technology Series: How Novel Genetic Technologies Challenge Parental Responsibility (9/26)
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Briefing & Funding Information Sessions (10/2)
National Solar Tour in Harrisonburg (10/5, 10/6)
SVTC Luncheon: WTF is Strategy and Why Should You Care? (10/24)
Disruption: Challenging Leadership at Every Turn | VMI Leadership & Ethics Conference (10/28-10/29)
Valley Women in Tech Lunch (10/29)
Innovate | Shenandoah: Strategic Doing Day (10/30)
Cyber Security Conference & Expo | Theme: Women Leaders in Cyber | Washington, DC (11/14)
Welcome New SVTC Member: CUED-In Inc.
Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Insurance
Welcome Back Individual Level Member: Michael Szul

Looking for a grant to help start up your FLL team? Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

To be eligible, teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation. Applicants must also intend participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:  FLL Reimbursement Grant Application (pdf)

About 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. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.

CIT Announces Annual Funding Sources Series for FY2020
Events provide an overview of funding opportunities available through  CIT for researchers, entrepreneurs, and startup companies located in the Commonwealth.

Herndon, VA, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a series of briefings throughout the Commonwealth on funding programs available to Virginia-based researchers and entrepreneurs.

Presentations will include overviews of CIT's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Support Program, the CIT GAP Funds and Virginia Founders Fund (VFF), and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), including the FY20 solicitation.

The series aligns with CRCF's upcoming Request for Proposals; approximately $2.5 million will be available to support high-potential technology development and commercialization activities in clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems.

Note: topics covered in each briefing session are indicated below.

Briefing Dates & Locations:
  • September 25, Norfolk, VA, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CRCF)
    ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center
  • September 25, Williamsburg, VA, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CRCF)
    W&M Offices in New Town
  • September 30, Danville, VA, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CRCF)
    Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • October 1, Lynchburg, VA, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)"Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
  • October 1, Blacksburg, VA, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
  • October 2, Roanoke, VA, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    Roanoke Blacksburg (Technology Council
  • October 2, Harrisonburg, VA, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    JMU Ice House
  • October 2, Fairfax, VA, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (CRCF)
    George Mason University
  • October 3, Charlottesville, VA, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    i.Lab @ UVA
  • October 3, Fredericksburg, VA 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    UMW Center for Economic Development
  • October 4, Arlington, VA, 10:30 AM - Noon (CRCF and SBIR/STTR)
    Arlington Economic Development
  • October 7, Region 1/Southwest Virginia, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    Dedicated webinar
  • October 8, Manassas, VA, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (CRCF, GAP, and SBIR/STTR)
    George Mason University S&T Campus
  • October 8, Richmond, VA, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CRCF)
    Virginia Bio+Tech Park
About the CIT Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
The CRCF advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector. The Fund seeks to advance Virginia's position in strategically important areas including, but not limited to human health, cyber security, smart communities and unmanned systems.

About the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
Investing for Commonwealth Growth | CIT concentrates on the early commercialization and seed funding stages of innovation, helping innovators and tech entrepreneurs launch and grow new companies to create high-paying jobs throughout the entire state of Virginia. Founded in 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been a primary driver of advocating for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. CIT accelerates next generation technologies and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, and market development initiatives. Our programs include | CIT GAP Funds | Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) | Virginia Founders Fund | Broadband/Rural Broadband | Smart Communities | Cybersecurity | Unmanned Systems | SBIR/STTR Support (Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs) | University Partnerships | Startup Company Mentoring & Engagement on behalf of Virginia Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. CIT's CAGE Code is 1UP71.

September 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Stackhouse Theater, Lexington

 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Briefing & Funding Information Sessions 
Harrisonburg  (10/2)


October 2, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
JMU Ice House, Harrisonburg

Come join us as Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) presents information about funding available through three key programs administered by the Center for Innovative Technology in support of research and commercialization in Virginia:  

FY20 CRCF Solicitation: CIT staff will introduce the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), a multi-million dollar technology commercialization grant program that accelerates innovation and drives economic growth in Virginia. The team will discuss the FY20 round, which includes programs available to higher ed, federal labs and other nonprofit research organizations, and the private sector. Topics will include eligibility criteria and the solicitation timeline, the Letter of Intent (LOI) with a revised approach this year, the application process, and tips for creating strong submissions. 

