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Tech Nite - Details

Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual premier gathering, highlighting the Valley's technology achievement and innovation in 6 award categories. On May 4, 2016 attendees gathered at JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 16 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.  

What was their accomplishment? Read the details: SVTC Tech Nite 2016 program incl. summaries (pdf)

During the fall of 2016 a special committee is meeting to refresh the event and the awards, the categories and the award descriptions. If you are a sponsor or are thinking about becoming a sponsor, please join us (or send an email) to share your thoughts and suggestions as we fine-tune and update. Most of the previous sponsoring opportunities will remain available! (There might be new ones!) If you were a nominee or winner and have comments, please participate as well. Please drop us a note: info@svtc-va.org

Congratulations to the winners of 2016:

High Tech Entrepreneur Award


Sponsored by JMU Center for Entrepreneurship 
JMU College of Business.

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.

2016 Winner:

  • Sven Brueckner, AXON AI


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.

2016 Winner:

  • giv2giv

Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award


Sponsored by Shentel

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.

2016 Winner:

  • Dr. Ken Rutherford, JMU Center for International Stabilization and Recovery

Innovation In Higher Education Award


Sponsored by Cadence, Inc.

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

2016 Winner:

  • Drs. Heydari, Tjaden, and Wang, JMU

Innovation in K-12 Education

Virginia Robotics

Sponsored by Virigina Robotics

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

2016 Winner:

  • Stephanie Failes, Rockingham County Public Schools

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.

2016 Winner:

  • Shenandoah Growers

Green Award


Sponsored by JMU College of Integrated Science & Engineering

This award honors a S.V. technology company, university, individual or organization, who is making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices.

2016 Winner:

  • Dairy Queen