2016 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced


The Tech10 Awards honor individuals and companies driving innovation, education, 
and growth; to be recognized at celebration event on Nov. 10th

Providence, Rhode Island – October 25, 2016 – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly, announces its 2016 Tech10 Award recipients. The newly expanded program will honor fourteen Rhode Island individuals and companies within ten technology related categories. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Providence Downtown Marriot in Providence, RI.

This year’s Tech10 continues to recognize Rhode Island’s brightest entrepreneurs and IT practitioners as well as showcasing organizations driving innovation and education across Rhode Island. The Tech10 awards celebrate the exceptional participants and organizations within the technology community.

2016 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Entrepreneurship/ Startups       
             Kerri Lemoie,
Founder & CEO, OpenWorks Group
             Pat Sabatino,
CEO & Founder, Datarista

Techies to watch
             Mike Barry, Lead Software Developer, Amica Mutual Insurance

             Jason Viera,
VP of Engineering, Carousel Industries

Community Partner       
             Junior Achievement

Youth Engagement        
              Mary Johnson,
Executive Director, RI Students of the Future

Tech Education
              Skills USA Rhode Island
              Don Gregory,
Technology Instructor, Providence Public Library

Workforce Champion   
              Joe Devine
, Partner, Bridge Technical Talent
              Damian Ewens,
Project Director, Opportunity at Work; Director of TechHire Rhode Island 

Women in Tech               
               Carrie Majewski,
Director of Marketing, Atrion

Company Innovation    
               Gerald Deane,
President/CEO, Echo Messaging Systems               

Corporate Giving            
                FM Global        

“Congratulations 2016 Tech10 Award winners! We are honored to recognize these influential individuals and innovate companies”, said John Smithers, CEO of Tech Collective. “As engines of change, participants’ enthusiasm and dedication contribute to the state’s economic growth. We look forward to their continued successes!”

The 2016 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Amica Insurance, Cox Business, OSHEAN, Lightower, Bryant University’s Executive Development Center, SkillsUSA Rhode Island and NetCenergy. Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Downtown Marriot in Providence, RI.  This year’s recipients are also profiled in the November issue of Rhode Island Monthly, which is on newsstands now.

“We are pleased to highlight the talents of these individuals and all that they do for their businesses and the community,” said John Palumbo, publisher of Rhode Island Monthly. “Our partnership with the Tech Collective is an important one as we celebrate the importance of the work of this group of industry leaders and the key role technology plays as a driver of the Rhode Island economy.”

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected June – August 2015. View past Award winners, videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at www.tech10awards.com. Follow Tech10 on twitter #Tech10RI.


Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is a locally owned multi-platform publisher of magazines and specialty publications, including custom publishing projects. Products include several lifestyle and tourism publications serving residents of – and visitors to – Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.

Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).




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