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February 8, 2013 - click headlines for quick navigation 


Tech Nite 13 (May 1): Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Tech Nite 13: Nomination Season Begins Monday...February 11th

SVTC Bits & Grits: February 19, 2013

SVTC Luncheon ... SQL Injection/OWASP: February 21, 2013

Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop: February 11, 2013

RichTech's Legislative Reception: February 13, 2013 ... Special Rates Available to SVTC Members!

Harrisonburg City Public Schools 1st Annual STEM Day: February 23, 2013

Virginia Wind Festival & 2013 Kid Wind Challenge: March 16, 2013

Shenandoah Valley SHRM Chapter to Host Chick-fil-A Leadercast: May 10, 2013

Attn JMU Students ... Deloitte Technology Competition Looking for Student Teams

SVGS Instructional Staff Opening(s) for STEM Program, Fall 2013

Tech Nite 13 (May 1, 2013): Sponsorship Opportunities Available


The corner stones for Tech Nite 13 (May 1) are coming together and sponsorships are now available. In 2012 over 250 guests attended the gala, and we expect that many or more this year.  It's the premier place for techies and non-techies to gather. The first Tech Nite ad will run at the end of February --and the Tech Nite website is being updated this week -- so if you're considering sponsoring anything related to Tech Nite get on board now and take advantage of the publicity right from the start. There are options for every wallet. 


Sponsorships include tickets to the event, your logo on our website and event materials, acknowledgement on the night of the event, in our newsletter, in the local printed media, and much more.  If you're interested, give us a shout. TN 13 Sponsorship Details (pdf) - email:


Available sponsorship opportunities include:


Table Sponsor 

Media Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Dessert Bar Sponsor 


For all the details click on Tech Nite 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf) or visit our SVTC Tech Nite 2013 pages.

Questions? Send us an email: or call Nicky at (540) 568-7882.


TN13 Award Sponsors 



Tech Nite 13:  Nomination Season Begins February 11th

On Monday February 11th we will begin accepting nominations for the 7 awards to be presented at the gala on May 1st.  Please help us identify the Valley's outstanding technology firms and organizations - as well as the innovators, leaders, educators and entrepreneurs behind the successes, by submitting your nomination(s) by March 20th.

Nominate others (or yourself) in these categories:

Everything you need to know is posted online at our Tech Nite Nomination Guidelines page; you can take a look at the guidelines as well as the narratives from 2012 (which make useful examples).

Tech Nite 13 is scheduled for May 1st (Festival Center, JMU, Harrisonburg), so mark your calendars - we'll start taking reservations in April. 


Any questions, contact Nicky at




Bits & Grits

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:00am


This regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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SVTC Luncheon:  SQL Injection / Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), February 21, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Dr. Mike Mitri, JMU Professor of Computer Information Systems and Interim Department Head, CIS & BSAN

IT technicians and managers need to understand SQL Injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other web-originating information security vulnerabilities. These can have severe negative impacts, and minimizing these threats is an important consideration for application developers! The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) includes a robust amount of information on this subject as well as an extensive set of software tools. These resources can be used to train and support IT professionals as they seek to strengthen security at their installations. In this presentation, Dr. Mitri will give an overview of OWASP, and show how to apply best programming practices for thwarting common web security threats.

Lunch will be Dutch treat.  All are welcome. Membership not required. Reservations are encouraged so that we can bring each attendee a pre-printed nametag.


Valley SBDC Start Smart Workshop February 11, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
SBDC Offices, 1598 South Main Street, Harrisonburg


Offered by the SBDC

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.

Fee: $ 25.00




RichTech's Legislative Reception:  February 13, 2013 ... Special Rates Available to SVTC Members!

RichTech will be holding their Legislative Reception next week, Wednesday, February 13 from 6-8pm at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.  They will host our State Legislators, Administration & Cabinet Members, the Secretary of Technology and business leaders for an evening reception to celebrate Virginia's strong technology community. 


