The 16th Annual APEX Awards

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 Wednesday, November 9th  |  5 – 9 pm

Seawell Grand Ballroom
14th Street & Curtis Street
Denver, CO

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The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, the Colorado Technology Association has hosted this prestigious event bringing together the community and celebrating the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. We encourage you to take time to celebrate your wins – it’s important!
 
Submit your nominations and catch up on everything 2015 APEX Awards to get excited for the big night:

Company Awards

  • This Colorado-based company’s overall performance sets it apart as a leader in its market. It shows profitability from sales of its products and/or services, strong financial growth or return on investment for its investors and/or shareholders, technical innovation and concrete examples of how it is meeting a need in the marketplace. The company  also is a strong leader in the community and shows corporate responsibility.

    Company History: What is the history of the company? Include the source of the idea for the original business strategy. Discuss any significant obstacles overcome within the industry and the strategic direction of the company.

    Business Model: Explain the company business model and how it demonstrates a clear and sustained capacity for creativity and innovation in the development and implementation of major projects, products and/or services. Highlight competitive points of differentiation. What is the company’s vision or plan for future growth?

    Technology Impact: Identify the technology impact from the company’s products or services. Explain the technical innovation of the products or service. Describe the level of competition within the target market and how the company’s product, service or delivery differentiates itself.

    Social Entrepreneurship: What is the company’s contribution to philanthropic organizations? How does the company give back to the community? Has the company created or sponsored any key people initiatives? How have these initiatives changed the company’s culture and helped empower and retain employees?

    Reference Customers: Provide two customer references or testimonials that speak to the impact—technical, financial or otherwise—this product or service has enabled customers to experience. Is there something else the judges should take into consideration? Share a story or any factoid about the company.

    Financial Info: Has the company merged with another company within the last three years? Yes/No If yes, what year? If yes, what percentage of the growth reflected in the financial data below is attributable to the merger? Describe key financial philosophies (i.e., accounting and other business methods) and the company’s ability to manage economic duress and opportunity optional). (Note: Judges (except VC judges) and CTA staff sign confidentiality agreements and no nomination is published or shared.)

    Nominate for Company of the Year

    Sponsored by

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  • This project implemented by an innovative IT department achieved successful, measurable results. Nominees will be judged on the following criteria: solving a business problem, strategic objectives, innovation, value/impact for the company or industry, risk-reward benefits, overcoming obstacles, meeting goals and team or internal collaboration.

    Project Charter: Describe the project and opportunity or problem being addressed, as well as how the project aligned with the company’s strategic objectives. (For example, what is the high-level outline of the business value/impact for the company or the industry? What measures for success were established at the outset?)

    Project Outcomes: Describe the outcome of the project. (For example, how did the project meet its goals? How did the final delivery measure up against the previously defined measures of success?) Feel free to include both or either quantitative measurements, such as cost savings and percentages as well as qualitative anecdotes, comments or internal/external customer feedback.

    Teamwork: Discuss teamwork and collaboration (for example, a description of the team with a high-level outline of roles and contributions and the involvement of the business team as well as technical team). In relation to the original definition of the project, how closely was budget, timeline and scope managed? (For example, describe the process of managing these aspects of the initiative.)

    Lessons Learned: Outline the lessons learned that were captured from the project. Feel free to discuss any significant challenges or course corrections made. Also describe meaningful organizational change management/technology adoption approaches that were either done well or opportunities for improvement in the future. Add any additional information relevant to the project.

    Nominate for Project of the Year

  • This is Colorado’s most promising technology company in operation for about 2 years or less. Each company will be judged on the initiative ittook in creating, promoting or advancing the product or service offered; the technical innovation of the product or service offered; the need in the marketplace for the product or service; and the acceptance by customers of the company’s product or service. (Must be headquartered in Colorado.)

    Company Origination: What is the history of the company? Include the source of the idea for the original business strategy. Discuss any significant obstacles overcome within the industry and the strategic direction of the company.

    Business Model: Explain the company business model and how it demonstrates a clear and sustained capacity for creativity and innovation in the development and implementation of major projects, products and/or services. Highlight any competitive points of differentiation. What is the company’s vision or plan for future growth of the business?

    Technology Impact: Identify the technology impact from the company’s products or services. Explain the technical innovation of the products or service. Describe the level of competition within the target market and how the company’s product, service or delivery differentiates itself.

    Reference Customers: Provide two customer references or testimonials that speak to the impact—technical, financial or otherwise—this product or service has enabled customers to experience. Is there something else the judges should take into consideration? Share a story or any type of factoid about the company.

    Nominate for Startup of the Year

    Sponsored by

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Individual Awards

  • This outstanding chief information officer (or anyone holding technology leadership role at a Colorado-based company or department) has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization.

    Career History: Describe the nominee’s current role and career history.

    IT Projects: Describe projects they implemented or completed over the course of the past year and their impact on the strategic initiatives of their organization.

    Leadership: Discuss the nominee’s high standards relating to them, their business and their determination to be successful. How does the nominee demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles? Describe how the nominee is an independent thinker and is willing to take risks in the face of uncertainty.

    Qualifications: Describe the nominee’s educational, professional and personal background. Describe the nominee’s professional and personal achievements.

    Achievements: Discuss significant achievements that would distinguish the nominee within their company, among their peers and in the community, including significant metrics that have been achieved as a result of this candidate’s work.

    Attributes: Describe the qualities and attributes that make the nominee an ideal candidate. Describe their integrity and characteristics that set them apart from their peers. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What makes these contributions unique; how do they differ from the contributions of others?

    Nominate for CIO of the Year

    Sponsored by

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  • This legislator’s efforts make a real and measurable impact on the advancement of Colorado’s technology industry.

