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Journey to The Top
Meet the leaders and companies elevating CO tech to new heights


This year’s APEX Awards will be a week-long digital celebration of the leaders and companies elevating Colorado tech to new heights and will conclude with a live virtual celebration on February 4th.

Each day of the week, we’ll announce different award finalists and winners across our digital platforms and social media channels and share their stories of courage, passion and tenacity.

The celebration will culminate on Thursday, February 4th, with our annual APEX Awards event. The virtual event will feature a dynamic program with abundant networking opportunities and live award announcements.

Since 2001, CTA has hosted this prestigious event 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. Want a closer look at the APEX Awards, check out photos from the 2019 APEX Awards, including on the Red Carpet.

February 1 – February 4, 2021

Virtual

 

 

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WHY ATTEND THE 2021 APEX AWARDS EVENT?

Join your technology community for an evening of celebration, connection and entertainment!

Make New Connections + Extend Your Reach

  • Through our AI-powered matchmaking platform, we’ll make navigating hundreds of attendees, generating leads and making connections easier than ever before!
  • Build a personal profile, view the attendee list and connect with industry peers through in-platform chat, pre-scheduled peer-to-peer virtual meetings and speed networking sessions.
  • Attendees will have early access to the event platform to ensure you’re able to make the most of your time at the event.

Support the Community + Celebrate Our Tech Leaders

  • You believe in the Colorado tech community and want to support our industry now more than ever!
  • The APEX event platform will feature on-demand interviews of our award winners on their journey to the top. Join us to learn about how they got started, what keeps them motivated and where they’re headed.

Don’t Miss Out on the Live Event Announcements

  • During the award ceremony, we’ll be announcing the winners for the Entrepreneur Excellence, CEO, CISO, CIO and Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement awards LIVE.
  • Only event attendees will view the live announcements and finalist reactions.

Shine a Spotlight on the Winners + Your Company!

  • Your company has an amazing service, product or team and you want to showcase that to the world! Join the event as a sponsor to align your brand with the best of the best in technology and showcase all that you have to offer in front of Colorado’s top tech leaders and talent.

TICKETS


General Admission

Non-CTA Member
$75


General Admission

CTA Member
$35


10 Ticket Bundle

CTA Members Only
10 Tickets for $250 ($25/ticket)


What You’ll Receive with Your Ticket

  • Access to our AI-event platform where you can build a personal profile and connect with other attendees based on mutual interests

  • Ability to schedule peer-to-peer virtual meetings with other event attendees on event day and to meet on the virtual platform

  • Multiple 30-minute Speed Networking Sessions held on our AI-powered networking platform where you’ll have six five-minute virtual meetings with your peers

  • On-demand digital interviews of all of our award finalists and winners

  • A dynamic program featuring live award announcements for the Entrepreneur Excellence, CEO, CISO, CIO and Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement awards

2021 PROGRAM

    • Advocate of the Year Award Announced

    • Talent Champion of the Year Award Announced
    • Emerging Leader of the Year Award Announced

    • Emerging Tech Company of the Year Award Announced
    • Company of the Year Award Announced

    • Project of the Year Award Announced
  • 1 pm // Networking Platform Open for Peer-to-Peer Meetings 

    4 pm // Networking Platform Open for Peer-to-Peer Meetings 

    4:50 pm // Speed Networking Sessions Open

    5:20 pm // Speed Networking Sessions Close

    5:30 pm // Welcome Remarks

    5:50 pm // Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence Award

    5:55 pm // CEO of the Year Award

    6 pm // CISO of the Year Award

    6:05 pm // Intermission + Networking

    6:30 pm // CIO of the Year Award

    6:35 pm // Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement

    6:50 pm // Program Ends

    7 pm // Speed Networking Sessions Open

    7:30 pm // Event Ends

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AWARDS

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.

  • 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

CEO of the Year

  • This creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO leads 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.

  • 2019 – Brandon Ridenour, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Brock Berry, AdCellerant
    2017 – Shawn Mills, Green House Data
    2016 – Annette Quintana, Istonish
    2015 – Dave Wright, SolidFire

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.

