JMU X-Labs Pop-Up Class: Drone Quidditch

Test your drone-flying skills at JMU X-Labs. New to flying drones? Don’t worry, we will have experts who can show you the in’s and out’s of flying and you’ll be soaring in no time.

Pop-ups are free, non-credit workshops for students, faculty and community members. Add new skills and ideas to your tool belt with topics ranging from 3D printing to LED programming and glassblowing (lampworking)

Experiment and build out your ideas under the guidance of passionate professors, facilitators and members of the community. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Registration will open March 30th.

More information about April 6, 2018 pop-up class

Tech Nite 2018

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On May 2, 2018 the Valley’s tech users and creators will gather to highlight local tech innovation in 8 categories. We call it Tech Nite 2018.  We’ll celebrate the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region — and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and educators behind the scenes. Join us on May 2 as we gather for the 18th time to honor the Valley’s best and brightest.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award #SVTCPC18

Who’s your favorite for the Serco People’s Choice Award? Pick one of the 24 nominees and then vote for them using #SVTCPC18 on Twitter, or Instagram.  FB Messenger voting via a bot, Walter, is new for 20-18. Voting has started!!

Remind yourself: Who are the 24 nominees? All nominees are candidates, and anyone can vote for a favorite.

Where to vote:

Public social media posts that use hashtag #SVTCPC18 AND the name of the nominee (or company name or organization name). Use the following: Twitter or Instagram (set to public), or a private Facebook Messenger note to “Walter” (see details below). We’ll accumulate the votes all thru April, and on May 2 at Tech Nite 2018, we will display a social wall with all the votes on a big screen.

When to vote:

Voting has begun! Anyone who is not a bot can vote. Of course, business associates can vote, and/but family and other fans are also welcome! Voting will continue throughout the month of April and thru to the end of the gala on May 2. Attendees will vote during the event and we will announce the tally/winner at the end.

New this year. A direct vote to the social wall via FB Messenger/ aka the bot ‘Walter’:

Anyone who doesn’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, or doesn’t want to change his/her account to public: use “Walter”, the Facebook Messenger bot to post directly to the wall. It’s easy. Open your Facebook Messenger, compose a ‘new message’, and type Talk to Walter into the TO line. Once that populates, type out your enthusiasm for your nominee and remember the hashtag. (E.g. I want [nominee name] to win. She is the best. #SVTCPC18) — BTW, “Walter” accepts pictures as well. Send the picture first, then follow it up with a message and the hashtag.


Sample Voting Ideas (incl. but not limited to)

  1.  For someone else: 
    • I vote for [@nominee name or handle] for the Serco #SVTCPC18
    • [@nominee name or handle] is the best and should totally win the Serco #SVTCPC18
    • Congratulations, [@nominee name or handle] you should win #SVTCPC18 on May 2
  2. Self-vote:
    • We are nominated for the Serco #SVTCPC18 on May 2 and think we should win 🙂
    • Our [job title] is nominated for the Serco Tech Nite award and we believe she is the best and should win the #SVTCPC18

Questions? Email or call 540.568.7882

GO Virignia Region 8 Council Meeting

The next GO Virginia Region 8 Council meeting will be held Friday, April 27th, from 10:00 am until noon.  The meeting will take place at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450, in the Appomattox Mezzanine.

About GO Virginia

The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund was approved by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly, and is a business-led, bipartisan initiative that is incentivized and encouraged by the state, however participation is not required of localities. An organizing workgroup made up of staff from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and interested economic development, workforce training, community planning and development, education, and business leaders from around the state met in 2016 to recommend geographic partitioning and Fund guidelines and procedures to the Board. Nine regions were established and each region formed councils that were certified by the Board in March 2017. The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board is comprised of 24 members with representation from the House and Senate, Gubernatorial appointments, and private sector leadership. In addition to approving GO Virginia regions and certifying regional councils, the Board is responsible for determining project funding.

For additional information about the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity, please visit

Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium

“Like no other innovation in a generation, blockchain technology has become synonymous with digital disruption. Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize traditional understandings of money, authority, trust, and governance – almost instantaneously and comprehensively challenging age-old institutions.”

