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April 4, 2014 
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Announcing the Tech Nite 14 Award Nominees
Make a reservation for Tech Nite
April SVTC Lunch Topic "Departing Emplyees...Trade Secrets"
Mach 37 Spring Class includes a Harrionburg Start Up
Member News: JMU CIT: Bringing the digital classroom to the humanities & social sciences
VLDS Insights Conference--"Bridging the Digital Divide"
Save the Date for the Virginia Wind Forum

Tech Nite 14 - May 7, 2014
Thirty-three Nominees competing for 6 Awards

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC's


Honors the company whose growth, accomplishments, or prospects represent a significant technological contribution to the Valley.


  Chiedo Labs

  Dascom Americas

  Eastern BioPlastics

  E-N Computers, Inc.

  Immerge Technologies

  Valley Engineering, PLC


JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering & JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship's 


Recipient has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service.

  Andrew Harbick, Pickarious

  Tony Huffman, Approved Colleges, LLC

  Larry Miles, McClung Companies

  Andy Vanhook, Beau Baker, and
Jon Iwanicki, Appeal Production




Honors innovative use and/or development of 

technology in K-12 education and training.


  Michael Bell, Page County Public School

  Karen Campbell, Harrisonburg City Public Schools

  Dr. Dixie Davis, Page County Public Schools

  Obe Hostetter, Rockingham County

Public Schools

  Kaitlin Ilnitzki, Shelburne Middle School

  K-12 STEM Program, Harrisonburg City Public      Schools

  Ben Kilmer & Chad Kiernan, GroMobi LLC

  Kelly Lawton, Luray Middle School


Center for Innovative Technology's



Honors innovative use of technology in more traditional industries, such as agriculture or manufacturing.


  A&J Development & Excavation Inc.

  Ivy Tools

  Life Access Technology

  Rockingham County Community


  Secure Futures, LLC

  Staunton City Schools

  SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc.




Recipient's leadership has served as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity.


 Dr. Chris Bachmann, JMU College of
          Integrated Science & Engineering

  Dr. Krishna Kodukula, SRI Shenandoah       Valley


Lumos Networks


Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in higher education and training.


  Carrie Boyd, BRCC SAILS


  Dr. Kevin Giovanetti, JMU Department

of Physics

  Institute of Certified Professional

Managers (ICPM)

  JMU Department of Nursing

  JMU Advanced Thermal Fluids Lab,

Drs. Pierrakos, Altaii & Watson

  Dr. Pam Webber, Shenandoah

University's School of Nursing

Winners will be announced at Tech Nite

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Reserve your seat now for Tech Nite

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual gathering highlighting Valley technology achievement and innovation in 6 categories. On May 7, 2014, attendees will gather at the JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 14 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.
The evening will start with a cocktail reception and appetizers.  Followed by a served dinner and keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson.  With dessert, we will recognize the nominees and announce the award winners.  This is SVTC's biggest event of the year.  Tickets are $75 per person and registration will be open until April 29th.  Make plans to attend today.  Register using the link below or go to

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April's SVTC Lunch speaker will be Steven Brown from LeClairRyan
April 24, 2014 Wood Grill Harrisonburg

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Steven Brown, Attorney at LeClairRyan will present on " Departing Employees:  How Employers Can Protect Their Trade Secrets from Walking out the Door."  Mr. Brown is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2011-Present  He was also author and speaker of, "What the Future Holds: A Look at Labor and Employment Developments in 2013," American Forest and Paper Association, March 8, 2013.  Mr Brown is also an enthusiastic alumni of James Madison University.


Networking begins at 11:45am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. The more the merrier. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed name tag and to anticipate seating.

Thank you to our lunch Sponsors:


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Mach 37 Cyber Accelerator Class includes a Harrisonburg Start up
As reported by Washington Post

 Born out of Northern Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology and funded in part by the state of Virginia, MACH37's mission is to help fledgling companies get ready to take their business to market by helping them to learn to sell their cybersecurity software products to both public- and private-sector customers. In addition to a 90-day business course, each start-up receives a $50,000 investment - meaning that MACH37 takes a small stake in each company it accepts.