  • 2019 – James Carder, LogRhythm
    2018 – Robb Reck, Ping Identity
    2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

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.


  • 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 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.

  • 2019 – Bluestaq
    2018 – Pax8
    2017 – PAIRIN
    2016 – Couragion
    2015 – BluFlux
    2014 – GeoPoll
    2013 – Cloud Elements

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.

  • 2019 – Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART
    2018 – Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
    2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 2019 – Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Samuel Thomas Elliot, Amnet

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.

  • 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

FAQ

  • The 2021 APEX Awards will be held as a virtual event. The safety of our community is our first priority. We’ve curated an engaging event platform, ample networking opportunities and a dynamic program for this digital program that you won’t want to miss!

  • Thanks for asking! APEX puts our winner and our attendees (that’s YOU!) at the center of our program. Over the course of the event, we’ll provide a variety of networking opportunities, including AI-powered connection recommendations and the ability to schedule in-platform one-to-one meetings and Speed Networking Sessions, allowing you to connect with industry leaders and build new relationships. In addition, our awards will be LIVE and you won’t want to miss out on the live award acceptance speeches, along with on-demand video interviews with all of our finalists and winners!

  • With your event ticket, you’ll receive: 

      • Access to our AI-event platform where you can build a personal profile and connect with other attendees based on mutual interests
      • Ability to schedule peer-to-peer virtual meetings with other event attendees on event day and to meet on the virtual platform
      • Multiple 30-minute Speed Networking Sessions held on our AI-powered networking platform where you’ll have six five-minute virtual meetings with your peers

     

    • On-demand interviews of all of our award finalists and winners

     

    • A dynamic program featuring live award announcements for the Entrepreneur Excellence, CEO, CISO, CIO and Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement awards 
  • This year’s APEX Awards will be a week-long digital celebration of the leaders and companies elevating Colorado tech to new heights and will conclude with a live virtual celebration on February 4th and the announcement of the Entrepreneur Excellence, CEO, CISO, CIO and Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement awards. We’ll also be sharing on-demand interviews of all of our award finalists and winners throughout the week!

  • Yes! We’ll have a virtual Red Carpet Photo Booth for all our attendees to share where they are viewing the award ceremony from!

  • For our event technology platform Grip, we’ll provide access to all registered attendees on January 28th and send you an email notification. An account will have already been made for you when you signed up, all you need to do is follow the instructions in the Welcome Email, set your password and complete setting up your profile. 

    Access Grip: https://matchmaking.grip.events/clevelatamilehigh/event-login

  • First, please register for the event here. Leading up to the event and on the event day you’ll join the event through our event platform, Grip. You should have received an email from noreply@mg.gripcontact.com with your login and registrationID/password information. Once you log in the first time, you’ll be prompted to create your own secure password. If you have trouble logging in, please contact eventsmgr@coloradotechnology.org and we’ll get back to you right away. When you send your email, please be sure to include your phone number so we can call you back to support you, if needed. 

  • It can take up to 24 hours for your registration details to be available on the platform. If you’re still unable to log in after this period, email eventsmgr@coloradotechnology.org. When you send your email, please be sure to include your phone number so we can call you back to support you, if needed. 

  • Once the platform is officially launched on January 28th, you’ll be able to edit your profile directly on the platform. 

  • Absolutely! Sponsorships are a great way to showcase your company to our tech community. Please contact jason@coloradotechnology.org to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorships are available on a first come first serve basis.

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

2019 APEX AWARDS PRESS

DBJ: Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement
DBJ: Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence
DBJ: Advocate of the Year
DBJ: CIO of the Year
DBJ: Company of the Year
DBJ: Talent Champion of the Year
DBJ: CISO of the Year
DBJ: Emerging Tech Company of the Year
DBJ: Emerging Leader of the Year
DBJ: CEO of the Year
DBJ: Project of the Year
DBJ: Youth Tech Leader of the Year

 

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