DIGITAL 2021: Dukes Inspiring Girls in Technology Across Limits

Dr. Nicki Washington, Professor of the Practice at Duke University, will be the speaker for this year’s DIGITAL 2021 event! Dr. Washington is the author of Unapologetically Dope, and she will be sharing her advice on surviving and thriving in technical fields. Her talk will run 30 minutes and then attendees will have the opportunity to join small breakout discussions. We’re excited to facilitate conversations with young women interested in technology and our university students and alumni working in tech fields.

Be one of the first 70 registrants and you’ll receive a free copy of Dr. Washington’s book, Unapologetically Dope, a short hands-on activity, JMU swag, and a treat!

Dr. Washington talks about her book- This event will be held via Zoom.

Questions? Contact Melissa at or 540-568-4226.

Registration and additional information for February 27, 2021 DIGITAL 2021 webinar

InnoVault 2021 Pitch Night


Innovault 2021 Pitch Night! Reserve your seat as an audience participant by getting one of the Attend tickets or apply to pitch by getting one of the Apply to Pitch Tickets.

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Pitch Applicants
Do you have a business idea but you’re just not sure how or where to begin? Do you know there’s an opportunity to scale your current business but just need some expert advice or funding to get you there? Do you have questions about patents, intellectual property, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, getting investors?

This is your opportunity to pitch your idea for a new Product, Service, Business OR your idea to scale your current business to a panel of business experts and investors! Innovault, Winchester’s Idea LaunchPad, TechTeam, Virginia’s IT Support Experts, and Crystel Clear Business Strategies, Virginia’s Most Sought After High-Performance Business Coach is launching Pitch Night 2021!

Application & additional information: 

3 Selected entrepreneurs (and or people with cool or crazy ideas) will be provided with

  • Live training, (via Zoom) with Alex Skinner, economic anthropologist, CFO of startup IP Haus, and Founder of InnoVault Coworking, through his proven Pitch Masterclass
  • Alex’s step by step template to creating and perfecting your pitch
  • Opportunity to Pitch to Investors, Entrepreneurs, Financial Gurus and other Business Experts
  • Feedback from the experts
  • Exposure on any of the following media platforms utilized for Pitch Night
  • Social Media
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Newspaper

The winner of Pitch Night 2021 will receive:

  • One-Month of business coaching with High-Performance Business Coach and Best-Selling Author, Crystel Lynn Smith ($1,200.00 value)
  • One -Year Flex-Time Membership at Winchester’s sought after Innovault ($2,388 value)
  • AND $1,000!

Audience Members
Due to COVID restrictions seating is limited to 30. Reserve your audience seat: 


SVTC Feb. 2021 Luncheon: Innovation Partnerships for Virginia | What projects lend themselves for the Shenandoah Valley?



Pls arrive at 11:30 am if you want to participate in a breakout room at 11:40 am. You will easily choose a 15-min breakout session with the following room hosts:

  • David Ihrie, CTO, Center for Innovative Technology Defining A Pilot Project. Community-Driven Innovation, and the technology, the enablers, and the sustainment
  • Nick Swayne, Director, JMU X-Labs Transition from mechanical systems to autonomous systems (Workforce)
  • Alleyn Harned, Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities Smart and Connected. Vehicles and transportation systems.
  • Debbie Irwin, Executive Director, Staunton Creative Community Fund: Entrepreneurs and Innovation – Finding the right partners to make things happen

=Main talk at 12 noon=
David Ihrie will talk about CIT Smart Communities, the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), and what projects might lend themselves for development in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is proactively soliciting interest in Smart Communities projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have several programs to support innovation in Smart Technologies, including grants and seed-stage funding opportunities.  CIT Smart Communities is the team that helps entrepreneurs and stakeholders move Smart ideas, innovations, and inventions through the testing and pilot phases to prepare them for commercialization, funding, and success in the market. CIT Smart creates opportunities through facilitating partnerships, research support, raising capital, and community development. The goal is to connect public and private resources so that Virginia can more quickly realize the value and benefits of Smart Communities initiatives for our citizens, businesses, non-profits, and visitors. 

