Tickets are Available for Arizona's Premier Technology Industry Event on October 13
PHOENIX - Sept. 13, 2021 - PRLog -- Celebrating the visionaries, innovators and future leaders making critical contributions to technology, bioscience and education across Arizona, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced winners of the Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, as well as individual and company award finalists for the 2021 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI).
The winners will be announced at the annual event on Wednesday, October 13, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., West Building, Third Floor.
"GCOI is about celebrating Arizona's best and brightest in the technology industry," said Steven G. Zylstra, the Councils president and CEO. "This year we have an impressive lineup of students, teachers, leaders and companies responsible for incredible achievements in technology and who help make a name for Arizona as one of the world's premier innovation centers."
"The Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards represent Arizona's bright technology future," said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. "These innovators continue to advance Arizona as a global hub for emerging technologies and contribute to the state's economic vitality. Congratulations to the 2021 winners and finalists!"
More than 750 of Arizona's finest business leaders are expected to celebrate the state's technology innovation and leadership during GCOI. The event will include networking, entertainment, a strolling dinner and a Tech Showcase, followed by a theatre-style awards ceremony. Early-bird tickets are on sale until September 10 and can be purchased online at https://www.aztechcouncil.org/event/gcoi2021/.
In addition to the finalists and winners listed below, community voting has begun to select a recipient of the 2021 AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors outstanding leaders whose work and contributions have consistently elevated Arizona's science and technology landscape. This year's finalists are Barbara Barrett, owner and CEO of Triple Creek Ranch and a former secretary of the U.S. Air Force; Bruce Wright, retired associate vice president of UA Tech Parks; Jack Schumann, co-chair of Optics Valley; and Phil Gallagher, president and CEO of Avnet. To cast your vote, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org/event/gcoi2021.
The individual GCOI Award winners are:
Judges Award Winner:
- Qwick, Scottsdale
- Intel, Chandler
Innovator of the Year – Academia:
- BIO5 Institute, The University of Arizona, Tucson
- Hong Hua, Ph.D., James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson
- Jim Schwiegerling, Ph.D., James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson
- Aligned, Phoenix
- IBM, Tucson
- Involta LLC, Tucson
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Tempe
- CP Technologies, Prescott
- Digital Air Strike, Scottsdale
- GT Medical Technologies, Inc., Tempe
- QuakeWrap, Inc., Tucson
- Anuncia, Inc., Scottsdale
- EnPower, Inc., Phoenix
- SaiOx, Inc., Tucson
- YellowBird, Phoenix
- Howard Stewart, AGM Container Controls, Tucson
- Lev Gonick, Arizona State University, Tempe
- Amy Wolters, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Goodyear
- Chuck Vermillion, CEO, AccountabilIT
- Keith Latchaw, president and CEO, MSS Business Transformation Advisory
- Doug Hockstad, assistant vice president, Tech Launch Arizona, The University of Arizona
- James Goulka, chairman and managing director, Arizona Tech Investors
- Eric Miller, principal and co-founder, PADT, Inc.
- Mary O'Reilly, Ph.D., vice president, Bioscience Research Programs, Flinn Foundation
The Future Innovators of the Year award winners represent the best of the best of the 2021Arizona Engineering and Science Fair (grades 9-12). Each of the winning students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to further enhance his or her education, and the winning teacher will receive a $1,000 cash award.
Future Innovators of the Year Award Winners:
- Marina Galasso, Galasso Homeschool, Tucson
- Bailey Tischer, San Tan Charter School, Gilbert
- Arjun Gupta, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix
- Lilli Seebold and Nathan Lam, Perry High School, Gilbert
- Katherine Wei, BASIS Chandler, Chandler
- Karah Mayer, Tanque Verde High School, Tucson
Teacher of the Year Award Winner:
- Jeremy Jonas, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson
- Michelle Landreville, Paradise Valley High School, CREST program, Phoenix
- David Worth, Millennium High School, Goodyear
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