The 2015 RichTech Gala
May 14, 2015
Another fantastic year. That’s all we can say.
Last night, nearly 1,000 people joined us at the Richmond Convention Center for our 20th Annual Technology Awards show and RichTech Gala. We ate, we drank, and we honored several local organizations and individuals that are actively helping advance Central Virginia’s technology-based economy. We also honored Samuel Nixon, Virginia’s former Chief Information Officer, for all that he’s done to champion our organization and our tech community. We have no doubt that he’ll continue to be a vocal advocate as the Chief Administrative Officer of the State Corporation Commission.
After the Gala, most of the crowd stayed for more mingling and cocktails, as we were entertained by the music of Quicksilver. They are from Capital One and were the winners of our inaugural TechJam Battle of the Geek Bands.
We also had a truly engaged crowd. Tweets were flowing during the event. One of our favorites was this:
“In high school there’s prom, in college there’s formals, in adulthood…
there’s galas!! #adulthoodstatus #pgp @richtechVA #richtechgala”
Your tweets also led to the winner of our People’s Choice Award – GE’s Ghost Red Team.
What was your favorite moment? Tell us in the comments below.
See our full list of winners below the video.
Innovation in Community Award sponsored by ImpactMakers, is awarded to an individual or team from a nonprofit or civic organization in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance their mission, or impact our community.
Senior Navigator’s Caring for the Caregiver Hack over the weekend of March 21-22, college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to address the often overlooked issue of caregiver health and wellness at the inaugural “Caring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack” hosted by SeniorNavigator’s Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. The Hack challenged students to advance the health and improve the lives of family caregivers by creating tech-based tools through the spirit of friendly competition.
Innovation in Education Award sponsored by Computer Resource Team, is awarded to the educator that provides exceptional technology leadership and encourages students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering and math.
Lynne Norris, Henrico County Public Schools is responsible for curriculum development and the vision for the Center for Information Technology at Deep Run High School. The CIT is a specialty program that allows students to take classes in Information Technology and Computer Science not found elsewhere. Students get hands on real world experience through community projects and IT internships.
Emerging Technology Business Award Sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, is awarded to a local technology company that has demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial success.
Comparenow.com is an auto insurance quote comparison site, which aims to make buying car insurance more transparent and easy. They don’t just seek to provide a product to customers; they strive to provide the pinnacle of an online comparison experience, facilitated by their unwavering commitment to technological innovation.
Innovation in Technology Builder Award sponsored by SLAIT Consulting, is awarded to the local technology company delivering technology solutions and/or services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency.
Unboxed Technology uses technology to create human-friendly training, sales, and performance management tools that help employees increase confidence and productivity. Their suite of training products includes Spoke, the simple social learning platform; Instructor, interactive eLearning courses; and the Digital Learning Guide, a self-paced, online training workbook.
Innovation in Utilization Award is awarded to the company or organization whose creative use of existing technology enhances processes, methodologies and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.
Projects Greater Than $100k sponsored by Vaco – Estes Express Lines has developed an automated dock management system for the handling, processing, and cross-docking of customer freight in our hub and breakbulk service centers. The technology allows for the tracking of freight throughout the system, giving employees and customers visibility into where their shipment is in the delivery cycle.
Projects Less Than $100k sponsored by Carmax – Hourwise is a collaborative platform that helps painting, plumbing, and electrical contractors run a more efficient and successful business. It also keeps them connected to their customers, sub-contractors, and anyone associated with a given project. The unique aspect of this platform is that Hourwise goes a step beyond software and offers a concierge managed service for their users.
Innovation in Development the Auzville Jackson Jr. Award is awarded to the company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.
Projects Greater Than $100k sponsored by Comcast Business – Snagajob is a 100% mobile experience that includes a 30 second video recorded directly from your mobile device. The Video, along with key information required by employers to determine interest in an in-person interview, becomes the job seeker’s profile. With an available profile the jobseeker can apply to subsequent job postings in a true ‘1 click apply’ fashion. SnagAJob is America’s largest hourly employment network connecting job seekers and employers.
Projects Less Than $100k sponsored by Singlestone – General Electric’s GhostRed Team has developed a custom set of technology and information security-related scenarios and simulations. These scenarios educate in the areas of virtualization, automation, embedded systems, radio communication, industrial systems, software engineering, cryptography, steganography and much more. is a local Richmond company that does business around the globe.
The RichTech Chairman’s Award sponsored by Altria Client Services, is presented annually to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the growth of technology in the Richmond Region, and/or the advancement of Greater Richmond as a center for technology innovation.
Samuel Nixon, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer, State Corporation Commission<Back