- Building a Better Tomorrow for the Shenandoah Valley
Want a strong and successful SV region for the generations to come? The technology companies of the SVTC represent the building blocks of economic success. If you want to help build a strong local technology community, the SVTC welcomes your support and active participation.
- Opt-in to receive the weekly newsletter | Read in the newsletter archive
- Connect in-depth with fellow tech users and creators through a SVTC committee
- Mentor or volunteer a tech-based/STEM project or team in the S.V. (Often, no or few tech skills are needed)
- Unbeatable Networking
Monthly breakfast and lunch options, quarterly after-hours gatherings, and annual events like TechNite provide opportunities for you to meet other technology leaders, make valuable business contacts, and stay current with the growing regional technology sector. (Regional tech events – calendar)
- Increased Visibility for Your Company
The SVTC hosts numerous events and coordinates opportunities with media, fields requests for speakers, and provides other opportunities to raise the visibility of your company. Even if you don’t have customers in the area, it’s important that business and technology leaders know who you are and what you do. That’s how doors get opened. (SVTC Membership options tiered by visibility and benefits)
- Online Membership Directory
The SVTC’s online membership directory is a database of SVTC member company profiles. Our goal is to help make connections between knowledgeable area experts and SVTC members to help you find the partner you need, and to help those looking for partners find you! (Online SVTC Member Directory)
- Regional Recruiting and Retention of Knowledge Workers
Companies are all competing for top talent, and the SVTC wants to keep those talented individuals in the S.V. region. We foster relationships with our higher-education partners that lead to new avenues for collaboration and the development of a healthy ideation and innovation ecosystem. The SVTC also works to make this region a sustainable environment for K-16 programs that enhance STEM-H career choices. (E.g. SVTC STEM support: SVTC FIRST LEGO League activities. )
- Free Job Listings
As an SVTC member, there is no cost to promote your job listings on the SVTC website and newsletter. By listing your jobs with SVTC, you’re also helping the SVTC promote the opportunity for tech talent in our region. (S.V. tech jobs)
- A Collective Voice for Technology
The SVTC represents the collective interest of technology companies in the S.V. region. We also serve as the interface to many government and non-profit organizations on behalf of our membership. The SVTC is an advocate for the region on a broad range of technology issues at the local and state level.
- Member Engagement
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council facilitates the growth of technology-focused companies in the S.V. region. Connecting regional companies and providing opportunities for collaboration and networking at SVTC events is one of the most valuable benefits of membership. (SVTC Calendar)
We’ve gathered a listing of local Shen. Valley tech activities for kids for summer 2018! Ranging from workshops to tech camps, this summer is full of technology and STEM fun. Browse the links below and/or share the list with others. We hope everyone has a fantastic summer!
- Tuesdays at 4pm: In the Lab
- Wednesdays at 4pm: Engineer It
- June 18 – 22: Explore Maker City
- July 9 or Aug. 8: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad
- Aug. 20 – 24: Little Scientists’ Lab
- Additional Summer Explorer Camps
- Additional Maker City Boot Camps
Summer STEAM Camps
Lexington Calloboratory and Makerspace, Lexington
- June 18 – 22: Industrial Robotics
- June 18 – 22: 3D Printing Design
- June 25 – 29: Building a Computer from Parts
- July 9 – 13: Building a Custom Computer System
- July 9 -13: Intro to Robotics
- July 16 – 20: Learning about Drone Technology
- July 16 – 20: Advanced Lego Robotics
- Additional Learning Can Be Fun Courses at BRCC
Looking for a grant to help start up your FLL team? 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 team is reimbursed, up to $350.
To be eligible, teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s area of operation. Applicants must also intend 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)
Individuals looking for a team, or a team seeking more members can also visit: www.simplesignups.com/teamup.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company and inspires future scientists and engineers. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.
Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s premier annual tech gathering, highlighting the Valley’s achievements and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2, 2018 attendees will gather at JMU’s Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to recognize…
Registration is open for our Jan. 25, 2018 luncheon. 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.
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are creators and users of technology who gather together for education, networking and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping to bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley.
Nicky Swayne, CEO
Mailing Address: 800 S. Main Street | MSC 3615 | Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
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