Third Annual Timmy Awards Now Accepting Nominations for 2017’s Best in Tech

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Tech in Motion invites the tech community to choose the top IT employers in North America

(July 11, 2017) – Tech in Motion, one of North America’s largest tech event series, is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Timmy Awards. The Timmys recognize companies and managers that create the best places for technology professionals to work in 10 major cities, with past finalists such as Jet, Venmo, Facebook and Pandora. The awards program will accept submissions here today through August 14.

“While there are dozens of award ceremonies recognizing companies for technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to celebrate the employers and managers that make this growth possible,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “Since the Timmy Awards were created in 2015, over 400 finalists have been celebrated for creating work environments that enable innovation in the technology spheres of various industries.”

For companies or managers in the communities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County & San Diego and Toronto, the public can submit nominations for any of the four Timmy Award categories this year:

On August 21, Tech in Motion will announce the Timmy Award finalists for each region and kick off the voting period, which will officially be open to the public until September 8.  Winners will be selected through a combination of votes from the tech community and a panel of local judges. For a comprehensive description of the awards, nomination and voting process, please check out the Timmy Awards here.

Award winners will be announced at a live ceremony in each city during the month of September, with presentations from leaders in the tech community. The Timmy Awards Ceremony is a free event open to the public. To find out additional event details on the Timmy Awards nearest you, visit techinmotionevents.com.

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About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms  Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 85,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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The 2017 Timmy Awards: What to Expect

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Two years ago, Tech in Motion set out to recognize (and celebrate) the best employers for tech professionals in North America through the Timmy Awards. In 2016 alone, the Timmy’s saw more than 2,000 companies nominated and over 83,000 votes cast to name each city’s “Best Technology Manager,” “Best Tech Startup,” and “Best Tech Work Culture.” The Timmy Awards has featured national household names such as Dollar Shave Club, TripAdvisor, Instacart, and Venmo, as well as dozens of local heroes that make each community successful. In pursuit of the same level of success, this year, Tech in Motion is making a few changes to improve the entire award series from the nomination process all the way through to event night. To learn what these changes are, check out the 2017 Timmy Awards FAQ below!

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2017 TIMMY AWARDS FAQ
When will the 2017 Timmy Awards take place?

In the past, the Timmy Awards were spread throughout the year in 10 different regions. This year, the award ceremonies will all take place in the month of September, bringing together our cities in a unified effort to showcase the best employers for technical employees. Every one of the 10 cities will hold a Timmy Award ceremony within a few weeks of each other.

Who can attend? The Timmy Awards is still a free event that is open to the public, not only to attend, but also to submit nominations for. This award series is an amazing opportunity to gain exposure for any companies or individuals in the tech community, and in order to keep it in the local community, we want anyone who is invested in the future of tech in your city to attend, including tech professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, and founders.

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Which awards are presented?

Tech in Motion began with three award categories: Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Startup, and Best Tech Work Culture. This year, Tech in Motion decided to add an additional award category: the Best Tech Workplace for Diversity award. The goal of the original Timmy Awards categories was to recognize companies not just for their use or development of technology, but also for their investment in the people that make technology possible, which the new award category rewards.

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Below are the criteria by which each of the Timmy Awards winners are selected in each category:

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How will the nomination process run in 2017?

Nominations will be open from July 5th to August 14th for 10 regions (Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Orange County, LA, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco). Nominations will be open to the public to nominate a company or person that creates the best work environment for technology professionals to work in 1 or all 4 award categories. Additionally, as previous years, nominations will continue to be a two-part process. To be eligible as a finalist for any category, it is required to fill out and complete Part 1 and 2 of the nomination forms. However, we are now automating this process, which means that once you complete Part 1 of the nomination form and are eligible to become a nominee, you should receive an automated email within 24 hours prompting you to complete Part 2.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2017 Timmy Awards, as a sponsor, MC, venue host, etc., please contact your local Tech in Motion chapter.

Read about the 2016 Timmy Awards held in various regions by clicking the links below:

20 Forces in the NYC Tech Scene You Need to Meet

Did we mention they’re the finalists for a Timmy? On May 19th, Tech in Motion: NYC  presents their second annual Timmy Awards, which will be held at SubCulture located at 45 Bleeker St, Downstairs , New York, NY.

RSVP here to attend the 2nd Annual NYC Timmy Awards!

