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It Is Time to Nominate Our Innovations Stars!

Nominations are open for the Innovation Stars Awards for 2018, presented by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. 
 
 
 

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2018 Solicitation

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector. The Fund seeks to advance Virginia's position in strategically important area including, but not limited to human health, cyber security, and smart communities. $2.5 million is available to award during the single FY2018 round. 
 
The following five (5) programs are available in FY2018. Click on the program for more information.
Private Sector
Academia, Federal Research Facilities, University Research Consortia, and Other Nonprofit Research Institutions
Key Dates
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Webinars and Regional Briefings
Informational webinars discussing the FY2018 solicitation will be available throughout the submission period. Live webinars will be recorded and available for those unable to participate. View webinars below and click on the corresponding link to register; you'll have the option of selecting which session you will attend via each registration link.
  • REGISTER: CRCF FY2018 Solicitation -- Completing the LOI
  • Learn more about the CRCF FY2018 solicitation and details regarding the Letter of Intent (LOI) process. Opportunity for Q&A.
Visit http://www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf for more information.
 

 

Support Local FIRST Robotics Teams

Support Tunstall Robotics FIRST FRC Team 5950 - Sponsorship packet
 
Now in their third season, Team 5950 has had tremendous success as part of the international organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). They have had very competitive robots each year and qualified for the District Championship in 2017. The team works to instruct and inspire younger students to study and enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. They need assistance to continue to pursue their goals through financial sponsorship, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer mentorship.
 
 

SPTC offering Home and Business Automation Technology and Security Workshops

 
Have you always wanted a ‘connected’ home or business for energy efficiency, audio/video, or security? Join the SPTC for information sessions on home automation and security. An introduction to home and small business automation technologies will be offered on Thursday night, and an in-depth workshop workshop will be held on Friday afternoon. We will also have information on the City of Danville’s Home$ave Rebate Program.
 
Speakers: Sanjay Patel, TiO (Turn It On) and Steven Carrigan, Danville Community College
 
WEEK 1
Thursday, September 28 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ballad Brewing (600 Craghead St, Danville, VA 24541)
Free admission
 
Friday, September 29 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT) - 121 Slayton Avenue, Danville, VA 24540
Free for SPTC members | $10.00 for non-members
 
WEEK 2
Thursday, October 5 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company (209 Trade St, Danville, VA 24541)
Free admission
 
Friday, October 6 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT) - 121 Slayton Avenue, Danville, VA 24540
Free for SPTC members | $10.00 for non-members
 
About the Speakers
Sanjay Patel has 20 years of experience as a product development executive and consulting service industries. TiO has been recognized by Sound & Vision, a leading Audio Visual publication. and a 2017 Consumer Technology Association Mark of Excellence winner at CES. To quote Sound & Vision “Unlike a lot of systems that specialize in one aspect of home automation (such as lighting and security), TiO is a “jack of all automations” system that’s capable of governing your home (lights, motors, cameras, etc.) as well as your home entertainment gear, including whole-house audio distribution.
 
Steven Carrigan, Associate Professor of IT and Program Director of the Cyber Center at Danville Community College
About Steve: Steven Carrigan, Senior IT Assistant Professor at Danville Community College, is the Director of the Cyber Center. Mr. Carrigan’s educational background includes Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Microcomputer and in Networking disciplines through Danville Community College; Bachelor's Degree in IT from Old Dominion University; and Master’s Degree in IT from Old Dominion University. Mr. Carrigan also has a Network Security Certificate from Radford University offered through the NSA. Some Industry Certifications held include Microsoft MCP-I and MCSE, Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCAI, and CompTIA Network+.
 
 

Capital One Coders Experience

Workshop held in Danville teaches basics of mobile development

When his son was in grade school, Franklin County High School teacher Bill Schmachtenberg loved to seek out old educational computers games so the two could learn and have fun at the same time.
 
Titles from the 1990s like Math Blaster and Reader Rabbit provided them with hours of fun.
 
Now, many video games have moved on to smartphones and tablets. Still seeing a need for educational games, Schmachtenberg founded Educational Virtual Worlds, and began creating mobile games with an educational focus.
 
“Everything is in the app store,” Schmachtenberg said. “There’s lot’s of educational software out there, but I wanted to do 3D educational software.”
 
Schmachtenberg and fellow instructor Vasili Giannoutsos helped several dozen participants develop their own mobile apps at the “Develop a Game/App in One Day” workshop Tuesday and Wednesday at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.
 
“We’re teaching participants how to make games and apps for mobile devices,” Schmachtenberg said. “I’ve streamlined the process and I’ve tried to make it as simple as I can.”
 
 
 
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