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The Timmy Awards is an awards ceremony recognizing the best places for tech professionals to work in Boston. You sent in your nominations, you told us why your workplaces and tech managers deserve recognition as this year’s Best in Tech, and now it’s time to vote for our carefully chosen finalists. Who do YOU think deserves to claim the 2019 “Community Favorite” title in each of our award categories? Cast your ballots for Best Tech Startup, Manager, Work Culture, and Workplace Diversity here: https://hubs.ly/H0kK4Ff0 Host Abby Fichtner (hackerchick.com) works with some of the world's top organizations and universities to incite creativity and spur extraordinary results. From her humble beginnings as an 8-year-old video games developer on her Atari 800 to developing bleeding-edge tech for startups, she is perhaps best known for her role as Harvard Innovation Lab’s original Hacker-in-Residence. She’s been a huge champion for Boston startups – co-founding Unpitch and running more startup and tech groups then she can remember — for which she’s been named one of the Top Women in Boston Tech and, her favorite, Boston’s Startup Guardian Angel. Judges Thom Guertin has over 25 years’ experience driving eBusiness, eCommerce and Agile technology teams for leading global brands. He is currently the Director of North American Digital for Dassault Systemes in Waltham. He served as the Chief Digital Officer and CIO for the State of Rhode Island for more than 4 years, delivering modern digital transformation by reengineering legacy processes. Sridhar Iyengar, a serial entrepreneur, has started three companies that have revolutionized multiple industries. Sridhar’s current company, Elemental Machines, leverages AI, data science, and IoT technology to accelerate scientific processes across multiple industries such as biopharma, veterinary, energy, and food tech. Alex Lawrence currently serves as Chief of Staff for the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the City of Boston’s central IT organization. Alex works closely with the City's cabinet-level CIO, empowering a team of over 150 staff to build and maintain the technology tools that improve life for residents and keep the City running. Tacita Morway is the VP of Engineering at ActBlue, a nonprofit fundraising platform for Democratic campaigns, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that works to give voice to small-dollar donors. Tacita aims to cultivate environments that enable engineers to achieve their highest aspirations, fostering individual growth, and inviting engagement and ownership of the work they take on. Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies. With over 17 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in enterprise SaaS, IT software and data, marketing technologies and robotics. Sponsor Vertica is trusted by thousands of leading data-driven enterprises around the world, including AT&T, Etsy, Twitter, Intuit, Uber and more to deliver speed, scale and reliability on mission-critical analytics. The Vertica Analytics Platform is purpose built from the very first line of code for Big Data analytics. It is designed for use in data warehouses and other big data workloads where speed, scalability, simplicity, and openness are crucial to the success of analytics. Vertica relies on a tested, reliable distributed architecture and columnar compression to deliver blazingly fast speed.