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March 14, 2014 
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Nominations Accepted for Tech Nite 14 Awards until 3/24
Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, March 19, space is limited
SVTC Luncheon "Managing Mobile" Thursday March 20th, Register Now
Free Lecture by Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina
Greater Augusta Chamber Business & Tech Showcase rescheduled for March 18
International Women's Hackathon 2014
"Bridging the Data Divide," Insights Conference Earlybird Registration for June

Tech Nite 14 - Call for Nominations 
Whom will you nominate?  Self-nominations and nominations of others accepted 
  • Has your company or organization undertaken a technology project this year?
  • Has your business been helped by a local technology service, product or training this year?
  • Do you know of a teacher, professor or administrator using technology to benefit students or community?
  • Do you know a technology entrepreneur who launched or commercialized a product or service this year?
  • Is there a leader in your company or organization using technology in a way that benefits the wider community/region?
Take the time to identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations - as well as the innovators, leaders, educators and entrepreneurs behind the successes by submitting a nomination by March 24th. 
Nominate others (or yourself) in these categories: 
  • High Tech Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering and JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • High Tech Company Award (sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC)
  • Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award (sponsored by LeClairRyan)
  • Innovation in Higher Education Award (sponsored by Lumos Networks)
  • Innovation in K - 12 Education Award (sponsored by Verizon)
  • Innovative Technology Application Award (sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology)
If you wonder who has been nominated in previous years, who has won, what the guidelines for each award are, or where to make a nomination -- hesitate no more, it's all online: 

Tech Nite 14 is scheduled for May 7th (Festival Center, JMU, Harrisonburg) - and we'll start taking reservations in April 

PS: self-nominations are a good thing in our mind -- it means that a nomination is complete and well-crafted and we like them! (And who nominated whom is NEVER publicized, and we only ask for the nominator's info on the nomination form because we want to be able to get in  touch with follow-up questions in case we need to.) 

Any questions, contact Nicky Swayne at or 540-568-7882

Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle, almost full! 

Hosted by Senator Mark Warner

Holiday Inn Golf & Conference Center, Staunton 

March 19, 1 - 5 pm, reception to follow




Representing the pinnacle of success, the Shenandoah Valley has long enjoyed a healthy and vibrant economy. 
You're invited to join Valley leaders to explore areas of opportunity for the Shenandoah Valley that incorporate innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.  Panelists/ participants include leaders from RR Donnelley, Shentel, McKee Foods, PPI-Tine Zero, Rockingham & Staunton Public Schools, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin College.


  •  Keynote remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner
  • Regional Industry Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Martin Briley, President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 
  • Regional Education Leadership Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College. 
Register for SV Leadership Pinnacle (free)
Attendees are encouraged to bring their tablets or laptops for interactive sessions.


March SVTC Luncheon--Managing Mobile Devices across an Enterprise
This Thursday, March 20, Wood Grill Harrisonburg
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Come join us on March 20 for our monthly luncheon.  This month's talk will be on "Managing Mobile Devices Across an Enterprise."  Mike Rozmus, Vice President, Sentara RMH Medical Center will provide an overview of mobile device management across an enterprise.  Questions to be answered in this presentation include:  What are the business drivers to mobile device management? 
 What are some of the challenges with deploying MDM in an enterprise, including:   technical considerations, policy considerations, end user acceptance, and ongoing management.    Mike will provide some insights gained by Sentara Healthcare as it rolls out MDM across its facilities.

Networking will begin at 11:45 with lunch and presentation to follow.  Members and non-members welcome.  Lunch is Dutch-treat.  Registration is much appreciated.
Sponsored by:
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Member News:  JMU Outreach & Engagement to host lecture by
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Art
Wednesday April 9, 2014  3:30-4:30 PM
Madison Institutes of JMU's department of Outreach and Engagement in conjunction with JMU's Office of the President, welcomes Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and candidate for Senate from California and current JMU Board of Visitors member, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society. The title of her talk is "Foundations of Ethical Reasoning."  Carly established Carly Fiorina Enterprises to focus on powerful levers for unlocking human potential. These include championing entrepreneurship and innovation; building leaders and organizational capacity; engaging women; and targeted philanthropy.

This event is free and open to the public.


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Greater Augusta County Chamber of Commerce "Rockin' Business & Technology Showcase" 
Tuesday,  March 18th, 3-7pm--Best Western Waynesboro

Be a Rockstar at the 2014 Greater Augusta County Chamber of Commerce "Rockin' Business & Technology Showcase!" This event is attended by 300+ people and features over 35 Chamber Businesses and includes a Business After Hours from 5pm-7pm for additional networking opportunities. Help showcase your company by being an exhibitor that day and allow everyone to see what a ROCKSTAR you are!


More information & vendor registration 


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International Women's Hackathon 2014

April 25-27, 2014 | Worldwide on university campuses and live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC

The International Women's Hackathon is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today. After much success last year and many requests to hold the event again this year, we are pleased to announce that the next event is planned for the weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014, on university campuses all over the world. We will connect via Skype from our live event at the USA Science & Engineering Festival with all worldwide sites during the hackathon.
Young women in computer science, electrical engineering, and informatics-as well as women student groups on universities campuses around the world-are encouraged to host local hackathons. Last year, there were 14 events in 7 countries with more than 600 young women hacking computing solutions to help human trafficking victims. Many of them contacted local hacker spaces, computing communities, developers, and women organizations for support of their local event.
The event was open to women of all skill levels-from those who haven't programmed at all to the best women programmers out there. The individual worldwide hackathons helped inspire women to learn, invent, and create the future. To host / plan a hackathon,use the International Women's Hackathon Kit, which provides useful information for event hosts like checklists, suggested activities, the challenge projects, and judging guidelines. It also includes a customizable poster and email message that organizers can use to promote individual events to local university women. Event organizers may also choose to invite high school women.

VLDS Insights Conference--"Bridging the Data Divide,"

Who Should Attend?
  Agency Staff  +  Data Providers  +  Education Professionals  +  Entrepreneurs  +  Researchers  +  Workforce Professionals

The second annual Insights Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2012 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. The conference theme, "Bridging the Data Divide," will emphasize how the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) is bridging the data divide among citizens, researchers, and policymakers by providing a single point of access for educational and workforce information.

The conference will offer an exciting agenda covering a wide variety of interesting topics, including Adult Ed-PluggedIn VA Research Project, Bridging the Data Divide, CCR Project Update, CTE Research Project, Data Needs Assessment Project, Dynamic Data Divisions, Early Childhood Advances, HB 886: Making Student Progression and Outcomes Data Part of the Advising Process, Long-term Outcomes of Graduate Wate Data, Peer Schools Project, The Power of VLDS, Rethink Education: an Entrepreneurial Perspective, Return on Investment in the Workforce, SIG Schools Project, Teacher Preparation in Virginia and Workforce Data Update.
Use this link for more information and to register
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