Once a Dream Is Shared, It Becomes Powerful
The Digital Ball offers Georgia an amazing evening that brings together leading technologists in the business community with charitable organizations. These organizations are finding practical applications for business technologies in delivering their missions. With the sponsorship of UST’s real-time crowdfunding technology, attendees raised money to support the ideas generated by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and their charitable projects. The nonprofit organizations are asked to come up with 20% of funding while TechBridge supporters pick up 80% of the tab for these projects.
Digital Ball Co-Hosts Miriam McLemore (Amazon AWS) and Tom Miller (formerly of Anthem, Inc; now with Sellr) recognized the Digital Event Series presenting sponsor, Accenture. Accenture has been a stalwart supporter of TechBridge since . They were joined in their support by our tremendously important platinum sponsors: Anthem, Inc., CDW, The Coca-Cola Company, IBM Cloud, and IBM Security.
The ball’s themes were Ideation and Technology. Many of the activities were supported by Gold Sponsors Cumberland Group, CyrusOne, Delta Air Lines, Infor, iVision, NTT Data, Palo Alto Networks, Sayres, RCG Global Services, Scott Wells, ServiceNow, SunTrust Bank, and WestRock, in addition to the many essential silver- and bronze-level sponsors. Many representatives of these leading companies attended a special VIP reception, sponsored by North State Technical Solutions.
Mentalist Max Major engaged and entertained Digital Ball attendees with an astonishing mixture of mindreading and magic. Mr. Major involved representatives of Insight and Accenture in his performances, to the delight of the audience.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, in the company of his wife (former educator Sandra Deal née Dunagan), accepted the Community Leader Award from Accenture’s Jimmy Etheredge. Governor Deal was singled out by TechBridge and the Georgia technology community in recognition of the value he places on the technology sector.
Bill VanCuren of NCR Corporation became the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Ed Steinike CIO Award. CTO–CIO for General Electric and later Coca-Cola, Ed Steinike’s character and influence on Atlanta’s tech community were celebrated by presenter Rick Grande (Insight Southeast Director of Sales) and later by Bill himself. Digital Ball attendees appreciated the opportunity to relax with Hunter Technical Resources, which hosted an after-hours party.
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