technology awards

  • SendtoNews posted an article
    SendtoNews is once again nominated for Best Video Distribution Platform see more

    SendtoNews (STN), North America’s Leading Digital Video Distribution Platform, is named a finalist in the 2020 Digiday Video Awards.  For the second year in a row, SendtoNews has been shortlisted as the Best Video Distribution Platform for their turnkey, three-sided digital video platform, which provides resource free premium technology, content and monetization to publishers.  

    STN is recognized for its unique service to publishers, delivering the most comprehensive premium content libraries in digital video to their users.  Over the past twelve months, STN expanded its content library volume by over 120%, adding video from leading providers like Associated Press, Bloomberg, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast, Variety and Cheddar to their already unparalleled official library of exclusive sports content from MLB, NBA, NFL, PGA TOUR and MLS.  SendtoNews now offers publishers up to 5000 new daily videos from over 100 of the top brands in digital media. 

    In a case study submitted to Digiday, STN demonstrated how this expansion of its content library yielded tremendous results for their partners in terms of user experience and revenue.  One such partner saw revenue increases of nearly double the revenue, with a 162% lift in average time spent watching video.  

    “We are always excited to find new and innovative ways to help publishers thrive in digital video,” said Matthew Watson, CEO of SendtoNews. “It is an honor to have these efforts recognized by a go-to resource for industry insight like Digiday.  On behalf of the STN team, I offer congratulations to all of the finalists and thank our content, publishing and advertising partners for their part in this success.” 

    The SendtoNews video distribution platform features an AI-powered video player that automates publisher workflow, matching articles with STN’s contextually relevant, premium content to offer exceptional monetization of the resulting impressions all at zero cost to the publisher, which has yielded results such as 3.1x more impressions and 3.9x longer time on page in cases studies than video from alternate sources. 

    The Digiday Video Awards recognize companies that use video to modernize media and marketing. Finalists are judged on their ability to both solve industry-wide challenges and create opportunities for their partners.  The Winner of Best Video Distribution platform will be announced alongside 14 other categories on February 11th on 

    About SendtoNews

    SendtoNews owns and operates the leading digital video distribution platform in North America,  supplying more than 1600 digital publishers with revenue, premium content and advanced video player technology. SendtoNews is the video distribution platform for over 100 content creators, including the NFL, Associated Press, MLB, Bloomberg, Rolling Stone, NBA, PGA Tour, Variety NHL, and MLS, complementing their efforts to grow and engage their digital audience while providing additional revenue opportunities for their advertisers and sponsors. 

    SendtoNews’ video platform and AI-powered Smart Match player has become an indispensable resource in content, technology and monetization to publishers across North America, making SentoNews a key partner to industry leaders like Hearst, Gannett, Tribune, McClatchy, USA Today and thousands of other newspaper.coms, broadcast.coms, radio.coms and native digital sites. For more information on SendtoNews, please visit

    Media Contact: David Davies



  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017 see more

    Nominations open for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards

    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017


    VICTORIA, BC (March 10, 2017) – Nominations are now open for one of the largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows in the country, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Nomination form here and tickets available here).

    Last year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 850 attendees, the highest attendance it’s seen since it started in 2002. This year’s event is expected to sell out again. The extravagant show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria’s most impressive technology companies.

    “Whether it’s Bloomberg Media, The Toronto Star or Vogue Magazine, the world has realized that Victoria is young, culturally vibrant and a cool city. With tech being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “It's a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.”

    In total, 15 awards that come in the form of custom metal fabricated robots known as “Freddies”, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    • Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    • Startup of the Year

    • Product of the Year

    • Innovative Excellence

    • Leader of the Year

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)

    • Employee/Team of the Year

    • Employer of the Year

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)

    • Community Contributor (New)

    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, March 27th.

    Bonus Material:
    To view last year's winners click here.
    To get a glimpse into what the event is like, watch this video.

    Media Contact:
    Dan Gunn

    Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director

    About VIATEC:
    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.

    Award Category Descriptions:

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees, 11-49 and 50+)
      These companies are the foundation on which our $4 billion tech sector was built. They are established with a sizeable headcount and they are bringing in considerable revenues. They are growing, expanding and taking the time to give back to our community as mentors, advisors and cheerleaders for the up and coming tech companies. Judges will consider growth, impact, product innovation, market share and community involvement. This award has three categories based on company size.

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
      These are the companies that are about to really hit their stride. They're young, but they have a stable foundation. Judges will consider traction, revenue and team growth, product breadth and acceptance, and good old business fundamentals.

    • Startup of the Year
      These are some of Victoria’s newest tech companies. It’s early days but they are getting investor and customer interest (if not already raising money and sales), based on the prototypes and/or early product versions. Judges will consider the market opportunity, executive leadership, investment and your pitch deck.

    • Product of the Year
      This category is where the innovation rubber hits the road. These products have market traction and that means sales. Judges will consider total sales and sales growth, customer adoption, market share along with market disruption and level of innovation.

    • Innovative Excellence
      This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an emerging, innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life. Judges will consider just how disruptive this tech is likely to be. Prior commercial success is not a priority.

    • Leader of the Year (previously “Executive of the Year”)
      These hot shots have had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership and are respected by their peers. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles, eg. CEO, CFO, COO, President, Vice-President. Nominated companies are required to provide revenues from the last 3 years as well as other indicators requested by judges (eg. number of employees).

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)
      These are the up and coming executives that have started to breakthrough as valuable leaders to a local tech firm. They're young or at least new to leadership, but they have demonstrated dedication, passion and an ability to inspire others. Judges will consider role, impact and related career highlights e.g. glowing anecdotes from their colleagues.

    • Employee/Team of the Year
      Much of a company's success is a result of having hardworking and dedicated employees. This employee or team have the perfect mix of outstanding initiative and service delivery, have had a significant impact on the company for which they work and exude great personality or team dynamic while getting it all done.

    • Employer of the Year
      These are the companies who never forget to pause and take the time to think about their staff and provide a positive work environment. This award is based on a company survey of staff and is the tech company most respected and appreciated by their staff.

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
      Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least 10 years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • VIATEC Member of the Year
      Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Community Involvement Award (New)
      This category is for a tech company making an effort to improve our community and being successful at it on a regular basis. Efforts can include (and are not limited to): supporting charities with monetary funds or non-perishable donations, putting on fundraising events, volunteer work or creating a foundation/scholarship. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)
      An individual new to Victoria that is making a big impact by joining and supporting the local tech scene. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).