Rapid Recap: 2014 Digital Rochester GREAT Awards

Tonight, some Rochester tech entrepreneurs are feeling really great.

The 2014 GREAT Awards just let out, and what an honor it was to attend, to be surrounded and inspired by successful entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and rising stars. Digital Rochester, a non profit that brings “technology professionals together within the community,” hosts this swanky event every year. Here’s a succinct vision from the GREAT website:

To recognize and celebrate the Greater Rochester community’s entrepreneurial spirit in technological achievement for advancing commerce and resource conservation.


The official program began with one of the more entertaining (if not best) opening videos I’ve ever seen for a stuffy, prima facie, awards ceremony, “The Fresh Prince to the Future of Technology.”

After some comical chatter, delicious dinner, and tasty tweets (eating and tweeting), the awards ceremony kicked off. There were eight award categories and twenty-four finalists in all.

Here’s a quick list of those who won: 

Communication Technology:

Soleo Communications

Going Green Award

Nazareth College Admissions (a little surprised on this one, but a paperless admissions is pretty cool stuff)

Healthcare Technology Award

Carestream health

Technology Services Award


Optics, Photonics, & Imaging Award

Ovitz Corporation

Student Achievement

Melika Alipour Leili, Kevin Lewis, & the “IdeaLab” Team (RIT students making a mobile centrifuge product for phlebotomists)

Rising Star Award

C47 Film Associates

Visionary Leadership Award

Michael Pavia, Sydor Instruments

My friend, Felix Kim, was nominated in three different categories for his company, Ovitz Corporation. I did a story on him for 585 Magazine months ago, and I’m joyous to see him take (yet another) award home. Great job, Felix!

Is it just me, or do I look like a proud dad in this photo?

Is it just me, or do I look like a proud dad in this photo?

Thanks again to Digital Rochester for inviting me to attend. I’m looking forward to next year already.


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