Meet the Finalists Live!

About the Virtual Event

This is Richmond’s twenty-fifth anniversary “Academy Awards” of technology and although 2020 certainly isn't the year any of us expected, that's not going to stop us from celebrating! We're continuing to showcase + recognize individual accomplishments, corporate wins, non-profit success stories, innovation excellence, and growing small businesses! However, we'll just be swapping out a night at Maymont Gardens for a night at home.

RVATECH is teaming up with Richmond's own Altamira Film Co. to bring the 25th Anniversary Awards Gala to life by through an incredible 90-minute production and celebrating tech with tech - like never before. So, pick up your Gala Night Basket Bundle and head straight for your favorite streaming channel as we kick off what will truly be a night to remember!

What’s inside a Gala Basket Bundle –

** Not available for individual purchase. **

 

One bundle provided for every two tickets/seats purchased as part of membership or sponsorship.

 

⭐️ Dinner for Two

Created + catered by Richmond’s own Groovin’ Gourmet

 

⭐️ Bottle of Wine

Presented by Altria Client Services

 

⭐️ VIP Event Gift Bag with over $100 worth of items

How to Get Your Bundle –

 

On October 7th from 2:30-5:30 PM, we’ll have pickup stations all across the Richmond region.

 

 

📍 West End Pick Up –

Snagajob –

 

📍 Southside Pick Up –

Location Coming Soon

 

📍 Downtown Pick Up –

Location Coming Soon

Award Categories -

Chairman's Award

Sponsored by Altria

 

2019 Winner:

Robby Demeria

 

 

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 center for technology innovation.

Emerging Small Business Award

Sponsored by DHG

 

2020 Finalists:

MajorClarity
Roundtrip
TraceRx

 

 

2019 Winner:

Simple Thread

 

 

Awarded to a local small business or start-up technology company that has demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial success. This award is reserved for companies who have been in business (i.e. generated revenue) for less than five years, maintain less than 25 employees at the time of nomination, and generated less than $5M in revenue within the past year.

Equity Impact Award

Sponsored by AIS Network

 

2020 Finalists:

Dominion Energy
CodeRVA High School
TMI Consulting
Girls for a Change
Bryan Wallace of Code Virginia

 

 

Innovation in Community Impact Award

Sponsored by MAXX Potential

 

2020 Finalists:

VirginaNavigator
Jenilee Stanley-Shanks, College of Engineering, VCU
Roundtrip and GRTC

 

 

2019 Winner:

The Giving Wall

 

Awarded to an individual, non-profit, or business (civic-minded team or project) in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to further enrich and advance our community.

Innovation in Education Award

Sponsored by Trillium Technical

 

2020 Finalists:

Demetria Richardson
Eric DeBoer
Blythe Samuels

 

 

2019 Winner:

ModernSmart Program, Goochland Middle School

 

Awarded to the educator or program that provides exceptional technology leadership and encourages students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering and math.

Innovation in Private Sector - Large Capital

Sponsored by CGI

 

2020 Finalists:

Dominion Energy
CarMax
CoStar Group

 

 

2019 Winner:

Dominion Energy

 

(Large Capital – More than $10M in revenue)

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.

Innovation in Private Sector - Mid Capital

Sponsored by CoStar

 

2020 Finalists:

Snagajob
Strategic Risk Associates
UNOS

 

 

(Mid Capital – Between $1M – $10M in revenue)

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.

Innovation in Private Sector - Small Capital

Mainline Information Systems

 

2020 Finalists:

Afloat
Cix Health
Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA)

 

 

2019 Winner:

Grenova

 

(Small Capital – Less than $1M in revenue)

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.

Innovation in Public Sector Award

Sponsored by Carmax

 

2020 Finalists:

VCU School of Nursing
The Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP)
VDOT Cedar

 

 

2019 Winner:

VA Dept of Health

 

 

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

Legislator of the Year Award

Sponsored by Google

 

2019 Winner:

Delegate Betsy Carr and Delegate Chris Peace

 

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

Nex-Gen Award

Sponsored by GE Digital

 

2020 Finalists:

Jerry Cooper, Jr.
Kenton Vizdos
James DeLoach

 

 

2019 Winner: Jocelyn Marencik, Got Tec Richmond

 

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

Outstanding Collaboration in Tech Award

Sponsored by Luck Companies

 

2020 Finalists:

Startup VA and BLDR
Phlow and VCU’s Medicine’s for All Institute

 

 

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

Tech Builder Award

ePlus

 

2020 Finalists:

Shockoe
BLDR
Terazo

 

 

2019 Winner:

Simple Thread

 

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

Technology Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Vaco

 

2020 Finalists:

Melanie Murphy, Assistant Vice President of Technology, CarMax
Barry Condrey, CIO, Chesterfield County Government
Ankit Mathur, CTO, Roundtrip

 

 

2019 Winner:

Jay Sanne, Capital One

 

 

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

Tech Influencer of the Year

Sponsored by Facebook

 

2020 Finalists:

Richmond INNO
Ford Prior, Host of RVATECH Talks Podcast
John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times Dispatch

 

 

2019 Winner:

Paul Spicer – Grid Magazine

 

Awarded to an individual who has advanced the technology ecosystem in Richmond through promotion, storytelling, or other content creation, either through publications, social media, television/film, or other media.

People's Choice Award

Sponsored by SyCom

 

Popular vote through social media during the event.

Sponsors

Equity Impact Award

Chairman's Award

Innovation in Public Sector

Innovation in Private Sector Award

Large Capital

Innovation in Private Sector Award

Mid Capital

Emerging Small Business Award

Technology Builder Award

Technology Influencer of the Year Award

Next Gen Award

Photo Booth Sponsor

Legislator(s) of the Year Award

Outstanding Collaboration in Tech

Innovation in Private Sector Award

Small Capital

Community Impact Award

Pre-Dinner Reception Sponsor

After Party Sponsor

People's Choice Award

Innovation in Education Award

Meet the Finalists Sponsor

Technology Executive of the Year