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SVTC Bits & Grits: February 19, 2013
SVTC Luncheon ... SQL Injection/OWASP: February 21, 2013
SVTC Members-only Inside Look at Friendship Industries: March 7, 2013
Tech Nite 13: Accepting Nomination in 7 Award Categories
Tech Nite 13 (May 1): Sponsorship Opportunities Available
SVTC has 2 Comp Tickets to CeBIT, Germany to Give Away
Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013
Member News: Rockingham County Economic Development Launches New Website to Market Research and Tech Park
Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: February 11, 2013
Harrisonburg City Public Schools 1st Annual STEM Day: February 23, 2013
Virginia Wind Festival & 2013 Kid Wind Challenge: March 16, 2013
Adult Lego Competition: March 23, 2013
Attn JMU Students ... Deloitte Technology Competition Looking for Student Teams
SVGS Instructional Staff Opening(s) for STEM Program, Fall 2013
Bits & Grits
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:00am
This regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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SVTC Luncheon:  SQL Injection / Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), February 21, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm
The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Dr. Mike Mitri, JMU Professor of Computer Information Systems and Interim Department Head, CIS & BSAN

IT technicians and managers need to understand SQL Injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other web-originating information security vulnerabilities. These can have severe negative impacts, and minimizing these threats is an important consideration for application developers! The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) includes a robust amount of information on this subject as well as an extensive set of software tools. These resources can be used to train and support IT professionals as they seek to strengthen security at their installations. In this presentation, Dr. Mitri will give an overview of OWASP, and show how to apply best programming practices for thwarting common web security threats.

Lunch will be Dutch treat.  All are welcome. Membership not required. Reservations are encouraged so that we can bring each attendee a pre-printed nametag.
SVTC Members-Only Inside Look at Friendship Industries
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:45am-1:00pm
801 Friendship Drive, Harrisonburg VA

[SVTC membership and event pre-registration required.  First come, first serve. SPACE IS LIMITED]

Friendship Industries has invited SVTC members to see how technology can coexist with hand assembly in a not-
for-profit social enterprise environment.  Friendship Industries is a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Harrisonburg which includes a manufacturing production floor, learning center,computer room and community meeting room.  They are a Social Enterprise with a mission to serve persons with disabilities in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County by providing opportunities and choices through integrated work experience, training, and support services. Come see how they are utilizing technology in their commercial operations - this
will be a fascinating tour.

Lunch will be courtesy of Friendship Industries (thank you Friendship Industries)
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Tech Nite 13:  Nomination Season has Begun

We are accepting nominations in 7 award categories.  These awards will be presented at the gala on May 1st.  Please help us identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations - as well as the innovators, leaders, educators and entrepreneurs behind the successes, by submitting your nomination(s) by March 20th.

Nominate others (or yourself) in these categories:
Everything you need to know is posted online at our Tech Nite Nomination Guidelines page; you can take a look at the guidelines as well as the narratives from 2012 (which make useful examples).
Tech Nite 13 is scheduled for May 1st (Festival Center, JMU, Harrisonburg), so mark your calendars - we'll start taking reservations in April. 
Any questions, contact Nicky at
Tech Nite 13 (May 1, 2013): Sponsorship Opportunities Available
The corner stones for Tech Nite 13 (May 1) are together and sponsorships are available.  In 2012 over 250 guests attended the gala, and we expect that many or more this year.  It's the premier place for techies and non-techies to gather. The first Tech Nite ad will run at the end of February so if you're considering sponsoring anything related to Tech Nite get on board now and take advantage of the publicity right from the start. There are options for every wallet. 
Sponsorships include tickets to the event, your logo on our website and event materials, acknowledgement on the night of the event, in our newsletter, in the local printed media, and much more.  If you're interested, give us a shout. TN 13 Sponsorship Details (pdf) - email:
Available sponsorship opportunities include:


Table Sponsor 

Media Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Dessert Bar Sponsor 


For all the details click on Tech Nite 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf) or visit our SVTC Tech Nite 2013 pages.

