July 27, 2017

Media Contact:

Lisa Doerner



Finalists Announced for Digital Rochester's 
2017 GREAT Awards
Rochester, NY Digital Rochester is proud to announce the nominated finalists for the seventh annual GREAT Awards. The "GREAT" Awards or "Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievement in Technology" recognize individuals and organizations from the Rochester area who are making contributions to innovation and technology. The awards presentation will take place on September 19, 2017 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center with host Ginny Ryan, News Anchor at 13 WHAM-TV, and music by The Isotopes.  

This year's red carpet event will celebrate innovators in the community who have been selected as a finalist in one of the following categories:

Digital Marketing Award
Causewave Community Partners
Digital Hyve
Hillside Family of Agencies
Lime Creative
Emerging Technology Company Award  (sponsored by webSURGE)
CloudCheckr Inc.

Emerging Technology Leader Award  (sponsored by GRE/Economic Gardening)
Liz Gombert, User Experience Design Manager, Paychex, Inc.
Valentina Peric, Software Developer, ITX Corporation
Dan Schneiderman, FOSS@MAGIC Research Associate & Community Liaison, Rochester Institute of Technology
Healthcare Technology Award  (sponsored by Entre Computer Services)
Carestream Health, Inc.
Thuan Pham, iCardiac Technologies, Inc.
Student Achievement Award (sponsored by Paychex, Inc.)
Melissa Becker - University of Rochester
Joan Bempong and team - Rochester Institute of Technology
Brandon Datko and team, DADCo - Rochester Institute of Technology

Technology Innovation Award (sponsored by Innovative Solutions)
Datto, Inc.
Viggi Corp.
Technology Leader Award  (sponsored by Superior Group) 
Aaron C. Newman, CEO and Founder, CloudCheckr Inc.
Jeff Valentine, President, Atlas Connectivity, Inc.
David Wilson, Director of Infrastructure, Paychex, Inc.

The program will take place from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., beginning with an exhibitor showcase that features some of Rochester's top technology companies, networking and grazing stations. This will be followed by the awards presentation where all finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced. After the awards portion, there will be a cordial hour which will include continued exhibitor showcase and networking. 

Tickets for the awards event are $110 for Digital Rochester Members and $125 for non-members. Discount pricing for groups of 5 or 10 are available and may be purchased  online .
For information on event sponsorship and participation in the exhibitor showcase, please call Lisa Doerner, Executive Director, Digital Rochester, at (585) 330-9797 or visit



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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