SBIR/STTR Tips & Support for Virginia Applicants: The federal SBIR and STTR programs award over $3B annually to small tech firms in order to develop early stage, high risk, high payoff technology. 11 agencies participate, with awards ranging from $100K to $1.5M. SBIR proposal tips will be provided, as well as a preview of the Oct. 16-17 NIH/NSF SBIR & Commercialization Conference in Roanoke, VA. 

CIT GAP Funds & Virginia Founders Fund (VFF): CIT GAP Funds provides equity investments to early stage, high growth potential companies. CIT GAP Funds invests up to $250K in seed stage tech, clean tech/energy, life science and techenabled services companies. A companion fund, VFF, focuses on investments in women-owned, veteran-owned or minority-owned start-ups, as well as start-ups located in traditionally underserved regions of Virginia.

Parking will be available outside of the JMU Ice House. Parking permits will be necessary to park for those who do not have a current JMU parking permit. Please pick up a free parking pass at the entrance of the building.

National Solar Tour in Harrisonburg (10/5, 10/6)

October 5, 2019 |  1 pm - 5 pm
October 6, 2019 |  10 am - 4 pm
Sundial House, Harrisonburg

About this Open House
This 21st century house is called Sundial House because it is oriented exactly south allowing the occupants to tell time from shadows in the house. In addition to photovoltaic solar panels connected to the grid with net metering, the house features a passive system using glass walls and thermal mass to store winter heat. In summer the mass in the house allows the house to be cooled at night and carry the coolness over into the daytime.

What is a solar open house?
See solar panels up close, ask questions about how solar works, learn about why people in your community made the choice to go solar, and connect with other people in your community who support solar energy.

This event is free and open to the public - everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between - this event is for you. Stop by for a few or stay for a while!

Register for October 5 and/or 6, 2019 for solar open house

October 24, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

This presentation will focus on understanding the 3 different types of strategic disciplines.  What are their differences and how businesses often gravitate to one not realizing the others are blind spots?  How to build a strategy that leverages all 3 and how to do that to build a better organization.  An ideal topic for business leaders looking to take their business to the next level or understand how to pivot from stagnate/declining revenue.

About the Speaker
David Deaton, founder of Deaton Group, LLC, has over two decades of experience transforming organizations through strategic planning, market research, and effective execution.  David has partnered with organizations worldwide ranging from startups and nonprofits to global businesses to improve growth, manage change and transformation, and develop strong strategic foundations to build and sustain their success.  As the former Director of Strategy and Market Research for the CFA Institute Asia Pacific region, David has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative market analysis. He then went on to become Global Strategic Planning Director where he developed organizational strategy and departmental alignment, guided new teams and projects through effective launches, helped teams plan for implementation, and provided group facilitation for departmental strategic planning.  We know that organizations can overcome their toughest obstacles and reach new levels of success through sound strategy. We're here to make that happen.

Register for October 24, 2019 SVTC Luncheon

Thank you luncheon sponsors!

October 28 - 29, 2019
Marshall Hall, VMI, Lexington 

Rapidly changing ideological differences, technological innovations, and social norms are disrupting the nation, established institutions, businesses, and cultures around the globe. Our conference will focus on critical thinking, creative problem solving and leading in a disruptive environment. We will offer a balance of top-notch speakers on key areas of disruption (cultural, individual, technological, and business) with hands-on, active learning sessions.

About the Annual VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference
Begun in 2010, the VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference is a hallmark of the Center for Leadership and Ethic's programming. It is a top-tier conference that addresses a significant issue of ethical leadership development, including living an honorable lifestyle in contemporary America.

