It’s almost May, and you know what that means: The NewVa Corridor Technology Council has announced a list of companies nominated for the various awards handed out at the annual awards banquet. You can find a link to the NCTC website to register for the awards ceremony here.
Awards are handed out in the categories of Rising Star, Educator, Entrepreneur, Leadership, and Innovation. Sometimes they hand out another special award for a local technology leader whose contributions don’t fit exactly into any of the single categories. It’s a fun networking opportunity and a chance to reward the technology leaders who help drive the local economy. This year it will be at the Hotel Roanoke, in beautiful downtown…er, …..Roanoke.
The list of nominees is provided by the local newspaper here.
Now, a comment about the NCTC name. I liked it better before, when it was the New Century Technology Council. Apparently they decided that once the New Century had cut it’s first teeth, it would seem passe’ to keep that reference. So instead, they decided to use the terribly expensive “NewVA” brand (I don’t know who paid for it, or who came up with it – it wasn’t the NCTC as far as I know, but a regional re-branding.). NewVA is sort of short for New Virginia, as if Old Virginia would be something distasteful, or old fashioned, maybe. I’m not going to gripe about it too much, except to note that “NewVA Corridor Technology Council” does not roll off the tongue as smoothly as “New Century Technology Council”.