Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | January 12, 2012

Second Annual RI Technology Awards Open for Nominations, Applications

Tech Collective’s Tech10 awards will honor Rhode Island’s top 10 IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs – nominate, apply at 

Providence, R.I. – January 11, 2012 –  Nominations and applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Tech10 awards. In its second year, the awards program – established by Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience – recognizes the ten most accomplished technologists in the state’s IT, digital media, and entrepreneurial arenas. Individually, Tech10 recognizes Rhode Island IT practitioners and entrepreneurs who excel in their practice, demonstrate a passion for contributing to the success of others, and are pioneering in their technological and career achievements. For the technology community, Tech10 is the opportunity for Rhode Island business and industry to identify its exceptional participants, and its future leaders.

“In the 21st century, technology is – and really always has been – about connecting people,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for Tech Collective. “Hardware and apps are just the byproduct. That’s why we created the Tech10 awards to be about people – personally and professionally.”

Individuals can apply for the awards themselves or submit nominations or applications for colleagues, employees, clients, partners, etc. at The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20th, 2012, and all application submissions are due Mar. 5th, 2012. Tech10 honorees will be announced in early April and showcased at an awards celebration to be held in May 2012. Three Tech10 recipients will additionally be honored with special recognitions announced at the event.

Shields additionally notes of the Tech10 program: “this year we’ve revaluated the roles of our sponsors and supporters, and in the doing so we’ve strengthened the integrity and direction of Tech10 to not only align with Tech Collective’s own mission, but moreover that of Rhode Island’s technology community. Needless to say, we are very excited for our second Tech10 season!”
Learn more at, or by following Tech10 on twitter with hashtag #Tech10RI. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Giselle Mahoney at 401-829-8321 /

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $6.3M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).

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