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October 23, 2015
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SVTC Offers Mini-Grants Again | Connect with a Board Member by Oct 23
Cyber Security Awareness: A Workshop for Businesses (Oct 30)
SVTC's Oct. Bits and Grits (Oct 20)
Trademark & Copyright: What's the Difference? Why Should I Care?
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Chief Executive for the Center for Innovative Technology
CRCF FY2016 Solicitation Preview...Opportunities for Technology Commercialization Support
SVTC Offers Mini-Grants Again | Connect with a Board Member by Oct 23

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is again offering mini-grants in order to grow the Valley's tech community. In order to be considered, interested non-profit teams, projects, or organizations need to connect with a SVTC board member on/before Oct 23.
As a non-profit, the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council works through its board of directors and three committees to connect with the Valley's tech community. In particular, it is the mission of the Community Outreach Committee (COC) to create and coordinate outreach  programs in the community that develop and highlight the Shenandoah Valley's technology sector, as a career field for students (K16), as a destination for technology businesses, and as place where technology innovation and entrepreneurship happens.

From now until Fri., Oct 23 our board of directors is looking to connect with non-profit teams, projects, and organizations. Board members will want to know all there is to know about the project, team or organization in order to gather sufficient information for members of the COC, who will make the decision on funding. Note: There isn't a form for a grant seeker to fill out; there is not a minimum or maximum Dollar amount we will grant; and we don't know if after this funding round whether there will ever be another one. We have modest funds set aside for the fall 2015 distribution.

Goals: We are looking to develop the local tech sector as 1) a career field for students (K16), 2) as a destination for technology businesses, and 3) as place where technology innovation and entrepreneurship happens. 

Connect with a SVTC board member asap, tell her/him how your non-profit project, team, or organization does those things now, and how funds from us would enhance and further develop these things. Invite that board member to meet with you, show him or her what you do. Get connected: find a SVTC Board member and tell your story; or ask Nicky to connect you with your favorite one. Time is of the essence as all info needs to be gathered, pictures taken, questions answered, etc by Oct 23. (Funds will be disbursed in early Dec.) 

In the spring of 2015, we funded several local non-profit projects, teams and organizations. This summer, we asked them how our funds made a difference. Here is Chris Martin / Shen Valley Governor's School with how our funds made a difference for robotics and the FIRST Lego League (FLL) at the school.  

SVTC mini-grant to SVGC spring 2015
SVTC mini-grant to SVGC spring 2015

CyberSecurity Workshop Oct 30
October 30, 2015 | Ice House | Harrisonburg | $30 | Pre-registration required

This workshop is especially designed for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore practical tools and techniques that can help them assess, enhance, and maintain the security of their systems and information.
This special event is made available through a collaboration between JMU's ISAT & Computer Science Dept. in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.
On Fri., Oct 30, 2015 (8am-12pm) we will welcome Pat Toth from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a keynote talk, and attendees will participate in an interactive session, hear from university panelists, and connect with resources.
  • How to protect your business from intentional attacks or unintentional damage by well-meaning employees
  • How to guard against the embarrassment, legal liability or decreased productivity of security breaches
  • How to evaluate security tools and techniques based on your needs
Speaker: Patricia (Pat) Toth, is the Project Leader for the Security Outreach and Integration Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
This workshop is a part of NIST's outreach program. It is designed to make NIST resources more accessible to the small business owner, arming small businesses with specific techniques to improve their Information Security practices.  For additional information about NIST and small business community see

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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October 15 Luncheon Recap: View the Presentations

If you attended our Oct. 15 luncheon, Value Creation in the Commonwealth Through the Use of Data Analytics with Deputy SecTech Anthony Fung, you can find the presentations of our speakers on the SVTC website.

