The SVTC's FIRST Lego League (FLL) team sponsorship application has been posted (--> reimbursement for half of the start-up cost of a new team)
As you probably know, we care about STEM activities and projects that lead to STEM-field careers -- and for that reason we will again support three new Shen. Valley FIRST
Lego League (FLL) teams with a sponsorship that reimburses approx. half of their start-up cost. Last year, one of them fared so well at the regional, and then the state competition, that they went on to compete at the world festival in St. Louis in April. We are very proud of these guys and their coaches and mentors. (They are the Brick Dawgs http://www.brickdawgs.com/)
WHAT SHEN. VALLEY TEAM WILL BE NEXT????
WHAT is FLL?
FIRST Lego League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.
FLL Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing today's scientists
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Considering starting a team? Technical or technology experience or background NOT REQUIRED! (And team members can come from any setting, not just school-based.)
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CIT Releases Whitepaper for Broadband Expansion in Virginia
Guide gives communities roadmap to developing broadband strategies, deployment
July 9, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) released today the whitepaper, "Improving Broadband Access and Utilization in Virginia: Recommendations for Locality-led Broadband Initiatives in Virginia." The document compiles data and knowledge gained using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2010 to help communities accelerate broadband deployment.
Sandie Terry, CIT Vice President of Broadband Programs, said, "This paper consolidates the knowledge and experience of our team over the past several years and provides localities with action items for moving forward with local initiatives. Additionally, this paper provides information to guide local boards and councils in setting their broadband priorities and agreeing on what role they want to play in expanding access and improving utilization for their communities."
The whitepaper covers the necessity of broadband for economic development and educational opportunities, the different technologies used in broadband, and partnership, funding and planning recommendations. It also includes an appendix with community models that can be incorporated by other localities.
In conjunction with the release of the whitepaper, CIT has partnered with Virginia Tech's Center for Geospatial Information Technology to create the Broadband Demand Survey. The web-based survey is designed to capture high-speed and gigabit (Gb) internet service demand across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The results will be used by the State to prioritize resources and to facilitate broadband expansion in underserved areas. Capturing unmet demand is one of the steps in CIT's strategic broadband roadmap.
Pete Jobse, CIT President & CEO, said, "The deployment of broadband is crucial as we build the foundation for the new Virginia economy. We published this paper as a guide to help localities develop strategies to advance their broadband needs."
For the whitepaper, and accompanying infographic, go to: http://www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband/resources/
For a direct link to the full report, click here.
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SVTC Newsletters are worth the read! Check out this testimonial below:
Here's a little story on why one should definitely crack open that weekly SVTC email - you never know what hidden gem might reveal itself!
Recently, we passed information on to our readers from the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program, CSIIP, concerning the availability of ONE free-to-the-company internship - when hiring a community college student. In addition, the friendly folks at CSIIP, Debbie and Scott, were going to help search through their database if needed, and point out possible candidates. What a deal! One free intern for the summer and someone to hold your hand while you make your selection. Brilliant! Soon after we sent the email, I heard that three S.V. companies were in conversation with CSIIP, and last week then, I heard from Milt Matter / Ivy Tools that they were the winner! Here is his take on why it pays to read your tech council emails. Thanks, Milt!
"Thanks so much to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for helping connect Ivy Tools to a perfect summer internship opportunity. A well timed email from the SVTC brought to my attention a program offered by CSIIP, the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program. They wanted to place five community college students in internships with STEM related Virginia businesses. CSIIP would help the business locate qualified students and fully fund a paid internship.
After considering the proposition carefully for three seconds, I clicked the link in the SVTC email and filled out the brief employer application. A few minutes later I received a call from Scott Bellows at CSIIP offering to help find some candidates. Within a day Scott rounded up four excellent students and sent me their resumes. Over the next few days we interviewed the candidates and offered the position to a local student who will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia in the fall. It's been a great fit for Ivy Tools, with the student learning about a wide variety of electrical and mechanical diagnostic equipment, from FLIR cameras to airflow measurement.
With only five internships available statewide, it's unlikely that Ivy Tools would have ever heard of the program except through the SVTC email. We are happy to be a member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and grateful to have them laboring on our behalf. Many thanks to SVTC for keeping Valley tech businesses aware of such opportunities!"
-Milton Matter, Ivy Tools
PS: Debbie from CSIIP says that even though they had limited funded slots, they would be happy to talk with Valley companies, and help anyone look through their system for a STEM-field intern; the registration is quick and easy.
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Virginia Velocity has launched!
Virginia's Premier Business Plan Competition
The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has just announced that the Governor's first business plan competition in Virginia is now open to applicants!
Virginia Velocity will provide $850,000 in prizes for winners, and at least four winners will be chosen. The competition is open to all companies in the bioscience and energy sectors, including those based outside of Virginia. Eligible competitors are for-profitorganizations that have been engaged in their current business for at least 24 consecutive months. Winning companies need to be willing to locate in Virginia for at least two years and are expected to have an office operating in Virginia by January 1, 2016. The minimum age to apply is 18 years of age; the deadline for submitting an application is July 10, 2015.
Overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Virginia Velocity is intended to help build awareness of Virginia's entrepreneurial economy. Our goal is to keep things energized here at Virginia Velocity. If your company is eligible, you are welcome to apply! If you know of eligible companies that would find these cash prizes enticing, please forward this email or direct them to the Virginia Velocity website at www.virginiavelocity.org
We are also accepting applications for judges and mentors. Experience in business start-ups, entrepreneurship, and business plan evaluation are required. Experience in energy and/or bioscience is a plus! For information on being a judge or mentor, or to sign up, this page has more details.
You'll also find answers to many questions about the competition on our FAQ page And we're always available at email@example.com
We hope you'll want to keep up to date on all things Virginia Velocity; you can 'like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
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2015 ASQ Innovation Conference
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!)
September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA
Due to our sponsorship of this ASQ event we are able to extend an opportunity to 10 SVTC members to receive discounted conference tickets! We're collecting the info for those interested, and will pass them on to the ASQ folks. Reservations close August 31!
Conference details: Innovation is Quality for Tomorrow (pdf)
Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago. It is often confined to a small group of people in your organization- these great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different things to different people. To be successful, innovation- like quality-needs to engage everyone. To consolidate the Innovation Body of Knowledge, the ASQ Innovation Division is tapping a wide range of innovation thought leaders and practice leaders to find what works well, how success has been generated, and how successful approaches can be employed more widely. Not every method will work well for everybody, but there will be tools and techniques that you can use in your own work environment.
Featuring an Exciting Slate of Speakers Who's Range of Innovation Topics Includes:
- Managing Innovation
- Quality to Innovation Pathway
- Stats and Innovation
- Innovation in an Established Organization
September 18-20, 2015
SVTC Members Only: The first 10 SVTC members to fill out the form will receive $50 off their conference ticket.
Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center | 1901 Emmet Street | Charlottesville, VA 22901
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2015 Valley Business Keynote
July 22 3-5pm, JMU Festival Ballroom, Harrisonburg, VA
Registration @ 2:30
Program @ 3:00
Reception to follow (Hors D'oeuvres and Cash Bar)
Valley Business Keynote is a gathering of local leaders around an engaging idea for one dynamic presentation. We believe that with the right speakers, this forum can add real value to business leaders and community members in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Of paramount interest is the speaker's ability to help business leaders discover ways to fulfill the vast potential of the Shenandoah Valley, and take advantage of its attractive assets.
July 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Generational Experts: Helping People Understand One Another There's one phrase that defines every member of our team: Generational Junkies. And we don't toss that phrase around lightly. Every BridgeWorks employee is a research hound and generational expert in his/her own right. We eat, breathe, and live generations. Seriously. Our friends beg us to stop talking about it during happy hour.
Register for Valley Business Keynote 2015
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Desktop Engineer - Information Technology - City of Staunton
Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen? The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for a Desktop Engineer. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of end user devices including desktops, mobile devices, software, printers and networks; providing quality customer support, troubleshooting, 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, utilize strong customer service skills, and communicate effectively.
The City is currently evaluating candidates for two potential positions. One position will be primarily focused on supporting technology within the police department and will include some data analysis responsibilities. The second position will be responsible for supporting other City departments. Candidates will be considered for both positions unless a candidate indicates a desire for a specific position.
An Associate's degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent amount of experience is required. Minimum of one-year experience with related technology or in a public safety discipline is desired. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. Experience in these areas is highly desired. A+ certification is beneficial.
Salary range starts at $41,055, hiring range is DOQ/E (+) excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.
Candidates may apply online at www.staunton.va.us. Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on July 24, 2015. EOE.
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Programmer Analyst - BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc.
BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at our headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. BA degree in related field or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Engineering required. Must be detail-oriented and work well independently.
To be considered as a potential applicant you must complete an application available at www.beambros.com. Instructions are posted on our website.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.
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Alex Philips from High Speed Link is featured in the Fierce Installer article
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Submission Period Open for Technology Awards Nominations
Submissions should highlight IT-driven improvements in government efficiency
RICHMOND - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe today officially invite nominations for the 2015 Governor's Technology Awards.
These awards recognize the success of public sector information technology (IT) projects that improve government service delivery and efficiency.
"Virginia is committed to innovation, stewardship of public dollars and giving taxpayers the best possible customer service," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "These awards are an opportunity to highlight innovative technology projects that are making life better for citizens and helping us build a new Virginia economy."
Nine award categories highlight areas of innovation for state, local and educational entities. Submissions should focus on improvements in the business of government made possible by strategic use of IT. All nominations must be submitted by a Virginia public body and are due by midnight on Friday, July 24.
Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges that includes IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, the courts and education. Awards will be presented to honorees at a special ceremony during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Executive summaries of winning nominations will be posted online to provide best practice examples to peers and partners.
