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   December 13, 2013 
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Startup Weekend FAQs
Karen Jackson nominated as Secretary of Technology
CIT announces awards totalling 1.4 million to Virginia based institutions
"College for Kids" registration including Lego, Making Apps and Computer Science
Startup Weekend: entrepreneurs, designers, programmers & makers wanted
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall

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 Startup Weekend FAQs
  • What types of ideas can I pitch?
    Any business ideas are eligible (whether for-profit, 'social' businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.
  • What if my idea doesn't get selected?
    The purpose of the Friday crowd-sourcing isn't to exclude certain ideas, but simply to highlight the most popular/high-potential pitches and end up with a manageable number of teams - ensuring that each team has a variety of backgrounds/skills. If your idea isn't selected but you've formed a team around the idea, you're welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organizer, as this may be an issue regarding your teams' eligibility for prizes.
  • What resources/assistance is provided over the weekend? A key part of every Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event's Speakers and Coaches. In the spirit of "No Talk, All Action" we try to keep talks short and sweet, focusing on practical issues (i.e. "how to give a persuasive pitch", "best approaches to customer validation") that can actually help you and your team better achieve your weekend goals. Mentors - community experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, finance, law, and more - dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams. In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), we've also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend  
For more Startup Weekend FAQs 
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world. Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with funding and support provided by groups such as The Kauffman Foundation and Google for entrepreneurs.  Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend is presented by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) as part of their mission to work across business, local government and academia to accelerate growth in the valley. 

for more information about the event including a schedule and registration.Early bird pricing is available until Jan. 15, 2014
Governor-elect McAuliffe nominates Karen Jackson as Secretary of Technology
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Karen Jackson currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Technology, a post which she was appointed to by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009 and reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2009.During the Kaine Administration, she served as Deputy Secretary of Technology and director of the Commonwealth's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance. Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Telehealth Network, the Information Technology Advisory Council, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation. She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.


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Member News:  CIT announces CRCF awards of nearly 1.4 million.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced nearly $1.4 million in funding for 14 awards to Virginia's colleges, universities, and research organizations as part of the FY2014 fall solicitation of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF).  During this solicitation, awards were made to ten unique organizations targeting nine strategic industry priorities identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap. The CRCF program is a state fund designed to advance, in Virginia, targeted areas of research with commercial promise.


Jim Duffey, Virginia's Secretary of Technology, said, "This solicitation continues the CRCF mission to advance outstanding projects in the Commonwealth that leverage public and private investments to strengthen and expand economic development across the state."


"We were pleased to receive applications in a wide range of technologies and including from colleges and universities new to CRCF. Our institutions are continuing to push the boundaries of exciting research and development," said Nancy Vorona, Vice President of CIT R&D.

Institutions receiving awards included: Virginia Tech (2), William & Mary (2), University of Virginia (2), Old Dominion University, Washington & Lee, Virginia Military Institute, Randolf College, Region 2000 Research Institute, and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

From CIT press release  


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Registration is open for JMU Outreach & Engagement's "College for Kids" 2014 
JMU's Outreach & Engagement is now taking registrations for their popular "College for Kids" program.  College for Kids will take place over 6 Saturdays in January and February.  Classes are offered in a variety of subjects for grades 1-8.
Some technology-related highlights are: 
For grades 1-4, Lego Engineering and Explore Computer Science.
For grades 5-8, Build a mobile app, Earth Science, and the Science of Weather.


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