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September 25, 2015
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SVTC Tech on the Wharf (Oct. 8)
SVTC luncheon, Wood Grill with guest Anthony Fung (Oct. 15)
Cyber Security Awareness: A Workshop for Businesses (Oct 30)
JMU & Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase (Oct 12)
Share Fair Nation, Bridgewater College (Oct 10)
The Commonwealth of Virginia Cyber Security - Unmanned Systems Technology Showcase (9/30)
Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process (Oct. 14)
SVTC's Oct. Bits and Grits (Oct 20)
CIT Announces Demo Day for EMERGE Wearable Technology Program (Sept 23)
SVTC Tech on the Wharf
Thu., Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30pm, Staunton, VA | Lightcastle, 9 Middlebrook Ave.

Creating lots of technology? This is your crowd. Busily using technology? This is ALSO your crowd! Tech on the Wharf in Staunton is back!
Modeled after our popular Tech on the Square in Harrisonburg, we'll network, have a beer or other beverage, snack on pizza, and talk tech & business. Members and non-members are welcome! 

Thank you, Tamara and crew at  Lightcastle Technical Consulting for being the beverage sponsor, and thanks to Craig et al at Lingo Networks for bringing some pizza to snack on.  

Registration is appreciated -- that way we know how much pizza to bring and we can pre-print nametags for everyone. 

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SVTC Luncheon: Value Creation in the Commonwealth Through the Use of Data Analytics 
October 15, 11:45am-1:15pm, Wood Grill, Harrisonburg, VA

Data is a huge asset to the Commonwealth. How do we turn data into value? What are the challenges that have been encountered to get to there? Speaker: Anthony Fung, Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
Find out what programs and initiatives the Secretary of Technology has been developing and has underway to help the cause.
Special guest: Special guest: Dr. Chris Mayfield, JMU (CISE / CS) will update on Apps4Va (
Apps4Va: Education data is used in so many ways-from analyzing enrollment trends to finding ways to improve post secondary and career readiness. Apps4VA is a program that engaged the public in developing fresh and innovative ideas on how to use education data and to develop the tools to do just that! 
Networking begins at 11:45am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

Cyber Security Awareness: A Workshop for Businesses
October 30, 7:30am-12:00pm, Ice House Room 117, Harrisonburg

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

JMU and Shenandoah Valley Biotech Showcase
Monday, October 12, 10:30am, JMU

Hosted by VirginiaBIO, James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and public and private, together they highlight education and industry innovations in the biotech arena in the Shenandoah Valley.
This event will bring together businesses engaged in the bio sector, regional research assets and academic partners, marketing and economic development professionals to highlight exciting bio innovations in the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding region.  Attendees will discuss current research and academic offerings related to bio at JMU, Blue Ridge Community College, and other workforce partners, and identify opportunities for networking, collaboration and business development.  The day will end with a casual Beer & Biotech event in downtown Harrisonburg.
JMU offers the state's only undergraduate biotechnology degree, and the Valley is home to leading bio companies making advancements in human and animal health, agricultural and industrial bio, health care delivery and manufacturing.  Join us as we learn more about public and private university-based bio assets in this region.

Share Fair Nation
October 10, 9:00am-4:30pm, Bridgewater College

Share Fair Nation is coming back to the Shenandoah Valley for the second year in a row!
Join us at Bridgewater College on Saturday, October 10, for a transformative-and fun-learning adventure! We're helping teachers bring innovation and technology into their classrooms, and we're teaching kids to love STEAM-science, technology, engineering, the arts and math-with hands-on, interactive activities and experiments.
For more information visit:

The Commonwealth of Virginia Cyber Security - Unmanned Systems Technology Showcase
September 30 - October 1, Chester, VA

The Commonwealth of Virginia Cyber Security - Unmanned Systems Technology Showcase will bring together the cyber security and Unmanned Systems (UMS) communities, academia,entrepreneurs, federal labs, and industry to explore the interdependence, barriers, and opportunities in this rapidly emerging space.
Commercial success of UMS requires the integration of cyber security technology in UMS design, production, and applications; a successful UMS ecosystem will drive a vibrant supporting cyber security industry. The commercial success of the one drives the commercial success of the other creating new business opportunities for both small and large firms and explosive job growth. Virginia can harness this dynamic by enabling the formation and evolution of a state-wide integrated technology ecosystem based on UMS and cyber security technology. This ecosystem must be not only a center of business and industry; it must also be a place of invention and innovation.
  • Karen Jackson - Secretary of Technology
  • Dr. Philip Singerman - Associate Director, NIST
  • Jandria Alexander - Aerospace Corp.
  • Dr. Barry Horowitz - UVA
  • Jonathan Oliver - Aerospace Corp.
  • Robin Menke - VCU
  • Richard Carlson - Aurora Flight Sciences
  • John Lamb - Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Dr. Rob Griesbach - Chair FLC-MA
  • Rich Antcliff - NASA
  • Tom Weithman - CIT
  • Jean Peters - Golden Seeds Angel Network
  • Conner Trebour - WealthForge
  • Dr. Honeyeh Zube - NIST