The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. The winners are announced at a ceremony crowning the best (1) tech startups, (2) technology managers, and (3) technology work cultures. Here are New York’s 20 most impressive finalists.

 

New York City’s Best Technology Manager

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Manager who promotes career growth, ensures a great team culture, and leads their team to produce cutting edge technology products, services, and solutions.

karey.kyleKarey Kyle – Senior Director, Agile Practices of Weight Watchers

“Just enough guidance”

Karey Kyle encourages people to be proactive to get answers while providing just enough guidance to be successful and encouraged. She strives to be welcoming, enthusiastic and encouraging, while sharing her sophisticated understanding of the company’s operations and technology.

Karey’s team worked on huge releases in the winter season, deploying significant changes to the Weight Watcher apps and architecture.

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“Mentorship through societies”

Lisbi has created self-organized societies for developers to be able to bring their concerns and issues up to management, give people leadership opportunities, and allow for more senior developers to mentor new developers who have joined the Andela program. This promotes a strong culture of learning and mentorship, and empowers developers to speak up and have a voice.

Lisbi is responsible for a global workforce of over 200 people spread from the FlatIron to Nairobi that is delivering the best software development ever created in Africa.

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“Reward strong work”

Mike Henderson established a strong support system to give young employees responsibility very early on their careers and mentorship programs where the management team works directly with all employees of the firm to nurture their skills. And when an employee produces outstanding work? Trips to the spa or all-expenses paid vacations are given as gestures of appreciation.

Under Mike Henderson’s leadership, Influenster launched their app both on iOS and Android devices to resounding reviews from the tech community. In addition, Mike spearheaded a revolutionary widget that allows brands to harness the potential of user-generated content already made about their products on Influenster to translate the power of the consumer voice into sales for their products and services.

scott.kaminskyScott Kominsky – Product Director of Big Human

“Creativity is the product of collaboration.”

I ensure a great team culture by collaborating, not mandating, tasks and believe that creativity is the product of collaboration. Team members respond better when they feel that they’re part of the solution. By empowering my team members this way, they are more excited to solve a client’s problem and in-turn will deliver better work.

Scott oversaw the design of the new Jetsetter iOS experience – which now focuses around aspirational photo discovery.  Users create their own photo “Wanderlist” in order to research, plan and book trips. The new experience leverages all of the best qualities of the existing Jetsetter product while creating a level of simplicity that makes it feel easy to book a trip.

SeanMarchettiSean Marchetti – CTO of Embark Corporation

“Learn New Technologies”

At Embark Corporation, Sean is tremendous at promoting team growth. When new team members join, he immediately signs them up for educational programming subscriptions like pluralsite or egghead.io. He is always encouraging his staff to investigate and learn about new technologies.

Sean’s staff produces a full-fledged admissions and applications platform for colleges that enables student to apply through a custom built site for that institution. Institutions can then view their applicants through that site as well customize many parts of the applications and set up custom emails to send to the user among other functions. They have also created a matching platform that gives students conditional offers to schools based on a student’s core academic, financial, and personal preferences.

Want to work with top managers like these? Check out our job board.

New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture (Under 500 Employees)

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture that promotes technical creativity, innovation, and learning. Finalists in this category include organizations with under 500 employees.

Appboy

ab_logo_salesforce_300x55“Not just a job, a home.”

Appboy’s workplace isn’t just a “job” to its employees, it’s a home where everyone continues to learn, grow and challenge each other in a fun and collaborative environment. The company hosts Hackday’s multiple times a year, sponsors engineers to participate in engineering competitions and big tech conferences and encourages employees to volunteer at nonprofits like ScriptEd, Coalition 4 Queens and more.

Appboy is the leading company in smart marketing automation. Their powerful SDK coupled with an intuitive dashboard empower marketers by showing them who their users are, and enabling them to communicate effectively with them, thereby creating a personal relationship between users and their apps.

Bitly

bitly logo“Scheduling Time to Learn”

Four times a year, Bitly hosts a Hack Week — a time for the design and engineering teams to collaborate, innovate and tackle projects that they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to work on. During Hack Week the teams explore new technologies in configuration management & data analysis frameworks, improving Bitly’s development workflow and new ways to use the API. Employees are also empowered to explore continuing education opportunities with full support from managers & the executive team.

