Opportunity Awaits – Come Network With Us!

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council hosts regular (monthly) and special (e.g. annual) networking events throughout the year. These provide opportunities for the Shenandoah Valley’s technology users and creators to meet one another and to educate themselves on a variety of timely technology topics. We represent the voice of the technology community in the Shenandoah Valley and facilitate technology, entrepreneurial, and innovation related subjects and issues. Through active participation, membership, and newsletters, our members stay informed, connect in meaningful ways, and realize business advantages.

Learn, Have Fun, Meet Other Valley Tech Users & Creators

Come and connect with us for:

Tech on the Square

Several times a year, we meet in Harrisonburg or Staunton! No power point presentations, no ties. Very casual!

Educational Luncheons

Mostly held in Harrisonburg, these informal gatherings present short lectures presented by timely speakers. Over the course of the year, topics vary and offer “high tech” as well as “general business” subjects. Membership is *not* required to attend — go ahead and bring a buddy or coworker. Pre-registration is often encouraged. Check the dates in our calendar or opt-in to the weekly newsletter (free). To view past luncheons, take a look at our luncheon summaries from Sept. 2007 – May 2018 (pdf).

Timely Seminars

Periodic seminars and workshops address current technology issues. Often we join with other organizations in the Valley to plan and execute comprehensive events that bring technology information and education to all users and creators of technology.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

Three grants (reimbursements) are available annually to newly-established local teams to compete in the regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Our sponsorships reimburse approx. half of the start-up cost teams (up to $375). FLL —considered the “little league” of the FIRST Robotics Competition— is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation. [More on: SVTC & FLL]

Open House: Fall Tech Mixer

The venue changes, but the purpose remains the same. This annual networking event is designed to kick off the SVTC annual membership drive and showcase technology and technology businesses in the Valley. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a fun time.

Annual Awards Gala “Tech Nite”

Each spring, attendees from all over the Shenandoah Valley gather to honor technology innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, and leaders to highlight and honor nominees in eight prestigious award categories. The dinner is superb, networking is productive, and people talk about it all year long. Nominations are sought beginning in February and in May everyone gathers to honor the nominees and winners. [More on: SVTC Tech Nite]

Deeper connections through SVTC Committees

Committees are small groups of  members that have a similar mission. Committee members experience even more engagement with the SVTC and its membership. Current committees include Organization and Governance, Events & Programming, and Community Outreach. [More on: SVTC Committees]

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