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February 07, 2014 
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ModSim Entrepreneurship Competition Announced
Startup Weekend is this weekend
SVTC's February Luncheon--2/21
DIGCO releases 2013 demo footage
JMU Physics earns national recognition
Augusta Regional Chamber's Business & Technology Showcase is 2/14
Bits & Grits Networking Breakfast 2/18
Solutions Place to host supply chain workshop
Modeling & Simulation Entrepreneurship Competition Announced
Cash prize, industry exposure,expert feedback
MODSIM World Conference 2014
MODSIM World Conference 2014
  • Are you an entrepreneur using ModSim tools to solve problems in Manufacturing, Energy, Finance, Transportation, Retail, Serious Gaming, or other industry?
  • Does your new approach create opportunities for non-experts to use ModSim tools to solve new and important problems?
  • Would you like to help the world see how ModSim makes a difference in unexpected places?
We're looking for individuals, small teams, and existing small businesses who believe their new product or service has the potential to grow to significant size and value! Teams may include a large business in a form of a mentor, where cash winnings will go to the individual/small business.To enter submit a short pitch of your idea here.
The competition will begin on March 1, 2014 and will consist of two phases. The first round of the competition will be held online via MODSIM World Conference website. Public will be asked to vote on their favorite ideas. The finalists with the most votes will be invited to participate in the finals at MODSIM World Conference on April 16th, 2014 and pitch their idea live to a panel of distinguished subject matter experts for a chance to win a cash prize.
Or use social media--every week MODSIM World Conference Facebook page will showcase a new contestant and their idea. The contestant with the most "likes" will have a guaranteed spot in the finals.

MODSim World 2014 will be April 15-17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA.  MODSIM world vision - MODSIM World strives to become the premier international conference and exposition for collaboration and transfer of M&S knowledge, new research, development and applied technology across all public and private sectors.
Find full PDF press release on SVTC website/ news
Startup Weekend begins now -- join us as a participant or an onlooker 
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall  
Startup weekend explanation
Startup weekend explanation

The public is welcome to Sunday's (Feb. 9) final presentations and the announcement of winners but you still must register (free).  Presentations start at 6pm in JMU's Showker Hall with the awards presentation to follow around 8:00 pm.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.
Presented locally by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) as part of their mission to work across business, local government and academia to accelerate the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in the Shenandoah Valley. 
February SVTC Luncheon:
Business Analytics & Intelligence

Friday, Feb. 21 at our new offices
Ice House, 127 W. Bruce St., Harrisonburg  

Click to Register
Presentation about Business Analytics & Intelligence by Mike Mitri with JMU's Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics. Tour of the collaborative spaces at the Ice House.
$10 cash or check at the door for a simple catered lunch (most likely Mr. J's sandwich bagels and sides).

Pre-registration is highly recommended.

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Member News:  Digico releases 2013 demo reels including  RED Scarlet-X camera work 
DIGICO Shoot|Post|Design has released their 2014 video and motion design reels.  The demo reels are comprised of
footage from small business, corporate, TV network, and non-­-profit clients.  Projects include commercials, Web video, network and TV affiliate identities, and more.

"We're fortunate to have a great group of local, regional, and national clients," said DIGICO Design Director Jeff Dobrow.  "The work represented shows projects from Harrisonburg to Washington D.C. to Canada and Belgium," he said.
The demo reels include footage shot on the RED Scarlet-­X
cinema camera, a digital camera used in feature films and TV shows.

"Adding the RED to our in-­-house lineup of cameras has been a real boon," said Joey Groah, DIGICO producer/director.  "The image quality we're able to get, especially work that involves green screen work and animation, has been terrific.  RED has become a go-­-to name in major film releases, the family of cameras is used in movies like "Pacific Rim" and "The Hobbit."  To be able to offer RED image quality to our clients has been exciting," Groah said.

To view the video and motion design reels, as well as other projects, visit  


JMU Physics earns national recognition

JMU's Physics received an Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award from the American Physical Society's Committee on Education. In notifying the department of the award, the APS stated that JMU "sustains a thriving physics department" that has developed a culture of engaging students in the education process. JMU's physics department has about 130 majors, making it one of the largest undergraduate physics programs in the country.

Provost Jerry Benson said, "This level of recognition represents a lot of hard work, collaboration, a true focus on the teaching-learning process, and dedication by the faculty."  

The department also received a $300,000 grant this year from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition to produce more highly qualified physics teachers for Virginia schools. Dr. Steve Whisnant, head of the physics and astronomy department said, "We want to be part of the solution, to make sure that at some point all the schools in Virginia have well-qualified physics teachers so the students have a chance to take good courses. Maybe then, a few more of them will become interested in physics." Whether physics graduates pursue teaching, other professions or graduate school, their prospects are good." Whisnant said.  ""People are always looking for folks who have a strong technical background. The sort of math and science skills that you obtain in getting a physics degree translates well into lots of things. When perspective students and their parents come to visit, what I tell them is that we teach some physics, but what we really teach is critical thinking. We teach people how to attack a problem they've never seen before."  

Full article from JMU website


Member News:  Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2014 "Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase
February 13, 3 PM-7 PM; Best Western Waynesboro
"Rockin" Business & Technology Showcase will feature a vendor showcase, speed networking, and Business After Hours reception. Use the link below for more information and to see vendor or sponsorship opportunities.

More information here
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Bits & Grits Staunton--networking breakfast for techies in Staunton area   
February 18, 8-9 AM Mrs. Rowes Restaurant


On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes
Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on. Always good networking and always lots of food.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman


Member News:  Solutions Place to host S4 Lean Workshop for Supply Chain
March 18, 2014 8am-4:30 pm

Solutions Place/Allied Logistics of Waynesboro has an upcoming S4Lean Workshop with Live Simulation, presented by Volvo.  This Supply Chain Logistic Optimization workshop will take place at One Solutions Way, Waynesboro, VA 22980.  $249 pp includes continental breakfast,lunch, course materials, and certificate of completion.    

This will be an invaluable workshop and is ideal for Operations/Supply Chain Managers in addition to Financial Managersin regard to competitiveness, profitability, and performance.


S4Lean™ is a hands-on workshop focusing on Supply Chain Logistic Optimization using a live simulation model centered on Volvo Truck's innovative I-Shift automated mechanical transmission.Attendees can easily observe the interactions of a working supply chain from a functional perspective. The simulation itself provides a hands-on learning experience that dramatically impacts their perceptions about the concepts of Supply Chain, Lean Enterprise, and Just-In-Time Management.S4Lean™reinforces supply chain logistics theories, concepts, and methods assisting organizations to improve their competitiveness, profitability, and performance. Attendees come away from the workshop better prepared to understand how Lean Enterprises succeed in today's global economy.


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