CATC announces 25 finalists for Blue Diamond Technology Awards.

Save the Date! The April 10th event will recognize Queen City’s best in IT.

The Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC) has announced 25 finalists across nine categories that represent exceptional technology solutions, innovation and talent in the Greater Charlotte region. The nine winners will be announced at the 2018 Blue Diamond Awards Celebration (BDA) the evening of Tuesday, April 10, at the Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts. Tickets go on sale the week of March 5th and will be available for purchase through


Nominations were reviewed and voted upon by a consortium of regional technology, business and education leaders, and finalists were assessed on criteria specific to each award category. 


2018 Blue Diamond Award Finalists:


Business Value – Corporate



Duke Energy


Business Value - SMB


Ekos Brewmaster



Business Value – Non-Profit

Digital Charlotte

Mecklenburg County


Business Value – Analytics & Big Data

Duke Energy


Red Ventures


Cool Innovation

Ally Bank


Video Laboratory


Community Outreach

Arrowood Business Association SW Alignment




Human Capital

Technical Youth

Re-Image CLT Lab at West Charlotte High School

Road to Hire


IT Entrepreneur

Bob Youakim, Passport

Micah Minarik, Kingsmen Software


Student Innovator

Faith Gowen, Olympic Renaissance High School

Vietfu Tang,  Philip O Berry Academy of Technology

Jamille Whitlow,  CPCC Merancas Middle College


The Blue Diamond Awards Celebration is presented by title sponsors Ally Bank and Cognizant Technology Solutions.   Ally Bank is a leader in digital financial services with innovative digital experiences and 24/7 customer service. (  Cognizant is a world-leading professional services company, transforming business, operating and IT models for the digital era. (


Through the CATC BDA nomination and judging process, the Blue Diamond Awards (BDA) network creates a culture of technology importance and impact in the region. By promoting IT success, BDA positions Charlotte as a competitive hub of technology innovation and talent. Proceeds from the BDA benefit the CATC’s programming for Grades 6 – 20, women in technology and the technology professional community.   


The CATC is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, educational institutions and organizations committed to inspiring students, advancing professionals and growing the region’s diverse technology talent pipeline.