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Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s premier annual tech gathering, highlighting the Valley’s achievements and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2, 2018 attendees will gather at JMU’s Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations, and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, educators, and leaders behind those successes.

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Vote for the People’s Choice Award #SVTCPC18

All nominees are candidates, and anyone can vote for their favorite.

Where to vote:
Public social media posts that use hashtag #SVTCPC18 AND the name of the nominee (or company name or organization name). Use the following: Twitter or Instagram (set to public), or a private Facebook Messenger note to “Walter” (see details below). We’ll accumulate the votes all thru April, and on May 2, we will display a social wall with all the votes on a big screen.

When to vote:
Voting has begun! Anyone who is not a bot can vote. Of course, business associates can vote, and/but family and other fans are also welcome! Voting will continue throughout the month of April and thru to the end of the gala on May 2. Attendees will vote during the event and we will announce the tally/winner at the end.

New this year: Send a direct vote to the social wall via FB Messenger/ aka the bot ‘Walter’: Anyone who doesn’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, or doesn’t want to change his/her account to public: use “Walter”, the Facebook Messenger bot to post directly to the wall. It’s easy. Open your Facebook Messenger, compose a ‘new message’, and type “Talk to Walter” into the TO line. Once that populates, type out your enthusiasm for your nominee and remember the hashtag. (E.g. I want [nominee name] to win. She is the best. #SVTCPC18) — BTW, “Walter” accepts pictures as well. Send the picture first, then follow it up with a message and the hashtag.

And the Nominees are…

Innovation in Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is given to an individual, team, nonprofit/civic organization, or company in the Shenandoah Valley that aspires to use its capabilities to help solve a social or environmental issue in a local community while using technology to amplify the impact of a service, mission, or project.

2018 Nominees:

  • Curren Media Group
  • Explore More Discovery Museum
  • Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.


Innovation in Emerging Business Award

Awarded to a Shenandoah Valley start-up/emerging technology company or entrepreneur.

2018 Nominees:

  • ConvergentAI
  • E-N Computers
  • Raincrow Studios, LLC
  • Vohtr, Inc.


Innovation in Education K-12 Award

Awarded to the educator or program in K-12 that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

2018 Nominees:

  • Mary Heishman / Staunton City Schools
  • Eric Johnston / Page County Public Schools
  • Chris Martin / Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School
  • Christine Richmond / Shenandoah County Public Schools
  • Amy Sabarre / Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Brian Thomas / Frederick County Public Schools



Innovation In Higher Education Award

Awarded to the educator or program in higher education that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

2018 Nominees:

  • JMU X-Labs
  • Lord Fairfax Community College / “We’re Open” Initiative
  • S.U. Center for Immersive Learning


Innovation in Development Award

Awarded to a company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.

2018 Nominees:

  • HYDRA Systems
  • JMU Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR)
  • TaxToken

Innovation in Utilization Award

This award recognizes outstanding commercial growth and achievement by an established company that either produces or markets high tech products or services, or an established company or organization that produces/offers more traditional products and services (where technology itself is not the core business purpose).

2018 Nominees:

  • Bank Design and Equipment
  • Canvex LLC


Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

Recipient’s leadership has served as a catalyst for
positive technology-related activity in the Shenandoah Valley.
(Only one nominee is publicized, even if several nominations were received)

2018 Nominees:

  • Richie Crim / Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Ron Perry / grep Innovation
  • Danielle Ross / Netsmart Technologies/Valley Community Services Board

People’s Choice Award

Awarded to one nominee from the other categories. All nominees are candidates — and the company, organization, or individual with the most votes through social media *before* and *during* the event will win. Voting starts the day all nominees are publicized and continues during the gala.

2018 Nominees:

*ALL* nominees in the other 7 categories are nominees.

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