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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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:

30 Tech Leaders Making Philadelphia a Better Place to Work

On June 9th, Tech in Motion is proud to present their first annual Philadelphia Timmy Awards, which will be held at The Chemical Heritage Foundation (315 Chestnut St).  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. After all the votes are in, the finalists in each city come together for one celebratory evening where the winners are crowned as the best (1) tech startup, (2) technology manager, and (3) technology work culture. Here are Philadelphia’s 30 impressive finalists (who you can see at the event if you RSVP below):

RSVP here to attend the 1st Annual Philadelphia Timmy Awards!

Philadelphia’s Best Technology Startup

biobotsBiobots, founded in 2014, builds 3D printers that print living tissues made out of human cells. Biobots’ revolutionary technology is set to cure disease, eliminate the organ waiting list, and even revert climate change.

boxterBoxter, founded in 2014, creates solutions for businesses to help them grow faster. Boxter’s main product funnel makes websites intelligent and answers questions that no one else can. Boxter hopes to help bring Philly’s tech scene to the next level with its innovative technology.

Curalate, founded in 2012, produces products that address curalatea marketer’s desire to attribute ROI to social media. Curalate provides the power to drive engagement, traffic, and revenue with images across every consumer touchpoint, empowering millions of people daily to easily take action on the products they want from the brands they love.

greenfish labsGreenfish Labs, founded in 2015, is a media production studio specializing in 360 Virtual Reality, helping brands thrive in a digital world with traditional media and VR products, services, and platforms that transform the customer experience. Greenfish Labs is one of the first ambassadors of VR in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

LeadiDLeadiD, founded in 2011, is a consumer journey insight platform that provides marketers with the highest-resolution view of the consumer buying journey. Seamlessly integrated with any consumer journey decision process, LeadiD enables marketers to shorten the distance between data and decision making.

MilkCrate, founded in 2014, built a mobile and desktop-milkcratefriendly platform which encourages, captures, and rewards socially and environmentally positive activity. MilkCrate guides communities to engage their members in a step-by-step process, crafting a culture around social and environmental impact.

relayRelay Network, founded in 2010, is a simple and secure way for businesses and customers to instantly connect and share private communications in real-time. Through a direct mobile interface, Relay allows consumers to quickly and easily complete transactions, access timely information, and get one-to-one support from the businesses and organizations that matter most in their lives.

roar for goodROAR for Good, founded in 2014, created Athena, a simple device with a big mission – to protect women with the touch of a button. Once pressed, it emits a loud alarm and messages friends and family with your current GPS location. Not only did ROAR for Good develop an awesome piece of wearable tech – but they are also working to make a difference in helping to reduce attacks again women.

swift capitalSwift Capital, founded in 2011, uses the latest technologies combined with a team of Business Funding Experts to get their customers the best of both worlds: fast funding and personalized service. Armed with a mission to provide funding to businesses underserved since the recession, Swift combines innovative data analytics with a relationship-focused customer experience.

veryaptVeryApt, founded in 2013, combines personalized apartment recommendations and a trusted community of apartment reviews to help people find their perfect apartment. VeryApt is the first company to empower renters to make truly informed housing decisions.

Vote for one of these Tech Startups to win a Timmy!

Philadelphia’s Best Technology Work Culture

Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI)

AGILogoAlways striving to do more.

AGI encourages its developers to continue their education and participate in community events. They participate in professional software and aerospace conferences, publishing and presenting their research. AGI also provides a subscription to online training called Plural Sight that is a development specific training site.

AGI develops commercial modeling and analysis software for land, sea, air, and space systems.

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AWeber

AWeber“Dream big, fail fast, and iterate on what works.

AWeber HQ regularly hosts technically focused meet-ups and company hack-a-thons to encourage the team and the community to grow and learn new ways of doing things.  AWeber prides itself on a culture of respect and cooperation that doesn’t come from policy, it comes from treating people like people ‐ the way everyone should be treated.

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AWeber develops and runs an opt-in email marketing service used by over 110,000+ small businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs around the globe.

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Comcast (CIM)

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Comcast promotes a “journeyman-style” exchange program called “Summer of Code” where, for several months, employees can trade their existing positions for opportunities within other technical departments within the company to both learn AND spread ideas, best practices, and technical skills.

