OPPORTUNITY@WORK PROJECT DIRECTOR DAMIAN EWENS ANNOUNCED AS 2016 RI TECH10 AWARD WINNER

THE TECH10 AWARDS HONOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES DRIVING INNOVATION, EDUCATION,  AND GROWTH; AS AN AWARD WINNER, OPPORTUNITY@WORK PROJECT DIRECTOR DAMIAN EWENS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT CELEBRATION EVENT ON NOV. 10

Providence, Rhode Island (October 25, 2016) – Opportunity@Work Project Director Damian Ewens has been announced as one of 2016 Tech10 Workforce Champion Award recipients by Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly. The newly expanded program honors fourteen Rhode Island individuals and companies within ten technology related categories. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Providence Downtown Marriot in Providence, RI. 

“I’m honored to be recognized as an RI Tech10 Workforce Champion,” said Damian Ewens, Project Director at Oppportunity@Work and TechHire Rhode Island (TechHireRI), “At TechHireRI, we are seeing real success in connecting talented but overlooked Rhode Islanders to unfilled IT jobs in Rhode Island and companies are taking notice."
This year’s Tech10 continues to distinguish Rhode Island’s brightest entrepreneurs and IT practitioners as well as showcasing organizations who are driving innovation and education across Rhode Island. The Tech10 awards celebrate the exceptional participants and organizations within the technology community.

“Congratulations 2016 Tech10 Award winners! We are honored to recognize these influential individuals and innovate companies”, said John Smithers, CEO of Tech Collective. “As engines of change, participants’ enthusiasm and dedication contribute to the state’s economic growth. We look forward to their continued successes!” 

The 2016 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Amica Insurance, Cox Business, OSHEAN, Lightower, Bryant University’s Executive Development Center, SkillsUSA Rhode Island and NetCenergy. Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Downtown Marriot in Providence, RI.  This year’s recipients are also profiled in the November issue of Rhode Island Monthly, which is on newsstands now. 

“We are pleased to highlight the talents of these individuals and all that they do for their businesses and the community,” said John Palumbo, publisher of Rhode Island Monthly. “Our partnership with the Tech Collective is an important one as we celebrate the importance of the work of this group of industry leaders and the key role technology plays as a driver of the Rhode Island economy.”

The complete list of Tech10 award recipients are below.

2016 Tech10 Award Recipients: 

Entrepreneurship/ Startups    
             Kerri LeMoie, Founder & CEO, OpenWorks Group
             Pat Sabatino, CEO & Founder, Datarista
Techies to watch
             Mike Barry, Lead Software Developer, Amica Mutual Insurance
CIO/CTO    
             Jason Viera, VP of Engineering, Carousel Industries
Community Partner    
             Junior Achievement
Youth Engagement    
              Mary Johnson, Executive Director, RI Students of the Future
Tech Education    
              Skills USA Rhode Island
              Don Gregory, Technology Instructor, Providence Public Library
Workforce Champion     
              Joe Devine, Partner, Bridge Technical Talent
              Damian Ewens, Project Director, Opportunity at Work
Women in Tech    
               Carrie Majewski, Director of Marketing, Atrion
Company Innovation    
               Gerald Deane, President/CEO, Echo Messaging Systems                
               Mojo Tech
Corporate Giving    
                FM Global         

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected June – August 2015. View past Award winners, videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at www.tech10awards.com. Follow Tech10 on twitter #Tech10RI. 

About Opportunity@Work
Opportunity@Work is a social enterprise whose mission is to expand career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn their full potential. TechHire, Opportunity@Work’s flagship project, is a national initiative to create pathways for more Americans to access well-paying tech jobs and expand local tech sectors in communities across the country. TechHire enables employers to fill entry-level, career-path, skilled tech jobs, by hiring trained job seekers with the ability to do the job - but who are overlooked by typical hiring practices and/or underrepresented in the IT field.

About Rhode Island Monthly Communications
Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is a locally owned multi-platform publisher of magazines and specialty publications, including custom publishing projects. Products include several lifestyle and tourism publications serving residents of – and visitors to – Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.
Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).

Media Contact:
Amanda Roman, Events & Communications Coordinator
Tech Collective
aroman@tech-collective.org

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