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July 25, 2014  
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Tech on the Square at 3 Notch'd on July 31
Valley Business Summit August 4
RichTech opens registration for Women Etc. Conference
Research & Scholarship's Ken Newbold named to Va. Energy Panel
ICCE event September 12 at JMU
Lumos Announces Data Center Connection
Verizon Announces Innovative App Challenge for Middle & High Schools
LightCastle to sponsor beCamp Unconference
Run!Geek!Run 5k in Fairfax August 24
Job Posting: City of Staunton seeks Systems Engineer II
Highlighting Level 3 Member: The City of Harrisonburg
Tech on the Square
This Thursday July 31st  at 3 Notch'd Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom from 5-7PM
Come and catch up with fellow technology users and creators at this casual summer networking event.  We'll support our new downtown neighbors 3 Notch'd Brewing  at 241 East Market St (Urban Exchange Building).  While we can't pick up the beer tab (twelve brews on tap), we will bring in some pizza from Benny Sorrentinos around the corner.  The "Thrill of the Grill" food truck may also be there.  And there will be live music after 7pm.
Come, hang out and tell us about your summer adventures and projects for the fall.

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Registration is appreciated to help planning.
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Valley Business Summit
August 04 2014, 7:30 am - 12:00 pm | Plecker Center, BRCC


Valley Business Summit "Navigating the pathways to business success"
Includes; keynote by Kay Dunkley, Director of Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, panel discussion on "Growing Your Business", specialized breakout sessions, business & resource fair, business feedback forum with State legislators.  
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 Register for the Valley Business Summit
Please register by July 28,2014.  This event is free but space is limited.

Partnered by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce,  James Madison University, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Community College & Valley Workforce


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RichTech opens registration for its Women Etc. Conference
September 30, 2014, Carpenter Theatre Richmond

Women Etc. brings together technology professionals to learn, network and collaborate on issues and opportunities facing women in technology. WomenEtc., Virginia's premier conference on women in technology, is hosted by the Richmond Technology Council's WIT (Women In Technology) Forum.
 The full day event includes:
  • Keynote by Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM
  • Keynote by Rebecca Jacoby, CIO of Cisco 
  • Serious Games with Founder of backCODE, Sofia Viklund 
  • Technology-enabled "Lessons Learned", Panel discussion
  • Gamification in the Classroom, Kate Fanelli
  • Made with Code: Miral Kotb of illuminate    
All Day Pass $80- Includes Breakfast, Keynotes, Lunch, Workshops, and Networking Reception.  Or purchase either an morning or afternoon pass $45.
Women Etc is sponsored by SVTC members; Lumos Networks and ABS Technology Architects among others.

For more information, schedule and registration go to

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Member News:  Ken Newbold named at Virginia Energy Council
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Dr. Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Associate Vice Provost, Research and Scholarship) and Alleyn Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities)have been appointed to the Virginia Energy Council by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The council is charged with updating the Virginia Energy Plan for submission to the General Assembly by Oct. 1, 2014.

"JMU Research and Scholarship utilizes an interdisciplinary and applied approach, in order to facilitate the engagement of faculty, staff and students to develop solutions to real-world problems. An enterprise-wide research agenda guides the strategic objectives of academic initiatives and illustrates the value placed on collaboration and creative endeavors to address major issues facing society, while enhancing regional economic development. ORS is spearheading the creation of an innovation ecosystem that balances academic program excellence with cutting-edge research."
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Member News:  JMU Center for Entrepreneurship to host ICCE event in September
ICCE Event: Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity, Entrepreneurship 

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JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship (College of Business) is hosting its first ever ICCE event on September 12 at JMU's Festival Center.  The event hopes to bring together the JMU entrepreneurial community by gathering alumni, student, faculty and staff for a full evening of events.  ICCE will showcase work by successful JMU alumni and provide a forum for entrepreneurs to share ideas to and learn from others.

 "If you're interested in new ideas, new business plans, the uses of new technology, or are simply curious about the creative energy generated by JMU students, faculty, and alumni, you'll not want to miss this event."