Included as 1 of 5 businesses selected to be part of MACH37's spring class:  

Axon Ghost Sentinel: Harrisonburg, Va.

Spun off from tech start-up Axon Connected, Axon Ghost Sentinel uses software that mimics patterns found in nature - the way birds flock together, for instance - to defend against intrusions.

Axon Ghost Sentinel's software creates virtual, autonomous "ghosts" to swarm toward intrusions on a network, chief executive Ravi Gupta explained. A user might see a visual display of all of the devices connected to a network and a cluster of ghosts near one device, indicating an intrusion.

"We learn from abnormal behavior to classify that [intrusion], then they provide warnings to the administrator - 'Here's what's going on in your network, here are the things you need to focus on," Gupta said.  Eventually, Gupta hopes to sell the software to large corporations, especially those that have "bring your own device" policies for employees, allowing them to use personal cellphones, tablets or laptops for work. "You've got a company, how do you make sure if your employee goes to Starbucks and uses his iPhone there, and goes back to your network, it doesn't bring something malicious to your WiFi?" 

Link to full Washington Post Article    


This also relates to last month's SVTC lunch topic.  Link to Mike Rozmus' presentation on "Managing Mobile Devices Across an Enterprise."


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Member News:  JMU CIT Collaborates on Pilot Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Institute
How might professors in the humanities and the social sciences use digital technologies to spark innovation in the classroom and at the same time build upon the core skills and pedagogies within their disciplines?  On April1, JMU's Center for Instructional Technology, Center for Faculty Innovation, History and Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication brought together a pilot group of 10 College of Arts & Letters Faculty for a Digital Humanities & Social Science Institute.
"We want to introduce humanities and social sciences students to digital projects and digital scholarship," said J. Chris Arndt, JMU Department of History. "There's a perception that they don't have these skills. We want to at least make sure that those students who are interested have an opportunity to work together in teams in a digital environment, which makes them more marketable to graduate and professional schools and in the workplace."
 To help meet that objective, the institute requires participants to immerse themselves in the technologies that they, in turn, will ask their students to employ.  The pilot group focused on popular digital tools like WordPress, Twitter and cloud-based collaboration as well as the basics of video production and post-production.
JMU's Center for Instruction Technology provided a web site to facilitate collaboration among institute participants and a platform for experimenting with digital tools and methodologies. CIT faculty also collaborated with participants to design digital assignments and rubrics for classes they will teach in the fall.  CIT will provide support through the summer and fall as faculty incorporate these digital assignments into their classes.

Full article from JMU's website
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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 open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of VLDS. Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch.

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia's former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

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.

Register now for the Early Bird price of $75.  Space is limited and rates will increase.
Save the Date for the Virginia Wind Forum
June 2, 2014 at JMU

Who should attend? Landowners, county officials, rural bankers, agricultural producers, policy makers, manufacturers, developers, educators, researchers, advocates, utilities, economic development specialists, energy specialists, government officials, analysts, legislative and regulatory personnel.
To explore renewable wind energy further and to facilitate public dialogue, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will host a Virginia Wind Forum, in collaboration with partners and colleagues in the state. Learn about the benefits and challenges of Virginia's potential for land-based and off-shore wind industry from state policy, industry, government and other thought leaders, as well as experts on national, regional, and state wind markets; grid integration; wildlife impacts and mitigation; economics; local economic development benefits; and water and air impacts. You'll also hear from wind stakeholders, including private and public utilities, county commissioners, agricultural organizations, and landowners.
Don't miss the lunch session, which features a special twist: An expert at each table will lead a discussion on a hot topic, allowing attendees an opportunity for in-depth Q&A.
Event details haven't been released yet. Additional information and event registration will be available at:
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