Partner, GreeneHurlocker PLC
In 2016, Jared launched the OPENgc service, which provides flat fee general counsel services on an outsourced basis to small and medium-sized businesses which do not have full-time “in-house” counsel. Jared began his legal practice in California almost three decades ago, serving clients from large law firms in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Tysons Corner, including Pillsbury and Williams Mullen. A veteran of the technology scene in NoVA during Internet 1.0, he relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in 2002, where he was General Counsel to a diversified corporation based in Harrisonburg. Jared earned his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) at Duke University and his J. D. at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Ideas Are Just That @ 9:15am
Conversational Software and What it Means for the User Interface @ 9:15am
SQL for Data Science @ 9:15am
How to Launch a Software Startup without a Tech Co-founder @ 10:15am
CTO, Coveros, Inc.
Shifting Security Left – The Innovation of DevSecOps @ 10:15am
UX Team Lead & Senior Designer, Jenzabar
Innovate, Enhance Brand & Avoid Lawsuits by Embracing Web Accessibility (a11y) @ 10:15am
Mentor to 100’s of young programmers, Dr. Benton is an expert in full-stack web, mobile, and hybrid app development. A devotee of TDD/BDD, agile and lean processes, his recent work focuses on blockchain, IoT prototype development (including electronics design and 3D printing), assessment, and “quantified self” tools. Most of his recent work is built upon the Ionic Framework (Angular+Cordova) and VueJs, but he has deep knowledge of MERN, MEAN, and micro-services, and an extensive history with WordPress and PHP. Morgan has been a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Program at JMU for the past 12 years, and is currently part of the leadership in the Hyperledger Teaching and Education Working Group.
The “Offline First” Approach to Cross-platform App Development @ 11:15am
Parker Dell, a Bridgewater College graduate, is a software engineer at SafetyAmp. Parker has been with the company for the last three and a half years. Prior to working on SafetyAmp, Parker lead the development of the Osha compliance and process safety management software called ePSM. In addition, he built an asset management and work-order program called eService.
Can Software Change a Corporate Culture? @ 11:15am
Precious L. Williams, also known as the #KillerPitchMaster, is a world class master communicator who works with successful entrepreneurs and helps them take their professional speaking skills to the next level. With over 24 years of experience conceptualizing unique branding, speaking, and marketing techniques, Williams trains individuals and companies how to remain authentic while presenting concepts and visions to distinctive audiences. As a 13-time national business elevator pitch champion, Williams has been on top television shows and publications for her pitching and branding skills. She was featured on Season 8 of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, as well as several others.
The philosophy of her “killer” pitch is evident in the strategic and personalized creative communications and presentations solutions Williams puts forth. As serial entrepreneur, international professional speaker, and coach, Williams is equipped to bring life, authenticity, strategy, and boldness to all your oral and written communication needs.
Williams is a graduate of Spelman College and Rutgers School of Law. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The Art of the “Killer” Pitch @ 11:15am
Cybersecurity Instructor, Massanutten Technical Center
Lunch Keynote Speaker @ 12:15pm
GO VA Cyber Security Program Manager, Blue Ridge Community College
Lunch Keynote Speaker @ 12:15pm
Founder, Converge Local
Flush out of cash after bringing the product to market he only had two choices: fail or learn everything he possibly could about digital marketing and grow it himself.
Armed with everything he’d learned making Snuggin a success, Evan launched Converge Local, a full-service print and marketing agency. He’s grown Converge from a solo operation to a team of 10 passionate and driven professionals who provide service to more a hundred clients across the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, including Augusta Health, SHD Airport, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Sigora Solar, 3xF Fitness, and Consumers Auto Warehouse.
Building a Marketing Machine @ 1:30pm
Lead Digital Marketing Specialist, Immerge
Grow Your Search Opportunities with Rich Search Results @ 1:30pm
As a CMO, Lily is creating thought leadership, speaking and writing, on brand strategy, remote and global management, design thinking, female leadership, and self-empowerment. Her experiences have included an international rebrand, IPO launch on the New York Stock Exchange, brand-building amidst acquisitions, and unifying under a single master brand while building a world-class, in-house creative agency of “brand warriors”. Lily has been nominated for several awards, including the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Brand-Building Online, In-App, and Offline: how marketing, tech, and sales teams can work together to craft and embody a single brand narrative. @ 1:30pm
CEO/CTO, Bluemont Technology & Research, Inc.
Other speaker: Dr. Edward Stoker
Bernadette Gagnon is the CEO/CTO of Bluemont Technology & Research, Inc. She has over 25 years of experience with Information Technology. Ms. Gagnon has worked for major corporations (GTE, GE, AstraZeneca), aggressive technology innovators (UUNet, PSINet, Autotote/SG Games), and smaller businesses (ManTech/GrayHawk). Her background is a mix of commercial (medical, gaming, embedded, and back office applications) with a focus on data and computational intensive applications. She has a BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering.
Edward Stoker, PhD, is the V.P. of Innovative Technology of Bluemont Technology & Research, Inc. He has over 35 years of experience with Networking, Data Analysis and Information Technology. Dr. Stoker has worked for major corporations (GTE, Verizon), aggressive network innovators (BBN, Comsat), and smaller businesses (ManTech/GrayHawk). His background is a mix of commercial (retail, embedded, network management and back office applications) with a focus on data and computational intensive applications. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and MBA in Accounting and Finance.
The Next Generation of Visualization in the Workplace @ 1:30pm
Chief Legal Officer & VP – Operations, Perrone Robotics
Autonomous Shuttles: Solving Real-World Micro-Transit Problems @ 1:30pm
Chief Information Officer, Shentel
For the past 8 years, Elaine has served as Chief Information Officer & Managing Director, Global Strategic Design, for CFA Institute in Charlottesville. Prior to her time at CFA Institute, Elaine held a number of different roles over 16 years with M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY including Group Vice President, Technology Business Services, Vice President of Retail Operations and Project Office and Assistant Vice President, Web Product Owner. Elaine is also a founding board member of Charlottesville Women in Tech, a non-profit organization which encourages more women to join and thrive in technology careers. Additionally, Elaine serves as Board Vice Chair for the Virginia Institute of Autism in the Charlottesville area. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester.
Design Thinking for Innovation @ 2:30pm
President, E-N Computers
Since 1997, MacRae has helped over 120 individuals develop their IT education through internship and employment opportunities. Inspired by Ian, six of these individuals have become entrepreneurs founding their own technology companies. Seeing a value in continued education, MacRae instituted a $4,000 training reimbursement program at E-N Computers which has been utilized by dozens to complete their college degree or an advanced certification including Cisco CCSP, CCSP, MCSE, and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Ian MacRae has pursued servicing organizations with 10 to 300 users for 22 years. Small IT teams are spread thin, and E-N Computers allows companies to augment their IT function with a proven team with integrated tools and processes. One of Ian MacRae’s goals is to simplify managing IT, so that the small to mid-sized businesses we are responsible for never have to worry.
8 Roles in IT support you must fill to get business results @ 2:30pm