And the winners of NC TECH Awards are… – WRAL Tech Wire


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by WRAL TechWire — November 3, 2021 .

RALEIGH – This evening, the North Carolina Technology Association, NC TECH, announced the winners of the individual and corporate 2021 NC TECH Awards at an in-person event at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The NC TECH Awards, presented by the accounting firm Cherry Bekaert, a sponsor for the event, recognize exceptional achievements in innovation and excellence in business for technology companies based in North Carolina.

“Year after year we continue to see a high level of excellence and innovation from the technology community in North Carolina,” said Brooks Raiford, NC TECH’s president and CEO. “We’re pleased to highlight such a diverse mix of companies and leaders at this year’s Awards event.”


Technology Corporate Awards, recognizing technology companies for innovation, excellence, and growth.  Winners:

  • Best Tech Company to Work: CrossComm 
  • Tech Diversity, Inclusion + Equity: DataCaliper
  • Industry Driven/AgTech: Pairwise
  • Industry Driven/BioTech: ACF Technologies
  • Industry Driven/CleanTech: NALA Systems
  • Industry Driven/EdTech: Plasma Games
  • Industry Driven/FinTech: Passport
  • Industry Driven/Healthcare Tech: Validic
  • NC HQ Tech Company: insightsoftware
  • Software Company: Pendo

Use of Technology Awards, recognizing companies, organizations, and institutions for their use of technology.

  • Analytics/Big Data: Premier Inc
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning: Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina
  • Cyber Security: JupiterOne
  • Digital Transformation: WISER Systems
  • Public Sector Project: NC Department of Health and Human Services (COVID Vaccine Management System)
  • Tech for Good: MCNC

Winners of the 2021 NC TECH Award to be presented at NC TECH Awards Gala on Nov. 3

NC TECH previously announced the recipients of the individual 2021 NC TECH Awards, who were each honored at the event.  The winners:

  • Beacon Award (Outstanding Achievement): Catherine P. Bessant, Vice Chair, Global Strategy – Bank of America
  • Tech CEO of the Year: Michael Jones, CEO – Spoonflower
  • Public Leader of the Year: Governor Roy Cooper – State of North Carolina
  • Chief Information Security Officer of the Year: Chris Beal – VP of Security Initiatives & Chief Information Security – MCNC
  • Private Sector Chief Information Officer Of the Year: Jay Upchurch, Chief Information Officer – SAS
  • Public Sector Chief Information Officer of the Year: Glenn Mack – Chief Information Officer – NC Department of Public Safety
  • Tech Educator of the Year: Garrett Love – Chair of Engineering – North Carolina School of Science + Math
  • Tech Woman of the Year: Rashida Hodge – VP, Azure Data + AIT – Microsoft

Finally, NC TECH named 10 startups based in North Carolina to its “Top Ten Startups to Watch” list.  Those are, in alphabetical order:

  • Anduin
  • Courtroom 5
  • EDJX
  • Floodlight Software
  • Gemelli BioTech
  • Hybrid Athlete Foundation
  • Levitate
  • Seguno Software
  • TriggerMesh

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