For example:

  • You may have heard that Stafford County partnered with CIT to help define “Smart” for the new “Smart” Downtown Stafford. CIT helped with the vision and plan and is an active part of ongoing project execution through pilot funding and technical expertise. (How did that get started? Read about what sparked it: Stafford targeted to become Virginia’s first Smart Community)
  • The Fredericksburg Riverfront ParkCIT has worked with city planners and IT staff to help design and define what will make the park “Smart.” Solutions include fiber conduit replacing electric conduit to save costs, a leading-edge electronics package for the lighting poles to support Wi-Fi access, cameras, sensors, and built-in room for future technology growth. Plans for a concert area and informational kiosk and integration to the city IT infrastructure are also focal points of this project.

Let’s discuss what we want to plan for our Shenandoah Valley!? What project lends itself? Autonomous shuttles? IoT for public safety?

Let’s prep:

1. What is the difference between a Smart Community and a Smart City?
A Smart Community is a town, suburb, rural area, county, or city that uses a variety of technologies to enhance the quality of life. A Smart City is just one example of a Smart Community. Smart Communities employ technology to address unique local needs such as improving government services, boosting performance and lowering costs, lessening environmental impacts, and bettering where we work, live, and play. The benefits of Smart Communities come from new technology-based job opportunities, new public services, and cost efficiencies of using data proactively to address local issues. These benefits are the result of better access to broadband networks, sensor-driven data, analytics, and newly enabled information applications. Smart Communities
are the building blocks for smart regions, states, and countries

Smart Community pilot projects rely on “Community-Driven Innovation” to identify topics relevant to each community and connect commercial technology partners to demonstrate solutions. CIT Smart helps coordinate the Community-Driven process by jointly developing a technology vision with the community, establishing partnerships, and providing pilot project funding. Smart Communities VA – Program Overview

About Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA)
The Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) was established in 2020 to support the life cycle of innovation, from translational research; to entrepreneurship; to pre-seed and seed-stage funding; as well as acceleration, growth, and commercialization, resulting in the creation of new jobs and company formation. The Authority provides a collaborative, consistent, and consolidated approach that will assist the Commonwealth in identifying its entrepreneurial strengths, including the identification of talents and resources that make the Commonwealth a unique place to grow and attract technology-based businesses.

About the Speaker

David Ihrie CITMr. Ihrie has over 40 years of industry experience as a direct innovator in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science, and has been a principal in seven startup companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Mr. Ihrie has helped build four national scale business accelerators for the Intelligence Community, for DHS, and in the areas of cybersecurity and smart cities. Currently, he is leading the Virginia Strategic Initiatives portfolio including Smart Communities initiatives, the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT, and the SCITI Labs program with DHS Science & Technology focused on public safety capabilities. Mr. Ihrie has a Master of Science degree in Business from MIT, specializing in the Management of Technological Innovation, and a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.

Register for SVTC’s Feb. 2021 Luncheon: Innovation Partnerships for Virginia


Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!

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Managing Documents While Working From Home | Live Webinar

Working from home has presented new challenges for companies that depend on bridging the digital-paper divide. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the latest solutions that will help you to stay efficient and organized — whether working in the office, from home, or elsewhere.

E-N Computers has helped Virginia businesses succeed with innovative IT solutions for more than 23 years. And Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment has supported the area’s businesses with their printing, copying and faxing needs for more that 75 years.

Listen as experts from ENC and SVOE, along with Kyocera Document Solutions, explain how the latest office machines and IT infrastructure can enable your business in a changing landscape.

Register for February 17, 2021 webinar


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Harrisonburg Robotics Camp | Ages 9 – 12

Harrisonburg Robotics Camp | Ages 9 – 12
March 3 – 31, 2021 (Wednesdays) | 1: 00 pm – 3:30 pm

JMU Ice House, Harrisonburg

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Curious? Competitive? Detailed? Enjoy using computers and machines? If you answered yes to any of these, this exciting robotics camp is for you! Each day you’ll use the latest robotic arm technology to learn a variety of technical skills required to complete robotic task challenges that will have your heart racing!