The first-ever Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium, hosted by GFURR, will draw from Blacksburg’s rich and diverse array of perspectives to examine the political, economic, and social impacts of blockchain technology. Bringing together academics, practitioners and the public, the Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium will examine the promise, potential, and pitfalls of blockchain in a variety of contexts, with a central focus on exploring the many regulatory challenges that are emerging around the blockchain and how we conceptualize resilience within our financial and political systems.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. For attendees wanting to stay overnight, a special symposium rate is available at the Main Street Inn. To reserve a room, please contact the Main Street Inn (540-552-6246) and ask for the “Blockchain Symposium” rate. This rate is only applicable for reservations made by March 30.

For additional information on the event
Visit the Symposium website,
or email GFURR at

Register for April 20, 2018 symposium

Girl Develop It: Code and Coffee Study Group

Join us for Code & Coffee Study Group! Whether you’re looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

Have a project idea and some skills, but haven’t attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You’re welcome too!

This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize and learn more about GDI.

As a group, we’ll hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback.Bring a laptop and something to work on. It’s okay if you don’t have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (

Register for April 10, 2018 study group session

Pitch Perfect: Persuading Others to Invest in You

You have an idea for a business or think you’d be perfect for a position.  How do you successfully pitch yourself or your idea to the stakeholders who can make it a reality?  Please join us for a panel discussion to learn the basics of a networking pitch or business proposal from our expert presenters.  Refreshments will be served at this free event.  All are welcome!

Panelists will include:

Ms. Joyce Krech, Director of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Dr. C.K. Lee, Assistant Professor in JMU Dept. of Management
Ms. Christina C. Roeder, Lecturer in JMU Dept. of Management

* Guest parking will be available on levels 2-7 of the Grace Street Parking Deck. *

More information about Pitch Perfect on March 29, 2018

Design + Build

This class is just what hands on young inventors have been looking for. From basic construction to electrical engineering, young makers will hone their skills as they build and create. It will take place on Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21.

Register for Explore More March 7-14, 2018 class

In the Lab

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

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Engineer It

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

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Girl Develop It: Google Analytics & Dashboards

We recently got better acquainted with the fabulous women of Girl Develop It and are so very happy to collaborate with them to bring this class to all women 18+ years old. GDI is aiming to have offer more classes in Harrisonburg and we are happy to facilitate at JMU’s X-Labs/Lakeview Hall. (About / Girls Develop It) Pre-registration required (below).

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You added Google Analytics tracking code to your site, and you (occasionally) measure site visitors and pageviews. You know there’s more to be done, but you aren’t sure what. This two session class will help you better understand Google Analytics, select metrics to measure your site and build a dashboard that tracks your website performance.

Top class takeaways: Understand what Google’s metrics and reports mean… and which you should actually pay attention to.

Get best practices for collecting and using website data. Get help turning your business goals into specific, measurable metrics. Use Google’s new tool Data Studio to build your own dashboard. This talk will be hands on and questions are welcome!

Prerequisites & Tech Requirements

  • This class is for people with various levels of technical experience (beginner to advanced) who want to better utilize Google Analytics tools to measure their website’s statistics.
  • Bring a laptop to follow along and experiment during this hands-on workshop.
  • To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you get access to Google Analytics for a site that you manage. If you need help adding analytics code to your site, check out this video:

About Your Instructor: Emily Patterson
Emily Patterson is the founder of Bee Measure ( ), an agency that helps nonprofits use data to create more effective websites and digital marketing. She started the company in 2016 by drawing on her experience at Public Broadcasting Service and Better Business Bureau. Emily believes that data can help organizations of all sizes work smarter and do more with limited budgets. When she’s not getting nerdy at work, Emily enjoys the outdoors, reading and sampling Charlottesville’s many breweries. Emily is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional.

Location: JMU Lakeview Hall (JMU XLabs), 298 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

Pre-registration is required: GDI April 21 registration, Harrisonburg (MeetUp)

Cost: $36 (scholarships are available)