NewVa Corridor Technology Council 2011 TechNite Award Nominees

From the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC):

Updated 4/21/11, 7:45 PM

The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 TechNite Awards. Winners in five categories – Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, and Educator – will be recognized at the 12th annual TechNite Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
 
Each year, the NCTC membership honors technology and industry leaders from the NewVa region through the TechNite awards banquet. Members of the community nominate the individuals and companies they feel have achieved noteworthy milestones or have made significant contributions through leadership and innovation.
 
The 2011 TechNite Nominees are:
 
Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a local technology company whose "star is rising." It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVa Region. The nominees are:

88 Owls
3D-4U

Aaron Bitler
eBroselow
InteractiveGIS
JPI
Lujure
N2Care
Nomad Mobile Guides
PixelOptics
She Chooses
Smart College Visit
Techulon

Entrepreneur Award

Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award
recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Henry Bass, Automation Creations
Dr. John Davis
Margaret Ellis, DevelopEase
Michael Fleming, TORC Technologies
Nathan Latka, Lujure
Peter Lazar, eBroselow
David Poteet, NewCity / Nomad Mobile Guides

NewVa Leadership Award

This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the community in which we live.

Frank Dees, Experi-Ed Learning Concepts
Sam English, CIE Partners
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
Ryan Hagan, currently with Rackspace, to be joining Qualtrax, a subsidiary of CCS-Inc.
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement
ITT Night Vision & Imaging
Doug Juanarena, Rackspace
Rick Pevarski, Virginia Utility Protection Service
Minnis Ridenour, Virginia Tech
Bob Summers, 460Angels

Innovation Award

This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, a company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both. (Alphabetized by company name.)

3D-4U
Adaptive Technologies
Kollmorgen Corporation
MDE
Nuvotronics
PixelOptics, Ronald Blum
Revivicor, David Ayares

Educator Award

This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the NewVa Region that promotes math, science and/or the use of
technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders. (Alphabetized by educator's last name.)

Sara Coleman, Indian Valley Elementary School
Jessica Cromer, Check Elementary School
Michael French, Burton Center for Arts and Technology
Mike Kaylor, Montgomery County Public Schools
Donna Ralph, Narrows Elementary Middle School
Michael Walton, Willis Elementary School

Here is the complete list of nominees and sponsors for the NCTC's 2011 Nominees for TechNite Awards.

TechNite is an annual celebration of the NewVa Region’s technology community, providing an opportunity to network with more than 300 leaders in business and innovation. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Ted Melnik, President, Melnik Consulting. Ted is the former President of Novozymes Biologicals and also a former President of the NCTC.

TechNite event information
Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
For more information, please visit www.TheTechnologyCouncil.com or call 540-443-9232.

Smart Way Bus

The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC), held its Fall Gala in Roanoke, Virginia and arranged for its members living in Blacksburg, Virginia to ride the Smart Way Bus to the festivities at the Hotel Roanoke.  The Smart Way Bus is a commuter bus service linking the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valleys of Virginia.

We met at the Smart Way Bus stop at the K-Mart in Christiansburg in gala attire.

NCTC members await the Smart Way Bus

Photo credit: Eddie Montgomery

I've ridden dozens of tour buses and took the Greyhound to visit my grandmother when I was a child, but hadn't been on public transportation in years.  I knew enough not to miss the bus and that it wouldn't wait for me, so I arrived early and had a lovely conversation with regular Smart Way Bus rider Eddie Montgomery about hardware, software, and, as strangers often do, life.

I learned that the Smart Way Bus only accepts correct change so gave over my $20 bill for the $4 fare with acceptance.  I have learned many things much more expensively.

With so many cars on the road, I expected our party of 15 to have the Smart Way Bus to ourselves, but it was nearly full!  A man made room for me in his aisle and I had my next excellent conversation with Ken in Information Technology at Virginia Tech.  He has ridden the Smart Way Bus since 2004 and noted that the bus we were on, #901, was new.

Just before we left for Roanoke, the driver handed me change he had pieced together from other passengers' fares.

When our group disembarked at the Hotel Roanoke, I was almost at the entrance when I realized I had left the antique shawl my mother had given me on the bus.

