Oct
23
Tue
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund | Information Session (Pre-registration encouraged) @ JMU, Lakeview Hall, Room 1165
Oct 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Information Session

The Center for Innovative Technology (cit.org) is pleased to preview the CRCF FY2019 solicitation, identifying programs offered, eligibility criteria, and other high-level information. Approximately $2.4 million is available to award. The RFP will be issued in early October and will include complete criteria, including program guidelines and application materials. CRCF staff will be present at JMU’s Lakeview Hall on October 23rd for a regional briefing and will answer questions. Use the form below to register.

Webinar (WebEx)

For those unable to attend the information session, a webinar is available. Individuals can join using the WebEx app (incl. video) or can call in. Webex and parking info will be emailed to registered attendees closer to the event date (registration form below).

Goal

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector.

Industry Sectors

Applications submitted under any FY2019 solicitation program must align with one or more of the following industry sectors and, where indicated, subsectors.

  • Cyber Security, with particular interest in applications for autonomous systems, identity management, cloud infrastructure, and Internet of Things
  • Energy, specifically clean energy
  • Information Technology, specifically data analytics
  • Life Sciences, with particular interest in precision medicine, neuroscience, and medtech
  • Unmanned Systems

Programs

A single solicitation will be offered in FY2019, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.

The CRCF programs support commercialization goals through technology development in Virginia. CRCF monies additionally may be used for market validation, intellectual property protection, acquisition of materials and supplies, and/or other efforts that further technology commercialization and drive economic benefits to Virginia. Projects must be based upon sound scientific principles and present an opportunity for valid research.

More information about the CRCF FY2019 Solicitation (Preview)

Questions? For location and logistics, call the Shen. Valley Technology Council at 540.568.7882, info@svtc-va.org. For CRCF questions, please contact CIT at (703) 689-3000 or  CRCF@cit.org

See form below to register.

(Parking and Webex info will be sent after registration, prior to the event date, by email)


CRCF Info Session Sign-up | Oct. 23, 2018

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Oct
25
Thu
SVTC Members-Only Event at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) @ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Oct 25 @ 9:15 am – 2:00 pm

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Membership has its privileges, incl. membership in the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.  At times we are able to offer  —to our members— exclusive access to often non-public places and tours, and we are beyond delighted to offer a tour of the facility, and attendance at a crash test of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in Ruckersville. (https://www.iihs.org/iihs/about-us)

IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes. For decades, IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn’t work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that still occur.

Vehicle Research Center
In 1992, IIHS opened the VRC. Tucked in the foothills of central Virginia, this state-of-the-art facility is where IIHS performs the crash tests that form the basis of its widely consulted vehicle ratings.

Space is limited and once the available spots are gone, the sign-up form will stop accepting submissions. (Only 2 registrations per member organization, please.)

Timeline:
9:15 am meet in a parking lot (location tbd) – divide into several car-pools if we can.
(If you’re willing to drive, please indicate on the registration form.)

10:15 am, arrive; 10:30 – 11:30, Tour of facility; 11:30 – 12 noon, crash test

12 noon, lunch (sponsored by Rockingham Insurance, at IIHS)

Depart ~ 1 pm; arrive back in Harrisonburg ~ 2 pm

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We appreciate the sponsorship of Rockingham Insurance
who has facilitated this tour for us,
and is feeding us lunch!Rockingham Insurance logo

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Not a member but want to come along on Oct 25 and also gain all the other business and visibility benefits of membership – be part of the tech fabric of the Valley? Become a member today: SVTC Membership Options


SVTC Members-Only Event Sign-up | Oct. 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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Nov
3
Sat
FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament @ JMU ISAT/CS Building
Nov 3 all-day

 

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Presents

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Volunteers Needed!
This event is free and open to the public! Come see what it’s all about. Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS! Better yet — volunteer. Just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact! To sign up as a volunteer, please complete the following form: Harrisonburg Regional FLL Tournament Volunteers.

2018 Challenge: Into Orbit
Join FLL’s mission into the 30th season of FIRST®! Prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBITSM. The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season will transport your FLL team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space.

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®

For more information, visit https://va-dcfll.org/about-us/

FLL Team Start-Up Grants Available
Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new FLL team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form: FLL Reimbursement Grant Application (pdf)

TECHSTERS 2018 @ JMU Lakeview Hall
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration now open – see form below.

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Using best practices and lessons learned from Capital One in conjunction with the long-standing TECHSTERS program, many technology and innovation business councils in Virginia are working together to host a statewide “Capture the Flag” event on Saturday, Nov. 3 that will expose girls to the cybersecurity industry in a fun and interactive game style. This program is meant to inspire a future generation to discover technology, get excited about STEM, and build code for real-world applications.

(Formed in 2013, TECHSTERS is an after-school program for middle school aged girls dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in STEM fields. Since the program’s first day event with robotic balls called Spheros, TECHSTERS has served over 1,100 students in the greater Richmond region. In 2017, Capital One used the TECHSTERS model to host ten regional coding programs for middle school girls all across the Commonwealth. The outcome was spectacular as they reached over 900 students in two days.)

Equipment and FYIs:

  • Participants can bring their own Internet-ready, wifi-enabled laptops and will log into the wifi network
  • Team size: up to three girls. Teams will form after arrival.
  • We will supply 12 computers for up to 36 girls. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will bring your own laptop or will borrow one.
  • After registration, we will email JMU parking instructions

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Massanutten Technical Center!

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And thank you to our supporters, Staunton Innovation Hub and SunRunr!

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TECHSTERS Sign-up | Nov. 3, 2018

  • Student Information

  • Note: we will be providing a limited amount of computers (12). If there are girls who are able to provide their own laptop, we'll be able to host more girls/teams.
  • Primary Parent/Guardian Information

  • Secondary Parent/Guardian Information

  • Allergy, Medication, and Emergency Contact

  • Terms and Conditions

    I, the Parent/Legal Guardian give permission for the student, for which this form was completed, to

    1) participate in all Techsters activities as described on the program flyer
    2) receive medical attention deemed necessary, by qualified medical personnel during the entire time that he or she is participating in activities related to the Techster’s program.
    3) authorize ORGANIZATION and SPONSOR/HOST, through its agents, employees, or designated representatives, to sell, reproduce, distribute or similarly use, without restriction, any photographs or videotapes of my child and/or sound recordings of my child’s voice, taken during the program. By typing your name you have read and agree to the terms.
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Nov
20
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Nov 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.

Dec
5
Wed
Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast 2018 @ JMU Festival Conference & Student Center
Dec 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Save the Date for the 2018 Legislative Pre-Session Breakfast! The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at JMU Festival and Conference Center. This breakfast is a time when we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Dec
18
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Dec 18 @ 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.

Jan
15
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Jan 15 @ 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
19
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Feb 19 @ 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.

Mar
19
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Mar 19 @ 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.