8 Reasons to Be an SVTC Member

  1. 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.

    1. Opt-in to receive the weekly newsletter | Read in the newsletter archive
    2. Connect in-depth with fellow tech users and creators through a SVTC committee
    3. Mentor or volunteer a tech-based/STEM project or team in the S.V. (Often, no or few tech skills are needed)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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. )
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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)

Shenandoah Valley Kids’ Summer Tech Activities 2018

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!

Summer Camps by Outreach & Engagement
James Madison University, Harrisonburg
Summer Explorer Camps
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg

Summer STEAM Camps
Lexington Calloboratory and Makerspace, Lexington

Kids College Youth Summer Camps
Lord Fairfax Community College, Luray
Learning Can Be Fun
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave
Summer Camps
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester

Do you know of additional tech and STEM activities for kids in the Shenandoah Valley in the summer of 2018? Send us a note and we’ll publicize them as well. Email admin@svtc-va.org.

2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams

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.

About FLL
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.

For more information, visit our FLL information page or the VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.

 

 

 

Tech Nite 18 | Nominees | Reservations Open | Voting Has Begun!

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…

January 2018 Luncheon | Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins. What is that and should I care?

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.