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CATC announces 25 finalists for Blue Diamond Technology Awards


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  • Publish Date March 2, 2018

Save the Date! The April 10th event will recognize Queen City’s best in IT.

The Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC) has announced 25 finalists across nine categories that represent exceptional technology solutions, innovation and talent in the Greater Charlotte region. The nine winners will be announced at the 2018 Blue Diamond Awards Celebration (BDA) the evening of Tuesday, April 10, at the Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts.

Nominations were reviewed and voted upon by a consortium of regional technology, business and education leaders, and finalists were assessed on criteria specific to each award category.

2018 Blue Diamond Award Finalists:

Business Value – Corporate

  • Belk
  • Curvature
  • Duke Energy

Business Value – SMB

  • CloudGenera
  • Ekos Brewmaster
  • Skookum

Business Value – Non-Profit

  • Digital Charlotte
  • Mecklenburg County

Business Value – Analytics & Big Data

  • Duke Energy
  • Electrolux
  • Red Ventures

Cool Innovation

  • Ally Bank
  • NetFoundry
  • Video Laboratory

Community Outreach

  • Arrowood Business Association SW Alignment
  • Curvature
  • Polypore

Human Capital

  • Technical Youth
  • Re-Image CLT Lab at West Charlotte High School
  • Road to Hire

IT Entrepreneur

  • Bob Youakim, Passport
  • Micah Minarik, Kingsmen Software

Student Innovator

  • Faith Gowen, Olympic Renaissance High School
  • Vietfu Tang, Philip O Berry Academy of Technology
  • Jamille Whitlow, CPCC Merancas Middle College

The Blue Diamond Awards Celebration is presented by title sponsors Ally Bank and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Ally Bank is a leader in digital financial services with innovative digital experiences and 24/7 customer service. Cognizant is a world-leading professional services company, transforming business, operating and IT models for the digital era.

Through the CATC BDA nomination and judging process, the Blue Diamond Awards (BDA) network creates a culture of technology importance and impact in the region. By promoting IT success, BDA positions Charlotte as a competitive hub of technology innovation and talent. Proceeds from the BDA benefit the CATC’s programming for Grades 6 – 20, women in technology and the technology professional community.

The CATC is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, educational institutions and organizations committed to inspiring students, advancing professionals and growing the region’s diverse technology talent pipeline.

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