June 30, 2016

Media Contact:

Lisa Doerner



Call for Nominations:
Digital Rochester's 2016 GREAT Awards

Rochester, NY -  Digital Rochester is seeking nominations for the sixth annual
GREAT Awards  planned for September 22, 2016 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The "GREAT" Awards - or "Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievement in Technology" Awards - were created to recognize individuals and companies in the Rochester community who are contributing to the region's growth in technology and innovation. Submissions for nomination will be accepted until July 30, 2016. 

Nominations are being solicited for the following eight categories: 

Digital Marketing Award   
Recognizes the best use of Digital Marketing to promote brands, build preference and increase sales through various digital technologies.
Judging categories: Innovation/Originality, Application, Commercial Availability, Measurements/Results
Going Green Award
Honors a project or organization who conducted an effort to protect our environment by developing or integrating innovative Green Technology that increased energy efficiency and/or reduced waste.
Judging Categories : Innovation/Originality, Adoption, Achieved Successes
Healthcare Technology Award
Recognizes the individual and/or organization that demonstrates achievement in application of innovative Health IT technologies to transform healthcare delivery by improving quality, information sharing and/or patient care.

Judging Categories: Innovation/Originality in implementation of Health IT technology, Scale/Complexity of Health IT implementations, Achieved Successes
Technology Innovation Award
Awarded to an organization that has shown sustained commitment and leadership in support of innovative technology creation that provided enabling services or resources for other organizations to reach their goals and objectives.

Judging Categories: Innovation/Originality, Sustained Leadership, Achieved Successes

Optics, Photonics and Imaging Technology Award

Recognizes an individual and/or organization that demonstrates achievement in innovative or emerging technologies in the field of Optics, Photonics and Imaging.

Judging Categories: Innovation/Originality, Practical Application, Achieved Successes

Student Achievement Award
Awarded to a student, or team of students, currently enrolled, enrolled in Spring 2016 or the 2016/2017 school year at a Greater Rochester higher education institution, who showed leadership and skill in applying or advancing innovative technology for the betterment of themselves, their educational institution, and/or the greater Rochester Community. 

Judging Categories : Community/School Benefit, Technical Skills, Application/Strategic Direction  
Rising Star Award

Recognizes an outstanding entrepreneurial individual or startup company that leveraged emerging innovative technology and lean startup skills to establish a viable new business or market segment which demonstrably contributes to the Greater Rochester community. This award is intended for early stage or second stage startup companies.

Judging Categories: Innovation/Originality, Implementation, Achieved Growth

Technology Leader Award

Sponsored by Superior Group

Recognition to a technology business leader responsible for an IT department. This deserving person takes it upon themselves to instill their vision, providing the inspiration and motivation that compels an organization to take dramatic steps in applying innovative technology that resulted in increased productivity, efficiency or business success. Typically, senior IT executives, including CXO (CIOs, CTOs), VP/Director of IT, CISO, or similar.  

Judging Categories : Strategic Direction, Effective Communication, Team Culture, Achieved Successes
Additional information and nomination forms can be found at Sponsorship details are available by contacting Lisa Doerner at



About Digital Rochester: 

Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community. 


In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance enhances DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.

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