Meet The 2021 Tech Innovator Award Winners

We are proud to announce the 50 winners of Built In’s 2021 Tech Innovator Awards.

 

These winners are the tech leaders of the future. They were selected for their commitment to innovation and barrier-breaking. 

 

Please join us in celebrating these rising technologists!

From now until June 30, we encourage you to nominate peers and colleagues in tech for this prestigious award.

About The Tech Innovator Awards

The Tech Innovator Awards recognizes professionals on the forefront of the tech industry for their unique and visionary contributions to the tech industry. Rather than recognizing VP and C-suite leaders, the Tech Innovator Awards celebrate technologists who are still climbing to the height of their careers in the tech industry.

The 2022 Tech Innovator
Awards Program

Want to nominate professionals on the forefront of the tech industry for the 2022 Tech Innovator Awards? More information about the awards program and nomination process will be available in June 2022.

The Nominees

We receive hundreds of nominations for the 2021 Tech Innovator Program.

Check out our list of professionals on the forefront of the tech industry who were recognized in 2021.

 

Award criteria

Eligibility

 ●   Must work in a technical capacity. Nominee must work in a technical capacity at their company which may include but is not limited to these roles: software developer, full-stack engineer, product manager, solutions architect, data scientist, etc. 

 

●   Works in the U.S. for a company full-time. Nominee must be employed full-time by a company and work in the United States. Nominations for freelancers, contractors or those employed by an agency or consultancy will not be considered. 

 

●   Are rising in their career. 

Nominee may not hold a C-level or VP-level position. Eligible nominees will hold an individual contributor, manager or director-level position. 

 

nominee criteria

characteristics

 ●   Leverages technical knowledge to skillfully challenge conventions and generate positive, high-impact outcomes.

 

 ●   Regularly demonstrates ingenuity and creative applications of technology.

 

●   Strategically prioritizes execution measures to effectively transform novel ideas into new value.

 

●   Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities through initiative, accountability and collaboration.

 

●   Effectively communicates new ideas, as well as their business value and broader impact on processes, products, customer satisfaction, etc.

 

●   Questions assumptions regarding the significance of products and data, pushing the boundaries of technology.

Nominate a Rising Technologist.

Nominations for the 2021 Tech Innovator Awards are due 

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Frequently Asked Questions​

Nominations are due Wednesday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

2021 Tech Innovator Award Winners:

●   Must work in a technical capacity at their company, which may include but is not limited to these roles: software developer, full-stack engineer, product manager, solutions architect, data scientist, etc.

●   Must be employed full-time by a company and work in the United States. Nominations for freelancers, contractors or those employed by an agency or consultancy will not be considered.

●   May not hold a C-level or VP-level position. Eligible nominees will hold an individual contributor, manager or director-level position.

 

Strong nominees my exhibit several of the characteristics listed below: 

●   Leverages technical knowledge to skillfully challenge conventions and generate positive, high-impact outcomes. 

●   Regularly demonstrates ingenuity and creative applications of technology.

●   Strategically prioritizes execution measures to effectively transform novel ideas into new value. 

●   Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities through initiative, accountability and collaboration. 

●   Effectively communicates new ideas, as well as their business value and broader impact on processes, products, customer satisfaction, etc. 

●   Questions assumptions regarding the significance of products and data, pushing the boundaries of technology. 

 

Nominees are required to work in a technical capacity at their company as a part of the 2021 Tech Innovator Award criteria. This includes, but is not limited to, the following roles: software developer, full-stack engineer, product manager, solutions architect, data scientist, etc.

 

Nominations for professionals in tech-adjacent roles will not be considered. These can include roles within the following functions: 

  • Content
  • Design + UX
  • Finance
  • People
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Project Management
  • Sales

 

If you are unsure of whether or not a specific role will be considered, please email us at [email protected]

 

No. The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards program is entirely virtual. There will not be an event hosted as part of this year’s program. 

Yes. We encourage you to nominate as many individuals — peers or colleagues — who meet the criteria outlined above. Each nomination must be submitted separately through the nomination form here. 

No. You may not nominate yourself for the 2021 Tech Innovator Awards.

Winners will be featured in an article on our national platform, BuiltIn.com, which attracts more than 1 million users each month.

 

Winners will also receive a custom media package to help celebrate their win across their professional networks.

2021 Tech Innovator Award winners will be announced in August 2021.

2021 Tech Innovator Award winners will be notified via email. Nominators are required to provide the nominee’s email address so Built In may contact them directly should they receive an award.

No. Nominees must work in the U.S. directly to be eligible for the 2021 Tech Innovator Awards.

No. 2021 Tech Innovator Award winners must be employed full-time by a U.S.-based technology company. Nominations for freelancers or contractors will not be accepted.

Yes. You can nominate individuals from within or outside of your company.

No. The number of nominations an individual receives will not impact award decisions. 

A panel of senior tech leaders will serve as judges and select the winners for the 2021 Tech Innovator Awards. Judges to be announced soon.

Yes. You can nominate individuals from within or outside your company. 

Do you know a Rising Technologist?

Nominations are open until June 30, 2021.