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2022 Colorado Tech Summit + Apex Awards



In February 2022 we brought the community two great events wrapped up in one epic conference to shine a spotlight on Colorado tech! 

The Colorado Tech Summit is the place to connect with one another, exchange ideas, and grow. This year’s theme Tech For Good highlighted the power of technology in removing friction, accelerating change, and improving well-being. 

Leaders from all across Colorado tech and beyond spoke to the emerging trends that shaped our industry and affected our Colorado tech community. This event included powerful keynotes, dynamic panels, and interactive company technology and showcases. 

The APEX Awards brought together the community and celebrated the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of 2021. In the tradition of years past, we recognized award winners who lead the way for Colorado tech.

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2022 Colorado Tech Summit + APEX Awards

February 24, 2022

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

2022 PROGRAM

  • Enjoy breakfast and networking with fellow attendees

  • The Business Case for Tech for Good:
    A Conversation with Ryan Frazier, Business Analyst for 9News 

    Kick off the day with a conversation between Frannie Matthews, CTA’s President and CEO, and Ryan Frazier, Business Analyst for 9News and CEO/Managing Principal for Frazier Global, a management consulting and ESG advisory firm. They will discuss the role that tech plays in shaping our communities and growing our economy, as well as the key ways that businesses can be successful in today’s market. 

    SPEAKER:
    Ryan Frazier, Business Analyst for 9News & CEO/Managing Principal for Frazier Global 

  • Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality – as innovations abound and these technologies become more accessible than ever, their capabilities are being adapted for greater purposes. Join us to hear from the people leading the “Tech for Good” charge in the emerging tech landscape. We’ll explore how these technologies are being utilized to support adult literacy, the aging population, mental health and more.

    MODERATED BY: Frannie Matthews, President and CEO for Colorado Technology Association 

    SPEAKERS:

    • Sarah Hill, CEO & Chief Storyteller, Healium
    • Shelley Peterson, Associate Fellow, Augmented & Mixed Reality at Lockheed Martin
    • Carrie Shaw, CEO & Founder, Embodied Labs
  • Technology has the power to remove friction, accelerate change, and improve well-being. This panel discussion will feature leaders in the Colorado tech industry who will share their thoughts on how technology has made an impact on our communities, the role of technology in effecting positive change and the responsibility the industry has to Colorado. We’ll also hear their predictions for where the industry is going and how the Colorado tech ecosystem may advance in years to come.

    MODERATED BY: Monica Coughlin, COO for Colorado Technology Association 

    SPEAKERS:

    • Veena Dandapani, SVP, Global Head Production Strategy & Management, Western Union
    • David Edinger, Chief Information Officer, City and County of Denver
    • Mark Schwartz, Chief Digital Officer, Trimble
  • Explore our expo hall to l meet Colorado companies engaged in tech for good. Participate in our expo booth passport challenge (visit every booth!) and be entered to win a prize. 

    You can also visit our Expo Pitch Room to hear five minute pitches about innovations, products and people that are driving “Tech for Good” in Colorado. These fast-paced presentations are sure to inspire you prior to the APEX Awards luncheon.

  • Join us for lunch and be the first to find out who our 2022 APEX Award recipients are! Our APEX Awards celebrate the best and the brightest in tech – we’ll honor all of our finalists and celebrate this year’s winners through a dynamic presentation. Cheer on your peers and toast to the Colorado tech community with us!

  • Congratulate our 2022 APEX Award finalists and award winners while enjoying dessert and an espresso bar.

2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

CEO and Managing Principal, Frazier Global // Host - NBC 9News Business Brief

Ryan Frazier

CEO and Managing Principal, Frazier Global // Host – NBC 9News Business Brief

2022 SPEAKERS

Medical illustrator, Public health educator // CEO

Carrie Shaw, MS

Medical illustrator, Public health educator // CEO & Founder of Embodied Labs
CIO, City and County of Denver

David Edinger

CIO, City and County of Denver
Chief Digital Officer, Trimble

Mark Schwartz

Chief Digital Officer, Trimble
CEO

Sarah Hill

CEO & Chief Storyteller, Healium
Associate Fellow, Augmented

Shelley Petersen

Associate Fellow, Augmented & Mixed Reality, Lockheed Martin
Global Head Product Strategy

Veena Dandapani

Global Head Product Strategy & Management, Western Union
SVP of Operations and Chief Digital Officer, Everbridge

Suma Nallapati

SVP of Operations and Chief Digital Officer, Everbridge

FAQ

  • This year we’re bringing you two great events wrapped up in one epic conference shining a spotlight on Colorado tech! Join us for this year’s Colorado Tech Summit, and you’ll also get to cheer on this year’s APEX Award winners at our Awards Luncheon as part of the event!

  • The Colorado Tech Summit is the place to connect with one another, exchange ideas, and grow. This year’s theme Tech For Good highlights the power of technology in removing friction, accelerating change, and improving well-being. 

