2016 Technology Innovation Award Winners Announced

WASHINGTON, DC; Nov. 11, 2016 – Tech Impact, the nation’s leading nonprofit technology services organization, announced the recipients of their Technology Innovation Awards, Technology Community Builder Award, and Technology Citizenship Award last night at their annual Celebration of Technology event, held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, DC.

The Technology Innovation Awards grant three DC-area nonprofits with $7,500 each to invest in projects that leverage technology in innovative ways in order to increase their community impact. Funding is provided by area corporations including Accenture, BAE Systems, CenturyLink and Clark Construction.  Technology executives from companies such as Accenture, Blackboard, Capital One, Hilton and United HealthCare, selected this year’s winners out of a field of more than 40 applicants.  2016 winners are The Grassroots Project, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Hillcrest Children and Family Center. The Grassroots Project, winner in the PreK-12 and STEM Education category funded by CenturyLink, will create a mobile app that connects student athletes and coaches in middle school programs.  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, winner in the Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development category underwritten by Accenture, will enhance their Client Legal Utility Engine, a web platform that “scrapes” data from a public judiciary database and screens it against MVLS’ clients’ criminal records to identify any expungable cases. The Hillcrest Children and Family Center, winner in the Veterans and Military Families  category supported by BAE Systems,  will use the funds to develop their social media campaign that combats the stigma of seeking mental health services and encourages people to take the “What’s My-M3?” depression screening test using a mobile app, specifically targeting veterans. 

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E*TRADE is this year’s recipient of the Technology Community Builder Award, which recognizes area companies for their support of Tech Impact’s mission.   E*TRADE has worked with Tech Impact to create the Technology Intervention for Community Change Program, which helps nonprofit organizations to assess and then upgrade the technology environment of E*TRADE’s grantees through migration to more cost–effective, cloud-based systems and new software and hardware.  “As an original digital disruptor, E*TRADE was founded on the principle of innovation, and we are thrilled to support an organization that shares our belief that technology is not only transformative but empowering,” said Vickie Tassan, Director at E*TRADE who oversees community reinvestment. “We understand the obstacles many nonprofits encounter when implementing technology initiatives and are proud to be agents of change so these organizations can continue to grow and thrive.”  


Mike Brown, Chief Technology officer at comScore is the recipient of the 2016 Technology Citizenship Award. He served as Board Chair for 501cTECH’s Board of Directors for 3 years, and helped lead the merger with Tech Impact in July 2016.   “Adapting to and anticipating change is critical to success in the technology industry.   I am so proud to have seen 501cTECH and Tech impact do just this.  It has been great to work with the terrific Board and staff to insure that impact is sustainable.  I am looking forward to seeing what exciting things we can do next.” 

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