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Puerto Rico to hold first tech innovation awards

By on February 8, 2018

SAN JUAN – Despite Hurricane Maria’s passage across the island, the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster (PRITC) continues set to hold the island’s first technology industry Innovation Awards on Friday, May 11, during the fifth edition of the CIO & Leadership Conference to be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Casino Convention Center in San Juan.

In an interview with Caribbean Business, José Huyke, PRITC board secretary, who is also in charge of the award process, said those interested in nominating an individual or company from the community of organizations focused on information technology that operate locally, either startups or multinationals that implement technology on and off the island will have until next Friday, Feb. 16, to do so through the event’s webpage.

José Huyke, PRITC board secretary, pointed out that many other jurisdictions have similar recognition events that have been positive, and stressed it should be done in Puerto Rico as well. (Efrén Rodríguez / CB)

He also stressed that although this is the first time these awards will be conferred in conjunction with the CIO & Leadership Conference, they hope to continue this award process from now on, and assured the event is already recognized by the island’s tech industry.

As for the nomination process, Huyke explained that “being that this is the first year in which the PRITC will present these awards, the process will be conducted with the highest standards of quality and transparency. For this, an independent panel of judges has been established, which will carry out its process within the publicly established calendar, and within the rules that are available for review by those interested in participating through the PRITC webpage.”

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There are currently five judges, three of whom are Puerto Ricans living abroad who have experience in the industry. In addition, depending on the number of nominations received, there is the possibility of recruiting additional judges to successfully complete this process.

The initiative also arises from the need to support the island’s efforts to promote the IT sector. “We want to raise recognition of the excellence of the island’s technology industry,” he said.

Recognitions

For these recognitions, there will be five categories: Intellectual Property Award, which will be presented to the individual or organization that has developed the intellectual IT property piece considered the most innovative, ingenious, influential, practical and/or commercially viable during the past year.

IT Project of the Year, which will highlight the organization that conducted and completed an IT development or deployment project considered the most innovative, technologically elaborate, influential and successful.

Likewise, the Tech Exporter of the Year Award is aimed at local people or companies that were most involved in the process of exporting innovative products and/or technological services from Puerto Rico.

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Meanwhile, in the Tech Startup of the Year category, a company will be awarded that is actively developing or has recently completed an innovative product, service, process or IT platform that is considered to have greater potential for commercial success in the coming years.

On the other hand, the Social Impact Award seeks to recognize an individual or organization that, through the use of innovative IT products, services, processes or platforms, has had the most significant positive impact on the well-being of Puerto Rican society.

For more information about the nominations, requirements, terms and conditions, visit www.puertoricoisit.com/pritc-innovation-awards/

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