2018 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced

The Tech10 Awards honor individuals and companies driving innovation, education, and growth; to be recognized at celebration event on Nov. 15th

Providence, Rhode Island – October 15, 2018 – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s foremost Information Technology Association, in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly, announces its 2018 Tech10 Award recipients. The program will honor sixteen Rhode Island individuals and companies within ten technology related categories. In addition to the ten categories, the award ceremony will also recognize Tech10 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Victor Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D., a Computer Science Professor at URI, founder of URI's Digital Forensics program, and is also the director of URI's Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center.

This year’s Tech10 Awards continue to distinguish Rhode Island’s brightest entrepreneurs and technology professionals as well as showcasing organizations who are driving innovation and education across Rhode Island. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Squantum Association in East Providence, RI. This year’s recipients are also profiled in the November issue of Rhode Island Monthly, which is on newsstands soon.

2018 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Next Tech Generation; sponsored by Cox Business

Aaron Buckley; Infrastructure Applications Engineer at ALEX AND ANI
Camille Bobiak; Systems Engineer II at Raytheon IDS
Carlos Hernandez; Software Developer at Kenzan
Jenna Barboza; Service Desk Manager at Vertikal6
Nitish M. Devadiga; Principal Software Engineer at Datarista Inc.

Entrepreneur / Start-up

Michelle Petersen; Founder at TextUp

Tech Leadership              

Todd S. Knapp; CEO at Envision Technology Advisors, LLC
John Alfred;
Captain of Computer Crimes Unit at Rhode Island State Police

Outstanding Tech Practitioner  

Travis Eland; Senior Software Developer at Trilix

Community Partner       

Carol M. Giuriceo; Director, Rhode Island STEAM Center at Rhode Island College

Youth Engagement        

Matthew Hallam; Senior Software Developer at Amica Insurance / Volunteer Teacher at CS4RI

Tech Educator  

Celinda Kofron & Anubhav Tripathi; Co-Instructors of Biomedical Engineering Design and Innovation at Brown University

Workforce Development Champion      

Lori Meeks; Senior Talent Business Partner, Upserve

Women in Tech

Heather ONeill; CEO at Pixels for Humans

Company Innovation    

Jacques Laflamme; CIO at New England Institute of Technology
Barbara Reid;
Agile Coach at FM Global

“Congratulations 2018 Tech10 Award winners! We are honored to recognize these influential individuals and innovative companies”, said Joe Devine, Interim Executive Director at Tech Collective. “The honorees contributions to their organizations and the communities they serve have contributed greatly to the state’s economic growth. We look forward to their continued successes!”

The 2018 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Cox Business, Amica Insurance, and OSHEAN. Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected June – August 2018.

“We are pleased to highlight the talents of these individuals and all that they do for their businesses and the community,” said John Palumbo, publisher of Rhode Island Monthly. “Our partnership with the Tech Collective is an important one as we celebrate the importance of the work of this group of industry leaders and the key role technology plays as a driver of the Rhode Island economy.”

To learn more about the event and to register, go to www.tech10awards.com or contact Tech10 Program Manager, Amanda Roman at Amanda.roman@tech-collective.org


Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is a locally owned multi-platform publisher of magazines and specialty publications, including custom publishing projects. Products include several lifestyle and tourism publications serving residents of – and visitors to – Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.


Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s foremost Information Technology Association that unites and promote all of Rhode Island’s tech stakeholders, including students K-12, professionals, higher education, government and industry. Our mission is to ensure that Rhode Island’s technology industry has the talent and resources it needs to compete and grow. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).