BC Tech Association Announces 2018 Technology Impact Awards FinalistsMonday, May 7, 2018
Vancouver, BC, May 7, 2018--(T-Net)--The BC Tech Association announced today the finalists for the 2018 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).
This announcement kicks off the TIAs' 25th anniversary of celebrating excellence and innovation in the BC tech sector.
"British Columbians are innovators and problem solvers by nature. Pioneers, we have survived and thrived and built modern day BC by embracing new ideas and harnessing new technology," said Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO.
"This innovation is the spirit of BC's tech sector, and is what drives the accomplishments and passions we will honour at the TIAs this year. We are also celebrating an incredible quarter century of our sector doing good for people, for our province, and for the world."
The TIAs are the longest-running and largest technology awards program in the province, charting the growing reach and influence of the tech sector.
Since its inception, the TIAs have honoured many of BC's most significant technological breakthroughs, including innovations from STEMCELL Technologies, the largest biotech company in Canada and a global industry leader with distributors in 80 countries; Corvus Energy, whose products are accelerating the shift to clean energy in the maritime sector; UrtheCast, which put two cameras on the International Space Station, including the first ultra-high definition video camera in space; Broadband TV, the third largest video property in the world after Google and Facebook; and Semios, a powerful data-driven platform that enables growers to assess and respond to plant health conditions in real time to improve yields.
The 2018 finalists represent outstanding achievements in a diverse cross-section of industries, including software, health tech, artificial intelligence, financial technology (fintech), e-commerce, and more. The nominations also include companies and individuals from across BC, celebrating the growing tech communities on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan.
The 2018 Technology Impact Award Finalists are:
Excellence in Technology Innovation
Excellence in Technology Adoption
Tech Culture of the Year
Person of the Year
Startup of the Year
Growth Company of the Year
Company of the Year
Other awards to be presented at the Technology Impact Awards Gala include:
Bill Tam Scholarship
Awarded for the first time this year, the Bill Tam Scholarship will be awarded to a BC student pursuing a post-secondary career in technology who best exemplifies the BC Tech values: Be of Service, Succeed Together, Pay it Forward.
Spirit of BC Tech
This new category is a crowdsourced award, with the winner chosen through community voting. The winner of this award will be an individual, company, newsmaker, campaign, or collaboration that best exemplifies the spirit of our BC Tech community. Cast your vote now.
The winners of the 25th annual TIAs will be announced on Friday, June 1st at the Technology Impact Awards Gala, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event will be co-hosted by Riaz Meghji who shares BC Tech's vision of tech as a tool to do good, particularly as a mission-driven Vancouverite and founder of 1Karma.
About the BC Tech Association
Making BC the best place to grow a tech company has been the mission of the BC Tech Association since 1993. While our members focus on growing their businesses, BC Tech has been providing opportunities for our industry members to collaborate, learn, and grow together. We are dedicated to connecting companies, developing talent, and advocating so our industry and our province thrive.
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