Questions? Send us an email: or call Nicky at (540) 568-7882.
TN13 Award Sponsors 
SVTC has 2 Comp Tickets to CeBIT, Germany to Give Away
The SVTC received 2 comp tickets in the mail for CeBIT, in Hannover Germany (March 5-9, 2013).
There are four tracks: pro, gov, lab, and life. Anyone interested in these tickets? Contact Nicky
Harrisonburg Startup Weekend
April 5 - 7, 2013
JMU, Showker Hall

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization Startup Weekend is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. Including Harrisonburg!

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend is being organized by a coalition of organizations and local governments, including: City of Harrisonburg, Cottonwood Commercial, Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, JMU's Office of Technology Transfer, JMU's Research and Public Service, Rockingham County, SCORE, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, SRI Shenandoah Valley, and other volunteers and project managers.

For entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, and others
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Curious? Here's a Startup Weekend Video:

Who is invited?  Seasoned, as well as first-time, entrepreneurs, artists/designers, programmers/coders, and others! If you have these skill-sets, or you just have a great idea for a new business, don't miss this weekend! Ideas will be presented on Friday evening and teams will form to explore the most exciting ideas in more detail.  Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Attendance is limited to 114 people.
More info and registration:
Member News:  Rockingham County Economic Development Launches New Website to Market Research and Tech Park

Website helps market the Rockingham County, Virginia area as the region's premier high-tech and biotechnology hub.
Rockingham County Economic Development is pleased to announce the launch of the website for research and technology park, Innovation Village @ Rockingham (IV@R). The website address of the new website is
IV@R is a 365-acre, Class A master planned village. It is located along the I-81 corridor in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Area. The tech park is within a two-hour drive of Washington, D.C. The robust transportation network, which also includes convenient access to I-64 and I-66, puts two-thirds of the U.S. population within a one-day drive, making product distribution efficient and cost-effective.
Future development will comprise office, laboratory, and light advanced manufacturing space as well as flexible, multi-use buildings, pedestrian trails, picnic areas, and a venue for concerts and events, providing ample space, facilities and opportunities for work and for recreation.
Utilities, including electricity, water, and natural gas, are already in place, and access to fiber optic technology is available.
Scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs can also draw upon a diverse pool of resources and talent. This includes a strategic partnership with James Madison University and its Office of Technology Transfer.
The Village has already attracted high-profile tenants. Independent research institute SRI International established its east coast campus, SRI Shenandoah Valley, at the tech park in 2009. SRI Shenandoah Valley and its internationally acclaimed Center for Advanced Drug Research operate a 40,000-square-foot research facility on a 25-acre campus in IV@R.
The County's vision is that IV@R will become the region's premier high-tech and biotech hub. In order to market the park more aggressively, the Economic Development team decided to create a dedicated website for IV@R. Previously, information about IV@R was housed on a single page on the Economic Development website.
Click here to read full press release including information the website features.
Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop February 28, 2013, 10:00am-12:00 noon
SBDC Offices, 1598 South Main Street, Harrisonburg
Offered by the SBDC
Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you. We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan. Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times to meet your needs.

Fee: $ 25.00
Harrisonburg City Public Schools First Annual STEM Day, February 23, 2013, 10:00am-4:00pm
Valley Mall, Harrisonburg


Activities for the day:
  • 15 HCPS teacher exhibits
  • 4 robotics demonstrations with/by the teams from various grades
  • 20 community-run exhibits
  • 2 large attractions, incl. the STEM Mobile Learning Lab. (Run by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The STEM mobile lab is a trailer that visits sites and brings hands-on learning experiences to students and adults in renewable energy, pressure and fluid dynamics, and comparing CFL and incandescent light bulbs.)
  • 2 performances
STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck
STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck

Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be having their first STEM Day on February 23rd from 10 am-4 pm at the Harrisonburg Valley Mall.  They will be inviting all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to celebrate the fields of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There will be many exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools for kids of all ages to enjoy.    