Conference Registration: $199 | Student Registration: $50

Bronze - (1 Free Registrant and Logo) $500
Silver - (2 Free Registrants, Booth, & Logo) $1000
Showcase Booth $150

Improving the Problem Solution Generation Process
October 14 2015, 8:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College


Organizations and individuals are always trying to solve analytical and/or creative problems. Far too often, the process of brainstorming is relied on as the primary method to help identify potential solutions. However, there are more powerful options available that are more rigorous and typically generate a greater number of possibilities that are likely to be more potent and reliable.

This 1-day workshop will present several additional options that can provide triggers to improve the solution generation process by thinking about a system from different perspectives.

About the Workshop Leader: Duke Okes has worked in the quality profession for more than 35 years, first as a quality engineer with TRW Automotive, and since 1985 as an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and author. He is an ASQ Fellow, is ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE and CQA certified, and holds degrees in technology, business and education. He is the author of two books covering some of the core skills for process management, "Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action" and "Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management," as well as dozens of articles on these and other quality management topics. 

Cost: ASQ Members & Non-Members - $225

Registration deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015 (Noon)




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SVTC's Bits and Grits
October 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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CIT Announces Demo Day for EMERGE Wearable Technology Program
CIT and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Demo Day to showcase companies that are creating innovative wearable technology for first responders
September 10, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that this year's EMERGE Accelerator program will culminate with a Demo Day in San Francisco on September 23rd. The EMERGE program is a unique public-private partnership that was launched earlier this year to help speed the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders.
The Demo Day will showcase the entrepreneurs who have participated in the EMERGEprogram as they present their companies to a group of accredited investors and other government and industry stakeholders from across the county. Participating companies include several startups from the TechWildcatters Accelerator, along with a number of more mature early stage companies from the TechNexus Venture Collaborative. The event will showcase a wide range of innovative technologies such as mouth guards that use bone conduction technology for communication; devices for sensory impaired users that can help first responders locate people in challenging environments; a triage language translator for patients to communicate with first responders; and protective gloves with embedded equipment controls to remotely control devices.
The program, a partnership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and CIT, is part of a larger DHS S&T initiative to engage entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas and technologies for the homeland security mission. CIT selected two business accelerators Tech Wildcatters, of Dallas, Tx. and TechNexus, of Chicago, Il. to discover and foster innovative individuals and companies with commercial wearable technology for first responder operations.  Both TechNexus and Tech Wildcatters held individual events in their respective cities over the past few weeks to showcase the participating companies.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "CIT's mission for 30 years has been to drive innovation and entrepreneurship to solve societal challenges and create new economic opportunities. This partnership with DHS S&T is a continuation of our efforts, and we are honored to be a part of their innovative procurement efforts, as they find the latest wearable technologies to help our first responders."
For more information on EMERGE go to and follow us on social media at #TechEMERGE.


About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. 
About Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate,
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities, and serves as the scientific and analytical core of DHS. S&T supports the Homeland Security Enterprise in six core areas borders and maritime security, cybersecurity, chemical and biological defense, countering explosives, enhancing resilience, and first responder safety and security. S&T is changing the way the federal government conducts research and development through novel approaches. 
About Tech Wildcatters,
Located in Dallas, Tx., Tech Wildcatters is the world's only B2B seed accelerator on the Forbes Top 10 and ranked #8 in the U.S., according to Inc. and TechCrunch. This mentor-driven program focuses on high-growth, technology startups. Tech Wildcatters is committed to growing the innovation community by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need. What makes Tech Wildcatters unique is the focus on customer and market development, and not just funding. We turn people into entrepreneurs and startups into companies. In 2015, Tech Wildcatters will have funded 68 companies, helped create over 250 jobs and has 4 exits. 
About TechNexus Venture Collaborative,
TechNexus, of Chicago, Il., is redefining venture development and investing, because we believe incumbent companies and industry leaders are facing challenges like never before. We host, mentor and invest in growth-stage startups that are willing to work with larger businesses to reach customers and markets faster, better and more profitably. We engage with corporations to identify, source and manage ventures as first customers, partners, licensees, and or investors.
This material is based on research sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Academy under agreement
number FA7000-14-2-0002. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for
Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.

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