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The Brooklyn brand has become a global one. But local pride is good for the soul. Let’s honor it.
After two years of reporting on tech, entrepreneurship and access circles in Brooklyn, we wanted to highlight the best we know and see what the community thinks. So we’re announcing today our first-ever Brooklyn Innovation Awards.
This is no stuffy awards banquet for the usual suspects. This is a set of leaders worthy of being honored, as chosen by key members of the Technical.ly team. Now, you’ll do the rest by voting online. Who deserves the nod in a dozen categories? Voting will run until Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.
Vote above, but here are the nominees for your perusal. For now, there’s no plan for a proper gathering of these brilliant people. The plan is just to honor here the people who have done the most good work in 2015, but let us know if you think we should be coming together IRL.
Best Web/Mobile Product of the Year | For the most successful digital tool that represents the Brooklyn spirit
Best Locally Built Indie Video Game of the Year | For the best designed and developed game launched in 2015
Technologist of the Year | For the most high-profile technical work by an individual in Brooklyn
Artist/Creative Group of the Year | For the most unique and inspiring use of software or other digital or technical tools
Makerspace of the Year | For the most creative and collaborative place of hardware and fabrication work
Coworking Space of the Year | For the most active and welcoming tech community around a physical hub
Incubator of the Year | For the most effective place to start and grow a business
Tech Mission Org of the Year | For the group that has had the biggest impact on inclusivity, education or access in STEM
Creative Agency of the Year | For the most consistently high-quality design, web and creative work on the largest scale
Tech Community Leader of the Year | For representing Brooklyn’s tech community on a wider stage
Tech Startup of the Year | For the early-stage company that has the best chance at delivering on its business objectives
Tech Business of the Year | For the more established business that has had the biggest impact on its community
Science Firmof the Year | For the early-stage company that is doing the most interest working in the sciences
Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.