While traditionally seen as a primarily service-based company, Comcast’s talented technical teams have been trying to move into the hardware and hybrid services realm for years.

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CoreDial

coredialJudgement free zone.

CoreDial allows their employees to create the best solutions for its channel partners by allowing a free flowing range of solutions to be identified and deployed.  Implementing hands-on training, shadowing co-workers and teams with more experience, CoreDial fosters personal growth.

CoreDial provides unified communication services in the cloud and on premise.

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eMoney Advisors

eMoneyCreating fun and a little weirdness along the way.

The culture at eMoney is driven by the pursuit of disruptive innovation, promoting creativity, advancing technology, supporting community involvement, among more.  eMoney’s development team regularly hosts highly-attended workshops in a faux garage, aptly named the “Innovation Lab.”

eMoney Advisor builds interactive wealth-planning technology for financial professionals and the clients they serve.

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Linode

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Linode encourages all of its Linodians to enhance their technical knowledge and will pay for continuing education courses, such as Linux certification, PhotoShop instruction seminars, or subscriptions to Lynda.com’s online technical tutorials.

Linode provides market-best SSD-based virtualization for cloud hosting purposes, backed by steadfast support.

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Monetate

monetateBe both a Padawan and a Jedi.

Monetate believes very much that diversity is the mother of creativity.  For this and other reasons, Monetate formed a committee dedicated to the topic of diversity.  Monetate sponsors local events focused on diversity (e.g. LadyHacks), and employees frequently attend these events.  To encourage creativity Monetate hosts “hack days” once a quarter where its employees spend three days working on a project that is not on the roadmap.

Monetate makes it easy to create, deliver, and analyze personalized experiences across web, email, and mobile apps.

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Music Choice

music choiceCreativity and endless limits.

Music Choice has a program called Engineering Choice, where employees can pitch a project they feel would be beneficial to the company.  After presenting it to the entire department, if it gets approval they’re given the opportunity to work on that project.

Music Choice creates products that allow seamless movement between audio and video and provides easy access to a library of 20,000 videos.

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O3 World

O3 WorldInnovation through experimentation.

O3 World allows its employees to work on projects that would benefit the office is a positive way.   One such project – using custom-built iOS and Android apps, iBeacons, and a Raspberry Pi, makes is so that each employee is greeted by a song he or she has personally selected when he or she walks into the office. “Theme Music” a simple, but fun way to start the day off on the right foot.

O3 World specializes in digital product design and development, from conceptualization through implementation and support.

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Weblinc

weblincWork hand in hand.

WebLinc is a company this nurtures its employees by providing technical learning reimbursement and sponsoring local tech initiatives such as Girls Develop It.  Each WebLinc-er is very much a part of the creative process and is considered an expert in their field.

Weblinc provides an ecommerce platform for fast growing brands.

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Vote now for the company you think has created the best workplace!

Philadelphia’s Top Tech Managers

Anthony Romano, VP of Engineering at Leadnomics

Anthony RomanoGreatest project is his team.

Anthony makes an effort get to know each of his team members as people. You can tell by the way his team works together and enjoys each other’s company that they feel comfortable with each other, trust each other, and have fun together.

Leadnomics is a digital marketing company headquartered in Philadelphia.  Through its proprietary technology platform and expertise in optimization, Leadnomics has developed an industry-leading solution and partner network that creates more valuable relationships between consumers and service providers.

Chris Cera, CEO at ArcWeb Technologies

Chris CeraEmployee-to-employee mentoring.

Chris ensures a great team culture by listening to his team. He firmly believes that its the team that defines the culture.  Chris champions employee-to-employee mentoring and career development opportunities within Arcweb Technologies and believes that Arcweb exists to create new possibilities for Arcwebers and its customers.

Arcweb Technologies is a digital product development company focused on the finance and healthcare industries, and our mission is to build products people love.

Don Nawrocki, CTO at PeopleLinx

Don NawrockiCreates an environment of openness.

Don openly tells people in his organization that he knows that they look at other job opportunities and sometimes interview. Accepting this, he asks that if they find other offers that are attractive that they are in turn open with him, so that he can either agree that moving on is the right decision for the person, reply with a counter-offer, or offer career advice where he can. This helps people understand whether the grass is actually greener and recognize when they are being treated and compensated fairly.

