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9th Annual TechAwards 2014 honors top technology companies & leaders in the DMV

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Did you know? The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) recently announced the finalists for the upcoming “9th annual TechAwards 2014: Get in the Game.”

What: You’re invited to experience the "9th Annual TechAwards 2014: Get in the Game" which acknowledges the best of the DMV tech companies, exceptional innovators and silly to say 'geeks'. A thirteen-member selection committee studied the nominations and voted on the top nominees. You should know winners will be announced at the TechAwards event.

Did you know? According to Lindsay Powell the Events & Marketing Coordinator for CRTC, more than 60 submissions were received for the six nominated award categories from a range of expert technology businesses and individuals throughout the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region.

“This year’s Get in the Game theme has triggered an array of incredible TechAward nominees,” said CRTC selection committee chair, Regina Brantley of i4DM. “These finalists are yet another show of the incredible level of talent and innovative thinkers that the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore tech community has to offer.”

Furthermore the nominated categories Legend’s Circle Honorees, one individual and one company, will be will be bestowed at the event.

  1. The Legend's Circle Company Award will be given to Vocus, a leading cloud-based marketing and public relations software company headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland; and
  2. The Legend's Circle Individual Award will honor Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC

As stated by CRTC Board Member Todd Marks, CEO of 2013 Tech Company of the Year Honoree Mindgrub and this years’ Title sponsor, “Freeman Hrabowski has been such an influence in STEM education, serving as the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, that he has been recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Under his leadership, UMBC has been named the U.S. News & World Report’s #1 Up and Coming national university 5 years in a row. But the real accolade that makes him stand out is that everyone you talk to who knows Freeman describes him the same way: as magnanimous.”

The TechAwards 2014 categories and finalists include:

The Tech Company of the Year Award is awarded to an enterprise that has proven its dedication, vision and ability to work with a sustained, strategic business plan and to steadily grow into a prominent player in the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore tech industry. Three finalists include:

  1. 7Delta, Inc. – Columbia, MD
  2. IntelliGenesis LLC - Columbia, MD
  3. Maryland Interactive LLC - Annapolis, MD

The Innovator Award is awarded to a company that best exemplifies the entrepreneurship and innovative style it takes to keep the technology industry cutting-edge and forward moving. Three Finalists include:

  1. Oculis Labs – Hunt Valley, MD
  2. SemaConnect - Bowie, MD
  3. Silent Circle – Washington D.C.

The Rising Star Award is typically a company with competitive scores in multiple nominated categories and is deemed worthy of recognition as high achiever in the regional technology community. Rising Star companies are likely on their way to Tech Company of the Year. They have hot technology, they are innovative and fast growing and typically sport an awesome team. Three Finalists Include:

  1. 7Delta, Inc. – Columbia, MD
  2. kloudtrack – Annapolis, MD
  3. ZeroFOX – Baltimore, MD

The Best Place to Work Award recognizes a company that fosters a spirit of innovation and creativity in its employees, provides benefits that encourage employee work/life balance and works to inspire greatness in its employees. Three Finalists include:

  1. Planit - Baltimore, MD
  2. Vocus – Beltsville, MD
  3. WebMechanix - Columbia, MD

The Woman in Tech Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding contributions made by women in advancing technology in industry, business and society. Three Finalists include:

  1. Pamela K. Arya, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Optensity- McLean, VA
  2. Jan Baum, Executive Director, 3D Maryland- Columbia, MD
  3. Dana Marlowe, Principal Partner, Accessibility Partners- Silver Spring, MD

The Future Innovator Award promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school student. The award fosters new thinking in the understanding of technology and its place in the future careers of area students. This award is open to students in grades 9-12. The student must be either from the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore triangle and/or currently studying in the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore area. This year for the first time, the winner will receive the Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship Award of $1000 in honor of CRTC Founder Steve Oxman. Three Finalists Include:

  1. Ockeive Farqharson
  2. Ameer Sami
  3. Duncan Squires

Who: Open to general public for whereas, tickets are now on sale and will be $120 for CRTC members and $140 for non-members until Monday, March 24, 2014. Tickets purchased at the door will be $150 as available. Tables of 10 are available for $950.

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m

Where: Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel ~1739 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

FYI: For more information on registration, sponsorship and additional details click here.

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