Tech awards presented to innovators, educators, leaders and entrepreneurs of the Shenandoah Valley

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Once a year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council celebrates the accomplishments of the region’s technology companies, organizations and programs, and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.

This year’s 21st annual tech awards gala, TechNite21, took place virtually on Wednesday with users and tech makers from across the Shenandoah Valley. The technical board used a highly interactive platform that allowed attendees to move around the event space remotely on their own and at their own pace, connecting as they wished in small conversations. groups.

During the 2021 nomination period in March, the Technical Board accepted 19 nominees who competed in eight award categories. Several tech users and creators from across the region helped judge the nominations received, but the winners were kept under wraps until they were announced live during the event.

In particular, the eighth award category, the Serco People’s Choice Award, was very interactive and participatory and was posted on a social wall for all to see:

The technical council collected the published votes using the hashtag # SVTCPC21.

A digital summary of the achievements and innovations of each nominee is published on and shows the Valley’s active innovation ecosystem.

TechNite21 winners

JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering Innovation in Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is presented to an individual, team, nonprofit / civic organization or business in the Shenandoah Valley who aspires to use their abilities to help solve a social or environmental problem in a local community while at the same time using technology to amplify the impact of a service, mission or project.

GreeneHurlocker Emerging Business Innovation Award

Awarded to an emerging tech startup / company or entrepreneur in the Shenandoah Valley.

Rockingham Circuit Court Clerk’s K-12 Education Innovation Award

Awarded to the Kindergarten to Grade 12 educator or program that provides outstanding technological leadership, innovative use and / or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue graduate studies or training in science, technology , engineering or mathematics.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Higher Education Innovation Award

Awarded to the educator or higher education program that provides outstanding technological leadership, innovative use and / or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Center for Innovative Technology Development Innovation Award

Awarded to a business or organization whose development of new technology applications and / or systems creates new processes, methodologies and / or services for their own benefit or that of others.

Innovation award in the use of Dynamic Aviation

This award recognizes the growth and outstanding business achievement of an established business that produces or markets high-tech products or services, or an established business or organization that produces / offers more traditional products and services ( where technology itself is not the primary business objective).

Shentel’s Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

The recipient’s leadership has served as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity in the Shenandoah Valley.

Serco Audience Award

All of the nominees in the other 7 categories were nominees – and the company, organization or person with the most votes on social media * before * and * during * the event, using the hashtag # SVTCTN21 , won.


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