Inaugural Year: September 10, 2020

The Chattanooga Technology Council recognizes and celebrates our talented community of technology leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and professionals in all specialties at all levels with awards in 10 categories. The winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony.

Nominees do not need to be members of ChaTech.

Award Categories


CxO of the Year
Honors a senior technology executive, such as a VP or C-Suite, for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophies, and service to the industry and community.

Technology Leader of the Year
Recognizes a key executive, manager level or above, whose knowledge and skill with technology has helped them grow and shape their companies.

Security Leader of the Year
Recognizes a security leader, manager level or above, who demonstrates excellence, innovation, and leadership in information security.

Data Analytics: Professional or Team of the Year
Celebrates the individual or team that has executed a data or analytics implementation to enhance organizational decision making and operations. Includes Data Science, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Engineers, Database Developer, ETL, etc.

Infrastructure Team of the Year
Recognizes the IT Infrastructure team who has led unparalleled business transformation through the use of infrastructure technologies. Includes Network Admin, Server Admin, Firewall Admin, etc.

Software Developer of the Year
Celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of software development.

Tech Company of the Year
Recognizes a service provider company that has demonstrated exceptional insight and innovation using technological strategies to improve productivity, enhance organizational performance, and/or develop new markets.

Unsung Tech Hero of the Year
Distinguishes the unheralded technology superstar, in the trenches, paving the way for a successful implementation, a smooth business day, or a working desktop device. May be an individual or a team.

Early Innovator Award
Honors a technology-based company–existing or emerging–with a prototype product, a new process, or early-stage software application with the potential for a significant competitive advantage or groundbreaking disruption in its field.

Project of the Year
Recognizes the most innovative, imaginative, and successful project in either the public or private sector. This winner will show how they responded to changing customer needs as well as growing business demands.

Selection Process


  1. Nominations can be submitted by anyone: a client, supervisor, peer, or the nominee.
  2. Nomination forms will be reviewed by a committee to verify candidacy.
  3. Nominees will be invited to submit written answers to several questions, based on the award category. Responses will be brief to respect the time of both the nominees and the review committee.
  4. The review committee will be comprised of high-level professionals in the Chattanooga Information Technology community.
  5. The review committee has an established rubric to assure consistency.
  6. Three finalists per category will be announced prior to the award ceremony.
  7. The winner will be announced live at the award ceremony.


The review committee is comprised of Chattanooga IT professionals who meet these criteria:

  • Five years minimum in IT career and currently employed in an IT role
  • Director or equivalent level, or above
  • Chattanooga resident for three years
  • Not ChaTech staff or a current board member
  • Judges must recuse themselves from a category if their company is nominated
  • Judges must sign a commitment to objectivity



  • ChaTech Staff cannot nominate or serve on the review committee.
  • ChaTech Board Members can nominate, but cannot serve on the review committee. They are also eligible for nominations.
  • Committee Members must recuse themselves if their company (or an individual from their company) is nominated.


Jan 30Nominations Open
March 6Nominations Close
April 28 Nominees contacted with request for further information
June 1Round II Responses Due
July 15Finalists Announced
September 10Awards Ceremony



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