JPL used innovative technology to help this year’s PA Tech Awards create buzz and more than double award nominations. The annual awards program, organized by TechQuest PA, recognizes individuals and businesses that advance technology in Pennsylvania.
To increase participation, JPL rebranded the awards program with a new logo and web design to create greater appeal to potential award nominees. In addition to housing information about the event, the website also allows people to submit nominations. These nominations are immediately published to the website for easy sharing via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Users are encouraged to use the hashtag #TQawards when sharing nominations, generating more than 200 event-related tweets so far.
Some nominees, such as Voith Turbo, with offices in Germany, are promoting their profiles worldwide to gain global recognition for their Pennsylvania innovation. Voith Turbo in York, Pa created an Android tablet-based mobile training application that simulates driving a bus with Voith’s hybrid transmission system.
New this year, the People’s Choice category lets the public vote for their favorite nominee. This has engaged thousands of people as students have voted for their teachers, employees for their companies, and the community for their favorite innovation. To date, people have cast more than 35,000 votes. Website visitors are able to vote once between now and the deadline March 27, 2012. The top 10 vote-getters will be recognized at the awards gala with the award going to the nominee with the most votes.
This year, more than 100 unique individuals and companies have been nominated for the 2012 PA Tech Awards. Award categories include:
- Best Application of Technology
- Growth Company of the Year
- Outstanding Leadership in Technology
- Public Service Innovation
- Technology Company of the Year
- Technology Educator of the Year
- Technology Product of the Year
- Technology Provider of the Year
- People’s Choice
The 2012 PA Tech Awards Gala will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. The event begins with a welcome reception, commences with a 59-minute award ceremony and ends with a lively post-party. For more information about tickets, event details and nominations, please visit www.techquestawards.com.