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November 13, 2015
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SVTC Luncheon: Sandie Terry on Broadband Initiatives (November 19)
SVTC's Nov. Bits and Grits (Nov 17)
Virginia Women's Conference 2015 (Nov 21)
ANU Education Day (Nov 16)
Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015 (Dec 2)
Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast (Dec 3)
Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi
Gov. McAuliffe Updates on Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System
SVTC Member AXON AI Moves into Harrisonburg's Technology Zone
Trademark & Copyright:...What's the Difference? Why Should I Care?
CIT Announces FY2016 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
SVTC Luncheon Nov. luncheon: Broadband Initiatives; and introducing First Net (Sandie Terry, Center for Innovative Technology)
November 19, 11:15-1:00, Wood Grill, Harrisonburg

Sandie Terry, Vice President of Broadband Programs with the Center for Innovative Technologywill provide an update on broadband initiatives at the federal and state levels including advice on what every locality can do to facilitate broadband deployments now and in the future. Additionally there will be an overview of CIT's broadband services and resources available to help localities and a brief intro on a new public safety initiative.  Sandie Terry will explain the Federal public safety broadband initiative called FirstNet , the goal of the initiative, CIT's role, and how this may impact communities.

Networking begins at 11:15am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

**PLEASE NOTE** We will start and end earlier than usual; please arrive nlt 11:15 am. 

Many thanks to our luncheon sponsors!


SVTC's Bits and Grits
November 17, 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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Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015 - Northern VA Community College (Woodbridge)

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Governor McAuliffe is hosting Virginia's first statewide conference on cyber security on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College.  This conference will bring together government, private sector and educational representatives for candid discussions on opportunities and strategies for filling the cyber talent pipeline.  We are planning a day-long event that will provide insight on emerging cyber trends and provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one conversations with Virginia's leading cyber security companies and federal agencies.

Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
December 3, 7:30am-9:00am, JMU Festival, Harrisonburg

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the annual pre-session legislative breakfast. This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Invited delegates are: Emmett Hanger, Tony Wilt, Steve Landes, Dickie Bell, and Mark Obenshain.

FYI: Registration and payment is done through the HR Chamber of Commerce, and you will notice 'member' and 'non-member' pricing. If you are a member of the SVTC, please choose the '$10 member rate' on the registration page.

Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi

TSSi is seeking qualified candidates for a Database Administrator position.  This position will be responsible for maintaining the ERP (Dynamics AX) databases and applications.  Requiring both technical level experience and the ability to interface with all levels of users including user support and training.  Previous experience in Database Administration and  familiarity with the implementation of new systems a plus.  Experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and/or 2012 and Dynamics NAV or AX is highly preferred.  Qualifications include the ability to maintain and administer TCP/IP networks, assist technical end users in database design and query optimization, create and implement training on AX system for all end users.
TSSi offers a competitive salary and benefits.  For additional information about TSSi or to view the full job description go to No calls please, qualified candidates can apply by submitting resume and/or application to  TSSi is an equal opportunity employer. 

Governor McAuliffe Announces Updates to the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System
"Innovation Dashboard" guides investments in the new Virginia economy

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today updates to the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal that uses key metrics and outcomes to track the performance of Virginia's innovation economy.
"As we continue to build the new Virginia economy, we know that innovation is the premier path to economic expansion both domestically and globally," said Governor McAuliffe. "Here in Virginia, the drivers of this innovation are entrepreneurs of emerging, high-growth technology companies."
According to the Kauffman Foundation, a leader in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship, "Entrepreneurs who launch new businesses are the driving force behind a vibrant society when they create new jobs, renew the economy and expand human welfare." (Kauffman, ).
The IEMS was established by the Virginia General Assembly to further the work of the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which links funding for research commercialization projects to Virginia's strategic technology priorities. It creates a dashboard and an important path to new opportunities in the innovation economy by using key indicators that can assist lawmakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders with determining public-private investment priorities and policies.
Key measures include research and development; the "talent pipeline"; access to capital; business dynamics; and research commercialization.
The IEMS was developed by CIT in partnership with the University of Virginia's Center for Economic and Policy Studies in the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and the Council on Virginia's Future.
"The IEMS provides a very useful snapshot of key metrics related to building the New Virginia Economy," said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. "As we seek to advance the Commonwealth's innovation posture, having access to this type of data will allow us to baseline activities and track progress."
Jane Kusiak, Executive Director of the Council on Virginia's Future, said, "It is an honor to be a partner in developing and maintaining the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System. It greatly complements our work to identify and track key indicators on Virginia's highest priorities for its citizens."