    Current Role: Describe this person’s role in technology advocacy. Where do they advocate? On what level do they advocate for the industry?

    Leadership: Discuss the nominee’s high standards relating to them and their determination to be successful. How does the nominee demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles? Describe how the nominee is an independent thinker and is willing to take risks in the face of uncertainty.

    Qualifications: Describe the nominee’s educational, professional and personal background. Describe the nominee’s professional and personal achievements.

    Attributes: Describe the qualities and attributes that make the nominee an ideal candidate. Describe the nominee’s integrity level and characteristics that set this person apart from their peers. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What makes these contributions unique; how do they differ from the contributions of others?

    Legislator: In what ways does this legislator influence technology-friendly policy? What specific activities or benefits do they deliver to technology legislation that their peers don’t? Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

    Nominate for Advocate of the Year

    Sponsored by

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  • This creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO leads a Colorado-based tech company to success. In addition to the daily role of leading their company, they work to drive the vibrancy of the tech economy beyond their business. CEOs from all company sizes are eligible to be recognized for their leadership and contributions to the Colorado tech community.

    Career History: Describe the nominee’s current role and career history.

    Leadership: Discuss their high standards relating to them, their business and their determination to be successful. How does the nominee demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles? Describe how the nominee is an independent thinker willing to take risks in the face of uncertainty. How do they contribute to Colorado’s technology community?

    Qualifications: Describe their educational, professional and personal background. Describe the nominee’s professional and personal achievements.

    Decision Maker: Describe their leadership style. Provide concrete examples of how the nominee is a good decision maker.

    Achievements: Discuss significant entrepreneurial, innovative achievements that distinguish them within their company, among peers and in the community. What is the nominee’s contribution to technology innovation? How do they support Colorado’s innovation efforts? How are people, companies or the industry impacted?

    Attributes: Describe the qualities and attributes that make the nominee an ideal candidate. Describe their integrity and characteristics that set them apart from their peers. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What makes these contributions unique; how do they differ from the contributions of others?

    Nominate for CEO of the Year

    Sponsored by

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  • This entrepreneurial leader in the community has contributed to multiple businesses, with at least one as a tech company started, grown and operated in Colorado. They may be an investor, founder, coder, marketer, maker or doer, but this entrepreneur has a true passion to seek out problems to solve, and is one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise.

    Career History: Describe the nominee’s current role and career history.

    Qualifications
    Serial entrepreneur who is willing to define, invest, build and repeat
    Developed a tech company within the past three years
    Started a company in Colorado
    Impacted Colorado’s economy through their enterprises
    Created products, services and/or jobs within the technology sector

    Achievements: Discuss significant entrepreneurial, innovative achievements that distinguish them within their company, among peers and in the community. What is the nominee’s contribution to technology innovation? How do they support Colorado’s innovation efforts? How are people, companies or the industry impacted?

    Attributes: Describe the qualities and attributes that make the nominee an ideal candidate. Describe their integrity and characteristics that set them apart from their peers. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What makes these contributions unique; how do they differ from the contributions of others?

    Nominate for Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence Award

     

  • This educator’s efforts make a real and measurable impact on students and their understanding, passion for and use of technology. They are employed as a teacher, instructor or professor, and either currently teach a technology-based curriculum to Colorado students or leverage technology to teach students in new and innovative ways.

    Current Role: Describe this person’s role in technology education. Where do they teach? What technology course(s) are they teaching or alternatively, what innovative uses of technology has this educator introduced into the classroom?

    Leadership: Discuss the nominee’s high standards relating to them, their business, and their determination to be successful. How does the nominee demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles? Describe how the nominee is an independent thinker and is willing to take risks in the face of uncertainty.

    Qualifications: Describe the nominee’s educational, professional and personal background. Describe the nominee’s achievement both professional and personal.

    Educator: In what ways is this educator inspiring students, making a difference and influencing technology education? What specific activities or benefits is this person delivering to technology education that their peers are not?

    Attributes: Describe the qualities and attributes that make the nominee an ideal candidate for an award. Describe the nominee’s integrity level and characteristics that set this person a part from their peers. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What makes these contributions so unique; how do they differ from the contributions of others?

    Nominate for Educator of the Year

  • This individual’s efforts are making a real and measurable impact on building and strengthening the technology talent pipeline in Colorado. They actively lead and support initiatives that are helping build and ensure a strong local pipeline of qualified workers for technology companies and IT departments across the state.  Local pipeline development requires a keen focus on inclusion and diversity, so the work of this champion should promote inclusive excellence through positive communication between persons of diverse backgrounds, demonstrate efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination, and create opportunities to promote diversity, respect and inclusivity.

    Career History: Describe the nominee’s career role history.

    Leadership: Discuss the nominee’s high standards relating to them, their business and their determination to build and sustain a robust and diverse local talent pipeline. Regarding diversity, it’s important to consider how the nominee leads the dialog around diversity to involve disabled, long-term unemployed, women, minorities or veterans in the workplace to broaden the Colorado tech industry. Regarding building and strengthening the local talent pipeline, it’s important to consider what type of partnerships this leader convened to bring a solution to market. How many people and what occupations were impacted? How scalable and sustainable is the solution?

    Qualifications: Describe the nominee’s educational, professional and personal background. Describe the nominee’s achievement both professional and personal.

    Achievements: Discuss significant efforts related to creating a local and inclusive tech talent pipeline that would distinguish the nominee within their company, among their peers, or in the community.

    Nominate for Talent Champion of the Year

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  • 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.

    This award is selected by a group of previous winners.

     

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Cam Miskho at 303-592-4070 or cam@coloradotechnology.org.