Statewide Technology Award Winners Announced

During Live Awards Gala

This evening, NC TECH, along with Presenting Sponsor Cherry Bekaert, honored the 2021 NC TECH Awards finalists and winners at the Raleigh Convention Center. The NC TECH Awards recognize organizations and individuals for demonstrated excellence and innovations in technology and business. The event is expected to nearly 600 attendees this year.

“Year after year we continue to see a high level of excellence and innovation from the technology community in North Carolina,” said Brooks Raiford, NC TECH’s president and CEO. “We’re pleased to highlight such a diverse mix of companies and leaders at this year’s Awards event.” Each award recognizes those who have made significant contributions over the past year to the tech sector, community and state.

After a nomination period earlier this year, finalists and winners were chosen in a two-stage review process, led by the accounting firm Cherry Bekaert, in partnership with an independent selection committee. 2021 will be Cherry Bekaert’s sixth year as presenting sponsor of the NC TECH Awards.

“Every year, we continue to be impressed with the caliber of companies that apply for and achieve the highly sought-after NC TECH Awards. The Cherry Bekaert team is proud to participate in the selection process and sponsor this event which honors innovative and inspiring people and companies throughout the state of North Carolina. We congratulate each finalist and winner,” said Cherry Bekaert Partner and NC TECH Board of Advisors member Megan Hutchinson.


Technology Corporate Awards: Recognizes technology companies for innovation, excellence and growth.

Best Tech Company to Work: CrossComm

Tech Diversity, Inclusion + Equity: DataCaliper

Industry Driven/AgTech: Pairwise

Industry Driven/BioTech: ACF Technologies

Industry Driven/CleanTech: NALA Systems

Industry Driven/EdTech: Plasma Games

Industry Driven/FinTech: Passport

Industry Driven/Healthcare Tech: Validic

NC HQ Tech Company: insightsoftware

Software Company: Pendo

Use of Technology Awards: Recognizes companies, organizations and institutions for their use of technology.

Analytics/Big Data: Premier Inc

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning: Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina

Cyber Security: JupiterOne

Digital Transformation: WISER Systems

Public Sector Project: NC Department of Health and Human Services (COVID Vaccine Management System)

Tech for Good: MCNC

Individual Award Winners

Beacon Award (Outstanding Achievement): Catherine P. Bessant, Vice Chair, Global Strategy - Bank of America

Tech CEO of the Year: Michael Jones, CEO - Spoonflower

Public Leader of the Year: Governor Roy Cooper - State of North Carolina

Chief Information Security Officer of the Year: Chris Beal - VP of Security Initiatives & Chief Information Security - MCNC

Private Sector Chief Information Officer Of the Year: Jay Upchurch, Chief Information Officer - SAS

Public Sector Chief Information Officer of the Year: Glenn Mack - Chief Information Officer - NC Department of Public Safety

Tech Educator of the Year: Garrett Love - Chair of Engineering - North Carolina School of Science + Math

Tech Woman of the Year: Rashida Hodge - VP, Azure Data + AIT - Microsoft

In addition, NC TECH named the Top Ten Startups to Watch. Companies recognized included:, Anduin, Courtroom 5, EDJX, Floodlight Software, Gemelli BioTech, Hybrid Athlete Foundation, Levitate, Seguno Software, TriggerMesh

About NC TECH: NC TECH is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina. NC TECH’s mission is to foster growth and champion innovation in North Carolina’s tech sector, while providing a voice for the tech community. NC TECH’s membership includes close to 600 member companies, organizations and institutions employing more than 200,000 workers in North Carolina. For more information, visit