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.

What are the accomplishments of the 30+ nominees and winners from 2017? Read the details and be inspired to write up a 2018 nomination, with the help from the nominee, of course: SVTC Tech Nite 2017 program incl. summaries (pdf). Below are the 2017 nominees and the winner(s). (Winners in orange).

The 2018 nomination “season” will open mid-February 2018.

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.

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

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.

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

  • Blue Vigil, LLC
  • Canvex
  • The Chiedo Companies
  • IMADE3D
  • Ryzing Technologies

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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.

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

  • Lucas C. Conner | Alleghany County Public Schools
  • Matt Goss | Blue Ridge Community College
  • SGT Kenneth Glass | Fishburne Military School
  • Amy Sabarre & Jeremy Aldrich | Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Remy Pangle | The KidWind Challenge/JMU Wind Energy
  • Chris Dalton | Massanutten Technical Center
  • Dr. Oskar Scheikl | Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Eric Johnston, Patrick Graybeal, Kathy Chrisman | SD Solutions LLC et al
  • Matthew T. Britton | Shenandoah County Public Schools
  • Jessica Herr | Staunton City 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.

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

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.

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

  • Dr. Sven A. Brueckner | Axon AI
  • The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery’s 
    CAST Project Team 

    (Paul Rittenhouse, Lindsay Aldrich, Heather Holsinger)
  • Immerge
  • Ben Hanson | Serco, Inc.
Tech Nite 2018 Sponsors TBA

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).

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

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)

The 2017 Nominees and Winner were:

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.

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