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About Tech 50
The Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 Awards honors technology innovation in our region. At the virtual event, we will take a deeper dive into the Finalist companies and CEO of the Year Finalists to learn what makes them successful and see how they have exemplified the 2020 event theme: REDEFINE. RECHARGE.

Awards Program
At the awards program—now virtual for 2020 and free for PTC Members—we hope you will join us as we showcase each Finalist company (nine categories) and all CEO Finalists (one category) before announcing Category Winners for each. After the program, you are invited to stick around for some post-event virtual networking! With unlimited event registrations available, we cannot wait to celebrate with you and your whole team!

When: Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Via Zoom

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Awards Ceremony
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Networking

Congratulations to our 2020 Finalists:

•    Ansys
•    Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
•    Aurora
•    HEBI Robotics
•    IAM Robotics
•    Locomation
•    Voci Technologies 

Consumer Goods
•    BirdBrain Technologies
•    BlastPoint
•    BluChip Solutions, LLC 
•    DICK'S Sporting Goods
•    Digital Dream Labs
•    NuMoola

•    CyLumena, LLC
•    Ethical Intruder
•    Qintel
•    Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
•    VigilantOps

Data Science
•    Cognistx 
•    Exchangelodge
•    Idelic
•    RoadBotics

Manufacturing – Kurt J. Lesker III Award for Excellence
•    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing 
•    Catalyst Connection
•    Intervala, LLC
•    Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. – Diamond Vision Division

•    Philips 
•    Rimsys 
•    Sentact
•    TeleTracking Technologies

•    Computer Reach
•    Flexable LLC 
•    Indiana University of PA
•    Smart Futures
•    Tech Elevator
•    Vibrant Pittsburgh

Solutions Provider – Innovative Tech
•    GrayMatter 
•    JazzHR
•    PittMoss
•    River Point Technology
•    SGK 
•    Smith Micro Software, Inc.
•    Sparkwear

Solutions Provider – Services
•    Hamiltonian Systems
•    I.T’s 4 Me 
•    Piper Creative
•    SDLC Parnters, L.P.
•    TiER1 Performance
•    Truefit

CEO of the Year
•    James Gianoutsos, CEO – Rimsys 
•    James Gillespie, CEO – GrayMatter
•    Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, CEO – Pittsburgh Technical College
•    David Kane, CEO – Ethical Intruder 
•    Mike McClaine, CEO – Aspirant
•    Michele McGough, CEO – solutions4networks
•    Barbara VanKirk, CEO – IQ Inc. 
•    Teresa Whalen, CEO – CytoAgents 
•    Ben Wilson, CEO – Rivers Agile

Top COVID Pivot
•    BirdBrain Technologies
•    Cognistx  
•    Ethical Intruder
•    Indiana University of PA 
•    Locomation
•    Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. – Diamond Vision Division
•    Piper Creative 
•    PittMoss
•    Sentact

Social Media  
Connect with the PTC and the Greater Pittsburgh technology community while celebrating your favorite Finalists and Category Winners on social media! Be sure to tag us using the event hashtag #2020Tech50 while you enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home or office!

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

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FREE | PTC Members
$190 | Non Members
*The zoom link to join will be sent the day prior of the event.
Not a member of the PTC but still want to attend? Contact Ryan Gent for details.

Contact Information:

  • For content, general event, and/or logistics questions: Allison Kaharick, Director, Major Programs,
  • For registration questions: Taylor Bombalski, Director, Event Planning & Special Programs,
  • For sponsorship questions: Ashley Steckel, Director of Business Development and Advertising,
  • For membership questions: Ryan Gent, Membership Director,