If you didn't attend last week's luncheon, find out what you missed! :-)

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Chief Executive for the Center for Innovative Technology: 
Ed Albrigo 

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the selection of Ed Albrigo as the next President and Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Innovative Technology.
"The CIT Board Search Committee conducted an extensive nationwide search that produced a strong field of diverse candidates and resulted in Ed's selection," Governor McAuliffe said. "CIT's leadership is fundamental to my administration's work to build a new Virginia economy that encourages and rewards innovation. I am very pleased that Ed will be leading the CIT and look forward to our continued advancement in global technology leadership."
Ed Albrigo was previously the Chief Operating Officer for The Hilltop Companies, a consulting and advisory firm. Prior to his COO position, Albrigo was Senior Vice President at Freddie Mac and Executive Vice President and General Manger of the Corporation for Open Systems.
"I am thrilled to to serve as CIT's Chief Executive. CIT's national recognition in seed stage funding, translational research investment, company formation and technology assimilation provides an excellent foundation for CIT's expansion. I intend to focus on significant growth and opportunity for CIT and the Commonwealth," said Albrigo.
Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology and a CIT Search Committee member said, " The CIT Search Committee retained executive search firm Korn Ferry and was focused on identifying the best candidates and ensuring that the selection process was based on merit and leadership experience. Ed's selection resulted from a well-executed search process, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with him."
"CIT has a national reputation for leading edge programs that attract high-growth entrepreneurs in markets ranging from medical devices to advanced materials and application software. The creation of MACH37, the nation's first and only dedicated cybersecurity accelerator, which in two years has achieved global recognition, exemplifies CIT's potential and contributions. In selecting Ed, the CIT Board has reinforced it's commitment to CIT's mission and growth," said David Lucien, CIT Chairman.
Mr. Albrigo will start his position on November 2, 2015, and will succeed Peter Jobse, the current CEO, who announced his intention to return to the private sector at the end of 2015.

Member News: Valley Tech Companies AxonAI & Immerge Collaborate 

AxonAI, Inc. and Immerge Technologies, both located in Harrisonburg VA, are working together on a web-based product that will help patent lawyers and other interested parties search, monitor, and analyze existing and emerging markets within the patent landscape.
AxonAI, Inc. (recently renamed from Axon Ghost Sentinel, Inc.) applies advanced artificial intelligence technologies to develop complex reasoning products in numerous areas, including big data analytics, risk forecasting, and cybersecurity.  The patent research product, called AXON:Patent, will be the first in the marketplace to demonstrate these core capabilities.
This is AxonAI's starting point of applying AI to answering complex questions and providing compelling insights into predictive analytics. The collaborative product being developed highlights the capabilities of AxonAI's knowledge model algorithms with advanced visualizations provided by Immerge. The original prototypes were desktop-based and were useful in developing the algorithms. Moving to a web based architecture is the next evolution of the technology.
"AxonAI and Immerge share a common vision of what the end product needs to be, though we each look at the work from our respective specialization. We are excited about our collaboration with Immerge and look forward to future product development efforts with them in the future," said AxonAI President Mark Slonecker. 
This first project is nearing its initial release and will act as a proof of concept for self-learning information-matching systems, which are part of AxonAI's core service offerings. Eventually, this same technology will translate into advanced cybersecurity defense solutions for enterprise and government clients.
Immerge Technologies is a top provider of professional website design and development. Immerge was founded in 2005 and became part of McClung Printing in 2010. The company just celebrated ten years in the Shenandoah Valley offering web development.

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.

CRCF FY2016 Solicitation Preview

Opportunities for Technology Commercialization Support

CIT is pleased to preview the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2016 solicitation. $3.4 million is available to award to the Commonwealth's private sector, higher education, and research facilities through five programs: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment. The RFP is planned for late October.
Visit for high-level program information, including eligibility criteria and key dates. Complete requirements will be provided in program-specific guidelines and other application materials, available when the RFP is issued. CRCF staff will host webinars and be available to field questions about this solicitation with the release of the RFP.
CRCF accelerates innovation and drives economic growth in Virginia by advancing solutions to important state, national, and international problems through technology research, development, and commercialization. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which identifies research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia.
Interested in learning about previous solicitations? Visit for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.

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