Fall Tech Mixer – New Date in October

This event has been rescheduled from September 24 to OCTOBER 15. Anyone who previously registered for Sept. 24 has been contacted and is now registered for October 15. Please call (540) 568-5058 or email admin@svtc-va.org with any questions.

The new registration page can be found here: https://svtc-va.org/event/tech-mixer-2019/

Cancelled | Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Briefing & Funding Information Sessions

The funding briefing scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 has been cancelled. 
We invite you to join us for a live webinar on Monday, October 7 where you will have an opportunity to submit questions and interact with CIT staff.  To view the webinar and register, please visit CIT Funding Briefing Webinar.

Come join us as Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) presents information about funding available through three key programs administered by the Center for Innovative Technology in support of research and commercialization in Virginia:

FY20 CRCF Solicitation
CIT staff will introduce the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), a multi-million dollar technology commercialization grant program that accelerates innovation and drives economic growth in Virginia. The team will discuss the FY20 round, which includes programs available to higher ed, federal labs and other nonprofit research organizations, and the private sector. Topics will include eligibility criteria and the solicitation timeline, the Letter of Intent (LOI) with a revised approach this year, the application process, and tips for creating strong submissions.

SBIR/STTR Tips & Support for Virginia Applicants
The federal SBIR and STTR programs award over $3B annually to small tech firms in order to develop early stage, high risk, high payoff technology. 11 agencies participate, with awards ranging from $100K to $1.5M. SBIR proposal tips will be provided, as well as a preview of the Oct. 16-17 NIH/NSF SBIR & Commercialization Conference in Roanoke, VA.

CIT GAP Funds & Virginia Founders Fund (VFF)
CIT GAP Funds provides equity investments to early stage, high growth potential companies. CIT GAP Funds invests up to $250K in seed stage tech, clean tech/energy, life science and techenabled services companies. A companion fund, VFF, focuses on investments in women-owned, veteran-owned or minority-owned start-ups, as well as start-ups located in traditionally underserved regions of Virginia.

Parking will be available outside of the JMU Ice House. Please park in the lower portion of the parking lot. Parking permits will be necessary to park for those who do not have a current JMU parking permit. Please pick up a free parking pass at the entrance of the building.

Register for October 2, 2019 funding information sessions at cit.org

Cyber Security Conference & Expo

2019 Cyber Security Conference & Expo Theme: Women Leaders in Cyber

Digital Government Institute is privileged to work with some of the best and brightest government leaders.  We are especially excited about the upcoming 12th annual Cyber Security Conference – scheduled for November 14 – an event to highlight women in Cybersecurity.  These Cyber Leaders will share their capabilities, experiences, lessons learned and accomplishments, to include how they are advancing both their agencys’ missions and their own careers.   DGI is finalizing the agenda and plans to have top-level cybersecurity leaders from organizations such as USPS, FBI, HHS, DHS, Montgomery County, WMATA and ZeroFox on the program.

The complete conference schedule will be announced soon. Plan to attend and get inspired! Learn more

Register for November 14, 2019 Cybersecurity Conference & Expo

Disruption: Challenging Leadership at Every Turn

Rapidly changing ideological differences, technological innovations, and social norms are disrupting the nation, established institutions, businesses, and cultures around the globe. Our conference will focus on critical thinking, creative problem solving and leading in a disruptive environment. We will offer a balance of top-notch speakers on key areas of disruption (cultural, individual, technological, and business) with hands-on, active learning sessions.

About the Annual VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference
Begun in 2010, the VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference is a hallmark of the Center for Leadership and Ethic’s programming. It is a top-tier conference that addresses a significant issue of ethical leadership development, including living an honorable lifestyle in contemporary America.

The conference is open to all interested adults and attracts the attention of faculty and students of a diverse array of military and civilian colleges, members of the public and private sectors, military leaders, and non-profit audiences. Through the participation of these attendees and our speakers, VMI leads national conversations on diverse themes of leadership and ethics in modern society.

Students and faculty of other colleges, the general public, VMI cadets, staff, faculty are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Crum is the Caroline Dawn Wortham ’12 Leadership Speaker
for this year’s Leadership and Ethics Conference

Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Poppy serves as the chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an adjunct professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as augmented and virtual reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

Poppy is a U.S. representative and vice-chair to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a member of the Stanford Research Institute Technical Council. Prior to joining Dolby Laboratories, Poppy was a research faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where her neurophysiological research focused on understanding the neural correlates of how we hear in a complex acoustic environment and the functional circuitry of the auditory cortex.

Poppy is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. She is a 2018 recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Award, a 2017 recipient of the Consumer Technology Association’s Technology and Standards Achievement Award for work towards the introduction of over-the-counter hearing-aid devices, and has been named to Billboard Magazine’s 100 most influential female executives in the music industry. Prior to academic study as a neuroscientist and work in industry, Poppy was a performing violinist.

