Award Categories | Nominees and Winners

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 and approx. 250 attendees gathered 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. This is whom we honored and what they accomplished: Complete_SVTC_TN_18_Program (pdf)  Congratulations to all! Winners are in red (below).

We hope you all enjoyed our social wall, here are the pictures from the Tech Nite photobooth and event, associated with #SVTCTN18.

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 Winner:

Christine Richmond / Shenandoah County Public Schools

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