2013 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2013, Accenture announced the winner of the 2013 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) was founded 50 years ago by a group of concerned parents. Today, CVI assists more than 5,000 clients and their caregivers as they acquire skills and information to succeed at school and work, be active members of their communities, and live with independence and dignity.

CVI established ClearAnswer Contact Center in 2012 to employ people with vision loss as an investment in the lives of people who may not have many employment options. CVI will use the Award to implement a CRM system to manage a growing customer base for ClearAnswer. The system will also be integrated with CVI’s existing text-to-speech solution. Many ClearAnswer customers are smaller nonprofits that do not have robust databases but need to know where their donations come from or the average donation amount. A CRM system will allow them to provide this and other meaningful information through efficient data analysis and presentation, adding value to their services and helping their customers make smarter business decisions. Learn more at www.cviga.org/.

We also congratulate our two finalists:

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) began as a youth orchestra in 1945, when the Atlanta Music Club partnered with local public school music teachers to form the Atlanta Youth Symphony. By 1951, the Orchestra had evolved into one of professional musicians entirely and was known as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The ASO seeks to transform its technology platform to match current and potential patron behavior patterns. The proposed project will transform its existing portable device technology to reach a broader market to include more people aged 20-40 and more culturally diverse communities. Portable device technology will allow the ASO to make the full suite of online services and options available to portable device users and expand the education and concert experiences. By making this transition, the ASO expects a 20-30% increase in online ticket sales over a 5-year period. Learn more at www.atlantasymphony.org/.


Brain tumors are the second leading cancer cause of death in children with an estimated 4,300 new diagnoses in the U.S. this year. Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC) began as an information hub and support group for parents, but as several national groups emerged dedicated to brain tumor research, BTFC redirected their attention to the immediate needs of the child and family.

With this proposed project, BTFC intends to transform the way they accomplish their mission and maintain high touch execution of their services. BTFC is seeking to implement Salesforce.com to manage data related to families, services, donors, grants, fundraisers, and volunteers. BTFC believes they will see dramatic improvements by automating tasks that support their mission and growing areas where they are effective. Learn more at braintumorkids.org/.


2013 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel

An esteemed panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities assessed the candidates.

Jerry Bartlett
SVP/Chief Development Officer
First Data
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Host since 2011 | TIA Judge since 2011
Anil Cheriyan
SunTrust Banks, Inc
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Larry Clark
PSA Healthcare
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Host since 2007 | TIA Judge since 2006
Dave Deckebach
VP, Manufacturing Information Technology
Hometown: Port Angeles, WA
TIA Judge since 2012
Sheryl Fikse
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Host since 2012 | TIA Judge since 2012
Melanee Haywood
Managing Director, Airline Operations and Corporate Services
Delta Airlines
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Bob Hesskamp
SVP, CNN Broadcast Engineering & Systems Technology
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Host since 2011 | TIA Judge since 2011
Karen Kreider
Genuine Parts Company
Hometown: Reading, PA
Barb Kunkel
Troutman Sanders, LLP
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Host since 2007 | TIA Judge since 2007
Lance Luther
Senior Executive – North America Products Technology Lead
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Ginny Nickles
Executive Director
Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Renee Poole
Former CIO
The Salvation Army
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Karen Renner
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Host since 2011 | TIA Judge since 2012
Jim Scholefield
The Coca-Cola Company
Hometown: Asbury Park, NJ
Joe Surber
AGL Resources
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Host since 2009 | TIA Judge since 2012
Bill VanCuren
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Host Since 2010 | TIA Judge since 2010
Gene Viscelli
King & Spalding, LLP
Hometown: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Host Since 2012 | TIA Judge since 2011
Tom Werner
VP Information Technology
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Hometown: Ramsey, NJ
Host Since 2011 | TIA Judge since 2011

2013 Technology Innovation Award Nominees:

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc.
Atlanta Children’s Shelter
Atlanta Ministry with International Students, Inc.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc.
Capacity, Inc.
Center for the Visually Impaired
Charitable Connections, Inc.
Childspring International
Clarkston Community Center
Create Your Dreams
Decatur Cooperative Ministry
Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc.
Fayette Alliance Coordinating Teamwork, Outreach and Resources; FACTOR
Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Inc. (Georgia Shakespeare)
Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Inc,
H.O.P.E. Through Divine Intervention Inc.
LifeLine Animal Project
Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc.
Medical Associates Plus, Inc. (formerly Neighborhood Improvement Project, Inc.)
Moving in the Spirit
Next Step Ministries
Nicholas House
Park Pride
PAWS Atlanta, Inc.
Premier Academy, Inc.
Project GRAD Atlanta, Inc.
Quality Care for Children
REDEEM Community Outreach
Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA)
Resources for Residents and Communities
St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate
The Edge Connection
The Place of Forsyth County Inc. 
The Ron Clark Academy
The Scholarship Academy
The United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference
Trees Atlanta
United Military Care, Inc.
VOX Teen Communications
World Reach Ministries, Inc.
YWCA of Greater Atlanta