2020 NTC Awards Selection Process & Criteria

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2020 NTC Awards Selection Process

The NTC is committed to celebrating the innovation, leadership, and technical expertise across our entire community. To ensure that our honorees are selected in a fair and unbiased manner, NTC staff is not involved during any portion of the selection process for neither finalists nor Award winners. Volunteers coordinate a pool of over 70 judges from across the Middle Tennessee community and oversee the collection and tallying of all voting. Once all the judges’ votes have been submitted, an accounting firm audits and certifies the results – for both finalists and then again for Award winners.

 

2020 NTC Awards Categories

 

This event is dedicated to connecting, uniting, developing and promoting Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and institutions with awards in 15 categories – including two new categories!  We accept nominations to recognize outstanding do-ers, movers and shakers. Winners of last year’s award will not be considered as a nominee for the same award category this year, but can be nominated for a different category. The winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony in early 2021. Learn more about previous years’ winners.

CIO of the Year

This award recognizes the top Chief Information Officer in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation, and delivered value to the organization. Nominees must be leaders in their own IT organization and have made a difference for an organization based in or with a significant presence in Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be a CIO or senior IT professional in the organization. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

CTO of the Year

This award is presented to the top Chief Technology Officer in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have driven innovation and delivered value to their organization and its customers through their visionary leadership of a technology-based product or service development or delivery. Nominees must be leaders in their organization and have made a difference that positively impacts Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be the CTO or senior IT professional in the company. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Community Leader of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who contributes to the technology community of Middle Tennessee through involvement, leadership and excellence in giving back, as identified through open nominations. Nominees will be judged on community involvement and impact. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges. Examples include: educating our next generation technology leaders; volunteering in the tech community, including K-12 or higher education programs; leading, supporting, or growing tech community groups or programs, such as user groups or mentoring programs; supporting efforts to expand or improve the available technology work force through training, mentorship, or otherwise supporting tech professionals; and/or supporting non-profit, government or education through donating needed technology, and/or time and talent.

 

Data Scientist of the Year

This award is presented to the top data scientist or business intelligence professional in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable business impact though the use of data science. They should also be viewed as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Involvement in user groups, participation in hackathons or competitions and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

This award is presented to the technology company or team in Middle Tennessee making an outstanding and successful effort to improve and promote diversity and inclusion within their organization, as identified through open nominations. The winning company must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to successfully implementing diverse hiring practices, promoting collaboration and diverse thinking to produce innovative products or business solutions, or providing tools and resources to advance creative and effective inclusion initiatives. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Diversity Advocate of the Year (NEW!)

This award is presented to an individual who advocates for traditionally underrepresented minorities in technology in Middle Tennessee through leadership, mentorship, and community activism, as identified through open nominations. Nominees will be judged on community impact and advocacy for underrepresented minorities in tech such as women or ethnic and racial minorities (Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Asian, Native American). Nominations are open, and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges. Examples include: leading diversity and inclusion efforts in the community or in an organization, raising awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion in tech, mentoring minority students or professionals, or other efforts to advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion in the Middle Tennessee tech workforce.

 

Emerging Leader of the Year

This award recognizes the top Emerging Leader in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. The Emerging Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual who demonstrates excellence in delivering business results through others. Nominees should have demonstrated success in developing leadership skills and self-awareness to make a difference in the performance of their team. They should also be seen as leaders in their own IT organization and in the community. Leadership engagement in user groups and local technology events is a plus. Nominees will be judged on business results and employee development. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Infrastructure Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to the top IT infrastructure professional in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated exceptional skill in designing, planning, building and/or operating a modern IT infrastructure. Nominee accomplishments should demonstrate an innovative/strategic impact on their organization, and nominees should be seen as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Innovator of the Year

This award recognizes the top individual Innovator in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. This award is presented to an individual who has created or implemented an innovative technology-based product, service or process that enhances customer experience, profitability, efficiency, or life experience. Nominees must be based in Middle Tennessee and the innovation must, at a minimum, positively impact a community in Tennessee. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Security Leader of the Year

This award is presented to the top senior IT security professional in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership in their field, improved the security of their organizations’ data and technology resources, created a security-conscious culture, and delivered value to the organization. Nominees must be leaders in their organization and have made a difference that positively impacts Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be a Chief Information Security Officer or a senior IT security professional in the organization. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Software Developer of the Year

This award is presented the top software developer in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation and delivered value based on their technical aptitude to the organization. They should also be seen as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Involvement in user groups and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Nominees may be employed within an organization or be self-employed. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Technology Company of the Year

This award is a celebration of a technology organization in Middle Tennessee that creates technology products or services to support the region’s economic health. The company must be innovative in its use or delivery of technology-based products and services. Nominees must be headquartered in Middle Tennessee. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Technology Start-Up Company of the Year

This award recognizes the top tech Emerging Company in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. This award is presented to an emerging growth company that has shown exceptional growth through technological innovation. The winning company must have used technology in a new and innovative way to obtain success and contribute to the region’s overall economic health. The winning company must be registered and headquartered within the state of Tennessee, formed no more than two years prior to nomination, and have annual revenues of no more than $1,000,000, not including investment annually. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

 

Technology Educator of the Year (NEW!)

This award is presented to an outstanding K-12 educator in Middle Tennessee who has exhibited exceptional dedication to and innovation in the advancement of technology education, as identified through open nominations. Nominees will be judged on the innovation of their tech education curriculum or program, the accessibility of the program to a broad and diverse base of students, and the impact of the program on the students, school, and community. Nominations are open, and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges. Only K-12 educators working in Middle Tennessee are eligible for this Award.

 

Technology Team of the Year

This award is presented to the top development, architecture, engineering or leadership team (comprised of 2 or more people) in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Team efforts can be for software development, hardware engineering, data center engineering, strategy or other technology related endeavors. Nominated teams must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation and delivered value to the organization through a project or set of projects for their organization or community. The business value and success of the project/set of projects should be recognized for its/their ROI. As a team, involvement in user groups and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Nominated teams should be employed within an organization. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.