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NEXT TECH Winners Announced



We live in a world that’s smarter, faster, and more innovative than ever and it is important to keep up with the advances in technology and how they are impacting our businesses, community and the world. State of Tech EXPONENTIAL will give you a sneak peek at technology innovations and human capital trends that can influence your work and life. The event will focus on three tracks: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Cloud. 
Keynote speakers announced, more to come. Click below to learn more about speakers, agenda, registration and sponsorship.

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NC TECH, in partnership with Business North Carolina, has launched the NEXT TECH Awards to showcase and celebrate North Carolina’s rising tech stars. This May 22nd reception will also serve as the kick-off to this year's State of Tech EXPONENTIAL Conference.

The 2024 class of winners was selected from nominations submitted from across the state recognizing individuals who go the extra mile, build products, grow revenue, support operations, and manage projects that propel businesses forward.  What all these individuals have in common is their exceptional business impacts, positive energy and attitude, and community engagement.

Meet the Winners    NEXT TECH Awards Celebration

This Week's Talent Webinar


Join NC TECH and The Diversity Movement (TDM) at 9:00 am on April 18 for a Focus on Talent webinar. Jamie Ousterout, Chief Experience Officer at TDM, will discuss the trends and predictions they are seeing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from their work with hundreds of clients across the technology sector and other industries. Jamie will provide strategies and tips based on real-world experiences to help your organization make progress on and future-proof its DEI journey.

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NC TECH + MetLife Partnership


Center for Technology Workforce Innovation

NC TECH joined forces with MetLife to establish the Center for Technology Workforce Innovation, a unique partnership designed to serve as a hub for the state’s tech employers and employees providing resources, thought leadership, and collaboration with the overarching goal of fostering growth and vitality in North Carolina’s technology sector.


Talent Newsletter

NC TECH + MetLife compile a quarterly newsletter focused on all things talent: news and hightlights, careers and featured job openings, industry research and upcoming events. View the latest newsletter here.

Upcoming Events

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The Government Vendor Network is a forum for member companies who have an interest in doing business with state government to hear from North Carolina's leaders in state government.

Join NC TECH on Tuesday, April 23 for an IT Procurement update featuring Torre JessupCOO and James Tanzosch, Chief IT Procurement Officer with the NC Department of IT.

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Monthly (Virtual)

Get2Know NC TECH is our monthly informal virtual gathering meant for people thinking of joining NC TECH, or members who want a refresher on how to get involved in the tech community. Join us for this virtual event and meet other tech professionals and see how NC TECH plans to help advance our state’s robust tech eco system. This event is free and available to both members and non-members.


Monthly (Virtual)

This monthly webinar is for new (and long-term) members interested in leveraging resources and plugging into our dynamic member community. Learn how to navigate Member InfoHub and engage with NC TECH Connect, our virtual community. We will showcase online resources such as the Marketing Toolkit and Member Directory. Tune in to become ‘savvy’ on how to make the most of your membership
Capitol Hill

NC TECH will host a Capitol Hill Reception for members and invited guests, including the North Carolina Congressional Delegation.  Employees of member companies are encouraged to attend and share with colleagues who are based in the Washington, D.C. area or might otherwise have a general interest in attending.

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What data analytics can do for your business

By Joe Dery and Ben Coulter 

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.”
— Peter Sondergaard, chairman of the board of Digitopia 

While many business executives and entrepreneurs have an idea of what data analytics is, we have a viewpoint for the term and it’s definitely not crunching numbers for the sake of crunching numbers. To us, data analytics is the creative use of data and statistical modeling to tell a compelling story that not only drives strategic action, but also results in business value.

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Member Spotlight: Smashing Boxes

Company HQ Location: Triangle
Industry Type: Software Design and Development 

Smashing Boxes is an entrepreneurial software design, development, and digital transformation firm. Entrepreneurship is part of our DNA and our founding story, as we more or less fell into the consulting and professional services world after years of founding/ cofounding various tech companies. While we had to learn a ton on the job to figure out how to run a services firm, we started with a great foundation of empathy for the startup community that we were built to serve. 

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