PeopleLinx helps sales professionals create presence, networks, and engagement with buyers. Its technology integrates with your CRM data to deliver personalized sales guidance.

Felicite Moorman, CEO at StratIS

Felicite MoormanHuge advocate for women and girls in tech.

Felicite ensures a great team culture by giving back to the Philadelphia community.  She and her team participate annually in Philly Tech Week, as supporters and speakers for multiple events, to promote the growth of technology in Philadelphia. Felicite is an active speaker and recent advocate for TechGirlz, as well as mentor through BuLogics’ Girls in Tech Internship Program.

StratIS is an award-winning wireless access, energy, and automation platform for multifamily and campus communities, the commercial residential platform of Smart Cities.

Gabrielle Trotter, Linchpin at BuLogics, Inc.

gabrielle trotterCandid and consistent feedback.

Gabrielle is a clear cultural leader at BuLogics and beyond. From organizing company events and outings (such as an annual 100 mile bike ride and Dave & Buster’s blowouts) to being a shoulder to lean on for her teammates, Gabrielle steps up and in where it matters most, at the heart of the company!

From idea to shelf, BuLogics designs, builds, and certifies wireless solutions for the Internet of Things.

JD Albert, Director of Engineering at Bresslergroup

JD AlbertA kid with a new LEGO set.

JD will actively engage his team members and ask – what are your goals?  What would you like to spend more time learning about? After discussion comes action: You get assigned to work on a project in your interest area, or you get to sign up for a crash course in something new. JD gives you the option to blaze ahead into new territory.

Bresslergroup is a research-driven product innovation lab and consultancy whose employees work together every day to creatively solve meaningful design problems in unexpected ways.

Jody Hamilton, CTO at Zivtech

Jody HamiltonConsistent challenges and rewards.

Jody is committed to ensuring that employees grow into more senior roles through training and challenges. Under her guidance, Jody has brought many people to Zivtech who did not have previous developer training. One employee with a degree in architecture, got her first Drupal lessons in Jody’s living room.  This employee is now a technical documentation specialist at Zivtech, working with one of the company’s Fortune 50 clients.

Zivtech, founded in 2008, is a Philadelphia web design and web development shop that works with healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, publishing, government, startups, and nonprofits.

Mike Harris, CEO at Zonoff, Inc.

Mike HarrisEqual parts transparency, collaboration and results.

Mike is family-oriented and considers each of Zonoff’s employees to be part of his family, so he created a warm, comfortable company culture that inspires through a relaxing, enjoyable and productive environment. Creating a sense of community is one of Mike’s primary missions, so he created a large kitchen for the office to serve as a gathering area for the company, bringing in food and snacks for employees, having beer on tap for after-hours imbibing, and hosting executive breakfasts where the executive team makes waffles and omelets for the company.

Zonoff empowers the world’s leading brands to deliver smart, seamless living to the mass market through its Consumer Internet of Things software and services platform.

Natalie Hirsch, Director of Product Management at WizeHive

Natalie HirschRolled-up sleeves management style.

Natalie is always mentoring team members, and giving them the opportunity to lead, as well. She is diligent in providing educational resources …from holding a weekly class on the software solutions with recordings, case studies, homework and office hours… to showing others how to approach better agile project management techniques.  The newer and less seasoned team members respect her and try to emulate her professional and people-centered approach.

WizeHive makes it easier for grants managers, nonprofits and business teams to configure and deploy cloud-based solutions that help them organize, automate and streamline their business process management.

Ryan Lockard, Manager of Software Engineering at Elsevier

ryan lockardActively pursues increasing productivity.

Ryan cares about his teams and actively pursues increasing productivity and tackling our technical debt.  He actively walks his team through their career path and works with them to improve and reach their goals.

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care.

Vote for the Best Technology Manager here!

The Timmy Awards ceremony will celebrate the local technology community and also recognize not only the winners, but the entire Philly community for creating a great business environment to thrive in. The event itself will be a great opportunity to network with finalists and other members of the tech community.

