IT-oLogy announces 2016 Blue Diamond Award winners March 1 awards ceremony drew attendance to NASCAR Hall of Fame
Charlotte, N.C. – On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, IT-oLogy held the 22nd Annual Blue Diamond Awards to honor, individuals and companies responsible for the best achievements in technology in the Charlotte region. The winners were announced live at a ceremony held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame; more than 300 attended. All finalists received awards, and winners gave speeches that included the words, “amazing,” “humbled,” and “honored.”
The winners were as follows:
- Business Value – Small: ProductStack
- Business Value – Medium: Avidxchange
- Business Value – Corporate: Ally Bank
- Business Value – Non-Profit: E2D
- Cool Innovation: Ekos Brewmaster
- Community Outreach: Society for Information Management (Charlotte Region)
- Human Capital: UNC Charlotte College of CCI
- IT Entrepreneur: Brian Kelly, CloudGenera
- Student Innovator: Tom Nguyen, Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology
During the ceremony, the Blue Diamond Tribute Award and Scholarship Endowment were bestowed upon the family of the late Dr. Magdy Attia, a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Johnson C. Smith University, and founding chair of the university’s computer science and engineering program. President of the Charlotte chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and IT-oLogy Charlotte Board member, Elizabeth Austin presented the honors with former SIM President and IT-oLogy advocate, Dr. Ken Russell, who was a collaborator and close friend of Dr. Attia.
The Blue Diamond Awards (BDA) create a culture of technology importance and impact in the Charlotte region. Through the organization, nomination and judging process, the BDA network creates a culture of technology importance and impact in the region. Proceeds from the BDA initiative benefit IT-oLogy. Sponsors for the 2016 Blue Diamond Awards include CA Technologies, Ally Bank and Data Chambers by North State.
IT-oLogy is a national non-profit collaboration of businesses, educational institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, advancing the IT profession and fostering economic development. IT-oLogy offers a continuum of three initiatives to provide programs, events, scholarships, connections and resources (nationally, regionally and locally) for K-12 (Promote IT), Higher Education (Teach IT), and the IT Profession (Grow IT), with the ultimate goal to increase the numbers and diverse representation of qualified IT talent.