Oregon Tech Awards

The 34th annual event on Thursday, May 10th will draw more than 600 attendees including entrepreneurs and tech professionals from across the region and around the globe.


SAM BLACKMAN AWARD

The Oregon Technology Awards celebrates excellence and achievement in the region's technology industry and honors outstanding individuals with prestigious Sam Blackman Award (formerly Technology Executive of the Year), Lifetime Achievement, and new in 2018 Tech Champion awards.

The Sam Blackman Award, named for AWS Elemental Founder & CEO and 2015 Technology Executive of the Year Sam Blackman, recognizes executives of Oregon and SW Washington based technology companies for excellence in industry leadership as well as an individual’s positive impact in the greater community.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 31st
WINNER SELECTION: Wednesday, February 21st

Applicants, should they be chosen to receive the Sam Blackman Award, will need to be available for a one to two days in March 2018 for award video filming and in attendance at the 2018 Oregon Technology Awards on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

2018 SAM BLACKMAN AWARD NOMINATION IS CLOSED
 


COMPANY AWARDS

Nominations open 12:01 am - Friday, December 15, 2017

Eight companies will be recognized for their accomplishments, leadership, and commitment to the industry and community.

All technology sectors are eligible, including systems, hardware and communications software, internet, mobile and other application companies, technology service companies, biotechnology, medical device, and other life science companies, and environmental science and energy companies. Furthermore, companies from industries not traditionally characterized as technology companies, are also eligible if they have an extraordinary commitment to innovation or using technology within their fields. The company award categories will be based on the size of a company, not an industry segment.

HOW TO NOMINATE
Nominations may be submitted in more than one award category, and you do not have to be a member of the TAO to apply or to win.

AWARD CATEGORIES
Eligibility and questions are specific to each category and can be found through the following links:

TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Presented to companies headquartered in Oregon or SW Washington, who have had a significant impact on Oregon’s technology industry in the past year including financial, employment and community factors.
Pre-Revenue I Emerging (up to $3M) I Rising Star ($3 - $20M) I Growth ($20 - $100M) I Enterprise ($100M and more)

NON HEADQUARTERED
Presented to the company that has a presence in Oregon via division and/or wholly owned subsidiary that has had a significant impact on Oregon’s technology industry in the past year including financial, employment and community factors.

MOST DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Presented to the company that has been a true catalyst within their industry and proven their ability to disrupt the established way of doing things.

NEW IN 2018! PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Technology Association of Oregon's 'People's Choice' award will be a crowdsourced with the regional community nominating the winner. The winner of this award would be an individual, company, project or program that best exemplifies the spirit of the Oregon & SW Washington technology community.

Nomination criteria:

  • Oregon or SW Washington based company, project, program or person.
  • Emphasis on bold entrepreneurship, innovation, and building community.
  • Inspiration to the the regional tech community.

Nominations will open when the Oregon Tech Awards finalists are announced on Monday, April 2nd and close on Friday, April 13th. Five nominated individuals, companies, projects, or programs will be announced on Friday, April 20th and the winner will be revealed at the Oregon Technology Awards on Thursday, May 10th!

NOMINATIONS FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE HAS CLOSED
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December 15th: Award nominations open
February 23rd: Final deadline nominations
April 2nd: Finalists announcement
May 10th: Winners announced onsite at 2018 Oregon Technology Awards

Questions about the Oregon Technology Awards can be submitted to Rylee O'Brien