She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies

Register for October 28 – 29, 2019 Leadership & Ethics Conference

Virginia Clean Energy Summit

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The inaugural Virginia Clean Energy Summit will present the clean energy technologies, policies, and business practices that are transforming Virginia’s energy landscape – today.

The goal of the Summit is to highlight opportunities and encourage collaboration that speeds our use of more energy efficiency, solar, wind, storage, EVs, and other clean energy solutions. Conference attendees will include representatives from businesses, state and local governments, academia, and NGOs. An agenda is available for this event.

Register for September 17, 2019 Virginia Clean Energy Summit

Women in Innovation Conference


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Women in Innovation is an event to celebrate female leaders of today, inspire future women innovators and remember the groundbreaking women that paved the way. This event is a day to elevate and grow as a group of women, to spark conversations and to leave ready to make a difference through teaching, training and mentorship.

Attend, and you’ll discover the journeys of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Event speakers and panelists are guiding their communities with impactful leadership, uplifting their peers and investing in change.

The event offers significant networking. You’ll talk with other women who have bridged (or are fighting) the gender gap, have defined their purpose and who have made a commitment to impact their communities. See you there!

*Schedule and event speakers subject to change. 

Register for September 12, 2019 Women in Innovation Conference

JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering / College of Science & Math Open House

JMU’s East Campus has recently completed 3 summers of renovation and they are having an Open House to show off the new facilities for Computer Science, Engineering, Geology and Environmental Science and the School of Integrated Sciences. Come see state-of-the-art classrooms and labs and interact with students and faculty.  The new spaces include Maker Spaces and Fabrications labs, the Madison Academic Brewery, collaborative spaces for Computer Science, Environmental Science and Geology labs and much more.

Please park in the D-2 lot — no parking passes needed.

SVTC Fall Tech Mixer

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This event has been rescheduled from Sept. 24 to OCTOBER 15.

Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on October 15 for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC’s Board of Directors, this is our fall networking event.

Come and find out what the SVTC is doing as an organization, and what our members are doing individually. This is our second biggest event of the year (only Tech Nite is bigger). This is where the growing technology community goes in the fall to catch up. SVTC members are corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, coders, programmers and more. Membership is not required to participate in the Fall Tech Mixer nor many SVTC events. Feel free to invite a co-worker, customer, friend or spouse (please register each).

Come out and join current and potential members as they mingle and network. Appetizers are ‘on us’! Drinks are Dutch treat.

Parking: we recommend the Water St. parking garage; the restaurant is right across the street (see downtown Harrisonburg parking information).

SVTC Luncheon | WTF is Strategy and Why Should You Care?

This presentation will focus on understanding the 3 different types of strategic disciplines.  What are their differences and how businesses often gravitate to one not realizing the others are blind spots?  How to build a strategy that leverages all 3 and how to do that to build a better organization.  An ideal topic for business leaders looking to take their business to the next level or understand how to pivot from stagnate/declining revenue.

David Deaton headshotAbout the Speaker
David Deaton, founder of Deaton Group, LLC, has over two decades of experience transforming organizations through strategic planning, market research, and effective execution.  David has partnered with organizations worldwide ranging from startups and nonprofits to global businesses to improve growth, manage change and transformation, and develop strong strategic foundations to build and sustain their success.  As the former Director of Strategy and Market Research for the CFA Institute Asia Pacific region, David has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative market analysis. He then went on to become Global Strategic Planning Director where he developed organizational strategy and departmental alignment, guided new teams and projects through effective launches, helped teams plan for implementation, and provided group facilitation for departmental strategic planning.  We know that organizations can overcome their toughest obstacles and reach new levels of success through sound strategy. We’re here to make that happen.

Thank you luncheon sponsors:


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SVTC Luncheon Sign-up | Oct. 24, 2019

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Innovate | Shenandoah: Strategic Doing Day

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Innovate | Shenandoah in an initiative sponsored by SCCF and the VA Department of Housing and Community Development. They are hosting a Strategic Doing Day. What is Strategic Doing? Strategic Doing is a framework developed by Purdue University that helps loosely connected groups, collaborate quickly and effectively. Communities within the Shenandoah Valley are invited to build teams that will work through the Strategic Doing Process to develop projects that highlight entrepreneurship and economic vibrancy in your community.

More information about Strategic Doing:
Strategic Doing Day – October 30th, 2019 (pdf)
Strategic Doing Overview (pdf)

Want to be a part of a team? Complete the form in the link below and you will get you connected to the appropriate organizer within your region. Please note, some teams may already be full.

Register for the October 30, 2019 Strategic Doing Day and you will be connected within your region