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Tech Nite - Details


Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual gathering highlighting Valley technology achievement and innovation in 6 categories. On  May 6, 2015 attendees will gather at the JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 15 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.  Winners are announced live at the event.  

Tech Nite 15 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joseph Rogers, SRI International

Dr. Joseph Rogers

Joseph Rogers is Executive Director of Brain Sciences at SRI International.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, and began studying Alzheimer's disease in 1978 while a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute.  Since that time, he has made multiple seminal discoveries in the field, including the revelation that brain inflammation plays a key role in Alzheimer's, a finding that has spawned thousands of research papers and is beginning to bear tangible fruit in new therapies.  For this body of work, Dr. Rogers was recently awarded, among other honors, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Alzheimer's Association.

Happily married, Dr. Rogers has two grandsons and three children—one of whom has Down Syndrome, making her especially vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.  He has no intention of retiring until his daughter is vouchsafed.

In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Rogers enjoys cooking good Southern food for his family (he is a native of Oxford, Mississippi).  He is also a sufficiently proficient golfer to wager anyone in the audience a year of biomedical consultation against a sizable donation to Alzheimer's research.  No strokes asked. None given.

Sponsorship: Interested in associating with our premier annual event and getting your organization some excellent publicity and visibility? If so, help us honor and highlight technology achievement and innovation in the Shenandoah Valley! There are many options fitting all sizes of wallets. Take a look at the details (pdf):  SVTC Tech Nite 2014 sponsorship opportunities All of them come with attendance tickets, and position you in front of the technology users and creators of the Valley. Bring a few people, bring a whole table full, the choice is yours.  

Who were the 2014 nominees and what exactly were they highlighted for -- what did they accomplish? Read all about them: SVTC Tech Nite 2014 nominees (pdf), aka the printed program that was available that night.

The nomination "season" has concluded. We will start accepting reservations for attendance in early April. (Everything about nominations, incl. guidelines, forms, who won before) 

Tech Nite Awards:

High Tech Entrepreneur Award

Logos for JMU CFE & JMU CISE 

Sponsored by JMU's College of Integrated Science & Engineering and
JMU's College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship

This award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial success in the development of a technology-based, commercial enterprise. The individual shall have been instrumental in the key technology development, commercialization, and subsequent demonstration of marketing success of related products and services.


High Tech Company Award

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver Logo

Sponsored by Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC

This award recognizes outstanding commercial growth and achievement by an established company that produces and markets predominantly high tech products or services.


Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

LeClairRyan Logo

Sponsored by LeClairRyan

This award honors an individual in a high tech organization whose personal leadership and efforts in the community have resulted in outstanding benefits to the region, or an individual outside a high tech organization whose personal leadership and example have resulted in outstanding, positive technology-related activity in the region. The individual shall be a resident of the Shenandoah Valley Region.

Innovation In Higher Education Award

Lumos Networks Logo

Sponsored by Lumos Networks

This award honors the innovative use and/or development of technology within the region's higher educational system or other technology-training program.

Innovation In K - 12 Education Award

Verizon Logo

Sponsored by Verizon

This award honors the innovative use and/or development of technology within the region's K - 12 educational system or other technology-training program.


Innovative Technology Application Award

CIT Logo

Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology

This award honors the innovative use of technology in more traditional Shenandoah Valley based industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.