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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces 2015 TechAwards Winners

Friday, March 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Royle
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Tech Company of the Year Awarded to 2U

Annapolis, MD – March 27, 2015 – The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and more than 350 technology executives from around the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington region gathered Thursday night to honor the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top professionals at the 10th annual TechAwards 2015: Connect With Confidence.

More than 60 companies vied for honors in six categories. A 13-member selection committee chose award winners after a rigorous two-month nomination and selection process. In addition to the nominated categories, the Selection Committee honored an exceptional company and individual with the 2015 Legend’s Circle Awards. 

"With our proximity to the Nation’s capital and top educational institutions, the Chesapeake region continues to foster a thriving technology community and provide a springboard for future innovators,” said Jason Silva, President of the CRTC and CEO of SidusData. "The CRTC’s mission has always been to energize and propel the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business partnership opportunities – but this can only happen through connectivity. Tonight we are celebrating technical advancements in the areas of data, security and connectivity through human interaction – bringing tech professionals and thought leaders together to share, network and celebrate. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

2015 TechAwards Winners are as follows:

Tech Company of the Year Award: 2U, Landover, MD - 2U Inc., also nominated in the "Best Place to Work” category, partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Their cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally.

Innovator Award: BTS Software Solutions, Columbia, MD - BTS Software Solutions, a Veteran Owned Small Business, is a team of service-minded professionals who create impactful solutions for their community’s real and complex communications problems. Their portfolio includes mobile technologies, advanced applications, enterprise-wide development, applied research in cognitive science, speech-to-text technology, and cutting edge data compression technologies.

The Rising Star Award: VersaTech, Inc., Columbia, MD - Established in 2005, VersaTech is an Information Technology contractor that provides management and innovative technology solutions to government and commercial clients at the national, state and local level. The company's services include Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Software Development, Mobile Application, Program Management, Managed Services, Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure, Staff Augmentation, HealthCare, Website Development, and Records Management.

Best Place to Work Award: Groove, Baltimore, MD - Founded in 2007, Groove is one of the nation’s premier creative marketing, web design, and development agencies. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Groove delivers digital solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, ranging from eCommerce, web design, inbound marketing, and branding. Groove has forged prominent partnerships with some of the world’s leading software programs like Magento, HubSpot, Shopify, and The agency is the only Magento Gold Solutions Partner in the tri-state area and the only HubSpot Platinum Partner in Baltimore.

Woman in Tech Award: Angela A. Brown, Founder, CEO & President, Victory Global Solutions, Columbia, MD.

Angela is Founder, CEO & President of Victory Global Solutions, a Systems Engineering and Information Technology (IT) Solutions company whose mission is to provide catalyst leading strategy-aligned technology change resulting in tangible business results. Angela’s core competence is solving client business problems through the application of enterprise networking and information assurance solutions. Leading the Victory team of technologists, Angela has worked with diverse clients (defense; federal and state government; and commercial industries including telecommunications) as the catalyst to achieve significant accomplishments in business modeling and business process implementation; business-aligned IT strategies, architectures; and protocols resulting in performance improvements.

The Future Innovator Award & Steven W. Oxman STEM Achievement Award: Clayton Cobb, South River High School, Anne Arundel County

Clayton is a senior at South River High School and is extremely involved in Project Lead the Way. With a 3.65 GPA, Clayton has made honor roll every year and was one of the first students in the new Unmanned Aerial Systems class in the 2013-14 school year. He is also the build operations officer for the Power Hawks Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition Team at South River, where he is in charge of 40 students who must build a 120-pound robot for a yearly competition.

In addition to the awards above, The Legend's Circle Company Award was presented to Baltimore-based UnderArmour in recognition of their relentless pursuit of innovation, ongoing leadership in the Maryland tech community and recent advancement in wearables and connected fitness. Scott Ferber, founder of and Chairman & CEO of Videology was given The Legend’s Circle Individual Award in recognition of his game-changing leadership and impact on the Maryland tech ecosystem.

Selection Committee:

The TechAwards 2015 Selection Committee includes Lisa Ackerson, Sidus Data; Meredith Allen, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Brian Castleberry, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development; Chris College, TEDCO; Peter Davis, Whiteford Taylor Preston, L.L.P; Jim Gibbons, G&M Investment Group; Ronnie Gist, University of Maryland; Clara Gustafson, ZeroFOX; Art Jacoby, Jacoby; Chris Knotts, Health Grid.; Max McQuighan, Anne Arundel Community College; John Roberts, M&T Bank; Michael Spinosa, Unleashed Technologies and Jackie Dee, Sidus Data (Chair, non-voting).

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 501c6 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:
Christina Royle, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council


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