Tech Collective Tech Laureates Night 2010 – Call for Award Nominations

Nominations for RI technology awards are open in five categories and will be honored at Tech Collective fundraiser and awards night on June 3rd, 2010.

Providence, RI, May 07, 2010 --( Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s IT and Bioscience industry association, is now accepting nominations for its annual awards program: Tech Laureates Night. Awardees will be honored at the Tech Collective fundraiser and celebration event, Tech Laureates Night 2010: Tech in Motion, on June 3rd, 2010 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

Tech Laureates Night will honor Rhode Island’s best and brightest technology leaders, mentors and entrepreneurs who are realizing achievements in both industry innovation and community investment. Recognition categories include: Movers and Shakers, Mentor, Workforce Driver, Women in Technology, and Visionary Partner.

Previous Tech Laureates Night winners include the University of Rhode Island Providence Biotechnology Center for excellence in workforce development; TechComm Partners for its commitment to the advance of youth in technology; OSHEAN for its exceptional community building partnerships; and Hasbro for its support and embodiment of the Tech Collective organization and mission.

“Rhode Island’s IT and Bioscience industries are two of our state’s strongest assets,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of the Tech Collective. “They have worked over recent years to grow Rhode Island’s high-tech, high-wage industries, workforce, and economy, and to drive us forward in the Knowledge Economy. Tech Laureates Night is a small token of our appreciation to their contributions. We are proud to recognize the technology industry community as well as the leaders, innovators and mentors within them on June 3rd.”

Nominated individuals/organizations must be Tech Collective members to be considered for recognition. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 14th, 2010. Full award descriptions and applications can be found at

Tech Laureates Night 2010 is sponsored by CVS Caremark, FM Global, Gilbane, and Hasbro. Event tickets and table packages are available for purchase. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. For more information, please contact Leanne Diggett at 401-521-7805 x108 or

About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $6M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, BIO ED, Tech Laureates’ Night and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective, please visit

Giselle LaFrance
Manager of Media Relations
Tech Collective

Tech Collective
Giselle LaFrance, Manager of Media Relations