Bitly’s Deep Links product now supports Universal Links and Android App Links, which are the new standard for mobile deep linking on iOS and Android platforms. Through the updated functionality, Bitly clients with Branded Domains can now configure their links to support Universal Links and Android App Links, connecting mobile users directly to an installed app while still capturing all of Bitly’s click data from across the web and mobile.

Kargo

kargo_horizontal“Sharing Knowledge Sessions”

Kargo’s culture is more than just free snacks and fun outings; they pride themselves on fostering a culture where every employee understands how their job impacts the goals of the company as a whole.  Kargo hosts “office hours” every other week where employees share knowledge by leading the company through training on their area of expertise. These sessions can cover topics from photography to marketing!

Kargo provides major advertisers with a single source solution for buying, designing and delivering engaging, customized mobile ad experiences across its high-end editorial alliance of 300+ world-class publishers. In addition to its award-winning mobile creative, Kargo is also known for the highest quality distribution–ranking in the top 1% for ad effectiveness (brand safety, viewability, fraud) according to Integral Ad Science and Moat, two of the leading verification vendors for advertising quality.

LearnVest

learnvest“Think Outside the Box”

Until recently LearnVest was a startup, and like most startups, were sometimes limited with the tools they could purchase. That pushed them to come up with innovative solutions to problems, both in the product development teams and throughout other parts of tech like infrastructure and IT/Helpdesk. Sometimes the best solutions don’t come from throwing money at the problem, but having the freedom to suggest novel approaches and being rewarded for thinking outside the box.

LearnVest provides fully customizable financial plans, which are supported by online tools and mobile app. They have created an innovative platform to support planners and clients which they believe is at the cutting edge of technology. Technologically speaking, what they have built is an AWS-based platform built on top of a Docker-based Kubernetes cluster, comprised of microservices and microapps, with infrastructure automation through Ansible.

Zeeto

ZEETO“Believing in the risk taker”

Zeeto prefers to hire a risk taker who is accountable and learns from their mistakes any day of the week over someone who plays it safe, because sooner than later, that person will impress the hell out of you. The engineers, sales-team, art department, etc. have the authority to fix, create, pursue clients any way they see fit, as long as it follows the best business practices and is in the direction of team goals.

As the first SaaS company in this space, Zeeto has created a proprietary ad platform that uses sophisticated algorithms to create a dynamic experience for each visitor’s sign-up process to best monetize the registration flow.

 

 

New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture (Over 500 Employees)

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture that promotes technical creativity, innovation, and learning. Finalists in this category include organizations with over 500 employees.

Jet.com

jetdotcom“Exposure to all opportunities.”

Like most companies, Jet has an internal review board for process implementation, which requires feedback from all teams. However, they also hold weekly internal tech talks where employees vote for the subject they’re interested in learning about next. They’ve started a series of bi-weekly meetups at the office, covering a range of technologies and products that they’re interested in. They host book clubs where developers meet to read and discuss the content in question. On top of the opportunities offered, engineers are encouraged to sit with other teams in order to become better exposed to their products and what goes into creating them. Learning is THE staple of Jet culture.

Jet.com is an eCommerce company that is changing the way people think about online shopping. They work aggressively to discover and implement new ways for customers to make better shopping decisions and save more money on purchases than they could anywhere else.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn“Investing in education.”

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in late 2015 to provide technical learning to the entire member base. Lynda.com hosts short online courses that cover a wide variety of topics from coding, product management, and UI/UX.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 400 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. Their mission is simple: To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

MongoDB

MongoDB“Recognizing the value of Passion Projects”

MongoDB recognizes the value of passion projects, and turns the best of them into official products and tools. For example, MongoDB hosts quarterly “Skunk Works” event: engineers devote three days to working with each other on passion projects outside their normal teams and responsibilities. It’s not a hackathon: there’s no emphasis on competing or on pulling all-nighters. Rather, during Skunk Works engineers learn skills or try experiments to advance their personal goals that don’t fit into their day-to-day routine.

MongoDB makes convenient, scalable database software with a unique data model and query language. MongoDB’s software is the main challenger to the decades-old dominance of the SQL query language. It provides developers a new way to store and retrieve data that better matches object-oriented programming languages than SQL does, and is better optimized to handle the scale of modern data applications. Its flexibility, scalability and performance make it best suited for today’s applications and wide variety of data they process. MongoDB is the database that MetLife, the City of Chicago, eBay, X.ai and others are using to build their mission critical applications.

Vizrt

Vizrt Logo rgb“Creating an educational system.”