    Leaders from all across Colorado tech and beyond will speak to the emerging trends that are shaping our industry and affecting our Colorado tech community. This event includes powerful keynotes, dynamic panels, and networking. 

    The Tech Summit will be the first part of the event on Thursday, Feb. 24.

  • CTA has hosted the APEX Awards since 2001 as a way to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. In the tradition of years past, we’ll be recognizing award winners who are leading the way for Colorado tech. Winners are selected by a panel of community judges.

    The awards will be announced during a celebratory luncheon at the event.

  • At the 2022 Tech Summit + APEX Awards we’ll elevate the power of tech for good through panel discussions, keynote presentations and conversations with the people making an impact through tech in our communities. 

    Then, we’ll celebrate those that are leading the impact in Colorado Tech through our APEX Awards. 

    All in all, you can expect to enjoy:

    • Engaging content
    • Networking with your peers
    • And a celebration of the Colorado tech community!
  • Thursday, February 24th from 8:30am – 3:30pm

  • Great news! This year’s event will be hosted in person! The event will be hosted at the Grand Hyatt Denver – 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202.

    *The safety of our community is our top priority. This in-person activity will be subject to COVID-19 safety protocols. See below for details on our COVID-19 precautions.

  • See below a tentative program agenda!

  • No. The Tech Summit + APEX Awards will be an in-person event this year. The safety of our community is our top priority. We are monitoring the protocols and safety precautions around COVID-19 closely. This in-person activity will be subject to COVID-19 safety protocols – see below for additional details.

  • Colorado Technology Association is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our event attendees. As such, we will require proof of vaccination in order to attend the Colorado Tech Summit + APEX Awards.* All attendees will be asked to wear face masks at the event. 

    *A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single dose of a one-dose vaccine.

  • Each ticket to the 2022 Tech Summit + APEX Awards provides access to world-renowned speakers, cutting edge technology-focused content, and meaningful networking opportunities. In addition, you’ll be the first to find out who the 2022 APEX Award winners are and get to celebrate with them in person at the event.

    Breakfast, lunch and a dessert reception will also be included in every ticket.

  • When you become a Tech Summit + APEX Awards sponsor, your organization unlocks the opportunity to elevate your brand in front of tech professionals from all across Colorado’s tech community. Each sponsorship also comes with event tickets. Contact Jason Delp at jason@coloradotechnology.org for additional information.

  • If you have further questions about the event or anything CTA-related, please reach out to eventsmgr@coloradotechnology.org.

APEX AWARDS FINALISTS

Advocate of the Year

  • This individual is advancing the technology industry in Colorado through their leadership in moving forward policies and ideas that ensure our state’s status as a prominent tech hub.

  • 2020 – Anthony Neal-Graves, CIO & ED, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    2019 – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City & County of Denver
    2018 – State Senator Jack Tate
    2017 – State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp
    2016 – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers
    2015 – State Sen. Rollie Heath and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
    2014 – Representative Dan Pabon and Paul Washington, Denver OED
    2013 – Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Mark Scheffel
    2011 – Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, Representative Carole Murray, Senator Cheri Jahn and Senator Linda Newell
    2010 – Representative Mike May, Senator Josh Penry and the Republican Caucus
    2005 – Brian Vogt, OEDIT

Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement

  • This individual has made outstanding achievements and commitments to furthering innovative technology in our community and the state and has contributed to the initiatives of Colorado Technology Association.

  • 2020 – Barbara Mowry
    2019 – Rich Liner, KidsTek
    2018 – Kristin Russell, Arrow Electronics
    2017 – Andre Durand, Ping Identity
    2016 – Lucy Sanders, NCWIT
    2015 – Steve Halstedt
    2014 – J.B. Holston, Sitrion
    2013 – Dan Caruso, Zayo Group
    2012 – Nancy Sauer
    2011 – John Oechsle, DigitalGlobe
    2010 – Nancy Phillips, ViaWest
    2009 – Jon Nordmark, eBags and Wambo
    2008 – Brad Feld, Foundry Group
    2007 – Barbara Bauer, GlobalSight Partners
    2006 – Scott Burt, Integro
    2005 – Bob Ogdon, Swiftpage
    2004 – Donna Auguste, Leave A Little Room Foundation
    2003 – Wayne Berger, Solano Foundation
    2002 – Donald J. McCubbery, University of Denver
    2001 – Bob Newman, JD Edwards

CEO of the Year

  • These creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO’s lead a Colorado-based tech company. In addition to the daily role of leading their company, they work to drive the vibrancy of the tech economy beyond their business.

    • Phil McKinney, CableLabs
    • Amanda Moriuchi, AppIt Ventures
  • 2020 – Dan Mackin, Rule4
    2019 – Brandon Ridenour, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Brock Berry, AdCellerant
    2017 – Shawn Mills, Green House Data
    2016 – Annette Quintana, Istonish
    2015 – Dave Wright, SolidFire

CIO of the Year

  • This outstanding Chief Information Officer has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization.