In the calmest of voices with the exact leadership and direction needed to take mission critical action in a matter of moments, Mary Miller, President of the NCTC, asked probably three questions which I can't remember now, but before I had time to worry, I was using my Droid X to Google Valley Metro and was on the phone to the dispatcher saying, thanks to Ken, "I left my shawl on bus #901."

"You must run," the dispatcher said.

 In gala attire and heels, I ran.

The Smart Way Bus route reverses one stop away from the Hotel Roanoke. 

"He will turn.  He will be there in one minute," the dispatcher said.

"I see him, I see him, thank you!" I hung up and ran towards the #901 Smart Way Bus.

The bus doors opened and there was the driver waving my mother's shawl like a flag.

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Freshening up at the Hotel Roanoke, shawl in hand, I called the dispatcher back to thank him and he laughed and said he was from Jamaica and that so many people had helped him when he arrived that he was glad to give back and "spread the love."

Thank you, Smart Way Bus.  I felt the love.

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Mary Miller, President of the NCTC, is the founder of IDD, Inc., a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated.

A Regional Economic Development

Julie Sanders and Cory Donovan at the TechNite Awards Banquet 
Dr. Julie Sanders and Cory Donovan at the TechNite Awards Banquet

From Cory Donovan, Executive Director of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC:

My wife, Dr. Julie Sanders, starts her new job tonight at Emergency Veterinary Services (EVS) in Roanoke, Virginia, so she and I will both be regular commuters from Blacksburg to Roanoke, carrying the NewVa regional flag. It would be great to think that no animal would ever need emergency care, but we’re fortunate to have a clinic like EVS to care for our family pets when accidents happen.

Best wishes and good luck at your new job, Dr. Sanders!

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The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) is a non-profit membership organization that serves and promotes the technology industry in the Roanoke/Blacksburg region of Virginia. The NCTC’s vision is to make this region, already one of the best places to live, one of the best places to build a technology enterprise!

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The NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, parent company of Handshake 2.0.

This Mind Could Create a Killer App

As a result of joining Foursquare and working with our client InteractiveGIS on GIS applications for business, I posited a formula for a Killer App.  According to Wikipedia, a Killer App is a "computer program that is so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology."  Here's my current thinking on Killer Apps:

Game Mechanics + Social Networking + GIS + Business Data
+ Algorithm, Formula and/or Idea + Mobile = Killer App 

When the NewVa Corridor Technology Council newsletter arrived in my email inbox, as about one billion email newsletters do, I expected to scan, click a link or two, and delete.

I had an experience with the Tech Council's newsletter.

The newsletter arrived looking like this, but it opened with what writers labor over – a hook or lead that compels action – by Cory Donovan, Executive Director of the NCTC:  "If you were at last year's TechNite, you may still have an image in your head of me in baby clothes…"  The phrase "me in baby clothes" was highlighted as a link.  I found it  Killer App-necessary and desirable to click.

A newsletter from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council

My click took me to this page.  It was all over after that.  I had to click.

Cory Donovan's Killer App begins

Did I really want to see Cory in baby clothes?  I didn't know!  I wasn't conscious of choosing any more!  I was clicking!

The plot thickens in Cory Donovan's Killer App Reeeaaally!  Yes!

The Dancing Baby

Ha!  I laughed so hard!

My guess is that few readers made it this far down in this post.  The images above link to Cory's baby clothes pages on the NCTC site.  If anyone clicked on the images, they're on the NCTC site finding it "necessary" and "desirable" to have a Cory Killer App experience of their own!

I have data to back that up.  I asked Cory for the traffic numbers and he kindly supplied them.  A full 78% of those who clicked on the first page clicked all the way through to the dancing baby.

As to Cory's killer app proving the "core value of some larger technology," what it proved to me, again, is the large capacity for creativity of the mind of Mr. Cory B. Donovan.

I'm thinking of sending Cory a non-disclosure agreement.  I want that mind working on my Killer App.

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*GIS stands for Geographic Information System, or Geospatial Information System.  For more ways to think about GIS, you're invited to read our series of posts featuring our client InteractiveGIS on Handshake 2.0.

Bet you gotta click!  I remember that dancing baby!  When when was that anyway?

Think you've got a mind for a GIS killer app?  Try out GIS out for yourself.

Handshake Media, Incorporated, parent company of Handshake 2.0, and InteractiveGIS, Inc. are both member companies of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC).

