Valley TechCon 2023


Valley TechCon brings together technology enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and business leaders to facilitate idea-sharing, collaboration, and innovation. Organizers are currently soliciting speaker proposals for the 45-minute break-out sessions.

Submission of the outline of a topic in one of the following categories is being sought. (The proposals can be in any format.)

  • Growing your technology business
  • The business impact of a particular technology, or
  • A technical (teach the room) topic for practitioners

Please include resumes (again in any format, it doesn’t have to be a professional resume, just the experience of the speakers). For an idea of the content of previous break-out sessions, you can view the agenda of Valley TechCon 2019

Proposals should be emailed to

[More details once the event is further planned.]

Legislative Breakfast Forum 2022


SVTC members should register this way in order to get the member pricing:

Start with Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce’s page:

  • Choose Register, and then Not a Member
  • Enter “SVTC” in the promo code box at the top of the page – remember to click APPLY
  • Add the attendee info and continue through the process, pay with a credit card

SVTC Oct. 27, 2022 Luncheon: Erin Burcham, President, Verge, discusses the Roanoke-Blacksburg Tech Council

Erin Burcham is the President of Verge, a collaborative strategic alliance established to grow the Roanoke-Blacksburg region’s innovation economy, technology, and life sciences sectors, and the supporting communities.  It aligns the strengths and programming efforts of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP), and the Valleys Innovation Council (VIC).  Erin will discuss the RBTC mission and share her experience with us on how that has changed over time and what the future holds for that organization.  Erin’s insight into the RBTC experience can inform our own as the SVTC charts a path forward into a new era.



Register Now to Attend

(You will receive a unique-to-you confirmation email with Zoom link)

SVTC Sept 22 Luncheon | Feedback on the Future of the SVTC

Come talk with us about the future of the SVTC. As you likely have heard, Nicky will be leaving the organization later in the fall (and is currently working remotely), and with her eventual departure come many questions. As a board, we have had multiple discussions regarding our future, and I would like to have everyone in on the conversation.

As members, stakeholders of the SVTC, and local tech users and creators, you serve an important role in shaping our future. We covet your participation, and thorough input is vital to our process. We want to ensure we continue to provide value to our members and the greater community during the transition and into our 2022-2023 year. (Sept. 2022-June 2023)

Please join us on Thu., Sept 22 to talk with us. Several board members will lead the conversation.

Please choose one or more option(s) to send your thoughts our way:


Fall Tech Mixer 2022


Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on Wed, Oct. 6, 2022, for its annual Fall Tech Mixer. This fall networking event is hosted by the SVTC’s Board of Directors. We’re back at Beyond for tasty coconut shrimp!

Come and find out what the SVTC is doing as an organization, and what our members are doing individually. How are things going? Are you working synchronously or asynchronously?

We are going to engage with our stakeholders and the Shenandoah Valley’s tech users and creators at our Sept. 22 luncheon (Wood Grill) about the future of the council and will continue that conversation on Oct 6. Please come with opinions!

Use our online form to send us feedback in case you can’t make it in person:

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. 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: Water Street Parking Deck (Interactive parking map Harrisonburg)


Women’s Entrepreneur Meetup

Women Entrepreneurs Meetup is back! All female-identifying individuals are invited to join us at Winchester Brew Works on June 28, 2022, from 5:30-8:00 pm for an evening of social networking. Come as you are, bring the women who inspire you, and buy a drink to support a women-owned brewery! No preregistration is necessary! (Carpooling options available!)

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SV Entrepreneurship Summit (registration now open)


Inaugural Shenandoah Valley Entrepreneurship Summit presented by SCCF coming this fall! Get ready, this September to network with entrepreneurs across the valley, inspire creativity and big thinking, develop actionable skills to apply to your business, and learn about the support available for your business. Join us from September 12 at 4:00 pm to September 13 at 8:00 pm at the Staunton Innovation Hub in Staunton, VA. Register Today!

Registration Link:

Monday, Sept 12
(Staunton Innovation Hub)
4:00 p.m. –  Registration
5:00 p.m. – Opening Meeting – Fire side panel, hype up!
6:00 p.m. – Dinner/food trucks & DANCE PARTY WOOHOO!

