New Year, Bright Future: Tech Titans Celebrates the 21st Annual Award Gala In Person and Virtually
With the pandemic forcing the 2020 gala to be presented virtually, attendees, sponsors and hosts celebrated the Tech Titans 2021 Awards Gala in a hybrid format. The gala took place at the spacious Eisemann Center and was streamed on MarketScale.com, on January 19th to honor high achievers in the North Texas technology industry.
A Gala Made Possible by Generosity
The complete 2021 Event Sponsors list includes:
- BALANCED Media|Technology
- Dallas Business Journal
- Dallas College
- Moss Adams
- NTT Data
- RevTech Ventures
- Richardson Texas
- State Farm
- Texas Instruments
- University of Texas, Dallas
Showcasing Those Who Impact Tech for the Better
The award’s purpose is to provide visibility to the innovators, adopters, and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good, be it an individual or company.
With 15 total award categories, there were eight companies and thirty-nine individuals who made it to the 2021 finalist list. While all finalists were deserving, Tech Titans made the difficult decision of selecting the winners of each category:
$20,000 Grand Challenge Winner
Recognizes entrepreneurs who won the challenge of designing and pitching a solution that uses edge computing.
Dr. Corey Clark + Team, BALANCE Media|Technology
Hall of Fame Award
Recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing, and accelerating the performance of the tech industry and/or adoption of technology in North Texas, spanning more than one decade and reaching beyond the individual’s company/organization.
David Matthews, RevTech
Corporate CEO Award
Recognizes the CEO or division president of a tech company having a corporate headquarter or a division office in North Texas. The company had operating revenue of more than $200 million in 2020.
Randy Pitchford, Gearbox
Community Hero Award
Recognizes an individual employed by a North Texas technology company for outstanding achievements in community service to the North Texas area.
Anurag Jain, Get Shift Done
Corporate Innovation Award
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approaches within the technology and communications industry.
Emerging Company Innovation Award
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes, or services within the technology and communications industry.
Emerging Company CEO Award
Recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.
Mance Harmon, Hedera Hashgraph
Start Up CEO Award
Recognizes the CEO of a technology company with 2020 operating revenue of no more than $2 million.
John David (JD) Enright, TMGcore
Corporate CIO Award
Recognizes the Chief Information Officer for exceptional technical leadership that fosters the deployment of IT, resulting in significant value for the company.
Neelu Sethi, Reddy Ice
Corporate CTO Award
Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation and maintenance of a creative environment, and market awareness skills.
Maria Lensing, McKesson Corporation
Emerging Company CIO/CTO Award
Recognizes the Chief Information Officer or Corporate Technology or Science Officer of an emerging company for exceptional technical leadership that fostered the development or deployment of new technology, resulting in significant value.
Andrew Wildrix, INTRUSION
Technology Inventor Award
The Technology Inventors Award recognizes the pioneering accomplishments of a person, team, or group responsible for the creation of breakthrough ideas, processes, or products which have advanced the discipline(s) of the arts, education, electronics, energy, engineering, environment, medicine, and/or science.
Leemon Baird, Hedera Hashgraph
Technology Advocate Award
Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing, or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.
Michael Hill, Cumulus Technologies
Tech Titans of the Future – University
Recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions’ tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.
Jeffrey McGee, University of Texas at Arlington
Tech Titans of the Future – High School
Recognizes a high school math or science teacher for the development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest in math and/or science.
Morris Goldade, Wylie ISD
Numerous sponsor representatives had the honor of presenting each award. In true tech fashion, supplementary videos were pre-recorded and branded to be featured during the ceremony, highlighting the various sponsors, projects, and winners.
Looking Forward to a New and Bright 2022
Sproull closed the evening with words of gratitude for all those involved with making the gala happen and the diversity represented throughout the event. “That’s who we ought to be,” he added.
Join the North Texas tech community at the 2022 Awards Gala on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Nominations will open February 1 on the Tech Titans website. If you know someone who should be nominated, send Tech Titans a lead form
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