Calling all tech aficionados ! We are bringing back the TAG NW Innovation Awards to recognize and celebrate the best of the best in Whatcom and Skagit County’s thriving technology scene!

Mark your calendars for May16th, because that’s when we’ll be rolling out the red carpet (or maybe a blue screen?) for a night of food, libations, entertainment, and, of course, coveted Light Bulb awards at The Happy Place in Downtown Bellingham. 

Think New Business of the Year, Technology & Innovation Educator of the Year – we’ve got categories for everyone. 

But wait, there’s more! This isn’t just any awards show. This event will include refreshments, amazing entertainment, a photobooth and enough networking opportunities to fuel your next big idea. So grab your ticket and get ready to cheer on your favorite tech heroes!

Our Award Categories

New Business of the Year

Honoring young companies (1-4 years)  pioneering the technological frontier in Whatcom & Skagit Counties.

Social Good Award

Showcasing individuals, community members, elected officials or organizations using technology to create positive social impact, creating equity for underserved or marginalized communities.

Technology & Innovation Educator Award

Recognizing those who champion talent development and equip future tech leaders with essential skills.

Technology & Innovation Star Student Award: Presented By SPIE

This award honors a post-secondary student whose creativity, leadership and critical thinking demonstrates potential for positive impact in the tech sector.

Innovation of the Year

Highlighting the innovation that brought the future closer to the present with its transformative impact developed in Whatcom or Skagit Counties.