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February 22, 2013 - click headlines for quick navigation 


SVTC Members-only Inside Look at Friendship Industries: March 7, 2013

SVTC Bits & Grits: March 19, 2013

Tech Nite 13 (May 1, 2013) ... Who will you Nominate? ... Sign up for a Sponsorship

Sharing Dr. Mitri's Presentation Slides from SVTC Luncheon on SQL Injection / OWASP

Welcome Back Member: DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design

Welcome Back Individual Member: Larion Hostetler

Welcome Back Member: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Member News: LightCastle Technical Consulting Opens Staunton Office

Member News: Andrew B. Stockment Joins Lenhart Obenshain Law Firm

SVTC has 2 Comp Tickets to CeBIT, Germany to Give Away

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: February 11, 2013

Harrisonburg City Public Schools 1st Annual STEM Day: February 23, 2013

Adult Lego Competition: March 23, 2013

Harrisonburg Startup Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

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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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, March 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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Tech Nite 13 

Mark Your Calendars! Tech Nite 13 will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 5:30pm at JMU Festival Conference & Student Ctr.  We will start taking reservations in early April.

Nomination Season is Underway ... Who Will You Nominate This Year?

(deadline is March 20th)

Help us figure out who should be honored this year. There are 7 awards and they honor and highlight leaders, companies, educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and organizations. This is our 13th awards gala. Let's make it the best one yet, submit your nomination(s) today!

Nominations are easy to make.  Visit our Nominations Guidelines page to find out more about what the awards are honoring and how to make an online nomination.  You may nominate yourself as well as others, so don't be bashful!


Take a peek at the list of past award nominees & recipients and help ensure additional noteworthy individuals and contributions are honored in this distinguished tradition.


Make a Tech Nite 11 nomination 

Tech Nite Sponsorship Opportunities


Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your company.  There are many options for participating - from $300 to $1,200. Summary of SVTC Tech Nite 2013 sponsorship levels  (pdf), or contact Nicky at

We thank our sponsors to date: 

Blue Ridge Community College  ♦  Cadence, Inc. ♦

Center for Innovative Technology  ♦  City of Harrisonburg ♦

Daily News-Record  ♦  DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design ♦

Dynamic Aviation  ♦  E-N Computers, Inc. ♦  

JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering & JMU CoB Center for Entrepreneurship  ♦ JMU College of Education ♦

JMU CoB Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics ♦ JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance ♦  JMU Outreach & Engagement ♦ JMU Research and Public Service & SRI ♦ LeClairRyan  ♦ Lumos Networks ♦  Verizon   ♦   Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver



Sharing Dr. Mitri's Presentation Slides from SVTC Luncheon on SQL Injection / OWASP

Did we have a luncheon on Thursday that made the techies happy or what !! ??

Our own Dr. Mike Mitri, JMU Professor of Computer Information Systems and Interim Department Head, CIS & BSAN, spoke regarding the need to understand SQL Injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other web-originating information that can pose security vulnerabilities. Minimizing these threats is an important consideration for application developers!  Dr. Mitri gave an overview of OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) and mentioned the OWASP Top 10, then showed how to apply best programming practices for thwarting common web security threats. He, and the attendees, could have gone on for a long time. 


Dr. Mitri has been kind enough to share the slides from his presentation.

Please remember this is for information only, and we ask that you do not copy or use without permission.  Thank you.


Welcome Back Member: DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design


Our thanks to DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Joey Groah for his service as SVTC's Vice President.  Much appreciated Joey!

DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design is a full service film, video and motion design company focusing on marketing, advertising, branding, corporate communication, and original content creation. Services include concept generation and planning, scriptwriting, field production, post production, live event production, branding, motion graphic design, and consulting. Clients range include Fortune 500 companies, internationally known brands, federal, state and local governmental agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. DIGICO works with clients to assess needs and goals, and then formulate concepts to best communicate their story.


For more information visit  or call (540) 433-6529.


Welcome Back Individual Member: Larion Hostetler

Our thanks to Larion Hostetler for his individual membership renewal.  His membership and support of the SVTC is much appreciated. 


Welcome Back Member: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Our thanks to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for their membership renewal.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one of the world's leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center uses an impressive array of cutting edge technology and social media tools to provide state-of-the art veterinary care to injured wildlife, professional training to veterinary and conservation professionals from more than 40 countries, and environmental education to the audiences worldwide, all in pursuit of its mission, "teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment."

For more information visit or call (540) 942-9453.

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Member News:  LightCastle Technical Consulting Opens Staunton Office


Congratulations to LightCastle Technical Consulting on their new digs!


LightCastle Technical Consulting, a small firm that specializes in back-end software development for web applications, has moved into its new digs at 21 Middlebrook Ave., Suite 200. The office space is set up in a modern "open" style, which offers a highly collaborative atmosphere with plenty of space for visitors. The crew is especially proud of their fancy projector, which displays 10-foot diagonal HD images and video.


Guests are always welcome to stop in for a visit or even to work with the LC crew from the office for a while. Some of the cool toys at the new place include brain-teaser puzzle games and remote-controlled helicopters.


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Member News: Andrew B. Stockment Joins Lenhart Obenshain Law Firm

Lenhart Obenshain PC, a business and litigation law firm with offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg has announced that Andrew B. Stockment has joined the firm in its Charlottesville office.  Stockment's practice will focus on intellectual property, commercial transactions and business law, capitalizing on his background as a software engineer and former owner of a web development business. Stockment is active in the Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and American Bar Association, has published numerous articles on intellectual property law issues and just received the prestigious Emerson G. Spies Award from the VBA.

Stockment graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University where he earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Political Science.  In 2009 he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and the Managing Board of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. After law school, Stockment clerked for the Honorable Joseph W. Milam, Jr. and David A. Melesco, Judges of the Danville, Virginia, Circuit Court.  For the past two years Stockment has practiced at Clement & Wheatley in Danville, Virginia. 

Jeffrey G. Lenhart, Chair of Lenhart Obenshain's Business Practice Group, stated, "Andrew is already a leader in the bar and in his field.  His professional accomplishments and community involvements to date demonstrate he will be a good fit for the firm and our clients."


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



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."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College


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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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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

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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.


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