Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00am
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Tech Nite 13 Sponsorships
Thank you to our newest table sponsor: Rockingham County.
It's not too late for you to sign up for a sponsorship. Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase
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 all 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 ♦ Rockingham County ♦
Serco, Inc. ♦ Verizon ♦ Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver
Member News: Serco Processes 2 Millionth Patent Application
This Monday the SVTC joined others at Serco's Harrisonburg facility to congratulate them as they announced that their Pre-Grant Publication Classification Services team recently processed their 2 millionth
patent application for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
From the official press release:
In a single day, Serco's PGPubs Patent Classifiers process approximately 1,450 patent applications by analyzing more than 21,800 patent claims and assigning more than 7,900 U.S. and international classifications while exceeding quality goals with a better than
97% accuracy rate. The Serco team has received multiple awards from the government for greatly exceeding quality standards.
In honor of the 2 millionth patent being processed, U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte personally visited the facility and congratulated Serco's PGPubs team for their
support. "America is the world leader in innovation and creativity," said Congressman Goodlatte. "The strength of our economy and American jobs rely on our ability to protect new inventions through the patent system and build on innovation in the 21st century.
Congratulations to Serco's PGPubs team on achieving this milestone and helping to make America more competitive."
"The work that our team does at USPTO directly helps build the U.S. economy's strength and vitality by protecting new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity,"
said Mike Plymack, Senior Vice President of Serco's Federal Civilian Services Group. "Serco's PGPubs team has done an outstanding job supporting USPTO. This is a great example of how Serco has been able to help our clients improve outcomes and reduce costs
through smart application of technology and process improvements."
here to view the full official press release
Pictured from left to right: Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Congressman, Virginia 6th District, Chris Price, Patent Classifier (classified patent application 2,000,001), Doug Sawin, Program
Manager and Mike Plymack, SVP, Federal Civilian Services
Member News: SRI International Licenses Bed Bug Detection Technology to Redcoat
SRI International Licenses Bed Bug Detection Technology to Redcoat, a Virginia-Based Start-Up Company.
[MENLO PARK, Calif.-March 19, 2013] SRI International has licensed its proprietary bed bug detection technology to Redcoat Solutions,
Inc., a new company focused on developing products to detect and treat insect infestations. Redcoat is located in Harrisonburg, VA, where SRI has a research center.
Scientists at SRI developed a rapid, sensitive test that recognizes molecules specific to bed bugs. Redcoat intends to market the device
under the brand name RAPID PURSUIT™. Based on preliminary testing, RAPID PURSUIT presents a number of advantages: unlike other detection devices, the test requires no sophisticated equipment and registers a response in minutes, and RAPID PURSUIT is designed
to detect only bed bugs, avoiding confusion that could be caused by the presence of other pests.
Current bed bug detection methods and products do not have the effectiveness, ease of use, affordability, and stealth of RAPID PURSUIT.
Glue traps and devices that use attractants such as carbon dioxide require that a bed bug actually come into contact with the device. Visual inspection is estimated to be only 30 percent accurate. Canine inspection, while often accurate, can be expensive and
RAPID PURSUIT eliminates the need to see or handle actual bed bugs, because it detects the residue - or "footprints" - that the bugs
leave behind. It will be a powerful tool for pest control companies, hotel operators, and international travelers, among many other types of users.
"Solving the bed bug infestation problem is a critical need for the hospitality industry and is a real battle for people living in
cities in America and throughout the world," said Krishna Kodukula, Ph.D., executive director for strategic development, SRI Biosciences. "We are proud that research from SRI Shenandoah Valley has led to the development of a new product to help curb pest infestations.
We have the ideal partner in Redcoat."
Redcoat Solutions, Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, John Hall, has drawn upon his knowledge of the bed bug detection and treatment industry
in guiding the company toward the upcoming launch of RAPID PURSUIT. "We have assembled an excellent management team, and we have worked closely with SRI to develop a great product that will revolutionize bed bug detection in several industries," said Hall.
"We look forward to taking RAPID PURSUIT to market very soon, and we already are at work on new products that we will introduce over the next several months. Redcoat has a great business opportunity, and one of the best things is that it will be based right
here in the Shenandoah Valley."
Job Posting: Staunton City Schools, Part Time Technology Support Technician
Human Resources Department
(up to 20/hours per week)
Follow the Technology work-order system and perform the repairs required to maintain the computing equipment of Staunton City Public Schools at the State Operated Programs.
Responsibilities: Include the following: installing networked computers, printers, Smartboards, tablets, LCD projectors and related equipment. Tasks also include basic troubleshooting skills
in a TCP/IP ethernet environment and solving problems related to the above listed equipment. This role also involves personal communication with staff and members of the IT Department.
Qualifications: Candidate must
have training and experience networking computers. Must have experience in repairing and troubleshooting of but not limited to, laptop and desktop computers, printers, scanners, mass storage devices, Microsoft software, etc. Must have a minimum of three years
of experience in a related field and an A+ certification.
Virginia SBDC 2013 Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
The Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network is pleased to continue the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) assisting Virginians who are commercializing innovations in Clean Technologies(CT), Modeling & Simulation(M&S),
and Biometrics (BioM). ICAP seeks to grow Virginia companies and jobs in these emerging industry sectors. ICAP will provide participants (Virginia businesses, entrepreneurs commercializing Biometrics, CT or M&S innovations) with a FREE Client Market Assessment
on their innovation, developed by subject matter experts in their industry. The assessment will include:
A SWOT analysis
Recommended next steps
Based on the assessment, selected participants will also receive additional customized counseling and assistance to help them get their innovation to market!
