Innovation in Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

Sponsorship Available


2023 Winner:
• Dominion Energy

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Awarded to a project that showcases breakthrough innovation and creativity in the practice and application of data science.

Innovation in Cloud Computing

Sponsored by Synergy Technical


2023 Winner:
• Operation Smile

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Awarded to a cloud computing project that showcases breakthrough innovation and creativity in the practice and application of cloud computing.

Cyber Innovator

Sponsored by Assura


2023 Winner:
• Dragnet

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Awarded to a cyber security professional that showcases breakthrough innovation and creativity in the practice and application of cyber security.

Innovation in Creativity

Sponsored by Google


2023 Winner:
• New Award!

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This achievement is awarded to a company, team, or person that shows exemplary creativity in their technology practice through one or more of the following ways: 

• Creating a new technology, application or product -Applying an existing technology in new, creative, or non-traditional ways 

• Establishing a new team or initiative to specifically approach problems in new and creative ways (e.g. special ops) 

• Designing a unique brand, marketing, or promotional initiative for a technology application or product 

• Unique leadership achievements, approaches or systems in a c-suite or management role 

• Partnership among multiple companies/organizations to tackle a problem in a creative and multidisciplinary way 

• Doing something different, unexpected, or disruptive in technology or the technology ecosystem 

 

Criteria: 

• Degree of uniqueness and differentiation in the technology, product, approach, or system 

• Degree of disruption, impact and/or success of the technology, product, approach, or system 

• Degree that submission amplifies Richmond’s brand platform as Tech’s Most Creative City

Outstanding Collaboration

Sponsored by Luck Companies


2023 Winner:
• Shockoe & Altria

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Awarded to two or more companies (in a non-consultative arrangement) that have exemplified the collaborative spirit necessary to achieve breakthrough innovations in technology.

Team Excellence

Sponsorship Available


2023 Winner:
• VCU Health IT

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Awarded to an entire team/division that exceeded expectations through innovation, collaboration, or pure technical excellence. Nominees could be the result of product development, process innovation, exceptional metrics/results, or excellence in team culture.

Community Impact

Sponsored by MAXX Potential


2023 Winner:
• sayCare

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Awarded to an individual or team from a nonprofit or civic organization in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance their mission, or impact our community. Criteria This individual/group has used technology in an innovative and creative way to deliver services, advance their mission, transform their industry, or impact the community. Nominee must showcase a demonstrable impact on their community and the technology ecosystem in Richmond through their work

Next Gen

Sponsored by Capital One


2023 Winner:
• Neel Gandhi, Tucker High School

 

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Awarded to a K-12 student who has demonstrated a meaningful impact on the technology ecosystem in Richmond. 

Criteria: 

• Must matriculate in grades K-12 specifically within Richmond or surrounding counties at the time of nomination 

• Awarded for a demonstrable impact, product, or program that advances the technology ecosystem within Richmond 

• Award winner will be selected based on excellence within an “above and beyond” initiative that took place outside of a class assignment 

• Must showcase a high degree of innovation or uniqueness, offering a compelling offering that is not currently available in the greater Richmond marketplace

ELITE (Emerging Leader in Tech)

Sponsorship Available


2023 Winner:
• New Award!

 

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Awarded to a technologist (under 40) who has demonstrated a meaningful impact on the technology ecosystem in Richmond. Criteria Awarded for a demonstrable impact, product, or program that advances the technology ecosystem within Richmond Award winner will be selected based on excellence within an “above and beyond” initiative that took place beyond the standard expectations of the individual’s professional role

StartUp of the Year

In partnership with StartUp Virginia

Sponsorship Available


2023 Winner:
• No Limbits

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Awarded to a startup technology or product company that has demonstrated an innovative solution that is transforming their industry and creating broad geographic and economic impact. Criteria: Nominee should demonstrate a unique or innovative offering that provides real value to a current need or creates a new need in the marketplace Nominee should demonstrate recognizable success through market impact and/or revenue growth Nominee should have achieved success through the specific and innovative use of technology and/or manufacturing

Founder Impact of the Year

Sponsored by CoStar Group


2023 Winner:
• New Award!

In partnership with StartUp Virginia

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Awarded to a founder of a startup technology or product company who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and leadership through company innovation and community impact.

Criteria: 

• Entrepreneurial Spirit: Nominee should demonstrate a strong entrepreneurial spirit, showing resilience, determination, and a vision to bring significant change or advancement within their industry. 

• Community Impact: Nominee should have made a positive impact on their community through their startup, whether through job creation, community engagement initiatives, or philanthropic efforts. 

• Personal Growth and Development: Nominee should show personal growth and development as a leader, continuously learning and evolving to meet the demands of leading a growing startup.

