Alex is an IT professional for Reavis High School of Burbank, Illinois. This award recognizes those new to the profession who’ve made an immediate impact. Alex went above and beyond to learn and build on new skills to help further his career development—tackling fiber cabling and managing the school’s infrastructure upgrade. His passion for customer satisfaction is what helped him earn the title of Rookie of the Year.
Joe, Kate, and Nick are the UK-based systems support team at Smile Together. This award celebrates those going beyond the typical IT call of duty. The team worked together to fast-track their three-year strategy in just six months while also ensuring employee productivity in the pandemic lockdown. In summary, this team of Rockstars provided short-term solutions to immediate needs and long-term innovation.
Meka is co-founder and executive director of CodeCrew, a computer science nonprofit for students in Memphis, Tennessee. For Meka, IT mentorship is a passion and a discipline. When the pandemic hit, Meka learned 100 of his students didn’t have the technology they needed at home. He and his team worked with a local internet provider to secure low-cost internet access and purchase laptops for 12 students with the help of a national grant.
Earl is co-founder of BDPA, a nonprofit for minorities in IT and STEM fields. Founded with a mission to enable upward mobility “from the classroom to the boardroom,” Earl’s programs have introduced computer programming and web development to thousands of high school students. In 2020, BDPA achieved its 45-year milestone and successfully held their annual BDPA Technology Virtual Conference & Diversity Career Fair and High School Computer Competition virtually due to the pandemic.