Nominations open for the 14th Annual VIATEC Technology AwardsMonday, March 30, 2015
Victoria, BC, March 30, 2015--(T-Net)--VIATEC announed this week that Nominations are now open for one of British Columbia's largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 26, 2015.
Last year's VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 750 attendees, making it the largest since the event's inception in 2001, according to the Association. The late night themed show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria's impressive technology companies.
“Putting on a celebratory event for our technology community means being ahead of the curve and outdoing it year after year to keep up with the remarkable achievements made by each one of our Tectorians,” says Dan Gunn, Executive Director of VIATEC (Victoria Advanced Technology Council). “It's a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policy makers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.”
In total, 13 robot trophies (The Freddies), are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:
Hand selected by VIATEC:
“Given the vast amount of creative talent in Greater Victoria, we've added a new award category, ‘Creative Excellence,'” says Gunn. “This award is open to non-tech companies, as it was designed to recognize those creators, innovators and entrepreneurs outside of the typical tech industry.”
Click here to nominate a company for one or more of the VIATEC Technology Awards (IT'S FREE!). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria Area (Creative Excellence Award open to non-tech). This year's nomination deadline is midnight on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
To view last year's winners click here.
More about the award categories:
Technology Company of the Year
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the technology community while embracing sound business fundamentals.
Emerging Technology Company of the Year
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has the greatest potential to demonstrate excellence in innovation and a commitment to the technology community while embracing sound business fundamentals. This category is reserved for operations that have been established for less than 5 years.
Startup of the Year
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company less than 2 years old that demonstrates significant potential to generate revenue, raise investment, or to have significant social benefit. Up to five finalists will be chosen to provide a 45-second video pitch and the winner will be determined by audience vote.
Product of the Year
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has achieved success in the commercialization of an innovative technology product (eg. market acceptance and sales).
Strategy of the Year
Recognizes the best strategy implemented by or for a Greater Victoria organization. Nominated companies are required to provide a letter of support clearly explaining their strategy and milestones.
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has researched and designed an innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life.
Executive of the Year
Recognizes an individual who has had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles.
Employee /Team of the Year
Recognizes an individual or team in the technology sector who demonstrates outstanding initiative and service delivery, and has had a significant impact on the company for which they work.
Employer of the Year
Recognizes a company that has demonstrated commitment to its staff and provides a pleasant workplace.
Creative Excellence - NEW!
Recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship with a commitment to creativity. Non-tech companies are encouraged to apply for this award as it was designed to recognize the creators, innovators and entrepreneurs outside of the typical tech industry.
VIATEC Member of the Year
Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. The recipient of this award is selected by VIATEC.
The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least ten years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage.
Recognizes a teacher who inspires their students using innovative tools and technology. Focused on teachers that use 21st century learning techniques to help prepare students to thrive in a knowledge-based society.
Name: Dan Gunn
Phone: (250) 882-2820
Email: Email contact form
Victoria, BC (Non-Tech Sectors)
Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC)
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