Tech Nite Nominees & Winners 2001-2018

Below is a listing of past Tech Nite Nominees from 2015 to 2018. The winners are indicated in orange. To view all years (2001-2018) see the pdf version: SVTC past Tech Nite winners and nominees 2001-2018 (pdf).

Award Category2018201720162015
Emerging Business AwardConvergentAI

E-N Computers

Raincrow Studios, LLC

Vohtr, Inc.

Blue Vigil, LLC


The Chiedo Companies


Ryzing Technologies

Innovation in Utilization AwardBank Design and Equipment

Canvex LLC

Rivermont Farm

Rockingham Group

Shenandoah Computer Center

Sigora Solar

Total Technology Management

Dr. John Noftsinger
Leadership Award
Richie Crim / Lord Fairfax Community College

Ron Perry / grep Innovation

Danielle Ross / Netsmart Technologies/Valley Community Services Board

Dr. Harry Reif, JMU College of Business Computer Information
Systems and Business Analytics
Dr. Ken Rutherford,
James Madison University
Dr. John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College

Mike Murphy, Blue Ridge
Community College

Innovation in
Education K-12 Award
Mary Heishman / Staunton City Public Schools

Eric Johnston / Page County Public Schools

Chris Martin / Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School

Christine Richmond / Shenandoah County Public Schools

Amy Sabarre / Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Brian Thomas / Frederick County Public Schools

Matthew T. Britton, Shenandoah County Public Schools

Lucas C. Conner, Alleghany County Public

Chris Dalton, Massanutten Technical Center

Matt Goss, Blue Ridge Community College

Jessica Herr, Staunton City Public Schools

Eric Johnston, Patrick Graybeal, Kathy Chrisman, SD Solutions LLC et al

SGT Kenneth Glass, Fishburne Military School

Remy Pangle, The KidWind Challenge/JMU Wind Energy

Amy Sabarre & Jeremy Aldrich, Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Dr. Oskar Scheikl, Rockingham County
Public Schools

Stephanie Failes, Rockingham County Public Schools

JMU ISTE Standards for Teachers Certification Program

Dr. Michael Ormsmith, Brenda Lovekamp, Staunton City Schools

John Woods, North Fork Middle School

Ralph Irons, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School

JMU NETS-T Certification Program

Chandler Sansing & Wayne Zink, Shelburne Middle School

Denise Southwick, Robert E. Lee High School

Innovation in Higher Education AwardJMU X-Labs

Lord Fairfax Community College / “We’re Open” Initiative

SU Center for Immersive Learning

“Knowledge to Work” / Lord Fairfax Community College

Software Development and Implementation
University of Virginia, School of Medicine

COL Stacey Vargas, PhD, VMI / VMI Research Laboratory

Drs. Heydari, Tjaden, & Wang, JMU CISE

Tom Richardson, UVA

Nick Swayne, 4-VA at James Madison University

JMU Department of Nursing

Dr. Gabriel Niculescu & Dr. Ioana Niculescu, JMU Physics

William Oliver, Blue Ridge Community College

Diane Painter, Shenandoah University

Innovation in
Development Award
HYDRA Systems

JMU Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR)


Dr. Sven A. Brueckner, Axon AI

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery’s
CAST Project Team (Paul Rittenhouse, Lindsay Aldrich, Heather Holsinger)


Ben Hanson, Serco, Inc.

Community Impact AwardCurren Media Group

Explore More Discovery Museum

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Explore More Discovery
Museum & JMU Debate

Harrisonburg Gift and Thrift, Inc. & Secure
Futures, LLC

Wildlife Center of Virginia

People’s Choice AwardChristine Richmond / Shenandoah County Public Schools

Massanutten Technical Center
High Tech CompanyDASCOM Americas


DASCOM Americas

Eastern BioPlastics

High Tech EntrepreneurSven Brueckner, AxonAI

Darren Smith, Traipse

Will Strickland,
& Coda Global

Dan Funk & Jim Rutt,
Staunton Maker Space

Chiedo John, Chiedo Labs

Anthony Smith, Secure Futures

Innovative Technology ApplicationRockingham Group

Shenandoah Growers

Linda Alger, Blue Ridge
Community College

Sven Brueckner, Axon AI

Comsonics, Inc.

Mike Heatwole, May Supply

Christopher Runion &
Jennifer Runion, Eddie
Edwards Signs

Green AwardDairy Queen

Regional and State News

FIRST logo

Build Season is Open: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) / Rocktown Robotics

Some of you are interested in knowing when/where the high school level FIRST robotics practices, and the building of the robots, takes place. [The high school level teams are called FIRST Robotics Competition, FRC] 
CIT logo

Tracy Tynan Joins CIT as Director of Virginia Center for Unmanned Systems

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that it has hired Tracy Tynan as the new Director of the Virginia Center for Unmanned Systems. Tynan joins CIT with more than 15 years of economic and community development experience in Virginia.
GO Virginia Logo

GO VA Region 8 Grant Funds Available for Eligible Projects

The GO Virginia Region 8 Council of the Shenandoah Valley is now accepting proposals for eligible projects to be funded through the Commonwealth’s GO Virginia initiative to grow and diversify regional economies. 
H4DI Logo

DHS S&T Partners With James Madison University

Students from James Madison University (JMU) will be tackling air travel security issues for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) as part of their spring semester of the Hacking 4 Defense (H4D) class.
GO Virginia Logo

GO Virginia | Region 8 | 3rd round proposals accepted | Pre-app. due Feb. 7

GO Virginia Region 8 Council is now accepting the third round of proposals for per-capita projects to be funded through the State’s GO Virginia initiative.  For a project to be considered by the Region 8 Council, the pre-application has to be received by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) by Wed., Feb. 7, 2018.
Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors website homepage

SVAI Launches New Website

We’re excited to announce that Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors (SVAI) has launched their new website! From Startup resources to an easy-to-use contact form, SVAI has now provided several online-accessible elements to advance their mission.
smart city IoT solutions innovation lab

CIT | Request for Innovators (RFI) for the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs

Today, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced a Request…
STEM Takes Flight

Virginia ICAP's Lean Launchpad Short Course | Shenandoah Valley Cohort

Business Model Development for Technology Start-Ups [The application…