Award Categories

Tech Nite is the Valley’s annual premier gathering to highlight and honor local technology achievement and innovation in 8 award categories. Nominees and approx. 200 attendees will gather at JMU’s Festival Center for TechNite20 to cheer the successes of the Valley’s technology firms, organizations, and programs, and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.

Make a nomination between Feb. 14 and March 14 (EXTENDED TO MARCH 31) for yourself for someone else. (But please don’t surprise someone; please do coordinate well. Self-nominations welcome; we don’t publicize who nominated whom.)

Award Guidelines | FAQ | Previous nomination narratives (printed program 2019) | Nomination Forms

JMU CISE's Innovation in Community Impact Award

Innovation in Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is given to an individual, team, nonprofit/civic organization, or company in the Shenandoah Valley that aspires to use its capabilities to help solve a social or environmental issue in a local community while using technology to amplify the impact of a service, mission, or project.

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JMU CoB's Innovation in Emerging Business Award

Innovation in Emerging Business Award

Awarded to a Shenandoah Valley start-up/emerging technology company or entrepreneur.

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JMU COE's & CSM's Innovation in K-12 Education Award

Innovation in Education K-12 Award

Awarded to the educator or program in K-12 that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

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Higher Ed Award Graphic

Innovation In Higher Education Award

Awarded to the educator or program in higher education that provides exceptional technology leadership, innovative use and/or development of technology while encouraging students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering or math.

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CIT's Innovation in Development Award


Innovation in Development Award

Awarded to a company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.

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Innovation in Utilization Award

This award recognizes outstanding commercial growth and achievement by an established company that either produces or markets high tech products or services, or an established company or organization that produces/offers more traditional products and services (where technology itself is not the core business purpose).

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Shentel's Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award

Recipient’s leadership has served as a catalyst for
positive technology-related activity in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Serco's People's Choice Award