Tuesday, Sept 13
8:30- Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – Morning session Warehouse
10:55 a.m. – Breakout Sessions
11:40 a.m. – Breakout Sessions
12:35 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Breakout Session
2:55 p.m. – Breakout Session
3:50 p.m. – Breakout Session
4:45 p.m. – Final Session
6:00 p.m. – Pop Up Market/Staunton Stroll

May Luncheon. JP Berrizbeitia: Managing the innovation process in a company (And Annual Meeting)

Juan Pablo Berritzbeitia

Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia (Founder and CEO, JP Berriz Consulting; and adjunct faculty at JMU)

Managing the innovation process in a company

Everywhere, including in the Shenandoah Valley, we’ve been using the term “innovation” a lot. We use it because we know we want our companies to be innovative. We understand that innovation translates into competitiveness and that it drives our local and regional economies. We want to promote innovation among our companies. Yet, some companies are more capable of innovation than others. Some companies are able to innovate continuously, others sporadically, and others rarely. Why? What does it take to innovate frequently?

This talk attempts to offer some insights to answer these questions. I will share with you some ideas about how to increase the capabilities of your company to innovate and manage the innovation process successfully.

About JP Berrizbeitia (see also:
Juan Pablo is an international consultant with over 25 years of experience. He has developed expertise in three operational areas: nonprofit management, innovation management, and international development project management. He is also a specialist in three thematic areas: justice reform, access to justice, and rule of law. His clients have included the World Bank, the United Nations, the Pan American Development Foundation, and the Supreme Court of Venezuela. Juan Pablo also has formal training in classical guitar, aikido, and improvisational comedy.

On May 26, the SVTC will host its Annual Meeting AND the May luncheon. Prior to the Annual Meeting, we will conduct our spring 2022 election for class 2 of directors electronically, as we always do. Please read all about the process and the class 2 candidates: SVTC election page. Any SVTC member who didn’t have a chance to vote electronically can vote in person, on May 26 with a paper ballot.

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Tech Nite 22

Once a year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council highlights local tech innovation. We celebrate the successes of technology firms, organizations, and programs in the region — and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and educators behind those successes. In 2022, we will honor 22 nominees from all over the Valley: Tech Nite 22 Nominees

We are delighted to welcome Elaine Cheng, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Shentel, the parent company of Glo Fiber Enterprise, as keynote speaker. She joined the company in March 2019 and has 20+ years of experience in diverse business environments across all areas of Information Technology.

Cheng, Elaine

Winning the Talent and Innovation War

Women in Tech

 Never has the environment been so challenging. Finding new ideas and new markets is always tough. Layer on top of that a competitive and constrained talent pool. What can you do? How can you win?
Join us for Tech Nite 22 for Elaine’s keynote as we explore the game-changing solution. We will learn how to engage, recruit and develop women in technology and how that will determine success.
Add’l detailed location and parking info is posted on the Tech Nite reservations page:

SVTC April Luncheon | Rising Above the Security Noise Floor

Rising Above the Security Noise Floor

The typical mid-market business enterprise faces a constant struggle to do more with less; more productivity with less IT staff and more security with fewer (or no) dedicated security engineers. And with the “new normal” as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic IT organizations must master the ability to stay productive and remain secure while the boundaries of the corporate network expand beyond the traditional “four walls.”

Multiple security platforms are often presented as solutions to the workforce challenge. Next-generation firewalls, end-point protection applications, and intrusion detection/intrusion prevention solutions are all presented as fixes for the do-more-with-less conundrum.  Yet these platforms, as part of their basic functionality, create a lot of “noise.” Specifically, logs are generated –and often collected and archived– only to be reviewed as part of compliance mandates or, in a worst-case scenario, during or after a security incident.

Using the analogy of radio frequency interference and a “noise floor” this presentation will discuss a solution intended to get above the security noise floor with actionable intelligence. Regulatory compliance reporting will also be discussed as an additional benefit to be realized in the process.

About the Presenter:

Jim Mundy is the Senior Manager of Security Operations at Segra. Jim has worked as a Sales Engineer, Sales Engineering Manager, and Product Manager for companies in the telecommunications and managed service provider space. Jim is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and has recently held Cisco professional-level network and voice certifications. Jim has also worked as an entrepreneur – starting an ISP, PaxNet, in Greenville South Carolina, which was later sold to NewSouth Communications. Jim began his IT and networking career in a family-owned cable television company.

(Not at the Wood Grill)




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