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TechAwards 2015: 10 Years & 3 Awesome Creative Partners

Posted By Kris Shock, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Since TechAwards 2015 is the 10th Anniversary of theTechAwards program, it seems appropriate to pause and take a look back at the themes we’ve leveraged over the years to celebrate the region’s best in tech.

We couldn’t even begin to take a look back without first and foremost recognizing three key creative partners who have stepped up for multiple TechAwards events to lend their time, talent and leadership to our great celebration of technology advancement: Take One Digital Media, Substance 151 and The Pomerantz Agency. Without their tremendous collective support over the years, TechAwards would not be the success it is today.

The Pomerantz Agency set the bar with beautiful and compelling event creative for TechAwards from 2006 - 2011 then passed the baton to Substance 151 who has provided spectacular and playful event marketing for the last four TechAwards events. Year after year Take One Digital Media has taken the TechAwards themes and provided brilliant opening videos to focus attendees attention and get everyone pumped for our celebration of tech! These creative geniuses are truly our TechAwards heroes!

Let's take a look back:



Take One Digital Media was there in the beginning. We were known as the Anne Arundel Tech Council then and the first TechAwards was launched in Annapolis in 2005. Take One assisted with videos of honorees to feature in the presentation.

 

In 2006, The Pomerantz Agency stepped up to give the TechAwards a fresh look with the theme “ Celebrating the intersection of technology & life”. Pomerantz continued their support in 2007 with the theme “In the Flow”, the last TechAwards as Anne Arundel Tech Council.          

 

 

  

 

 

In 2008, with the help of The Pomerantz Agency, we made the successful transition to the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and shifted the TechAwards to the first quarter of the following year – 2009.


In 2009, Pomerantz had some fun with our theme “Regional Rockstars” and Take One got into the act with an amazing video showcasing the finalists in a “coverflow” style presentation featuring album covers for songs that inspired their success.

 

  

In 2010 we all need a bit of relief from the economic new normal and we embraced the economic challenges with our theme “Race to Renewal.” Once again The Pomerantz Agency lent their creative genius with the event creative and Take One created an opening video featuring three CRTC presidents in a metaphoric triathalon to open the show. (Below Right: CRTC President Kevin Lancaster opens the show in sneakers - fresh from the "triathalon".)

   

 

In 2011 we made the leap to larger space at the Westin BWI and our theme – and Pomerantz provided their grand finale with the theme Inspire. Create. Innovate. Take One created and inspiring opening video to kickoff the evening blending arts and tech. We had graduated to a truly regional celebration.

  

 

      

 

In 2012 we moved down the road to the Hilton BWI Hotel, Ida Cheinman stepped up to Chair the TechAwards Committee and her firm Substance 151 provided their first year of TechAwards creative, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the organization with our theme “20 Years in Tech".

Take One created an inspiring look backwards/look forward opening video. Click here to check it out.


In 2013 we had a blast with the theme “Geek is the New Chic.” Substance 151 again provided the awesome creative and Take One  provided a hilarious take on Geek "Vogue".  Click here to watch the video.
 

 

 

  

Mindgrub, an Innovation Agency specializing in creating apps and games, won the Tech Company of the Year in 2013 and we were thrilled when they stepped up as Title Sponsor for the 2014 event. Since they signed on in advance of our theme announcement we had the great opportunity to wrap our theme around their great success. Inspired by our "Get in the Game" theme, Substance 151 once again provided fantastic event creative and Take One's video created a fun take on PAC-MAN featuring many finalists on-camera and vintage game graphics to get them "in the game".

 

  

 

So here we are – 2015. The 10th Anniversary of TechAwards.  Again we are incredibly fortunate to have creative support fromSubstance 151 and Take One. This year, inspired by Title Sponsor ZeroFox, we present “Connect with Confidence: #SociallySecure.”

ZeroFox won the Rising Star Award in 2014 and again we were able to secure their Title Sponsor support in time to wrap our theme around their success in "securing the social space." We've had a blast exploring the theme "Connect with Confidence."


In fact we are pretty confident you will love the surprise from Take One – you’ll just have to be there.

We are so grateful these incredibly talented creative professionals see the value in lending their time and talent to delight the regional tech community through the TechAwards program.

Thank you Take One, Substance 151 and Pomerantz!

 

 

See you at the TechAwards! #SociallySecure

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Come Strike Up Some Fun on Tuesday, February 17th!

Posted By Angela Chaney, CohnReznick, Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Come and Strike Up Some Fun!

It’s time for the 4th annual CRTC Bowling Mixerjust 2 weeks away! 

Click here to check out the photos from last years event.

We will be meeting at Mustang Alley's on Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00pm-8:00pm (1300 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21231). There will be food, drinks, bowling and the opportunity to network with tons of other tech professionals. 

One of my favorite events of the year!

Bowling is not required BUT it is part of the fun.... 

You can register your own team or choose to be matched up with other CRTC members.  We will also be meeting beforehand for a Pre-Game "Pay Your Own Way" Pre Bowling Mixer Happy Hour downstairs at Heavy Seas Alehouse from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

A big thanks to our event sponsors for the 2015 Bowling Mixer:

Food & Beverage Sponsors: Law Offices of Vailios Peros, P.C. and Sidus Data!

Lane Sponsors: Federal Hill Solutions, TierPoint, QCC, and Randstad Techonologies!

Roll on Over – There’s no time to Spare!  I hope to see you all there. Click here to register.

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Member Thanks-Giving 2014

Posted By Whitney Garner, NIC Maryland, Thursday, November 06, 2014

It’s that time of year…

So after the Tech Tasting with your favorite tech organization, what do you have to look forward to next?  Charting the seating arrangements for your Thanksgiving table?  Planning that Christmas shopping? Before you start to settle down with your friends and family this holiday season, don’t forget to join us for the Member Thanks-Giving Luncheon! 

