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Burlington Code Academy, Widget Brain and Karen McCalla Win Vermont Tech Jam Awards

Friday, October 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

A school that teaches coding, an artificial intelligence company, and the director of a maker space in Rutland were named winners of the 2019 Vermont Tech Jam awards presented October 17 at the 13th Vermont Tech Jam.

2019 Vermont Tech Jam Award Winners, from left: Carly Caswell of Widget Brain; Bob Stauss, Josh Burke, Benny Boas and Alex Horner of Burlington Code Academy; and Karen McCalla of the MINT

Three awards were presented:  Tech Business of the Year, Emerging Tech Business, and Tech Champion.

Burlington Code Academy won the Tech Business of the Year Award in recognition of its successful boot camps teaching programming skills that address the need of Vermont employers for tech skills.

The Emerging Tech Business Award was won by Widget Brain, an artificial intelligence company with offices in Burlington offering services to help companies across  the US and Canada in areas that include workforce planning and logistics.

The Tech Champion Award was presented to Karen McCalla, the executive director of the MINT, a maker space in Rutland.

Each received a statuette of the Tech Jam mascot, handcrafted by clay artist John Brickels.

Each year the Vermont Technology Alliance presents the Tech Jam Awards as part of the annual Vermont Tech Jam to draw attention to some of the state’s leading tech businesses and entrepreneurs.

More than 50 nominations were submitted for the three award categories. 

Five finalists for each award were selected from the nominations by six judges:  John Burton, President of Storms Eye Associates; Katharine Bodan, Chief Technology Officer for Inntopia;  Jennifer Graham Marketing Communications Manager for C2; Nick Grimley, Director of Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization for the State of Vermont; Emily McMahon, Director of Marketing and Client Services for Scout Digital; and Sam Roach-Gerber Marketing and Operations Manager for VCET.

More than 700 votes were cast in the public voting that selected the winners of the awards. 

The annual Tech Jam career and tech expo is produced by Seven Days, with organizational support from the Vermont Technology Alliance.