InteractivGIS and the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, parent company of Handshake 2.0.

An Entrepreneur in Every Garage

"A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."
– Presidential campaign slogan attributed to Herbert Hoover

Allen J. Fuller, III asked me via Twitter, "You have talked about regional development in the past.  What would the NRV [New River Valley of Virginia] look like if your vision were realized?" 

For regional economic development, an entrepreneur in every garage! Yes, I certainly have talked about regional economic development. A vision of the awesome power of social media to contribute to a regional economic revolution is fundamental to Handshake 2.0's business model.  We walk the talk of economic development through social media and Regional Economic Development on Handshake 2.0 certainly has its own category on the site.

If realized, what would regional economic development look like to me?

An entrepreneur in every garage. 

Or in every basement, coffee shop, dorm room, home office, bedroom or established corporation – wherever computer power and tools and materials could exist for a creative mind to invent.  And then for that mind to think, "This could be a business."

That's part of my vision.  It's only part because of this:

“When I started my company, I had to find my own mentors and scrape together capital in an ad hoc manner – and also do all the work required to make the enterprise succeed operationally.  I’m excited about helping the next generation of entrepreneurs by systematizing those critical tasks.  And Blacksburg [Virginia] is a great place to live and work.”
– Pat Matthews, DayOne Ventures Mentor

That's a hard way to go.  For my vision, which is impatient, I want new companies now, funded now.  That can happen when a culture of entrepreneurship is born of consciousness rather than opportunism.

I see our region creating a culture in which entrepreneurs are valued as individuals, as creators and inventors, as potential world-changers and as potential generators of profits, enriching their companies, their investors, and their communities.

Just look at these recent entrepreneurship launches, some within the past few days:

Allen, thank you for asking about my vision for regional economic development in the New River Valley of Virginia.  It's already taking shape.

BTW, Allen, are you an entrepreneur?  Got a garage?  Around here, it's a good time to be an entrepreneur.

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Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0, is part of the culture of entrepreneurship through membership in business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks. VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media.

NewVa Corridor Technology Council 2010 TechNite Award Nominees

The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) announced the nominees for the 2010 TechNite Awards.   The nominees will be recognized and the winners announced in five categories – Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, and Educator – at the 11th annual TechNite Awards Banquet on April 7, 2010 at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Each year, the NCTC membership honors technology and industry leaders from the NewVa region – the New River and Roanoke Valley regions of Virginia – through an annual awards banquet. Members of the community may nominate the individuals and companies they feel have achieved noteworthy milestones or have made significant contributions through leadership and innovation.

The 2010 TechNite Nominees

Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a local technology company whose "star is rising." It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVa Region.

2D Array
ABS Technology Architects
AC&E, Inc.
Handshake 2.0
Interactive Achievement, Inc.
InteractiveGIS, Inc.
JPI
Keraderm, LLC
Knowledge NoteBook
MiserWare, Inc.
Modea
NetVentures Corporation
Nicus Software, Inc.
Smart College Visit, Inc.
TORC Technologies, LLC

Entrepreneur Award
Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

David Catalano & Aaron Herrington, Modea
Dr. Vinod Chachra, VTLS, Inc.
Anne Giles Clelland, Handshake 2.0
Dr. Richmond Dugger, III, UXB International, Inc.
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement, Inc.
Brett Malone, Top Gear Consulting
Ken Maready, Hutchison Law Group
Pat Matthews, Rackspace
Marty Muscatello, CCS-Inc.
Tracy Wilkins, TechLab, Inc.

NewVa Leadership Award
This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the community in which we live.

Advance Auto Parts
David Ayares, PhD, Revivicor, Inc.
Henry Bass, Automation Creations, Inc.
David Danco, Delta Dental of Virginia
Sam English, CIE Partners
Jay Foster, SoftSolutions, Inc.
Doug Juanarena, GenTek Ventures
Allan Tsang, 88owls, Inc.
Gordie Zeigler, SyCom Technologies, Inc.