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Exploring Reality, Musicality and Beyond in Philadelphia

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It was a dark and stormy night, but for the June event in Philadelphia, the show still went on to both amuse and bemuse the senses of attendees. Several fantastic demo companies came out despite the stormy weather to display the innovations they are working on in music tech and virtual reality. Local techies came down to City CoHo to experience modernizations such as apples that transmit sound and glasses that can virtually take you to the other end of the world. The high energy group buzzed around the exhibits set up around the room to learn more about what is happening in these industries.

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Rob Hardcastle of DYIM came out to exhibit his social music experience. The device lights up in different colors throughout the evening as attendees came by to try it out. This innovation allows people who might not be so musically inclined to create sounds through simply pressing different buttons. The creator, Hardcastle, says that DYIM really “allows people with no musical experience to express their musical thoughts and dreams.”

Below, Edge of Nostalgia founder presented his app to the audience during the lightning round introductions. Throughout the evening, he showed off how to turn ambient noise into interactive sound and eventually a type of music.

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Did you ever think you could make music by squeezing apples? Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress showed off his BioData Sonification technology doing just that. Using interactive controllers and headphones you can hear sound in real-time – transmitted through the apples.

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Drexel University’s ExCITe Center came out to show off the research projects being produced in their space by students and beyond. The ExCITe Center specializes in interactive technologies and collaborative projects, with many focused in the music tech space.

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Greenfish Labs demonstrated their Virtual Reality software and applications that they develop for clients. Techies got to not only hear about it, but also try on a pair of goggles and see it in action

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A local meetup group, VR Philly, got to come out and experience the latest and greatest in the VR field. Local tech enthusiast Scott J. Ross said, “The VR scene is still so small and embryonic, we need events like this to meet collaborators face to face”. It was great to see this community come together with Tech in Motion.

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Temple University’s BEEP showed off a few innovations developed with their Electroacoustic Ensemble. One local techie said, “I was extremely impressed by the entrepreneurial ambition of tonight’s event. This is what makes the future”.

Dr. Adam Vidiksis, who leads this group, has a similar mindset with the goal of increasing technological literacy among its participants and audience.

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Dj CUTMAN of GameChops provided the tunes for the evening and kept the audience going. He debuted with Tech in Motion at our Gaming Expo last October and we were excited to have him back to hear what was new in the mix.

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Special thanks to Kurant Cider and Ole Smoky for providing refreshments for the evening.  Guests enjoyed the unique flavors of the cider and moonshine samplings. Dan from Ole Smoky got to try out the Google Cardboard our sponsors, Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners, brought out.

Looking for a job? Check out and apply for one of the positions from Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners.

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This event showcased several local innovations within the musicality and reality space, an often over looked arena in Philadelphia. VR and Music Tech crowd out at events in the future – join Tech in Motion Philly to be a part of the next event!

Capturing the Rise of Philly Tech

When I got to Philadelphia in 2004 there was not much of a tech scene to speak of. At least not one I could see. As I would find out later, a lot of the people were here, but they had not yet coalesced into a community. Within a few years, however, events like Ignite Philly and the first BarCamp Philly began to reveal a Philadelphia that looked a lot like the temporary tech community I witnessed every year at SXSW Interactive.

This whole time I was a filmmaker, having made my first movie in high school, when editing meant wiring two VCR’s together and hoping for the best. So it was only a matter of time before my two passions collided.

In 2012, my co-producer Maurice Gaston and I began shooting the web series Developing Philly, about the rise of what we called the “innovation community” in Philadelphia (because “tech” was just too narrow). We interviewed luminaries like Alex Hillman, who helped define coworking not just for Philly, but for much of the world, Wil Reynolds, who showed how you can build a tech business that helps sustain a neighborhood, and Josh Kopelman, who took lessons from the last tech boom to empower this one.

Earlier this year, we completed the series and debuted the first episode during Philly Tech Week. It ran for seven weeks, got lots of acclaim, and is available now at DevelopingPhilly.com. It was very fulfilling to give back, in our own way, to the community we love by attempting to document it and how it has impacted – and been impacted by – the city we love.

My co-producer and I are working on season two now, but first we have to go run that very conference that helped build this community. In part based on our work with Developing Philly, we’ve been asked to organize this year’s BarCamp Philly! How’s that for coming full circle?

You can check out the first episode of Developing Philly below:

Episode One – “The End Is the Beginning”