Special rates are offered to SVTC members interested in attending this reception.  Call or email the SVTC office for information on obtaining these special rates (540) 568-7882 or


Harrisonburg City Public Schools First Annual STEM Day, February 23, 2013, 10:00am-4:00pm

Valley Mall, Harrisonburg


Activities for the day:

  • 15 HCPS teacher exhibits
  • 4 robotics demonstrations with/by the teams from various grades
  • 20 community-run exhibits
  • 2 large attractions, incl. the STEM Mobile Learning Lab. (Run by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The STEM mobile lab is a trailer that visits sites and brings hands-on learning experiences to students and adults in renewable energy, pressure and fluid dynamics, and comparing CFL and incandescent light bulbs.)
  • 2 performances

STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck

STEM Mobile Learning Lab Truck

Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be having their first STEM Day on February 23rd from 10 am-4 pm at the Harrisonburg Valley Mall.  They will be inviting all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities to celebrate the fields of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There will be many exciting demonstrations, hands on activities, and exhibits created by students and teachers of Harrisonburg City Schools for kids of all ages to enjoy.    


Their largest exhibit will be an indoor planetarium, where students and their parents can learn all about our solar system! Another large exhibit will be the STEM Mobile Learning Lab, which is a trailer where students and parents can participant in hands-on learning experiences.

For more information on Harrisonburg City Public Schools and their first annual STEM Day, please visit  [note: check out the cool promotional video at this link!] 



Virginia Wind Festival & 2013 Kid Wind Challenge, March 16, 2013

Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg


The Virginia Center for Wind Energy will host the Virginia Wind Festival on March 16th, 2013 at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg.  The Festival will be an informal, fun day with lots of wind activities for kids and opportunities for the community to learn more about wind energy in Virginia and the region.

The goal of the Festival is to inform Virginia residents about the possibilities of wind energy, with a focus on the following:

  • what wind turbines are and how they work;
  • there are different scales of wind energy suitable for a range of uses;
  • the Virginia Center for Wind Energy is a resource for credible wind energy information;
  • anyone can help to advance the development of wind energy in Virginia;
  • learning about wind energy is fun!

Visit the Virginia Center for Wind Energy Website for full information on the exciting wind energy activites and for all ages.




Shenandoah Valley SHRM Chapter to Host Chick-fil-A Leadercast

May 10, 2013, 8:00am-4:30pm

The Shenandoah Valley Society for Human Resource Management (SVSHRM) is hosting this webcast which is put on annually by Chick-fil-A.  This year's slate of speakers include Jack Welch, John Maxwell, Mike Krzyzewski, and Condoleezza Rice, just to name a few. 

You can expect to be challenged. Inspired. Encouraged. You will learn how to improve your own leadership skills and also have the opportunity to network with other leaders in your area.

Tickets are $75 before March 31st and $89 after.

"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

  Community College


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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
   Cadence, Inc.


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Attention JMU Students ... Deloitte Technology Competition Looking for Student Teams

The Deloitte Technology Competition - Hacking into Home Energy - is currently looking to recruit JMU student teams to compete in designing and developing a mobile or web-based application that provides consumers access and insight into their home energy usage and cost XML data.

Gain experience in:

  • Application Development
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  • Working in Teams
  • Preparing Technical Solutions to Business Problems

Participants will work in teams of 3-4 students to develop a solution and present to JMU Professors and Deloitte Practitioners. The top three-performing teams will receive prizes. 


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March 16, 1:00 pm: Teams demo and present solutions to the "clients"


SVGS Instructional Staff Opening(s) for STEM Program, Fall 2013

The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School, a regional school serving 220 11th and 12th grade gifted students from seven high schools in the Shenandoah Valley, expects one or more openings for experienced teachers to join its faculty for the Fall, 2013.


Anticipated teaching positions may include physics, computer science, engineering, geospatial information systems, scientific research, advanced mathematics or other related STEM areas. Many SVGS courses are dual-enrollment with James Madison University or Blue Ridge Community College so a Master's or Doctorate from an accredited university with 18 graduate hours in the subject area is highly desirable. Applicants should be able to qualify for a Virginia Teaching License. A minimum of three years of successful teaching experience is recommended.

More information about SVGS may be found on the school's web site (

Positions will be full-time with benefits beginning August 1, 2013. Salary and benefits are based on the compensation package of Augusta County Schools ( The need for adjunct instructors is possible.


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