Vizrt focuses is maintaining all of their engineers, developers and designers constantly working on new projects and workflows. They encourage learning through Viz University where employees can find full courses to all of their products in order to become technically better.

Vizrt’s software is behind the analysis touch screens used at Fox News, CNN and MSNBC used for US Presidential elections, Sports, and virtual and augmented reality projects.

Zocdoc

Zocdoc“Creating outlets for technical learning.”

Zoddoc hosts bi-weekly demo meetings that are a great outlet for technical learning. This meeting is always well attended by team members across design, engineering and product (and not just because of the drinks and snacks). These meetings focus on new product and feature demos and always end with an open Q&A for productive technical discussions.

Zocdoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. With a mission to give power to the patient, Zocdoc’s online marketplace delivers the accessible, seamless, and simple experience patients expect and deserve.

 

New York City’s Best Tech Startup

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Tech Startup that employs forward-thinking technology leaders, possesses a great working environment, and produces an innovative product.

3 Tech Startup Lessons You Need to Learn – from a Mark Cuban-backed CEO.

Canary

Canary_Logotype_WebCanary is an all-in-one security system controlled right from a smartphone. With HD video, night-vision, 90db siren, temperature and air quality monitoring, and the option to call local authorities if an alert shows an intruder, Canary is empowering people to live fearless lives.

Inspired by a burglary experienced while on vacation, Adam Sagar and Chris Rill immediately began building a new type of security system from scratch which eventually became the Canary device. This idea clearly resonated with consumers, who responded to Canary’s Indiegogo campaign by making it one of the most funded projects on the site in 2013. Within a year of retail launch, Canary is now available in more than 7000 retail outlets, has already expanded internationally and is continuing to increase its footprint globally at a rapid pace.

Canary’s offices reflect the company’s entrepreneurial personality. The spacious 27,500-square-foot office provides space for creativity to run free for designers and engineers alike with a variety of tools (tech, such as 3D printers and otherwise) to give team members the freedom to develop any new project, piece of code, or new design element that comes to mind. Canary’s People Team has made great use of the office’s open areas to host an initiative named “School Us”. This workshop series empowers employees to teach each other skills from outside of their focuses at work – including yoga, wood carving and table tennis.

Clarifai

ClarifaiClarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels in visual recognition, solving real-world problems for businesses and developers alike.

Founded in 2013 by Matthew Zeiler, a foremost expert in machine learning, Clarifai has been a market leader since winning the top five places in image classification at the ImageNet 2013 competition. Clarifai’s powerful image and video recognition technology is built on the most advanced machine learning systems and made easily accessible by a clean API, empowering developers all over the world to build a new generation of intelligent applications.

Their customers range from large companies like Vimeo and Buzzfeed who use their API to automatically tag and curate their visual content, to individual developers who build amazing apps like A.I.-powered lightsabers, real estate photo evaluators, and autoswipers for online dating apps.

Hopscotch Technologies

HopscotchHopscotch is revolutionizing programming so that anyone with a smartphone can do it. It takes too much time, technology, and training to create software. Yet software is the most useful and widely consumed form of media today. Most of the reasons it’s difficult to create have nothing at all to do with programming. So at Hopscotch, they work to build a better way, and have created the world’s first mobile programming language.

Hopscotch’s founders, Samantha and Jocelyn, started Hopscotch as a way to change the face of programming and expose a broader demographic to the field. Understanding that the future is mobile, their product extracts programming from the command line and places it in the palm of team member’s hands.

Hopscotch is a mission driven company—everyone on the team is committed to making programming vastly more accessible. Everyone on the team has the opportunity to connect with users through joining a call with a classroom, responding to user questions or feedback, playing games made by users, and building their own things in Hopscotch.

Influenster

InfluensterInfluenster is a product discovery and reviews platform that enables consumers to find new products and get advice to make informed purchases. Members visit Influenster to browse through products, pick up new tips and exchange opinions with others. This startup inspires a love for products and encourages discovery, conversations and reviews.

Influenster already has more than 2 million members who’ve written over 6 million reviews on over 1.5 million products. This startup currently acquires 500K new user-generated reviews every month and has doubled the size of its workforce over the past year.

There is a strong support system to give young employees responsibility very early on their careers and mentorship programs where the management team works directly with all employees of the firm to hone their skills. For further development, Influenster even sets aside a big budget to encourage every member of the team to take professional development courses outside of work. And when an employee produces outstanding work? A trip to the spa or an all-expenses paid vacation are given as gestures of appreciation.