The evening includes:
  • JMU Student Pitch Competition, organized and led by the student Society of Entrepreneurs, with audience involvement
  • TED Talk--John Rothenberger, serial entrepreneur and chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship Board at JMU  
  • TED Talk--Virginia Coles, principal at Zenzu, a boutique advisory and consulting firm
  • TED Talk--Don Rainey, general partner at Grotech Ventures, a venture capital firm
  • Networking with JMU Alumni, Faculty, and Students

Link to information on ICCE event including registration and agenda  

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Member News:  Lumos announces data center connection in Richmond
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Lumos Networks Corp. announced that it has connected Peak 10's data center in Richmond with fiber. This marks the fourteenth commercial data center connected to the Lumos fiber network.

"I am very pleased to announce that we have completed fiber connectivity into Peak 10 in Richmond," said Timothy G. Biltz, CEO and President of Lumos Networks. "Peak 10 is a leading provider of hybrid IT infrastructure, cloud solutions and managed services and we are honored to name them as a data center partner for Lumos Networks."


Rob Fichter, Vice President and General Manager of Peak 10 said, "We are excited to add Lumos Networks as a provider of safe, secure and reliable fiber into our Richmond data center. We look forward to working with them to expand our customers' bandwidth options."


 Link to Press Release

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Verizon Announces Innovative App Challenge
For High School and Middle School Students and Classrooms

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty adviser, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.  No mobile device or coding experience is required to enter.  Community education groups are encouraged to apply.  This could be a great hands on project for media, technology as well as social studies, math and language arts classrooms.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students' interest in STEM. The Challenge is a unique opportunity for students around the country to participate in a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork and encourages them to explore new ideas and consider future careers in STEM. Grants are given at the state, regional and national level as the competition progresses.  Winning teams will learn coding in-person and online from MIT experts to turn their idea into a mobile app.

Working with a faculty adviser in teams of 5 - 7, students develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. While designing their apps, students consider marketplace need, usefulness, audience and viability and align their app concept with one of the three Verizon Foundation focus areas of Education, Energy Management or Healthcare. 
Teams submit their design concepts online through a App Concept Overview and Summary, a three-to-five minute Video and Essay Responses.

Link to App Challenge Promotional Flyer

Link to App Challenge Information, Rules, and (Pre-)Registration
Registration opens on August 4 with the submission deadline being November 11, 2014.

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LightCastle announces Sponsorship of C'ville beCamp Unconference
September 19-20, 2014
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 beCamp is Charlottesville's version of the BarCamp unconference movement - a conference organized on the fly by attendees, for attendees.
On Friday evening, anyone in attendance can suggest topics for sessions held the following day. The suggestions that have the most votes are chosen as part of the conference schedule for the following day.  Topics that are not chosen for the main scheduling blocks can still be presented as a five minute "Lightning Talk" where presenters can share their message with the other conference attendees during lunch on Saturday.

Software developers, system administrators, quality assurance, devops, designers, business developers and anyone interested in technology are encouraged to register.  beCamp will be held at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.and is free to participants.
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NVTC to host Run!Geek!Run! 5k in Fairfax
Sunday August 24 at 8AM
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The 7th annual Run! Geek! Run! will take place in Fairfax Corner Shopping Center in Fairfax, Virginia on  Sunday, August 24, 2014. All proceeds go to support the Equal Footing Foundation, a Virginia based 501 (C)(3) nonprofit focused on youth development and education and is the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).  The Equal Footing Foundation's goal is to provide an equal opportunity environment where youth can access the tools needed to successfully compete in a skilled and educated workforce. To achieve this, Equal Footing Foundation funds, launches and sustains Computer Clubhouses in partnership with local governments, businesses and other non-profit entities. These Computer Clubhouse programs are centrally located within established community centers, in close proximity to schools and bus routes for easy after school access. The result is an innovative and safe after-school learning center where children ages 8-18, many of whom do not have access to technology at home, work with adult mentors to learn, develop, and explore their potential.

Registration Fees: $35 until August 23, and $40 for race day registration.  All registrants will receive a commemorative tech t-shirt AND a pair of Geek Glasses.

More information at or email

Job Posting:  City of Staunton seeks Systems Engineer II

The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for Systems Engineer II. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of servers, desktops, networks and telephony; providing quality customer support, systems maintenance, implementation, and coordination with vendors and the rest of the IT team. Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, excel in a team environment, and communicate effectively.

Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL server, Enterasys networks and Nortel telephony. Experience in these areas is highly desired.

Hiring range is dependent on qualification/experience. Excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.

Candidates may apply online at . Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on August 17, 2014. EOE.

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