Celebrate Technology makes a return

For about a decade, Celebrate Technology has recognized the achievements of Front Range-based companies that have contributed to the technological landscape of Colorado. Noted achievements in every discipline, from the Internet to computer software to space-related equipment to homeland defense technologies have been duly noted.

Celebrate Technology is hosting a black-tie optional affair and awards banquet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at The Broadmoor Hotel. The cost is $95 per person, and reservations are available as well as sponsorships.

The event’s keynote speaker, Guy Kawasaki, is the chairman and managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.

Kawasaki was a Fellow at Apple Computer Inc. and is best known for having a hand in the development of the Macintosh computer. He has written seven books, including “Rules for Revolutionaries,” “How to Drive Your Competition Crazy,” “Selling the Dream” and “The Macintosh Way.”

“We’re extremely excited to have Guy Kawasaki as the keynote speaker. He is commonly considered one of the best speakers in the country on emerging technologies,” said Hendrik Jordaan, a partner with the law firm Holme Roberts & Owen and Celebrate Technology co-chair. “Guy is in the process of launching his latest book, ‘The Art of the Start.’ Each attendee will receive a copy.”

Celebrate Technology, a nonprofit corporation sponsored by several leading and emerging high-tech companies, was founded in the early 1990s in part by Ron Muns, a local entrepreneur and founder of Help Desk Institute (HDI), a membership association for the service and support industry.

Of the 30 award nominees, who will be announced when the selection committee meets next week, 60 percent are Colorado Springs-based companies; the others are based along the Front Range, including Denver and Boulder. Award winners will be announced at the banquet.

“It’s really the only event of its kind in southern Colorado in that it brings together all the different technological organizations and initiatives, and reaches up and down the Front Range,” Jordaan said. “Once a year, different segments of our community-entrepreneurs, large tech companies, venture capitalists, service providers, academics-come together to showcase the top-tech companies in the region. It’s important that we inform the wider community about the breakthroughs we’ve had, along with some of the actual and pending success stories.”

Following the technology fizzle of the late 1990s, Celebrate Technology took a break. However, as the economy strengthens and the tech sector continues to recover, Celebrate Technology is back, as well – ready to share the lessons learned through the lean times, renew old contracts and begin new relationships.

“I chaired [Celebrate Technology] for a couple years, several years ago, after the high-tech sector took a hard hit, and now we are bringing it back,” Linda Christopherson said. “It’s the best event, and we’re really looking forward to having a dynamic keynote speaker. We have to get entrepreneurs out there to listen to the message.”

Several leading technology companies, including Intel and Agilent Technologies, along with emerging companies such as XAware and StorServer, have already sponsored Celebrate Technology. Service provider sponsors include Holme Roberts & Owen, Sparks Willson Borges Brandt & Johnson, Prudential Real Estate, BiggsKofford and Stockman Kast Ryan. The Colorado Springs Business Journal is the nonprofit’s media sponsor.

To register or help sponsor the awards dinner, visit Celebratetechnology.org.

– Editorial@csbj.com