he Colorado Technology Association has now finalized the nominees for the group's prestigious 2013 Apex Awards, honoring the best of the best in the state’s technology industry. A total of 69 companies and 39 individuals made the final cut. (See lists below.)
The awards began 13 years ago to honor innovative thinkers and leaders in technology. According to association CEO Erik Mitisek, “the APEX awards recognize and showcase the best of the technology innovation and leadership in Colorado. We look to our members to nominate ideas, projects, leaders and companies from every corner of the state and Colorado’s technology industry.”
Nine winners in various categories will be announced at a black tie dinner September 10, expected to draw as many as 1,000 industry and community leaders. The awards will include:
- Technology Company of the Year Award
- Technology Project of the Year
- Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award
- Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- Technology Community Connector Award
- Technology Teacher of the Year Award
- Technology Advocate of the Year Award
- Women in Tech of the Year
- Technology Startup Company of the Year
Arjun Gupta of TeleSoft Partners will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Gupta is “Chief Believer” at TeleSoft, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and part of a new ownership group of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise.
The dinner will be followed by the APEX Conference and Challenge on September 11. Last year, the association combined two of its longest-running events — The Apex Awards and DEMOGala — into a two-day event honoring people, companies and accomplishments of the state’s tech industry and examining the critical issues facing the industry in the years ahead.
“APEX is more than an awards ceremony, conference and tech challenge,” association officials say. “APEX is your opportunity to be a part of the conversations driving innovation and technology in the state.”
The two-day affair will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. CTA officials have been steadily firming up speakers for the event. So far, the roster will include Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association; Rick Dakin, CEO/CoFounder at Coalfire Systems; Michael Locatis, Founder and CEO of Nexusist; and Andrea Young, CIO and VP of Development, BI Incorporated. Recently added speakers include Jack Dangermond, President of Esri; Andre Durand, Chairman and CEO of Ping Identity; Jim Franklin, CEO of SendGrid; and Nick Coppolo, Director of Product Development at SpireMedia.