The 2015 Governor's Technology Awards categories are:
- Cross-boundary collaboration on IT service delivery initiatives: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to share data easily across boundaries, create knowledge-sharing culture, support common business processes or promote innovative partnership programs. Nominations should be submitted jointly by at least two government entities.
- IT as efficiency driver - government to citizen: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects which improve citizens' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information and increase public awareness and adoption of services.
- IT as efficiency driver - government to business: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency by improving business access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects to improve business' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information and increase business awareness and adoption of available services.
- IT as efficiency driver - government to government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to promote efficiency in government. This category promotes projects that enable organizations to do more with less. Results realized may include a dollar return on investment, realignment of staff time and/or newly transparent processes/information.
- Innovative use of technology in local government: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to solve a business problem at the local level. This category is open to any local government entity, including social services, first responders and GIS practitioners.
- Innovative use of technology in education: Recognizes the innovative use of IT to support the unique missions of Virginia's schools, colleges and universities. Cooperative projects between educational institutions and other governmental entities, including research and development programs, fall into this category.
- Innovative use of big data and analytics: Recognizes the innovative use of technology in collecting, storing, retrieving and analyzing a variety of structured and unstructured data sources.
- Innovative use of open data: Recognizes the innovative use of technology and transparency in making data available to citizens, businesses or other government entities. Preference will be given to those projects that encourage and facilitate creative and low-cost utilization of information to expand and enhance citizen services and engagement.
- Best citizen portal: Recognizes the innovative use of an online portal that demonstrates innovation, functionality, attractiveness, efficiency and ease of use. Open to any Virginia government organization, agency or jurisdiction that is citizen-facing.
The judging criteria, eligibility requirements and directions for online submission of nominations are posted online at on the COVITS website at www.covits.virginia.gov. News and updates can be followed @COVITS, @kareninva and #TechinVA on Twitter.
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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Events
WEBINARS on July 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 14, 18
CIT is pleased to announce a 5 part NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar series to help those who
are planning a submission to NIH for Sept. 7 (2015) or January 5 (2016) omnibus
solicitations. Low cost for each session, and discounts if registered for all five.
All sessions to be recorded in case you register after the series starts.
July 14 - Contacting NIH and Writing Your Specific Aims
The Specific Aims section is the most important page in your proposal. This is where
you tell your story, concisely stating the goals of the proposed research and summarizing
the expected outcomes. This session covers tips on how to approach your Aims, what
to include and what to avoid, what reviewers are looking, etc. We will also review
when and how to touch base with NIH.
July 21 - Writing Research Strategy and Demonstrating Impact
The Research Strategy explains the Significance of the problem or critical barrier
your project addresses its technological Innovation (how does it move the field
forward?) and the Approach you will take to prove its feasibility. This session
will delve into these areas and making sure your project has IMPACT.
July 28 - Developing Your Commercialization Strategy
To be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding your state-of-the-art of technology must have
commercial potential. Applicants must know their market size, characteristics,
customers and competitors and how their innovation will address an unmet market
need. This session deals with how to approach these topics and what information
you'll need to determine financial projections and the impact of your product.
August 14 - Tips on Preparing the Biosketches and Facilities Sections
This session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include
in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters
should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities
and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!).
August 18 - Formidable Forms, Pushing the Button and Tracking Your Submission
This webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the
required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Institutes of Health
as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process. You will learn how
to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track
All sessions presented by BBC ETC.
Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-689-3080.
Cost: $15 for Virginia firms for each session. $50 for all five. Higher for all others.
REGISTER: Visit www.cit.org/events
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Nomination season is open for the 2015 Governor's Technology Awards!
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Nomination season is open for the 2015 Governor's Technology Awards, hosted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS). The purpose of the awards program is to recognize outstanding public sector technology projects, and nominations are due by July 24th. Our region has had past success in this program, with JMU winning awards in 2008 and 2013, and the SVP winning an award in 2013. This event provides great visibility for award winners and nominees, culminating in a reception and awards ceremony in Richmond on September 9th, which typically attracts 200+ state, local, and private sector technology leaders.
Detailed information on how to submit can be found on the following webpage: http://covits.virginia.gov/awards.html
There are nine categories this year, and organizations can submit nominations in multiple award categories, but only one submission per category. In order to track the one nomination per category limit, I would appreciate it if any JMU departments or offices that are interested in submitting could please keep me in the loop, as the "Use of Technology in Education" may be a popular category requiring an internal, limited submission review.
If anyone is interested in attending the conference (September 9-10 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump), registration is now open: http://covits.virginia.gov/
Please feel free to share these details w/ others who may be interested, and I'm happy to answer any questions about the process.
SVTC's Bits and Grits
July 20, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA
Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required.
This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.
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Member News: Check out Cadence's new media project by DIGICO
SVTC member Cadence, in business for 30 years this year, has released a new corporate brand video 'One Cadence' produced with SVTC member DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design. Filmed on location at five of Cadence's six facilities including their Staunton headquarters, and locations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the video highlights all of Cadence's products and services for the markets they serve.
View this on YouTube or on the Cadence, Inc. website.
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Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
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