Their largest exhibit will be an indoor planetarium, where students and their parents can learn all about our solar system! Another large exhibit will be the STEM Mobile Learning Lab, which is a trailer where students and parents can participant in hands-on learning experiences.
For more information on Harrisonburg City Public Schools and their first annual STEM Day, please visit  [note: check out the cool promotional video at this link!] 

"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

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  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College


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 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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Virginia Wind Festival & 2013 Kid Wind Challenge, March 16, 2013
Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg
The Virginia Center for Wind Energy will host the Virginia Wind Festival on March 16th, 2013 at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg.  The Festival will be an informal, fun day with lots of wind activities for kids and opportunities for the community to learn more about wind energy in Virginia and the region.

The goal of the Festival is to inform Virginia residents about the possibilities of wind energy, with a focus on the following:
  • what wind turbines are and how they work;
  • there are different scales of wind energy suitable for a range of uses;
  • the Virginia Center for Wind Energy is a resource for credible wind energy information;
  • anyone can help to advance the development of wind energy in Virginia;
  • learning about wind energy is fun!
Visit the Virginia Center for Wind Energy Website for full information on the exciting wind energy activites and for all ages.


Adult Lego Competition
March 23, 2013, 10:00am-3:00pm
Prospect Heights Middle School, Orange VA

The first Adult Lego Competition!  If you're interested in testing out your programming skills, here is your chance to see what you can do!

Teams must be between 1-10 people (ages 18 and older) and they will only be accepting the first 25 teams to register and submit payment.
The judges will be kids from FLL, FTC and/or FRC. The robot design presentation will be public so that other teams and kids can ask questions about how the robot was designed.  It will help the kids see what all you can do with a robot and it has potential to get new coaches involved in FLL which means more teams. The idea is not about the adults but more focused on possibly producing more teams and coaches, giving the kids a chance to judge and see the judges perspective and let the kids see what else the robot can do. Everything else will be set up like an FLL competition and based on 2012 Senior Solutions rules.

HURRY!!!! And claim your spot in the first ever Adult Lego League competition!

Cost: $100 per team

For more Information please contact:
* Nick Swayne at  or
* Dustin Skelton at  or
* Ralph Guilder at  
Attention JMU Students ... Deloitte Technology Competition Looking for Student Teams

The Deloitte Technology Competition - Hacking into Home Energy - is currently looking to recruit JMU student teams to compete in designing and developing a mobile or web-based application that provides consumers access and insight into their home energy usage and cost XML data.

Gain experience in:
  • Application Development
  • Graphical Design
  • Working in Teams
  • Preparing Technical Solutions to Business Problems

Participants will work in teams of 3-4 students to develop a solution and present to JMU Professors and Deloitte Practitioners. The top three-performing teams will receive prizes. 


Jan 25 - Feb 24: Open Registration Feb 27, 7:00pm: Kick-off Meeting - Competition Packet Distribution
March 16, 1:00 pm: Teams demo and present solutions to the "clients"
SVGS Instructional Staff Opening(s) for STEM Program, Fall 2013

The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School, a regional school serving 220 11th and 12th grade gifted students from seven high schools in the Shenandoah Valley, expects one or more openings for experienced teachers to join its faculty for the Fall, 2013.
Anticipated teaching positions may include physics, computer science, engineering, geospatial information systems, scientific research, advanced mathematics or other related STEM areas. Many SVGS courses are dual-enrollment with James Madison University or Blue Ridge Community College so a Master's or Doctorate from an accredited university with 18 graduate hours in the subject area is highly desirable. Applicants should be able to qualify for a Virginia Teaching License. A minimum of three years of successful teaching experience is recommended.

More information about SVGS may be found on the school's web site (

Positions will be full-time with benefits beginning August 1, 2013. Salary and benefits are based on the compensation package of Augusta County Schools ( The need for adjunct instructors is possible.

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