Take the Interview

Take the InterviewTTI passion is solving challenges associated with the interview process and improving the way companies hire. The have produced a digital interviewing solution driven by user feedback. Historically, talent acquisition teams have struggled due to making hiring decisions based on instinct. They may not have necessarily standardized the interview process, communicated effectively with hiring managers or have given candidates a positive interview experience with timely feedback.

TTI’s digital interviewing platform is comprised of TTI On-Demand (one-way video interviewing) as well as TTI Live (two-way video interviewing) for both desktop and mobile applications. Within the platform, talent acquisition teams are given tools to improve collaboration between hiring managers and recruiters, deliver rapid feedback to candidates as well as promote data-driven decision-making.

Individual and team growth continue to guide TTI’s direction today. They expect that individuals challenge current practices and find innovative solutions to address them. The TTI environment encourages individuals to be accountable for what they accomplish. It’s also important to everyone that those accomplishments are recognized. They believe successes should feel shared, which motivates team members to resolve problems in diplomatic, intelligent and creative ways.

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New Partnership: Verizon Wireless + Tech in Motion

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless communications service, broadband, and telecommunications company, and Tech in Motion Events, a national event series with over 60,000 members, have recently announced a new arm of their partnership in order to create a short-run, custom event series with the goal of bringing interesting material and speakers to Tech in Motion members across the country.

 

Taking place in four major U.S. cities between March and June 2016, the two companies are expounding on the relationship between user experience and the digital age. Attendees can expect to learn from executives at local and national companies that offer consumer-facing products.  Kicking off last month in New York City with a tech talk, the event series will travel to San Francisco in May, before concluding with two June events in Boston and Chicago.

See more photos of New York’s UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

User experience (UX) is becoming ever-more synonymous with customer experience and this has led many companies to value UX as a very high priority. With this in mind, it made sense to both parties to create UX-focused content in order to educate Tech in Motion members and local tech communities across the United States.

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For Verizon, this partnership is a way to increase awareness of the new technologies that the company is working on, clarify what they are doing to increase the ease of in-person and online consumer experiences, gain insight into the brand’s public perception, and finally, help foster these local tech groups across the United States.

 

“I think the community we’re both trying to foster aligned perfectly and it was a natural fit to build and grow out a series that the tech community really values,” says Phil Burrows, a Verizon external communications coordinator and the person who has spearheaded the long-running partnership. “In partnering with Tech in Motion for the last two years [the experience has] been great. They really understand their audience and deliver highly engaging events which allow us to connect directly with the tech community. It’s hard to get that with other partnerships.”

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For Tech in Motion, a partnership with Verizon brings diverse voices together across the nation to discuss the universal effect that user experience has on the consumer. For those not lucky enough to catch these discussions, this partnership also opens the door for additional custom event series with blue chip companies in the near future.

 

“We are excited to partner with an industry leader in the wireless space that’s making big strides in the user experience industry, and we could not be more excited to have Verizon share their knowledge, insight, and strategies with our membership,” says Mandy Walker, the Senior Manager of Marketing & Events with Tech in Motion.

 

“In the past, we’ve done these types of partnerships with a few other big names such as Microsoft and Blackberry, and in my experience, our community has responded well and learned a lot. We’re extremely happy to continue these types of partnerships with Verizon and with other large companies moving forward.”

 

These events will not only touch on all things UX, but will cover a gamut of topics including:

  • the collection and implementation of data in order to improve design
  • the intersection of user experience and network infrastructure
  • a look at the future of UX

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Each panel event will include executives with backgrounds in user experience, data science, and/or network infrastructure that work in companies ranging from large corporate to small startups. The panels are aimed to be balanced with knowledge across all areas of discussion and include panelists that are thought leaders in their own respective fields. They are geared for a wide audience and will not be over-technical.

Attend an event on UI/UX design or other tech topics in a city near you.

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Health and Fitness 2015 in NYC

Walking into a Tech in Motion event for the first time might be overwhelming. Here you are at a new event where you potentially don’t know anyone. But if you were at Tech in Motion NYC’s January event, you remember that you’re at a WeWork space, and you know people who work in WeWork spaces (and love it!), and then you remember that it’s a demos event, where companies are there to show off their latest product. Nearly everyone has come independently, or with a colleague and that it’s basically a room full of friendly faces.

