“It’s what they do, what they say and who they are.”
Nominations open early 2019.
POLICY | Tech champion of the year
Presented to an instrumental advocate for tech-related legislation at any government level from Kansas or Missouri.
Active champion for policy that advances the growth of the region’s tech industry
Uses their platform, influence and network to raise awareness for tech-related issues
Fully believes the industry’s ability to thrive depends on legislation that allows it to do so
This award is limited to an individual residing in Kansas or Missouri. Businesses, organizations and non-profits as an entity do not qualify - only a single individual can win this award.
Industry | tech connector of the year (individual)
Presented to the individual whose drive, talent and ingenuity disrupts the tech industry and inspires their peers, leaders or community to continually innovate.
Influences the creation or enhancement of a unique tech-related product or service
Serves as a leader, or leader by example, that uses their position to inspire others
A through-and-through technology enthusiast and student of the industry
This award is limited to an individual residing in Kansas or Missouri. Businesses, organizations and non-profits as an entity do not qualify- only a single individual can win this award.
industry | outstanding contribution to tech (company)
Presented to the company or organization that developed, or partnered in developing, a product or service that significantly advances the tech industry in their respective field.
Contribution must be technology-focused or technology-enabled
Project designed with global aspirations
Must have proven project momentum or successful implementation - contribution cannot be in theory phase without any metrics to measure success
This award is limited to a company or organization with a physical presence in the Kansas City region. A single individual cannot win this award.
workforce | educator of the year
Awarded to a dedicated computer science (or tech-oriented) educator that inspires, motivates and expertly trains the future tech workforce.
Leverages technology to positively influence and advance student learning
Connects the tech community to the classroom
Continuous observer and student of the tech industry themselves
This award is limited to an individual residing in Kansas or Missouri. An entity does not qualify - only a single individual can win this award. Award recipient must be active in their profession at time of nomination.