We are thrilled to kick off the holiday season by giving thanks to all of our dedicated members.  The third annual CRTC Member Thanks-Giving is a members-only luncheon event where we get together to recognize all of the contributions of our board members and the many volunteers that keep this organization going strong year after year.

With the last CRTC Signature Event of the year, we hope you are wrapping up a fantastic year of growth at your own organizations and will join us to show your appreciation and gratitude to your fellow members.  The Member Thanks-Giving is definitely one of those CRTC events that you should look forward to year after year so be sure to make space on your busy calendar for this special luncheon. 

Here is a quick overview of the event’s jam packed agenda: 

  • Engage with our sponsors and network with your CRTC peeps
  • Check out the cool tech products – The Power Hawks are back!
  • Get inspired by our keynote speaker Chris Haddon with a talk on making the "highest and best use of your work and personal time"
  • Recognize outgoing Board Members for their contributions
  • Welcome and introduce the new Board members
  • Introduce the 2015 Tech Awards theme and open nominations 

Many thanks to our Silver Event Sponsors: Mavenspire in partnership with Dell, Sidus Data, Bengur Bryan & Co. and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and our Program Sponsor The Sutter Group!

Not sure what to expect? Click here to check out the Facebook Photo Album from last year's event!

As the chair of the Member Thanks-Giving and a new member to the CRTC organization, I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you over the coming year. 

Happy Member Thanks-Giving to you all!

Tags:  networking  technology  value 

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Girls in Tech Weekend: Columbia, Take 2

Posted By Kris Shock, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Monday, October 20, 2014

October 10th and 11th was another great weekend for inspiring Girls in Tech!

Quick note here to THANK the many folks responsible for another great event aimed at GROWING MORE GIRL GEEKS!

First of all the PARTICIPANTS (and the parents/guardians who got them there!)

We were thrilled to welcome more than 40 "Cupcakes and Computers" girls ranging from age 5 - 13 years old to Host Sponsor /training/etc for a great night of girl bonding and tech presentations. They made their own name badges and bonded over pizza and snacks. Then the Hammond High School Robotics Team wowed them with a ball throwing robot! After a quick warmup exercise they split into three age groups for tech presentations. Thank you presenters: Michelle Ballard & Carolyn Gableman from ClearEdge IT Solutions (5-7 year old) , Misty and Malia Melton (8-10 year old) and Katie Spiegel (11-15 year old).

In addition to our "Cupcakes" a dozen high school girls singed up to load software onto their laptops in preparation for a Rails Girls workshop on Saturday, teaching girls how to code using the Ruby programming language. The girls were matched with Coaches on Friday and Saturday to share a bit about their tech careers and coach them through the Ruby workshop. We broke for lunch and a few tech presentations broke up the day. By three o'clock the girls left with a passion for code and a few new friends: Mission Accomplished!

In addition to the folks noted above, huge thanks to Angie Lienert and IntelliGenesis for continued sponsorship support. Thanks to our newest sponsor, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Thanks to volunteer wrangler Jen Tress (also ClearEdge IT) and head coach Alana Frome. We truly couldn't off the program without a network of Ruby enthusiasts to come through as coaches; thank you John Mikucki, Adam Schwartz,Brian Sierakowski. Thank you all over volunteers Meghan Shepherd (again ClearEdge! They were all over it! Thank you ClearEdge!) and Eric Spiegel!

Finally enough cannot be said to thank Susan Schneider, our gracious host at her wonderful facility /training/etc. Susan not only donated her facility (along with sodas, and all!), contributed her full spirit (and drafted her husband Bill too! Thanks Bill!) to assist with supporting the event all weekend. Her passion for girls in tech is contagious and from pulling in the robotics to the computer volunteerism program she showcased to the Rails Girls, we remain so grateful for her support and her marvelous example of a highly successful Woman in Tech!

 

Thank you one and all!

So the most frequently asked question of the Girls in Tech Weekend was "When will there be MORE?" (What's next? When will you do this again...?) The CRTC Women in Tech Forum Group is very proud to offer these programs as Volunteerism/Education initiatives and our goal is to offer TWO Girls in Tech Weekends each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. If you would like to stay in the loop on the next program, please email us with subject line "Girls in Tech" and we'll be sure to reach out when we begin planning the next program! Please be sure to let us know if you are reaching out as a participant or a volunteer (coach, presenter, general volunteer).

 

Looking forward,

Kris

Kris Shock, Executive Director

Tags:  Computers  Rails  Ruby  STEM  WIT 

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Discovery

Posted By Carrie Geyer, Tower Federal Credit Union, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Most of us were able to take a day off this past Monday to honor the discovery of America.  If you were lucky enough to enjoy a day off, you probably slept in, ran errands, and maybe even got to something off the "To-Do List" that seems to only get longer and longer.  Others of us were planning your next opportunity for Discovery!

One of the steps in the sales process is Discovery.  It's the eye-opening moment of growing your business.  On Oct 22, (NEXT WEEK!) you will have the chance to discover many things with the CRTC TechTasting!  Last year, so many of us discovered new partnerships and new prospects, that we couldn't take a moment to stop networking!  On top of that, we discovered new wines, brews and food to enjoy!  That's truly a win-win-win!

I cannot wait to discover what this year has in store!  The CRTC TechTasting is going to be another great CRTC event!  One where YOU will discover new business opportunities, new friends, and great food & wine!

Get your tickets now so we don't sell out without you.  You wouldn't want to remain Un-Discovered would you? 

See you next week!

Carrie

Tags:  crtc  technology  TechTasting  value 

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