Find a Tech in Motion demo night to network at in your city on our event list.

One Thursday this winter, that was the scene at WeWork Soho West. Filling the space were engineers, developers, investors, tech enthusiasts and health aficionados. At the cross-section of these people were health techies, an impressive group of people and companies that strive to bring simplicity to the varied aspects of health. Said Matt Hacknney, a Tech in Motion member: “You find a little bit of everything here—I met someone in the health care industry who’s a dietician, so it’s not just ‘tech’ people, but I have met a few ‘techies,’ a few designers, a few developers – but while varied techies and non-techies.”

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The demo companies covered a significant gamut of the health care industry: In attendance were Alcohoot, “a smartphone breathalyzer that can plug into any smartphone”; Body Labs, a company that digitizes all of the data related to individual bodies; LoseIt!, a smartphone-based weight loss app; Pager, a company that allows for on-demand access to doctors; and Smart Vision Labs, which created a smartphone-based device to do eye exams. Each set up a boot complete with interactive demos and swag.

Interested in participating in a Tech in Motion event? Send us a message.

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Chika Ota of Smart Vision labs compared Tech in Motion to other events saying, “I think here people are more interested in learning about each other and each other’s companies and seeing what’s out there in the tech world, so there’s probably a slightly more tech savvy crowd here.”

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In addition to the wonderful demos, healthy treats were enjoyed all around: Runa donated kombucha, a delicious probiotic tea and red and white wine—for heart health—were enjoyed. To keep it healthy, mixed nuts and fresh veggies were scattered around the venue.

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It was clear by the end of the night that those who had arrived alone were leaving with a new network of potential friends and colleagues, and that everyone in attendance was ready to kick off 2015 the healthy way. Join Tech in Motion NYC to keep up to date with upcoming events so you can leave one with new connections of your own. 

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Recap: Startup to Success with Tech in Motion NYC

This June, Tech in Motion NYC held an amazing “Startup to Success” panel discussion at NYU’s Global Center with an audience of over 300, which included co-founders, technical professionals, entrepreneurs and more. After settling in, the moderator Kunal Mehta, Author of The Disruptors Book, introduced the panel and guided the flow of conversation throughout the night by asking some great questions to the panelists, who were as diverse as the crowd.

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The panel boasted a lineup of very influential entrepreneurs and investors from the New York startup scene, including: Andrew Yang, Founder of Venture for America; Nihal Mehta, Founder of Local Response & General Parter at Eniac Ventures; Brett Martin, Entrepreneur, currently building Switch, & Co-founder of Sonar Media, Inc., and Anna Khan, Venture Capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners.

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Kunal Mehta started the discussion by asking the panelists to introduce themselves and what they’re currently working on. Each panelist had their own, very unique stories as to how they got to where they are today and what they had to do to get there. During that time, Nihal Mehta explained how he relocated to San Francisco in 2001, right after the dot-com crash, to start a mobile marketing agency. He had essentially been “flying in when everyone was trying to fly out” of the dot-com scene. Life wasn’t the easiest for a couple of years and he grew his business during the day – and paid his bills by DJing and throwing parties at night. Eventually his company, ipsh! raised funds and was later sold to Omnicom in 2005.

Andrew, Nihal and Brett each had opted out of a traditional career in corporate American and were asked why they had chosen to do so. They explained they did so because they didn’t want to be stuck working meticulous corporate jobs their whole lives. For them, the biggest risk of not taking a leap to start a company was ending up doing something they really didn’t want to be doing.

Among the successes, the setbacks and the failures, the panelists discussed what qualities they often see in successful entrepreneurs. Anna Khan searches for the right entrepreneurs to back every day, and said, “I like to back Visionary Operators.” Nihal Mehta explained that it takes “grit” to succeed as a startup and Brett Martin said “resilience,” whereas Andrew Yang said “persistent adaptability.”

Overall, the panelists doled out a lot of really helpful advice about starting your own company and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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After the panel concluded, the event was opened up to an audience-driven Q&A session. So many were eager to ask the panelists questions that even after the talk wrapped up, the panelists stayed late answering one-on-one inquiries from guests.

The evening was a big success and a lot of fun for everyone involved! Big thanks to our continued sponsors who helped make this event a success: Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and Microsoft.