• Recognition and Awards: Any recognition or awards received by the nominee for their leadership, innovation, or community impact will be considered as part of their candidacy for this award.

Technology Innovator, Private Sector (Small Capital)

Sponsorship Available


2023 Winner:
• Naborforce

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Awarded to a company whose creative use of existing or development of new technology enhances processes, methodologies and/or services for their own or others' benefit. 

 

Criteria: 

• Awarded for excellence and innovation on a project, process, or business transformation 

• Must demonstrate how discovery, collaboration, iteration, prototyping, etc. contributed to the conception and development of the innovation 

• Must demonstrate how the innovation satisfies an existing need or creates a new need that is not currently available in the market. 

• Must showcase distinct, game-changing advantages over any alternatives. 

• The innovation must showcase compelling ways in which it was communicated, how users were engaged, and how it was delivered to the marketplace. 

• The value proposition must be clearly achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace. 

• The project should have a long-term impact and be an inspiration for future innovation and innovators

Technology Innovator, Private Sector (Large Capital)

Sponsored by CGI


2023 Winner:
CoStar

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Awarded to a company whose creative use of existing or development of new technology enhances processes, methodologies and/or services for their own or others' benefit. 

 

Criteria: 

• Awarded for excellence and innovation on a project, process, or business transformation 

• Must demonstrate how discovery, collaboration, iteration, prototyping, etc. contributed to the conception and development of the innovation 

• Must demonstrate how the innovation satisfies an existing need or creates a new need that is not currently available in the market. 

• Must showcase distinct, game-changing advantages over any alternatives. 

• The innovation must showcase compelling ways in which it was communicated, how users were engaged, and how it was delivered to the marketplace. 

• The value proposition must be clearly achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace. 

• The project should have a long-term impact and be an inspiration for future innovation and innovators

Technology Innovator, Public Sector

Sponsored by CarMax


2023 Winner:
• UNOS

 

 

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Awarded to a company whose creative use of existing or development of new technology enhances processes, methodologies and/or services for their own or others' benefit. 

 

Criteria: 

• Awarded for excellence and innovation on a project, process, or business transformation 

• Must demonstrate how discovery, collaboration, iteration, prototyping, etc. contributed to the conception and development of the innovation 

• Must demonstrate how the innovation satisfies an existing need or creates a new need that is not currently available in the market. 

• Must showcase distinct, game-changing advantages over any alternatives. 

• The innovation must showcase compelling ways in which it was communicated, how users were engaged, and how it was delivered to the marketplace. 

• The value proposition must be clearly achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace. 

• The project should have a long-term impact and be an inspiration for future innovation and innovators

Technology Builder

Sponsored by ePlus


2023 Winner:
• CapTech

 

 

 

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Awarded to a local technology company delivering technology solutions and/or services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency. 

 

Criteria: 

• Intended for the vendor and consultant community that specialize in providing technology solutions for client companies 

• Must showcase a strategic and innovative solution that changes business process or procedure 

• Must provide tangible financial or business value and increase operational efficiency for a client

Legislator of the Year

Sponsored by Meta


2023 Winners:
• Delegate Carrie Coyner & Senator Jeremy McPike

 

 

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Awarded to a legislator(s) who have made a positive impact on the technology sector in the previous year.

Tech Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Vaco


2023 Winner:
• Melanie Frank, Capital One

 

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Awarded to an individual whose leadership resulted in creating competitive advantage, optimize business processes, enable growth or improve relationships with customers. 

Criteria: 

• An executive who has primary IT leadership responsibility for an entire company, business line, or geography. 

• In the past year, has demonstrated leadership to successfully manage and champion technology initiatives. Examples include: 

• Led technology efforts on a day-to-day basis, while receiving positive results from internal employee surveys. 

• Improved the internal IT organization (e.g., restructured, new technology, use of automation, use of analytics, improved risk management, improved reporting) 

• Led technology efforts related to a major company change (e.g., taken a company public/private, led merger/acquisition activities, introduced a new product into the marketplace) 

• Significantly boosted a company’s IT presence in a geography

People's Choice Award

Sponsored by InterVision


2023 Winner:
• Daybreak IT Solutions

 

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Awarded to the popular vote through social media leading up to the event.

Chair's Award

Sponsored by Altria


2023 Winner:
• Deborah Cassidy, Fortium Partners

 

 

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Awarded to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the growth of technology in this region, and/or the advancement of Greater Richmond as a center for technology innovation.

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Opportunity Impact Award

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Innovation in Cyber Security

NextGen Award

Innovation in Public Sector

Innovation in Private Sector - Large Capital

Technology Builder Award

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People's Choice Award

Outstanding Collaboration Award

Community Impact Award

Legislator of the Year

Innovation in Cloud Computing

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