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September 9, 2016
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SVTC Luncheon: The Evolution of "Big Data" (9/15)
beCamp at OpenSource Connections (9/16-9/17)
SVTC Bits & Grits (9/20)
SVTC Fall Tech Mixer (9/29)
Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp: Virginia
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: JMU IT Department
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: grep Innovation
Job Opening: Systems Development Analyst | Rockingham Group
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SVTC Luncheon: The Evolution of "Big Data"
September 15, 2016  11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet  Harrisonburg, VA 

Grab a friend or coworker and join us Sept. 15 for our luncheon featuring  Dr. Andrew Fast, Chief Scientist, Elder Research, Inc.

Topic: The Evolution of "Big Data" 
What is "Big Data"?  Where did it come from? And what makes it special?  Many are familiar with the big V's of Big Data such as  Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity.  This talk will highlight how the recent, meteoric growth of data is driving the adoption of new technologies and, more importantly, a new mindset for taking on the challenges and opportunities presented by Big Data all with the goal of creating business Value, the most important V of all. 
Networking begins at 11:30 am. Dutch treat. | Membership not required. By registering you enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

We look forward to hearing from our luncheon sponsors about their plans for fall 2016: 

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:

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.  
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).

Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy & Commerce Boot Camp:
Connect. Innovate. Succeed.  
October 6, 2016 9am - 4pm, JMU - Festival Conference & Student Center 

The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Commerce are committed to supporting US manufacturing through connecting businesses with the resources they need to succeed. Home to some of the world's most powerful lasers, fastest super computers, and talented researchers, the DOE's national labs offer a wealth of technical resources to help industry develop new products and services.

The MITEC (Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce) Boot Camp is designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises access national lab capabilities and assets.

Learn how you can engage with three DOE National Labs --National Re-newable Energy Lab (NREL), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Jefferson Lab-- to scale a material, utilize a set of mixed equipment for testing with expert advice from a scientist and/or engineer, and more. Leading experts will provide information on several federal funding opportunities to work with the labs.

You will also have a chance to learn how to work with Genedge to integrate new ideas and technologies into your manufacturing.

Keynote by Karen Jackson, Virginia's Secretary of Technology

Agenda:  Panels will discuss the capabilities and resources of NREL, Oak Ridge, and Jefferson national laboratories, how to access these resources (including federal funding opportunities), and how to access assets from the Small Business Development Centers and the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help your business thrive. Ample time will be provided for networking and visiting exhibits 
More info and registration for the Oct 6 Virginia bootcamp at JMU

Governor McAuliffe Announces Technology Award Winners
Honored projects noted for innovation & efficient service

Sept. 8, 2016
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the winners of the annual Governor's Technology Awards at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond. Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth, Nelson Moe presented 17 awards in nine categories on the Governor's behalf at a reception on Wednesday evening. 
"I am very impressed with the breadth and depth of these winning projects, and I congratulate the staff members who developed and implemented them," said Governor McAuliffe. "These awards confirm that our agencies and localities are using technology to solve business problems in innovative new ways. From broadband and workforce development to data analytics for business intelligence and electronic health records, these projects align with our common efforts and goals. Virginia and our citizens are the direct beneficiaries of the projects we honor today."
For 19 years, the Governor's Technology Awards program has recognized public sector information technology (IT) projects that have improved government service delivery and efficiency. Winners are determined by a panel of government IT experts.
Multiple awards were presented in several categories because of the extremely close scores between projects. Executive summaries of each winner's entries are posted on the COVITS website,, to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.
The 2016 Virginia Governor's Technology Awards winners, by category: follow link to view award winners in published release:

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.)

Learn More:
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.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:

Chiedo Labs was founded in 2012 by Chiedo John during his last semester at James Madison University and has been growing rapidly ever since. Chiedo Labs works with WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, ruby on rails, python, MySQL, Linux and a whole range of technologies. If you need your idea coded, Chiedo Labs is the team for you.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
James Madison University Information Technology Department 

Information Technology at James Madison University is an essential element of academic life, enabling study, research and personal communication. As a means to excellence in achieving its education, research and service missions, the University provides and supports computing and electronic communication services for all its students, faculty and staff. The department is headed by AVP Dale Hulvey.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
grep Innovation

grep Innovation LLC provides a variety of technology services including web application and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling, data telecommunications consulting and photography. A valley native, James Madison University alumnus and confessed serial entrepreneur, principal Ron Perry has a broad background in the research, development and implementation of technology, in the realms of engineering, media production, robotics, education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. He serves as a volunteer and adviser for a variety of organizations including Blue Ridge Community College, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Wilson Workforce & Rehabilitation Center and is a founding board member of SVTC.


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

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