2021 Chattanooga Technology Excellence Awards (TechX) Application Site
Submission Deadline04/11/2021

You've been nominated for a 2021 TechX Award!

To be considered for your nominated category, please complete and submit your application through this website. All submissions are due by Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the process or your application, please contact TechXNominations@chatechcouncil.org.

About ChaTech's TechX Awards:

The Chattanooga Technology Council (ChaTech) & participating sponsors are hosting the 2nd Annual Technology Excellence Awards (TechX). This virtual awards ceremony celebrates the hard work, expertise, and dedication of the region’s tech & IT companies and their workforce - people like you!

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 12:00PM
Where: Virtual

This year, ChaTech is honoring finalists in these 11 categories (listed in alphabetical order):

1. CxO of the Year
Honors a senior technology executive, such as a VP or C-Suite, for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophies, and service to the industry and community.

2. Data Analyst or Data Analytics Leader of the Year
Celebrates an individual who has executed a data or analytics implementation to enhance organizational decision making and operations. Includes Data Science, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Engineers, Database Developer, ETL, or similar professional.

3. Early Innovator Award
Honors a technology-based innovation from an existing or emerging company.  The innovation will be a prototype product, a new process, or early-stage software application with the potential for a significant competitive advantage or groundbreaking disruption in its field.

4. Infrastructure Leader/Engineer of the Year
Recognizes an IT Infrastructure professional who has led unparalleled business transformation using infrastructure technologies. Includes Network Admin, Server Admin, Firewall Admin, or similar professional.

5. IT Champion for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Recognizes an individual, manager level or above, who demonstrates outstanding effort to foster a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion.  This professional actively works to mitigate biases and proactively recruits and retains diverse talent at all levels of the department or company, with proven positive results.

6. IT Team of the Year
Celebrates an IT team who has made outstanding contributions to its organization by utilizing technology to improve operations, deliver new capabilities, or demonstrate significant creativity/innovation in the strategic delivery of solutions.

7. Most Impactful Project of the Year
Recognizes a technology project that had a transformative impact on the company, its customers, or a community. The winning project will have responded to a business problem, met customer needs, or impacted the broader community in a significant way.

8. Security Leader of the Year
Recognizes a security leader, manager level or above, who demonstrates excellence, innovation, and leadership in information security.

9. Software Developer/Engineer or Leader of the Year
Celebrates an innovative individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of software development or demonstrated significant creativity in building applications.

10. Technology Company of the Year
Recognizes a service provider company that has demonstrated exceptional insight and innovation using technological strategies to improve productivity, enhance organizational performance, and/or develop new markets.

11. Unsung Tech Hero of the Year
Distinguishes an unheralded individual who is a technology superstar, in the trenches, paving the way for a successful implementation, a smooth business day, or a working desktop device.

About ChaTech:

We are a nonprofit professional association dedicated to connecting the regional technology and IT community to help drive economic growth for all.  Our members include companies of all sizes and industries working in or serving southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia. ChaTech provides professional education, networking events, and outreach programs to foster interest in IT careers.  Creating a diverse, connected, and vibrant tech ecosystem means attracting and recognizing our great tech talent. 

Learn more at www.chatechcouncil.org or on socials @chatechcouncil

  1. You may apply in more than one category.  However, you may only submit one application in each category. For example, you can apply for both Software Developer and Most Impact Project, but you may not submit two ideas for the Most Impactful Project of the Year.

  2. Please do not apply in a category where you or the project does not meet the criteria.  If you need clarification, please email TechXnominations@chatechcouncil.org.

  3. The actual application questions are tailored to each specific category.  Some categories require more information and time to complete than others.

  4. You may apply in 2021 unless you were an individual 2020 TechX winner or your company won in the same category in 2020. (Example: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee cannot be nominated in the CxO of the Year category.  However, the company or individuals may be nominated in other categories).

The 2020 Winners who may not be nominated in 2021 are:

  • CXO of the Year - Jennifer Butler (BlueCross BlueShield of TN)

  • Data Analytics Team of the Year - Freightwaves

  • Early Innovator of the Year - Bite Force Amp Controller

  • Infrastructure Team of the Year - PlayCore

  • Project of the Year - Global NOC Monitoring (UNUM)

  • Security Leader of the Year - Wes Floyd - Kenco Logistics Services

  • Software Developer of the Year - Kenston O'Neal - EirSystems

  • Technology Company of the Year - Text Request

  • Unsung Technology Hero of the Year - Kristin Burrus - STEM School Chattanooga, HCS

Thank you for your time and interest in completing a TechX application. If you have questions or need assistance with any aspect of the process, please email TechXNominations@chatechcouncil.org or phone 423.322.1649. 

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