    • Michelle Bourgeois, St. Vrain Valley Schools
    • Rob Reynolds, Congruex
    • Greg Sparks, SomaLogic
  • 2020 – Atilla Tinic, DISH Network
    2019 – Sandi Mays, Zayo
    2018 – Suma Nallapati, Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    2017 – Jeff Robertson, DigitalGlobe
    2016 – Vin Melvin, Arrow Electronics
    2015 – John Swieringa, CIO of the Year
    2014 – Dave Anderson, CH2M Hill

CISO of the Year

  • This innovative Chief Information Security Officer has implemented a security program that accelerated the success of her/his Colorado-based business. Utilizing people, processes and technologies, this security leader has positioned the security program to deliver on the core mission of the organization.

    • Julie Chickillo, Guild Education
    • Sue Lapierre, Prologis
    • Artie Wilkowsky, DISH
  • 2020 – Brennan Baybeck, Oracle
    2019 – James Carder, LogRhythm
    2018 – Robb Reck, Ping Identity
    2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence

  • This entrepreneurial leader has contributed to multiple businesses, with at least one as a tech company started, grown and operated in Colorado. They have a true passion to seek out problems to solve, and they organize, manage and assume the risk of a business or enterprise.

    • Matt Frary, Managed Chaos Holdings
    • Danaya Wilson, CHC Training
  • 2020 – Shawn Mills, Lunavi
    2019 – Trent R. Hein, Rule4
    2018 – Sudha Chandrasekharan, Learn-Skillz
    2017 – Elia Wallen, Traveler’s Haven & Hotel Engine
    2016 – Page Tucker, ProStar Geocorp
    2014 – Jeremy Ostermiller, Altitutde Digital
    2013 – Peter Hudson, iTriage LLC
    2012 – Bart Lorang, FullContact
    2011 – Bob Ogdon, Swiftpage
    2010 – Roy Dimoff, ViaWest
    2009 – John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems

Company of the Year

  • This Colorado-based company’s overall performance sets it apart as a leader through technical innovation and concrete examples of how it is meeting a need in the marketplace. This company also is a strong leader in the community and shows corporate responsibility.

    • AMP Robotics
    • Backbone PLM
    • Swisslog Healthcare
  • 2020 – Convercent
    2019 – CableLabs
    2018 – HomeAdvisor
    2017 – SendGrid
    2016 – ViaWest
    2015 – SpotX
    2014 – LogRhythm
    2013 – Ping Identity
    2012 – Mercury
    2011 – Rivet Software
    2010 – ServiceMagic
    2009 – GTRI
    2007 – Webroot
    2006 – Webroot
    2005 – Webroot
    2004 – eCollege
    2003 – FRxSoftware
    2002 – DataTrend Information Systems

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • This Emerging Leader has demonstrated a commitment to the Colorado tech industry by showing passion for technology and making significant contributions to their organization or the industry overall. They excel at their role and actively seek opportunities to grow professionally and personally. This individual shows great potential to grow in their area of expertise and as a leader in the tech community.

    • Crystal Allen, CSG
    • Sarah Smith, Governor’s Office of IT
    • Nina Vendhan, Studio Management
  • 2020 – Leidy Pérez, Zayo Group
    2019 – Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Samuel Thomas Elliot, Amnet

Emerging Tech Company of the Year

  • This is Colorado’s most promising emerging company in operation for five years or less. They are innovative and identified a need in the marketplace for the product or service.

    • Digible
    • Rule4
    • Tilt
  • 2020 – Crusoe Energy Systems, Inc
    2019 – Bluestaq
    2018 – Pax8
    2017 – PAIRIN
    2016 – Couragion
    2015 – BluFlux
    2014 – GeoPoll
    2013 – Cloud Elements

Project of the Year

  • This project, implemented by an innovative IT department, solved a business problem with strategic objectives and innovation and overcame obstacles, met goals and demonstrated team collaboration.

    • Congruex
    • CoorsTek, Inc.
    • Governor’s Office of IT
  • 2020 – Colorado Department of Revenue
    2019 – St. Vrain Valley Schools
    2018 – Levels Beyond
    2017 – Braxton Technologies
    2016 – Arrow Electronics & Indiegogo Certification Program
    2015 – DigitalGlobe
    2014 – GoCode Colorado, Colorado Secretary of State’s Office
    2013 – Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    2012 – Pixorial
    2011 – PEI
    2010 – Lincoln Trust Company

Talent Champion of the Year

  • This individual builds and strengthens the technology talent pipeline by leading and supporting initiatives to construct and ensure a strong, diverse local pipeline of tech workers in the state.

    • Alejandro Dopico, PC’s For People – Denver
    • Susan Mitnick, Pax8
    • Melissa Uribes, Trimble
  • 2020 – Helen Young Hayes, Activate Workforce Solutions
    2019 – Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART
    2018 – Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
    2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

DBJ: Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence
DBJ: Advocate of the Year

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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Interested in 2022 sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jason Delp at 303-592-4070 or jason@coloradotechnology.org.