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CEG 21st Annual Technology Awards

June 29, 2017: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Annual Technology Awards celebrate and honor the Capital Region’s most innovative and inspiring companies and individuals whose pioneering and entrepreneurial successes are bettering our communities by strengthening our workforce and creating new jobs and opportunities. The winners are selected by our awards committee, comprised of local technologists, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, June 29 | Location: Rivers Casino, Schenectady
Time: Registration – 4:00pm | Awards Ceremony – 4:30pm 
Networking Celebration along the Mohawk River – 6:00 – 7:30pm
[ Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails & music by DJ Nick Papa Giorgio ]

Technology Showcase: Explore the world of virtual reality. Meet the SpaceoutVR, Inc. Team and try out their technology!


Individual Tickets:  Discounted Block (10 Tickets): 
CEG Investors*: $60 CEG Investors*: $550
General Public: $80 General Public: $750
Young Professional**: $30 To purchase, please contact Andrea Swank

*Executive, Director & Corporate level investors: please contact Andrea Swank to secure your tickets.

**Special discounted rate for young professionals! Contact Megan Rooney for discount code.**

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Keynote Speaker:

Robert (Bob) H. Samson, New York State Chief Information Officer, NYS Office of Information Technology Services

In April 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Robert H. Samson to the position of New York State Chief Information Officer at the NYS Office of Information Technology Services. Prior to this position, Mr. Samson had a rewarding 36-year career with IBM. While at IBM, he served in various leadership positions where he led teams focused on helping governments transform using innovative approaches and technologies. His most recent positions at IBM included serving as the Vice President of the Worldwide Systems and Technology Group, and the General Manager of IBM’s Global Public Sector where he was responsible for IBM’s business with governments, education, healthcare and life sciences industries. Read Full Bio



  • Economic Winner: Bestpass, Inc.
  • Lift-Off: United Concierge Medicine
  • Technology Innovation: Dumbstruck
  • Judges’ Choice for Manufacturing: Regeneron
  • Judges’ Choice for Technology: SpaceoutVR
  • Technology Trailblazer: Antonio Civitella, President & CEO, Transfinder
  • Jeffrey A. Lawrence Lifetime Contributor Award: Craig Skevington, Ph.D., Founder, CEO & President, STEADFastIT


Thank you, Sponsors!

Media Sponsor:

Leaders of the Times Union realized very early that in order for us all to grow we had to work together. As such, we are proud to be a Funding Partner of the Center for Economic Growth, and to be an integral part of what is now known as New York’s Tech Valley. As the region’s leading media organization, the Times Union is deeply embedded in this community. Our commitment to reporting the news fairly and independently, sponsoring local events and supporting local businesses helps to strengthen our area and make it a better place for all to work and live.

Each year, we sponsor hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the Capital District area. This helps the fund-raising and awareness efforts of local organizations engaged in arts and culture, health and human services, youth, environment, economic development and education.

In March of 2013 the Times Union made a major investment in the business that speaks of its confidence in the growth trend of our community. The installation of a new press in our Colonie headquarters has given the newspaper a fresh new look and established the Times Union as a commercial partner of other enterprises seeking high-quality printing.

The newest addition to our portfolio is the Hearst Media Center; offering 11,000 sf of premium event space. The Hearst Media Center is located within our publishing building on Albany Shaker Rd.

The Times Union is part of Hearst Corporation, one of the world’s leading media companies. In the Capital Region, our suite of products extends beyond the daily newspaper, to include magazines, the region’s leading Web site, a mobile site and a tablet platform. Our digital media solutions from the Hearst Digital Agency help local businesses get found on the web.

All this makes the Times Union a valuable resource for the growing and diverse needs of the Capital Region’s business community.

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June 29, 2017
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Event Center at Rivers Casino
1 Rush St.
Schenectady, NY 12308 United States
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