SVTC announces 25 nominees and will offer interactive networking at annual premier event for tech users and creators on Oct. 7

Like so many conferences and events intended to be held this year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) has moved its premier annual event, TechNite20, to a virtual format due to COVID-19.

“Like many organizations these days, we are pivoting,” says Nicky Swayne, chief executive officer of the SVTC. “We received a nice line-up of nominees in all award categories in the spring and don’t want to neglect what these innovators, educators, leaders, and developers have done. Tech Nite is on! We intend to honor and highlight them, as always, albeit virtually, at an online event with live networking. Networking with a twist: you decide what table you want to join and who you want to talk to. It’ll be the best networking since March.”

This year, TechNite20 will take place in a virtual and highly interactive platform called Remo and include both live and recorded segments. At the beginning of TechNite20, guests will network in real-time while using their cameras and mics, while moving around at virtual tables at will,  which allows the networking to feel fluid, natural, and fun.   

“After all, we had received 25 nominees, whose achievement we did not want to let go unrecognized,” says Nicky. “Innovation and leadership happened in our Valley, and we will show it off.”

As always, the tech council will give awards in eight categories and presenters will highlight 25 nominees. One of the most fun activities of Tech Nite is the social voting that everyone is able to participate in, before and during the event, for the category called Serco People’s Choice Award. This means that anyone can post public or private votes to support their favorite. We will again use a special hashtag, #SVTCPC20, and any nominee’s supporters can post their public votes via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The tech council will collect these and announce the winner at the end of the event. This is another chance for all nominees to win in a second category. A quick primer -and the social wall itself- are located at 

The nominees are: 

Rockingham Circuit Court Clerk’s Innovation in Community Impact Award

  • Generate Impact
  • Horizons Edge Sports Campus
  • Valley Makers Association

GreeneHurlocker’s Innovation in Emerging Business Award

  • Sproutly, LLC
  • Traipse, Inc.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s Innovation in Education K-12 Award

  • Andrei Dacko, Valley Career and Technical Center
  • Diana Flick, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Lisa Gibson, Shenandoah County Public Schools
  • Ryan Hall, Valley Makers Association
  • Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels, Shenandoah University
  • Massanutten Technical Center E-SOC

Segra’s Innovation In Higher Education Award

  • AR/VR Healthcare Simulation Course
  • BizLab
  • GO Virginia Cybersecurity Program
  • Autonomous Cart (JACart) Research Group
  • Shenandoah University

Center for Innovative Technology’s Innovation in Development Award

  • Bryan Tool & Machining
  • QuickFix
  • Shentel

Dynamic Aviation’s Innovation in Utilization Award

  • E-N Computers, Inc.
  • Interchange Group, Inc.

Shentel’s Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

  • Phyllis Friesen, Design Concrete Builders Inc.
  • Tom Lundquist, Staunton City Schools
  • Anne Marchant, Shenandoah University

TechNite20 will be held on October 7, 2020. Details on how to vote for the Serco PCA and reservations are available at  

About Tech Nite
Tech Nite is the premier tech-centric event in the Valley that celebrates the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region — and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and educators behind those successes. Tech users and creators gather to honor and recognize the area’s technology innovators. This recognition helps organizations and individuals immensely – the winning organization is able to expand its network, attract employees, and obtain publicity inside and often outside of the local region. 

About the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are technology creators and users who gather together for education, networking and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping to bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley.


Nicky Swayne