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October 08, 2023 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Chattanooga Tech Council honors 12

The University of Memphis has a team competing this week in a cybersecurity event hosted by Raymond James Financial Inc.

From Chattanooga:

The Chattanooga Technology Council announced and honored its “TechX Award” winners at an event last week. The winners were:

  • CxO of the Year: Tyson Morris, City of Chattanooga;
  • Early Innovator Award: Thrive Regional Partnership;
  • Tech Company of the Year: Conversant Group;
  • IT Infrastructure Award: Chantée Boykin, EPB;
  • Software Engineering Leader of the Year: Branden Schwartz, Tennessee Valley Authority;
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advocate in Tech Award: Melanie Silva, Hinton & Company;
  • AI/Machine Learning/Business Intelligence Award: Ian Mitchell, Mission Omega & The Knoble;
  • Women in Tech Award: Carol Barajas, also of the Tennessee Valley Authority;
  • DevOps Leader of the Year: Matthew Barlow, StratusGrid;
  • Tech Marketer of the Year: Vangi Mitchell, AlloHire;
  • Tech Educator of the Year: Jessica Holloway, Hamilton County Department of Education; and
  • Emerging Tech Student: Teddy Cooper, Chattanooga State Community College.

To learn more about the awards and winners, click here.

From Nashville:

  • Genus AI, a generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform for direct-to-consumer and eCommerce brands, raised $6 million in what was characterized as seed extension funding. Founded by Tadas Jucikas and Viktoras Jucikas, the company is organized into a Creative Hub, Audience Hub, and Reporting Hub to simplify and democratize access to AI solutions for marketers. Global brands have used the platform with 10 million product images generated in 2023 alone, according to a post in the FinSMEs daily deal newsletter.
  • Sammie Arnold, former Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, has been selected as the next Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee. He will begin his new duties November 1.

From Memphis:

A team from the University of Memphis is one of 15 competing this week in a cybersecurity competition hosted by Raymond James Financial Inc.

Other teams come from the University of Central Florida, University of Tampa, Florida State University, Florida Institute of Technology, Utica College, University of South Florida, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, College of Charleston, St. Petersburg College, University of Florida, Saint Leo University, and British Columbia Institute of Technology.

The team judged best will win $10,000 and a dinner with the Raymond James Chief Information Security Officer.

From Washington, DC but with Tennessee Implications:

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $1 million through its READY LDDs, one of four tailored tracks under ARC’s capacity-building initiative, READY Appalachia. The awards of $100,000 each will help the Johnson City-headquartered First Tennessee Development District and nine other local development districts (LDDs) representing eight Appalachian states expand staffing and capacity to better support their communities in identifying, accessing, and implementing federal funding through “American Rescue Plan Act,” “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” and other funding sources

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