Innovation Award

This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

Abokia, Inc.
Advance Auto Parts
Aegisound, LLC/Adaptive Technologies Inc.
Breakell, Inc.
The Coaches Console
Delta Dental of Virginia
Design Nine, Inc.
DevelopEase, LLC
Flypaper, Inc.
InteractiveGIS, Inc.
Maxtena, Inc.
NewCity
Rackspace
Revivicor Inc.
TMEIC-GE(TM GE Automation Systems, LLC)
Trane, Inc.
TranSecurity, LLC
UXB International, Inc.
VTLS, Inc.
Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP

Educator Award
This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the NewVa Region that promotes math, science and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

Michael A. Beamer, Roanoke County Schools
Burton Center for Engineering
Karen Busher, Colonial Elementary School
Angela Charboneau, Roanoke City Public Schools
Delta Dental of Virginia
Steve Franco, Glenvar High School
James Irby, Montgomery County Public Schools
Ferri Lockhart, Roanoke City Public Schools
Kelly Viars Ratliff, Salem City Schools
Matthew Rezac, Shawsville Middle School
James Struzinsky, Roanoke County Schools
Dale Vipperman, Christiansburg High School
Virtual Virginia

TechNite is an annual celebration of the NewVa Region’s technology community, providing an opportunity to network with more than 300 leaders in business and innovation. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be John May, Managing Partner, New Vantage Group.

TechNite will be held in conjunction with the 2nd annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, April 7-8, 2010. The two-day workshop includes educational seminars, two business concept competitions, and an Open Angel Forum live funding session. Registration for both days is open to the public.

TechNite event information

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
5:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony
The Inn at Virginia Tech
Business attire.
Seating is limited.
Please register by March 19, 2010

For more information, please visit the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) site or call 540-443-9232.

An Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur

Ken Maready, Hutchison Law Group, Blacksburg, VirginiaAn attorney for technology entrepreneurs who’s entrepreneurial enough to launch his own law firm?  Unheard of.  For that attorney to offer outstanding, expert legal services at a fair price so technology start-ups can start up?  Unheard of.  An entrepreneurial attorney joining his law firm with another entrepreneurial law firm so he can expand the services he offers his clients?  No way.  For that attorney to ANSWER THE PHONE when a company founder calls with a question of mission-critical urgency? Never going to happen.
 
But it did happen. Ken Maready opened up shop in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Ken Maready:  An entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. 

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We're delighted – and not at all surprised – to learn that Ken Maready of Hutchison Law Group has been nominated for a NewVA Corridor Technology Council’s Entrepreneur Award, recognizing an individual in the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley regions of Virginia who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Final winners of the awards in several categories will be announced at the NewVA Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) TechNite Awards Banquet. A sell-out crowd of 500 technology leaders is expected to attend. This year’s event will be held the evening of April 7, 2010 at The Inn at Virginia Tech.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 19, 2010.

TechNite Award Winners 2009

TechNite Awards were presented at the TechNite Awards Banquet on May 21, 2009 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  Over 400 of the area's business and technology leaders attended. 

At a reception on April 15, 2009, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States Senator Mark Warner acknowledged the nominees for this year's NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, TechNite Awards.  Here's the press release from the NCTC.

Below are the categories and criteria for the 2009 NCTC TechNite Awards, the category nominees, the finalists highlighted in light blue, and the category winners highlighted in yellow.

Rising Star
This award recognizes a local technology company whose "star is rising."  It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVA region.

88Owls
Aegisound/Adaptive Technologies
ADMMicro
Design Marketing/Performance Link
FITnoke
Inorganic Ventures
Koofers
Librato
Modea
Prime Photonics
Schultz-Creehan

Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Kevin Bloomfield, NetVentures
Anne Giles Clelland, Handshake 2.0
M. Tyson Daniel, Esq., LimbGear
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement
James Rancourt, Polymer Solutions
Dan Sable, VPT
Tracy Wilkins, TechLab

NewVa Leadership Award
This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the community in which we live.

Stanley Breakell, Breakell
Bev Fitzpatrick, Virginia Museum of Transportation
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
Stuart Mease, City of Roanoke
Andre A. Muelenaer, Jr., M.D., Carilion
Dan Smith, Valley Business FRONT
Neil Wilkin, Optical Cable Corporation

Innovation
This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

Attaain
CMR Institute
EnergyWare
ExperiED
Interface AdvantageSystems
Maxtena
Moog Components Group
Pixel Optics
Qualtrax
TORC Technologies
Wireless Medcare
VCOM 

Educator
This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the NewVA region that promotes math, science and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

Molly Bullington, Burton Center for Arts and Technology 
Michael Collver, Montgomery County Public Schools 
Dr. Kurt Grosshans, Montgomery County Public Schools
Rebecca Hertling, Montgomery County Public Schools
Cathy Huffman, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration 
Nancy McCrickard, Science Museum of Western Virginia 
Stuart Rawlings, Cave Spring Middle School 
Kim Williams, Roanoke City Public Schools
Georgette Yakman, Pulaski County High School

People's Choice
The People’s Choice Award will be presented to an up-and-coming company in the NewVa region that receives the highest number of votes from TechNite attendees.