Interested? Complete the Client Application (using Adobe Reader; free from
http://www.adobe.com/go/reader) and email the application to
email@example.com. Registration as a client of the Virginia SBDC Network is required for participation in the Program. Applicants that are not already Virginia SBDC Network clients will be directed by the Client Application form to an online SBDC client
registration site. The Virginia SBDC Network respects the confidentiality and sensitivity of client information and intellectual property.
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!
Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop
March 27, 2013, 1:00-2:30pm
SBDC Offices, 1598 South Main Street, Harrisonburg
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.
Free Workshop, Selling to the Government
March 28, 2013, 8:30-11:30am
Augusta County Government Center, Verona, VA
This workshop is part of"Growing Together: Pathways to Business Renewal & Expansion,"
a series of four seminars designed to strengthen the region's economic vitality.
March 28th Workshop:
Selling to the Government (federal, state, and/or local). How to
develop and fulfill government orders (contracts) of products and services.
These seminars are free . All sessions will run from 8:30 - 11:30am, and will include presentations by topic experts, panels of practitioners, and time for Q&A. Opportunities for brief
one-on-one meetings between interested attendees and an expert on the day's topic will be available in the afternoon. Pre-register to ensure a seat by calling 540-568-3227 or visiting
Other workshops in this series:
Apr 25: Expansion to Global Markets Why, when and how a firm might choose to make international sales part of its business growth strategy.
May 30: From Idea to Market The steps to Innovation Excellence, from encouraging product and process creation to commercialization.
Apr 25 will be at Solutions Place, 1 Solutions Way, Waynesboro, VA
Mar 28 and May 30 will be at the Augusta County Government Center, Verona, VA.
Harrisonburg Startup Weekend
April 5 - 7, 2013
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.
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.
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:http://vimeo.com/28872840.
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.
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!
"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
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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
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CIT to Host Technology Funding Workshops: April 16 & 17, 2013
CIT is hosting two low-cost workshops to help early stage technology firms and university researchers learn about important funding
sources that could be key to the successful development and commercialization of your technology.
"SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep"
April 16, 2013, Norfolk, VA
SBIR and STTR Grants provide up to $150K for early stage feasibility testing of your technology ideas. If successful, the project can lead to a follow on $1M grant that will further develop and build out the technology. These are federal grants with no pay
back required. This workshop provides in depth overview and guidance on how to plan your approach, how to speak with various agencies about your technology, and how to write your proposal. Just $50 for university researchers and $80 for small tech firms.
Complete details below.
"Funding Sources & Resources" Forums
April 17, 2013
Hampton, VA (morning)
Norfolk, VA (afternoon)
These sessions will present introductions to various funding sources for technology development. Overviews include a two hour SBIR/STTR intro for university and small businesses, seed funding, venture capital, state grants, crowd-funding, incubator programs,
and local resources to assist new companies. FREE to university researchers and just $35 for small tech firms. Complete details below.
Visit www.cit.org/events for full information
Blue Ridge Community College Annual Career Expo
April 18, 2013, 2:00-6:00pm
In the age of progressive technology, how to connect with the best applicants to create the strongest, most talented workforce for your business?
This event enables you to connect with the BRCC students, faculty and staff as well as community members from the entire BRCC service region: Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and beyond.
There will be more than 50 local business and industry partners looking to raise awareness of their products - goods - services in conjunction with the job opportunities and internships available within each organization. You don't want to miss this event!
In addition to the business exhibitors, BRCC will host a Conference on Social Media in the Workplace: Help or Hindrance? as well as the Kohl's Workplace Fashion Show followed by a Mock Interview Seminar all free and open to the public. Plus, BRCC students
and alumni can get assistance at the Resume Clinic and Professional Headshot Photo Booth.
Please contact Latoya Garrison, Job Placement and Internship Coordinator at BRCC
GarrisonL@brcc.edu or 540-453-2596 to reserve a space today. This is a popular community event, so reply early for full availability.
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Digital Evidence: Collection, Preservation, and Analysis
April 19, 2013, 9:00am-12:00pm
173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA
Do you have a digital evidence preservation plan in place? Is your company in jeopardy? In cases prosecuted around the country, the introduction of digital evidence into criminal proceedings is becoming more prevalent. It is critical to ensure that all personnel
understand and are trained to secure and collect digital evidence which may include computers, cameras, cell phones, and a wide variety of digital media. These devices often contain valuable information that may be used in successful prosecutions leading to
convictions. This class will show you how to recognize, identify, and preserve digital evidence including the variety of devices that contain or constitute digital evidence. Successful investigations and prosecutions involving digital evidence hinge on the
actions taken at the inception of the case which frequently includes the collection of digital evidence by HR Managers, Business Owners, and Facility Managers.
This three hour seminar will be presented by A.J. Garretson, an electronic crime, digital evidence, criminal justice subject matter expert who has worked for over 20 years for both IBM and the FBI. Mr.Garretson is frequently called upon to investigate and provide
digital evidence for Fortune 500 criminal cases.
800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807