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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces 2014 TechAwards Call for Nominations

Tuesday, November 19, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Honoring the Region’s Top Technology Companies and Leaders

Annapolis, MD – November 19, 2013 – The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) announced the call for nominations for their upcoming 2014 TechAwards titled Get in the Game. Mindgrub Technologies is the Title Sponsor for this ninth annual prestigious awards program honoring the region's rising tech companies and outstanding innovators. The submission deadline for nominations is January 24, 2014. Honorees and Finalists in Nominated categories will be announced on February 19, 2014.

Ida Cheinman, third time TechAwards Chair, expressed her excitement about being the chair of the 2014 TechAwards Planning Committee three years in a row. "I am honored to be the Chairperson of the 2014 TechAwards. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate technology excellence in the Chesapeake region recognizing outstanding achievements in the areas of innovation, strategic growth, customer service and stewardship. I am proud to be involved in such an exceptional event.”

2014 Award Nomination Categories

The Innovator Award is given to a company that best exemplifies the entrepreneurship and innovative style it takes to keep the technology industry cutting edge and forward moving.

The Tech Company of the Year Award is handed to a regional tech company that has proven its dedication, vision and ability to make things happen by working with a sustained, strategic business plan that has enabled it to steadily grow into a player in the area’s tech industry.

The Future Innovator Award promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school student. The award fosters new thinking in the understanding of technology and its place in the future careers of area students. This award is open to students in grades 9-12. The student must be either from the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore triangle and/or currently studying in the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore area. This year for the first time, the winner will receive the Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship Award of $1000 in honor of CRTC Founder Steve Oxman.

The Women in Tech (WIT) Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding contributions made by women in advancing technology in industry, business and society.

The Best Place to Work Award recognizes a company that fosters a spirit of innovation and creativity in its employees, provides benefits that encourage employee work/life balance and works to inspire greatness in its employees.

The Rising Star Award has historically been appointed by the Selection Committee. This year nominations will be accepted for this prestigious award. The Rising Star is typically a company with competitive scores in multiple nominated categories and is deemed worthy of recognition as a high achiever in the regional technology community. Rising Star companies are likely on their way to Tech Company of the Year. They have hot technology, they are innovative and growing fast and typically sport an awesome team.

In addition to the awards above, the Legend’s Circle Individual Award and/or Legend’s Circle Company Award will be given to either an individual who is seen as a significant supporter of the regional tech community or to a company that is seen as a leader in technology evidenced by the trends it has set within the industry as well as being at the forefront of innovation and growth.

Event Details:
The TechAwards 2014 Committee is working hard to ensure this event offers plethora of business development opportunities. The format will provide networking at the beginning and end of the evening with a dinner program celebrating the region’s tech achievement in between. Attendees will enjoy flexible seating, generous food and drink and plenty of time to connect with the region’s best during this lively, fast-paced event.

TechAwards will be held March 26, 2014 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport. The theme for the 9th annual program is Get in the Game.

Early-bird registration tickets are $95 and are being offered from now until January 31st for CRTC members-only. Tickets are $120 for CRTC members and $140 for non-members until March 24th when registration closes. Tickets purchased at the door will be $150 as available. Tables of 10 are available for $950. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available starting at just $550.
Registration, sponsorship information and additional details are available at:


About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Founded in 1992, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) energizes and propels the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities. The CRTC is a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area, attracting new technology companies to the region and helping emerging technology companies grow and prosper in this increasingly dynamic environment. The CRTC is a non-profit membership organization supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) and a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and enabled by membership and annual sustaining sponsorship. More than 300 businesses from the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area are members of the council, including many of the area’s well-known leading technology companies. For more information, go to 

For further information:
Kris Shock, Executive Director, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council


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