Tech Collective names 2017 Tech10 winners

PROVIDENCE – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s premier tech hub, has announced the 2017 winners of its Tech10 Awards to honor individuals and companies driving innovation, education and growth in the state’s technology industry.

“We are honored to recognize these influential individuals and innovative companies,” said John Smithers, CEO of Tech Collective, in a statement. “As engines of change, participants’ enthusiasm and dedication contribute to the state’s economic growth. We look forward to their continued successes!”

The 2017 Tech10 Award recipients are:

Community Partner

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  • Bobby DiPetrillo, solutions consultant, Carousel Industries
  • Brian Jepsen, co-founder, Providence Geeks and RI Mini Maker Faire

Company Innovation

  • Theresa Moore, president and founder, T-Time Productions


  • Jarrid Hall, co-founder, DinnerxChange
  • Rite-Solutions


  • Rose Muller, technology director, Bristol Warren Regional School District

Tech Educator

  • Erin Flynn, director of enrollment management outreach, New England Institute of Technology
  • Academy for Career Exploration

Tech Leadership

  • Owen Buckley, director of engineering, Kenzan
  • Tara Ebsworth, mechanical engineer, Ximedica

Techies to watch

  • Annette Niemczyk, senior systems engineer, Envision Technology Advisors

Women in Tech

  • Cate Burlington, information technology instructor, Year Up

Workforce Development Champion

  • Deb Ricci, business readiness champion, Carousel Industries

Youth Engagement

  • Aislinn Waters, software engineer, FM Global

In addition to the 10 categories listed above, the awards will also recognize Tech10 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rick Norberg, CEO of Vertikal6, and the Next Tech Generation Award recipients, presented by Cox Business, who are being recognized as future leaders at their companies and within the tech community.

The 2017 Next Tech Generation recipients are:

  • Keith Lee, manager of desktop engineering, Care New England
  • Steven Mooney, technology manager, International Game Technology PLC
  • Eduardo Lessa, agile practice lead, Gurnet Consulting

Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event presented in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Squantum Association in East Providence. For more information or to register to attend, visit or contact Amanda Roman at

Galen Auer is a PBN contributing writer. Email or follow on Twitter at @PBNAuer.