Aegisound/Adaptive Technologies
Attaain
Maxtena
Modea
Wireless MedCARE

TechNite Tonight

At a reception on April 15, 2009, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States Senator Mark Warner recognized the nominees for this year's NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC TechNite Awards. 

Tonight, those awards will be presented at the TechNite Awards Banquet on May 21, 2009 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  

While over 300 people were expected to attend this year, over 400 have registered, a 25% increase over last year's attendance.

Dignitaries scheduled to attend include:

David Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke, Virginia
John Edwards, Senator, Senate of Virginia
Morgan Griffith, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
Pete Larkin, District Director for U. S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte
Laura Lee, Southeast Regional Representative for U. S. Congressman Rick Boucher
Joe T. May, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
Onzlee Ware, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates

Here are the categories and criteria for the 2009 NCTC TechNite Awards and the category nominees.

Rising Star
This award recognizes a local technology company whose "star is rising."  It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVA region.

88Owls
Aegisound/Adaptive Technologies
ADMMicro
Design Marketing/Performance Link
FITnoke
Inorganic Ventures
Koofers
Librato
Modea
Prime Photonics
Schultz-Creehan

Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Kevin Bloomfield, NetVentures
Anne Giles Clelland, Handshake 2.0
M. Tyson Daniel, Esq., LimbGear
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement
James Rancourt, Polymer Solutions
Dan Sable, VPT
Tracy Wilkins, TechLab

NewVa Leadership Award
This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the community in which we live.

Stanley Breakell, Breakell
Bev Fitzpatrick, Virginia Museum of Transportation
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
Stuart Mease, City of Roanoke
Andre A. Muelenaer, Jr., M.D., Carilion
Dan Smith, Valley Business FRONT
Neil Wilkin, Optical Cable Corporation

Innovation
This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

Attaain
CMR Institute
EnergyWare
ExperiED
Interface AdvantageSystems
Maxtena
Moog Components Group
Pixel Optics
Qualtrax
TORC Technologies
Wireless Medcare
VCOM 

Educator
This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the NewVA region that promotes math, science and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

Molly Bullington, Burton Center for Arts and Technology 
Michael Collver, Montgomery County Public Schools 
Dr. Kurt Grosshans, Montgomery County Public Schools
Rebecca Hertling, Montgomery County Public Schools
Cathy Huffman, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration 
Nancy McCrickard, Science Museum of Western Virginia 
Stuart Rawlings, Cave Spring Middle School 
Kim Williams, Roanoke City Public Schools
Georgette Yakman, Pulaski County High School

People's Choice
The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the representative of an up-and-coming company in the NewVa region who receives the the highest number of votes from TechNite attendees.

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics

At the reception in Roanoke, Virginia where United States Senator Mark Warner acknowledged the nominees for this year's NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, we met nominee Georgette Yakman, a Technology Education Teacher at Pulaski County High School, Virginia.

Also an Integrative STEM Education (Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education) Ph.D candidate at Virginia Tech, Yakman has devised STΣ@M, A Framework for Teaching Across the Disciplines. STΣ@M = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical Elements.

Georgette Yakman was kind enough to provide this image of her framework for Handshake 2.0.

ST@ΣM, A Framework for Teaching Across the Disciplines. ST@ΣM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical Elements.

Georgette Yakman also sent her paper What Is the Point of STEAM? (.pdf).

Handshake 2.0 sends congratulationsn to all the nominees

The awards will be presented at the TechNite Awards Banquet on May 21, 2009 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  Reservations must be made by May 1.  Over 300 of the area's business and technology leaders are expected to be present.

Added 8/25/10:  Georgett Yakman has launched a new site:  STEAM: A Framework for Teaching Across the Disciplines