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Celebrate your tech community: Nominations are open for the 2023 Awards

By Oct. 30, nominate impactful leaders, change-making companies and innovative technology products making communities better for this year's awards program.

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It’s that time of year: The Awards are back, and as always, you have a chance to shape them. is again honoring the top companies, leaders and organizations in tech communities across mid-Atlantic markets.

Before we get into how to nominate folks, let’s look back. In 2022, after years of a deadly pandemic, jolting awareness of systemic racism and repeated hits to a fragile economy, we aimed to look forward with our awards program — to capture emerging trends and recognize those keeping the tech industry strong and equitable ahead of another uncertain year.

See who won in Philly, Baltimore, DC, Delaware and Pittsburgh, from edtech apps to a beauty-focused makerspace to digital equity champions.

This year, we aim to celebrate recent wins while keeping this forward-looking momentum going.

With that, nominations for the 2023 Awards are open.

Nominate a person, company or product

It’s your chance to shout out the success of local tech businesses, as well as the dedication of professional, technical and impact leaders. Who’s making your community better? What products and companies will most shape the future? Who’s done the most work this year to widen tech’s tent?

The categories are:

  • Invention of the Year — What product, project or release this year is best poised to change their industry?
  • Tech Community Leader of the Year — Who has most made this community better through coalition building, nonprofit work, access-minded initiatives, policymaking or other pathways?
  • CTO of the Year — Who is leading groundbreaking technical work within their company or organization? (Similar titles beyond CTO will be accepted.)
  • Tech Company of the Year — What promising startup or growth-stage company is tackling an interesting problem, shaping its industry or inspiring a brighter collective future?
  • Culture Builder of the Year — What empathetic leader or organizer is making their workplace or professional group more inclusive, resilient or engaging? (“Leader” doesn’t need to mean they hold a leadership title.)

Nominate a person, company or product

Submit your noms by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. The newsroom will curate nominations to narrow them down to five finalists per category and announce a public vote in November. Look for more details soon.

Our ultimate goal is to bring folks together and recognize the hard work that’s been happening, as well as what remains to be done. Join us by telling us who should get the spotlight.

P.S. If you missed them, be sure to check out the 2023 RealLIST Engineers in Philly, Baltimore, DC, Delaware and Pittsburgh. And remember:’s RealLIST nominations are now open year-round.

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