Between the East River to the New York Harbor and down to Jamaica Bay, there is a galaxy of technologists, entrepreneurs, designers and artists living and creating in their own interlocking constellations of creativity and commerce. So let’s get all of them together in the same place and honor their work this year.
Compiling the list of nominees this year was like putting together an all-star team. The roster is stronger than any we have seen in Brooklyn in previous years and we fully expect that many of those nominated will go on to become not just Brooklyn famous, but names and brands known all across the country and globe.
We can’t promise that, but there’s one thing we can promise: This won’t be a boring awards show. Nominees were picked by Technical.ly Brooklyn readers and staff. The winners will be picked by you, the voters, and the ceremony won’t have long speeches (they’ll be 140 characters or less). The gathering will be full of Brooklyn’s best and brightest, and also lead reporter Tyler Woods. Voting runs until Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Vote above, but check out the nominees below. It’s a collection of some pretty impressive people and companies, and really cool to see all that’s going on here.
Entrepreneur of the Year
- Allison Kopf, Agrilyst
- Brad Hargreaves, Common
- Jonathan Schwartz, Voodoo Manufacturing
- Tanya Menendez, Maker’s Row
- Vincenzo Giordano, EnerKnol
- Donnel Baird, Bloc Power
Scientist of the Year
- Ted Rappaport, NYU Tandon
- Danielle Trofe, Danielle Trofe Design
- Sean Petterson, StrongArm Technologies
- Erum Azeez Khan, Hacking Alzheimer’s
Technologist of the Year
- Veronika Harbick, Thursday Finest
- Dillon Erb, Paperspace
- Isis Shiffer, EcoHelmet
- Jeremy McCool, HEVO
- Chris Whong, Department of City Planning
Best Web/Mobile Product of the Year
Design/Dev Firm of the Year
Tech Mission Organization of the Year
Tech Artist of the Year
Maker Space of the Year
Colocation or Incubator of the Year
Best Locally-Built Indie Video Game
Tech Business of the Year
Tech Startup of the Year
- EcoHelmet, Isis Shiffer
- BaseLantern, BioLite
- MushLume, Danielle Trofe
- 3D Knitted Socks, Thursday Finest
Civic Startup of the Year
Thinker of the Year
Who deserves to win best of the best for 2016? Cast your ballot and let us know!
And then mark your calendars for Jan. 5 — we’ll be celebrating all the finalists and winners with a party at WeWork DUMBO Heights (81 Prospect Street) from 7 to 9 p.m.