We would like to announce the awards winners from our Seventh Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by Adecco, Chico’s FAS and Zuora, CenturyLink and 21st Century Oncology on March 25th. This year at Southwest Florida’s longest running, “Excellence in Technology” event there was record breaking attendance to congratulate the finalists and hear David Trimm, former CIO at The Hertz Corporation, speak to “The Five Technology Trends You Can’t Ignore.” Thank you everyone for supporting the continued growth of our organization as we celebrate technology in the SWFL region.
Winner of the inaugural Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership is Denise Spence with Dunbar High School. Spence runs the information technology program and teaches there, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at FGCU. Other finalists were Jodi Harrison with Interactyx and Tracey Lanham with Hodges University.
For the Transformation Award, for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge, the winner is Ted Todd Insurance for the work they did developing customized applications for automated quote responses. Other finalists were the Canterbury School and DeAngelis Diamond Construction.
The Innovention Award is given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution and MassiveU has created a whole new way for teachers and students to interact, learn and develop online. Arthrex and SkyLink Data Centers were the other finalists.
Another new element to the dinner was a $500 scholarship given to freshman Christian Irving for higher education. Christian won the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Inventor’s Fair for his device that is built into the sole of a shoe to charge mobile devices.