Finalists for BC Tech’s 2018 Technology Impact Awards include VR companies and health-tech giants

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      After a long period of deliberation, the BC Tech Association has announced the finalists for the 2018 Technology Impact Awards. One of the highest-profile accolades in the local tech sector, the prizes—known colloquially as the TIAs—celebrate the best of the province’s innovation.

      “British Columbians are problem solvers by nature,” said Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO. “Pioneers, we have survived and thrived, and built modern-day B.C. by embracing new ideas and harnessing new technology. This innovation is the spirit of B.C.’s tech sector, and is what drives the accomplishments and passions we will honour at the TIAs this year.”

      Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the TIAs are both the longest-running and largest technology awards program in the province. Over that time, the nominations have charted B.C.’s progression from a hub for data analytics to a leader in visual media, cleantech, and wireless communication.

      The 2018 finalists represent achievements in a diverse cross-section of industries, including software, health technology, AI, financial technology, and e-commerce. This year, a number of virtual reality companies including LlamaZOO and Cloudhead Games have cracked the nominations for the first time, emphasizing B.C.’s global role as a XR technology hub. TIA stalwarts like Clio, ACL, and Traction on Demand also received nods in various categories, while a number of newer companies are up for the public vote in the Spirit of B.C. Tech category.

      The winners of the 25th annual TIAs will be announced on Friday, June 1st at the Technology Impact Awards Gala, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

      The full list of finalists are as follows:

      Excellence in Technology Innovation​

      Excellence in Technology Adoption​

      Community Engagement​

      Tech Culture of the Year​

      Person of the Year​

      Startup of the Year

      Growth Company of the Year​

      Company of the Year​

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