All children will be required to wear a mask, and the camp will be practicing guidelines in keeping with CDC recommendations. Students may not participate unless they are symptom free per CDC guidelines.

More information, registration, and details for Harrisonburg Robotics Camp

Internship Subsidy Opportunity – Commonwealth STEM Internship Program

Are you interested in a cybersecurity undergraduate intern for your business (virtual or onsite)? Has funding been a challenge? CSIIP can assist! The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) can assist with all areas of STEM internship placements, and is the host to a special project titled, “Commonwealth Cyber Initiative” (CCI) which provides financial subsidies to employers in search of a cybersecurity student intern. These services are free of charge!

Here are important details specific to the CSIIP-CCI opportunity to qualify your company for a subsidy:

  • Register your company with CSIIP:
  • Must be a small to medium sized company defined by the Small Business Administration. See link for details:
  • Must have a cyber-related project for the intern.
  • Employer must pay the intern to benefit from the subsidized placement with CCI which is 25% of the total cost of the intern up to $2,500.
  • Subsidies are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Here are student details specifically for the CCI opportunity:

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be attending a Virginia state-school.
  • Must be pursuing a cybersecurity or related major.

More information:

Please join on Thursday, January 28th at 11:30 AM for a virtual information session.

Join the Zoom Meeting here:

COVID-19 Response and Relief: What It Means for You

COVID-19 Response and Relief webinar is now open for registration!

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The PBMares team will provide insights and analysis on the latest $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for the  January 7, 2021 webinar

College For Kids (Winter Session)

College for Kids provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience!

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Looking for an educational weekend activity for your child? Or are you trying to find ideas on how to occupy your child outside of that computer, tablet, or smart phone? Then look no further! College for Kids provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience for children in grades 1st-8th. Children work with JMU faculty and students, as well as experts from the community, to explore and discover talents they never knew they had!

Winter 2021 College for Kids will take place on Saturdays from February 6th – 27th. This program will be held in person. Your child’s safety is our greatest priority, therefore all children will be required to wear a mask, and we will be practicing guidelines in keeping with CDC recommendations. See safety protocol here.

Course options include, but not limited to:

  • Learning to Be a Mad Scientist (1st – 4th Grades) – Science is a whole world of curiosity. In this class, we will learn all about the science that is in our world around us. We will have fun getting to be hands-on and experimenting with science.
  • Lego Engineering (1st – 4th Grades) – This class is for young Lego enthusiasts who are ready to delve into the world of engineering and computer coding. Each week, students will be presented with a different LEGO Engineering challenge designed to spark their creativity and put their technical problem solving skills to work. Participants will also get to work in teams to build and program Lego robots using the We-Do Lego curriculum.
  • Instrument Construction Projects (6th – 8th Grades) – Have you ever wanted to make your own musical instrument? Get your hands ready to create a rainstick, thunder tube, didgeridoo, and more! Learn how different materials create unique sounds. Construct musical projects to take home and perform. We will even add some technology to a lesson to see how computers and technology can make everyday objects become musically alive!

More information, registration, and additional courses for College for Kids

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast

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The Pre-Session Legislative Non-Breakfast is an opportunity to ask local representatives from Harrisonburg and the Rockingham County questions about the upcoming legislative session.  This year’s event will be virtual via Zoom.

Register for December 4 Pre-Session Legislative Virtual Meeting

Girl Develop IT Virtual Mini-Conference

Girl Develop IT’s first ever virtual mini-conference will be held on November 12 starting at 12 pm. Their goal is to create an event that addresses the issues that are important to the community. Topics will include a focus on careers during COVID and working towards true inclusion in technology for ALL women and non-binary individuals.

Agenda, keynotes, and workshops will be announced later.

Registration and more information for November 12, 2020 virtual mini conference