Award Categories and Nominees

Tech Nite is the Valley’s annual premier gathering to highlight and honor local technology achievement and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2, 2018, nominees and attendees will gather at JMU’s Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to cheer the successes of the Valley’s technology firms, organizations, and programs, and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.

The 2018 nomination “season” opened Feb. 15 and ended March 16. Thanks to all who took the time to make a nomination! The judges have met and we’re ordering and engraving the awards now. The winners are a secret until the May 2, so be sure to attend.

[To see what the accomplishments of the 30+ nominees and winners were in 2017,  read their details: SVTC Tech Nite 2017 program incl. summaries (pdf).]

We look forward to hosting the 24 nominees in the award categories this year! Scroll to see who they are.

To participate in voting for the People’s Choice Award, you’ll need to

  • know the hashtag we’ll use (and set your social media streams to ‘public’ so that we can see and tally your vote. What’s the hashtag for 2018? Read our newsletter (newsletter opt-in) or check back on this page by April 1.
  • use the name of the nominee in your post, of course! (Automated, bot, posts not allowed)
JMU CISE's Innovation in Community Impact Award

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.
JMU CoB's Innovation in Emerging Business Award

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.
JMU COE's & CSM's Innovation in K-12 Education Award

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
Cadence's Innovation In Higher Education Award

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
CIT's Innovation in Development Award


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
JMU CIS and BSAN's Innovation in Utilization Award

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
Shentel's Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

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

Serco's People's Choice Award

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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