The conference is open to all interested adults and attracts the attention of faculty and students of a diverse array of military and civilian colleges, members of the public and private sectors, military leaders, and non-profit audiences. Through the participation of these attendees and our speakers, VMI leads national conversations on diverse themes of leadership and ethics in modern society.

Students and faculty of other colleges, the general public, VMI cadets, staff, faculty are encouraged to attend.

Of interest for tech community might be this speaker:

Dr. Crum is the Caroline Dawn Wortham '12 Leadership Speaker
for this year's Leadership and Ethics Conference

Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Poppy serves as the chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an adjunct professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies - and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as augmented and virtual reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

Poppy is a U.S. representative and vice-chair to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a member of the Stanford Research Institute Technical Council. Prior to joining Dolby Laboratories, Poppy was a research faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where her neurophysiological research focused on understanding the neural correlates of how we hear in a complex acoustic environment and the functional circuitry of the auditory cortex.

Poppy is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. She is a 2018 recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society's Distinguished Leadership Award, a 2017 recipient of the Consumer Technology Association's Technology and Standards Achievement Award for work towards the introduction of over-the-counter hearing-aid devices, and has been named to Billboard Magazine's 100 most influential female executives in the music industry. Prior to academic study as a neuroscientist and work in industry, Poppy was a performing violinist.

She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies

October 29, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

Gathering women "in tech" on October 29 for an informal gathering from around the Valley to connect, network, and share ideas. This is a first meeting to get acquainted  - let's see what, if anything, we want to do. From students to professionals, we welcome all those who identify as women or girls interested in or associated with technology.

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.

Please pre-register to attend so that we can bring pre-printed nametags for attendees.

Teams meet October 30, 2019 | 9am - 5pm
Innovate | Shenandoah in an initiative sponsored by SCCF and the VA Department of Housing and Community Development. They are hosting a Strategic Doing Day. What is Strategic Doing? Strategic Doing is a framework developed by Purdue University that helps loosely connected groups, collaborate quickly and effectively. Communities within the Shenandoah Valley are invited to build teams that will work through the Strategic Doing Process to develop projects that highlight entrepreneurship and economic vibrancy in your community. 

More information about Strategic Doing:

Want to be a part of a team from your area? Complete the form in the link below and you will get you connected to the appropriate organizer within your region. Please note, some teams may already be full.

Register for the October 30, 2019 Strategic Doing Day
and you will be connected within your region

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

Welcome New SVTC Member!
CUED-In Inc.

CUED-In is made up of experienced people who strive to meet the challenges of our changing workforce and educational systems. With our easy to use, user-friendly platform, we desire to help career seekers RESEARCH careers to discover their potential, enable educators to REACH the future workforce and empower employers to RECRUIT the right talent.

Welcome Back Level III Member!
Rockingham Insurance

Rockingham Insurance is a property & casualty insurance company providing coverage for homes, autos, farms, and businesses. Headquartered in Harrisonburg, Virginia we are eligible to write business in all fifty states. For 150 years, we've been ensuring the people and companies that make our community grow and thrive. Rockingham holds an "A" Excellent rating with A.M. Best Company, a highly regarded assessor of the financial and management stability of insurance companies.

Welcome Back Individual Level Member!
Michael Szul

Michael Szul has spent two decades in software engineering in industries as diverse as insurance, energy, travel, and higher education, including consulting with companies such as AIG and Conde Naste. He has worked in both application and product development, as well as framework creation, code generation, API building, and machine learning. Szul is a speaker, blogger, podcaster, Microsoft MVP in AI and Developer Technologies, and author of Building Chatbots in TypeScript with the Microsoft Bot Framework. Currently, he is the manager of undergraduate medical education applications for the University of Virginia's Health System.

  • Western State Hospital, Staunton (Programmer)
  • Sproutly, New Market (UX Designer)
  • Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave (Computer Programming Boot
    Camp Instructor)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Engineering Technician)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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