2024 TAG NW Awards nominations are now open and table sponsorships are available for the big event

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 Bellingham’s Holiday Inn Ballroom

Think New Business of the Year, Workplace of the Year, Technology & Innovation Educator of the Year – we’ve got categories for everyone. And guess what? Nominations are open to the public! So if you know a tech whiz who deserves some serious recognition, head over to our website and submit your nomination by March . Don’t be shy, even self-nominations are welcome!

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!

Here’s the lowdown on all the key details:

Nominations: Nominate your favorite business in the categories of New Business of the Year, Social Good Award, Tech Business Leader of the Year, Workplace of the Year, Technology & Innovation Star Student Award, Technology & Innovation Educator Award, Sustainability Award, and Innovation of the Year.  Submit your nomination with the google form linked below.

Nomination Form (Open now until March 22nd)

Table sponsorships: Show your support for Washington’s tech scene by sponsoring a table at the awards. Mingle with the movers and shakers and snag some prime real estate for your company. Limited spots are available, so don’t wait, email crystal@tagnw.org

Member perks: Palladium and Platinum TAG NW members get VIP treatment with a free pass to the awards, including the pre-show reception. Gold and Silver members, you’re not left out either – you get a discount code for the event. Not a member yet? Why not join the club and unlock exclusive access to cool events and other perks?

Sponsors, sponsors, sponsors!: A huge shoutout to our amazing sponsors who are making this night possible. We couldn’t do it without you! And if you’re interested in joining the sponsor family, send us an email to crystal@tagnw.org– we’d love to chat!

Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, get ready to celebrate the future of tech at the inaugural TAG NW Technology Awards!

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.

Tech Business Leader of the Year

Leads with vision and drives innovation, delivering significant value (e.g., revamped IT, boosted profit/efficiency, advanced mission) and/or inspired their teams and the broader tech community. Open to CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, or equivalent leadership roles.

Workplace of the Year

Celebrating companies that fuel creativity and growth through tech employee empowerment.

Sustainability Award

Celebrating the most creatively conceptualized and executed solution to a critical sustainability challenge.

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.

Technology & Innovation Star Student Award

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

Technology & Innovation Educator Award

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