Jan
25
Thu
SVTC January luncheon | Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins: what is that? Should I care? | Pre-register to attend @ The Wood Grill Buffet
Jan 25 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Morgan Benton, Associate Professor, JMU CISE, ISAT Dept. 

Morgan Benton/JMU

Morgan Benton/JMU

Bitcoin turned eight years old this month, but many people are only just now learning about the cryptocurrency. At our Jan. 25, 2018 luncheon Dr. Benton helps us break down bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain and how we think about the global economy, currencies, and the underlying technologies. Key issues he will discuss are trust, control, consensus, and value

About Dr. Benton:
Morgan C. Benton is Co-Founder of the Burning Mind Project and an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) at JMU. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research focuses on innovation in learning, higher education, and transformation. He blogs at Morphatic.

An excellent and very informative interview from NPR’s The1A.org gives many insights as they examine bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain: Tales From The Crypto: Bitcoin, Blockchain And The Future Of Money

We look forward to hearing from these Level III SVTC members at the luncheon about their plans for 2018:

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SVTC Luncheon Sign-up | Jan. 25, 2018

Please pre-register so that we can plan the set-up of the location, and bring a pre-printed nametag for you.
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Jan
26
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
2
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
9
Fri
Final presentations | Shen. Valley Cohort | ICAP @ JMU Lakeview Hall
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Business Model Development for Technology Start-Ups | PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND, BELOW

About ICAP and this cohort:
ICAP is a statewide technology-commercialization program offered by the Virginia Network of Small Business Development Centers, George Mason University, and local sponsors (SVTC, SBDC, JMU X-Labs).

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP 2.0 helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

During this FREE 3-week program, you will work with ICAP instructors and your teammates to learn techniques that will help you identify potential customers, learn their needs and how you can build a successful business model from that knowledge.

The Short Course is the beginning of an ICAP process that guides companies through the Five Steps to Startup Success:

  • Validate your business model
  • Build the right team of three or more members
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Create early sales traction
  • Establish distribution channels and key partnerships

Who was Eligible?
All Virginia early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs (faculty, students, or the community at large) who are seeking to explore the commercial prospects for their innovations are encouraged to participate in this regional cohort.

Important Dates

  • December 15, 2017 – Applications due by midnight
  • December 22, 2017 – Acceptance notifications and communication from Bob Smith, a seasoned advisor, with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.
  • January 26, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm – Kick-off Classroom Introductory Session.
    We meet in JMU’s Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg. (Location | Google Maps)
  • February 2, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • February 9, 2018, 9:00am-Noon – Final Team Presentations at JMU’s Lakeview Hall

During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.

At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration, and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program in which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIRs and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

This Cohort is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development CenterJMU X-Labs, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

 

Feb. 9, 2018 attendance confirmation | ICAP Shen Valley Cohort FINAL PRESENTATION

A few days before the presentation, we will send you an email with parking information (lot number)
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JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
13
Tue
Tech Tuesday @ Ruby's Aracade
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

informal networking for techies

 

Informal networking for techies at Ruby’s Arcade in Harrisonburg. Dutch treat. No registration necessary. Technology agnostic.

Feb
16
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
20
Tue
Bits & Grits @ Mrs. Rowe's
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Feb
23
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
24
Sat
Intro to User Experience (UX) Class (Central VA Girl Develop It) @ Jenzabar
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This class is a 1-session class in Harrisonburg.

At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we’re designing–a website, an Android app, or a toaster–we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.This is a hands on course which will give you actionable tools to get started with user experience in your work day!

By the end of this class, you’ll also learn tips and techniques to address the following:

  • Fundamental concepts of user experience design
  • How to find out who your users are
  • Creating user personas
  • Identifying usability problems and prioritizing solutions
  • How to design and run usability tests
  • Getting useful feedback from your users
  • Information Architecture and interaction design

Tech Requirements
Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

Scholarships
Central VA Girl Develop It is offering a limited number of scholarships to offer. Their goal is to be a sustainable organization that offers low-cost web development classes to women. With that in mind, if there’s a class that you want to attend but cannot afford for financial reasons, please apply for a scholarship (https://goo.gl/forms/xVSJXjzzYFH5yQcf1). For this class, the scholarship application deadline is February 19, 2017. Questions about the class or interested in being a teaching assistant? Contact centralva@girldevelopit.com.

Instructors:

  • Katherine Yoder – www.katherine-yoder.com
    After graduating with a BA in Women’s Studies, Peace Studies & Psychology, Katherine received her degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and spent 10 years designing clothes for Eileen Fisher in New York. While at Eileen Fisher, Katherine discovered UX Design and got her UX certification at General Assembly. She has designed native apps at Ghost Note Agency and LivingSocial in Washington DC and is now a UX Designer at Jenzabar in Harrisonburg.
  • Chris OBrien
    Chris is the UX Team Lead at Jenzabar. In addition to founding the UX Team at Jenzabar, he has 15+ years of experience leading web design projects for higher education. Chris loves discovering and learning about the next big thing teams, products and projects need.

More information and registration for Feb. 24, 2018 UX class (MeetUp)