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Blue Diamond Awards recognize the best in technology in the Charlotte region 2017 nominations are now open!

Charlotte, N.C. – Nominations are open for the 2017 Blue Diamond Awards, an initiative that recognizes Information Technology as an economic driver for innovation in the Charlotte region. The Blue Diamond Awards are presented by the Charlotte Area Technology Collaboration (formerly IT-oLogy Charlotte) in partnership with the Charlotte Chamber. Award categories recognize accomplishments in Human Capital, Community Outreach, Cool Innovation and Business Value, in addition to awards for best IT Entrepreneur and Student Innovator. The Blue Diamond Awards will be held the evening of Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame; sponsorships are still available.

“This year’s Blue Diamond Awards will be the best yet,” said Kay Read, who leads a team of more than sixty dedicated volunteers and judges to coordinate the event. “Organizing this event sparks creativity within the committee and excitement among the business community.”

More than just an awards ceremony, the Blue Diamond Awards (BDA) build community by gathering top IT and business executives to celebrate technology. Through the organization, nomination and judging process, the 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. BDA raise awareness of the many businesses and organizations that give their time and human capital to technology-based outreach projects with schools and other educational partners.

“The Blue Diamond is a prestigious award well-recognized in the community,” said Dan Thyer, CTO, Logical Advantage (previous winner). “We feel humbled to have joined past BDA recipients.”

Recipients of the 2016 Blue Diamond Awards included Ally Bank, AvidXchange, Product Stack, E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), Ekos Brewmaster, SIM (Society for Information Management), Cloud Genera, UNC Charlotte and CMS (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools).

Proceeds from the BDA initiative support the Charlotte Area Technology Collaboration, a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to advancing the IT profession in the Charlotte area. Initiatives include networking opportunities for women and educational mentorship and internships for K-12 students. BDA are presented in partnership with the Charlotte Chamber by the Charlotte Area Technology Collaboration a leadership council of Ballantyne IT Professionals, a non-profit group that provides workspace and collaboration for IT professionals living and working in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, N.C.