SVTC Member AXON AI Moves into Harrisonburg's Technology Zone
On December 1, 2015, AxonAI, Inc., will move from their current City location into Harrisonburg's Downtown Technology Zone. The new office space is located on Court Square: 2 South Main Street, Suite 501, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
With support from The City of Harrisonburg and the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund, the new location serves to strengthen AxonAI's presence and partnership with the local technology community in Harrisonburg."I am looking forward to moving our company downtown to be within the Technology Zone. We greatly appreciate the financial support we have received from the City of Harrisonburg and the Commonwealth of Virginia that will help us recruit, hire, and train future members of the AxonAI team," states Mark Slonecker, President of AxonAI, Inc. In celebration of AxonAI's new location, an Open House is being scheduled for the Harrisonburg community, their investors, and partners. This event will take place at the new office location on January 27, 2016. Announcements and invitations will go out accordingly.
AxonAI, Inc. applies advanced artificial intelligence technologies to develop complex reasoning products in numerous areas, including big data analytics, risk forecasting, and cybersecurity. 

Trademark & Copyright: What's the Difference? Why Should I Care?
November 17, 5:30pm; BlueHub Coworking, Harrisonburg, VA

Some people use the two concepts interchangeably, but Trademark and Copyright are two very different things.
The logo on a price tag dangling a tee shirt is a trademark, while the artwork silkscreened on the tee shirt itself is copyrighted. COCA COLA is a federally registered trademark. I'd to Teach the World to Sing, the song Don Draper supposedly thought up in the last moments of Mad Men, is protected by copyright. The finished script of a Star Wars movie? Copyrighted. The sound of Darth Vader breathing? There's a federal registered trademark covering it.

Confused or curious? Spend a few minutes at Bluehub Coworking in downtown Harrisonburg at 5:30 PM on November 17 to learn more about what these two concepts are - and aren't. And how you could put them to work for you.

Speaker: Jared Burden ( | Register for this event!

CIT Announces FY2016 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund: 
$3.4 million in funding opportunities available for Virginia's research community

October 30, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY2016. The solicitation opens on October 30, 2015 and Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by Friday, December 4. Award announcements are planned for early June 2016.
The CRCF grows Virginia's economy by supporting high-potential technology commercialization projects at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, and nonprofit research institutions. A single solicitation for $3.4 million will be offered in FY2016, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.
Awards from the CRCF further the goals and industry opportunities set forth the in the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap. Eligible technology sectors for all programs this round are cyber security, energy, information technology - specifically data analytics, life sciences and unmanned systems for air, land, sea or space.
Details for the FY2016 solicitation, including the link to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), are available on CIT's website at The website provides additional resources, including program guidelines, webinars, FAQs, sample applications and templates. Please direct questions to
CIT issued one solicitation in FY2015 resulting in $2.8 million invested in 38 projects across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth's investment was used to leverage approximately $5.6 million in additional matching funds. To date, the Fund has announced nearly $16.5 million for 184 projects; outcomes include companies formed, jobs created, intellectual property created, regulatory approvals, new investments made, and technology licensed.
About the CRCF and R&T Roadmap
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities and business and industry.
The Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap is a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth uses to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and that are eligible for CRCF awards. The Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC), comprised of university, industry and economic development experts, reviews applications and makes award recommendations to the CIT Board.

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