Awards for Local Technology

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the 17th annual BETAS, the Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase. These awards are given to local companies and entrepreneurs by InfoTech WNY, a consortium of software/hardware/telecommunications companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.

BB8 from “The Force Awakens” greeted us at the entrance.

The event was held at Buffalo Riverworks, and not coincidentally on May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day. It started with a Technology Showcase, a trade show that gave sponsors and award finalists a chance to show their products and services at booths on the venue’s upper level. Here are a few companies that I though were worth noting. (This post is not sponsored or affiliated with these companies in any way.)

Sunnking provides electronics recycling. WIth the proliferation of mobile technology that is frequently upgraded, this is a needed service. There’s no cost for this, and you can drop off your used electronics at any of these drop-off locations. If your library has hardware that you need to dispose of, please take a look.

BuffaloGameSpace is a non-profit dedicated to helping people make games, whether professional or aspiring. They hold meetings, workshops, and offer mentorship. In particular, the organization was promoting its BGS Showcase (May 13th), which shows the latest games being made locally, and a chance to play them and meet the creators. This could be a great organization to partner with if you are looking to get young patrons interested in coding or software development.


The awards ceremony was held during dinner. The Infotech WNY blog has lists of the finalists and winners if you want the full run-down, but here are some highlights.

The IT Leader of the Year award had an all-male roster of finalists, so it was nice to see that there was also an award for Woman in Technology, which went to Mary Canty, a Ph.D.

The awards program, complete with Star Wars font.

Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

WNYLRC member Erie Community College was the winner of Best Tech Team in Non-Profit / Education.

Best use of Digital Marketing included two WNYLRC member institutions among the finalists, Trocaire College and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, with the award going to Trocaire.

If you are interested in knowing what’s happening locally in technology, I encourage you to consider attending the BETAS next year (it’s open to the general public, although there is a cost for the ticket). Or maybe even consider membership in Infotech WNY.


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