The first Academy Awards ceremony took place May 16, 1929, to celebrate excellence in movies. Ninety years later, the Oscars are still going strong.

Less prominent than the Academy Awards, but probably no less important, AIM’s Tech Celebration awards ceremony began in 1995 to recognize excellence in technology. Since then, AIM has honored over 140 businesses, individuals, educators and students that have work to shape the future of IT. 

Sponsored by Cox Business, the 2019 AIM Tech Celebration award ceremony will continue this tradition, with blue-carpet pageantry, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, entertainment and networking opportunities rounding out the evening. The ceremony will also feature a DJ set by Kethro, aka Keith Rodger, acclaimed music producer at Make Believe Studios.

We’ve got a few other special surprises in the works, possibly involving drones. That’s all we’ll say.

A Connective Force in the Tech Talent Community

Tech Celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus. As AIM’s main fundraising event of the year, Tech Celebration is open to the public and free to attend, thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors. 

Tech Celebration’s 2019 sponsors include Cox Business, Valmont, Kiewit, FNTS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, Wells Fargo, Team Software, Google, Predictive Technology, Buildertrend, Bellevue.edu and CRI. Table sponsorships are selling fast. Free tickets are still available.

Tech Celebration acts as a connective force in the local IT community, according to Doug Durham, CEO of Don’t Panic Labs and co-founder of Nebraska Global.  

“The Tech Celebration event helps put us all in the same room, allows us to develop relationships, share experiences, and get to know one another a little bit better, because in our day-to-day lives we don’t often interact with each other,” Durham said.

Silicon Prairie News recently published a profile of Durham, himself a 2016 Tech Celebration winner in the Tech Innovator Category.

“I think only good things will come from seeing ourselves as neighbors in this ecosystem…and will create opportunities for connection, for new ideas, for innovation and collaboration,” Durham said.

Hopefully, we’ll see you at the ceremony.

Can’t Make It?

Help us keep building tomorrow’s tech talent community. Consider making a donation to AIM’s youth-in-technology programs or sponsor this year’s ceremony today!