Recap: New York’s Spring into Networking and Tech Mixer

There truly isn’t a better time than spring to be introduced to all that tech has to offer, so Tech in Motion NYC gave members the opportunity to munch, meet, and mingle with 200 of NYC’s techies last month. Mercury Bar East in Murray Hill, Manhattan was filled with reoccurring tech friends and new faces to Tech in Motion. New ideas were pitched, business cards were exchanged, and relationships were made as members rang spring in with a bang!

Microsoft Internet Explorer was one of the sponsors for this particular networking event and they showcased and demoed, MeetIE. Attendees were able to see (and touch!) how Microsoft reimagines exploring the internet with IE11. MeetIE11 is the newest and best way to explore all that the internet has to offer with IE. Our friends at Microsoft gave Tech in Motion NYC members a new and innovative way to rethink the web and produced a new way to explore what the internet has to offer with IE11 via Xbox One and Windows 8.1!

TIM2)One of our tech enthusiasts and longtime members, Christopher Davis, came to our networking mixer empty handed Thursday night but definitely didn’t leave Mercury Bar empty handed. He was the lucky winner of a brand new Xbox One courtesy of Microsoft.

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The evening was a big success and enjoyable for everyone involved! Big thanks to our continued sponsors who helped make this event a success: Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and Microsoft.

Recap: Gaming Demos & Drinks in NYC

On Tuesday, April 15th Tech in Motion: NYC held their first Gaming Demos and Drinks event among the communal tables of Midtown Manhattan’s Reichenbach Hall. The event brought together over 200 attendees and five different gaming and entertainment startups, including Arkadium, Winafy, Total Cinema 360, Muse Games and Tinybop, for an evening of refreshments, networking and tech chatter.

From founders and CTOs to IT professionals and tech enthusiasts, the attendees flowed in expectantly, were greeted by the Tech in Motion staff and checked-in for the event. Guests then had the opportunity to check out the five startups demoing throughout the evening, grab an authentic German beer, and mingle with fellow attendees.

Here is a little bit more about the companies that came out to demo their products:

Arkadium:

If you’ve played a game online in the last 10 years, it was probably one of Arkadium’s.  Founded in 2001, Arkadium has become the trusted gaming partner of the largest brands in the world and served billions of game plays to millions of users around the globe.  Microsoft, CNN, AOL and hundreds of partners worldwide have made Arkadium’s games, their games – increasing their user satisfaction, time spent and bottom line as a result.  Arkadium’s impressive portfolio of over 300 games has something for everyone.  From crossword to motor-cross, mahjongg to mini-golf, Arkadium knows games.

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Winafy:

Winafy is the Mint.com for online sports bettors and real-money fantasy players. The Winafy platform provides players with a holistic view into their activity and real-time performance analytics across sites. Winafy is the first platform to ‘sync’ with a player’s online accounts, providing fully automated tracking.

Based in New York City, Winafy provides the next-generation bet tracking platform, and is aiming to bring real-time data, tools and technology to the aid of sports gaming market participants world-wide.

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Total Cinema 360:

Total Cinema 360 was founded in 2013 by filmmakers Craig Gilbert and Adrian Vasquez de Velasco in order to create narrative live-action experiences for virtual reality headsets.  After establishing its 360° video and audio production services, the company added Oculus engineer and technology strategist Alex Grau and launched its desktop player software in September 2013. The update, released in April, represents the most comprehensive multimedia suite for experiencing live-action content on VR headsets on the market to date.

Click to read more here about The Case for Virtual Reality Cinema, since Tech in Motion OC was fortunate enough to interview Craig and Adrian in April before the NYC event.

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Muse Games:

Muse Games is an independent game development studio in New York City powered by the Unity engine. They’re a passionate bunch of game makers who enjoy playing, taking creative risks and thinking about ways to push games forward.  Muse’s goal is to offer great service to their players, just like the best hotels and restaurants. Their latest game Guns of Icarus Online is an award winning airship combat game set in a post-apoclyptic Steampunk world on Steam.

Tinybop:

Tinybop is a Brooklyn-based studio of designers, engineers and artists building educational iOS apps for kids. Their first app, The Human Body, has had 4.9 million downloads and reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 146 countries. It was also chosen as one of Apple’s best of 2013. Their second app is scheduled to be released in May.

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The evening was a big success and enjoyable for everyone involved! Big thanks to our continued sponsors who helped make this event a success: Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and Microsoft.

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