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Tech Culture Awards going national

Matt Hunckler is the CEO of Powderkeg. (IIB Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has opened up nominations for its second annual Tech Culture Awards, which this year come with a twist. The tech networking platform says instead of just Hoosier tech companies that were eligible last year, businesses throughout the country can be nominated for this year’s awards.

Powderkeg says expanding the awards to a national level gives more tech companies “the opportunity to share what makes their culture unique, earn national recognition and attract even more top talent.”

The inaugural awards were announced in September 2019 with Indianapolis-based Socio receiving the Top-Rated Overall Culture award. Powderkeg says the winners were determined based on the results of more than 1,000 surveys sent to engineers, marketers, salespeople and product managers throughout Indiana.

“Companies outside of the coasts typically don’t receive the same kind of flashy recognition that companies in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston receive,” Matt Hunckler, chief executive officer of Powderkeg, said in a news release. “That being said, with the COVID-19 pandemic still among us, the playing field has never been as level as it is now when comparing tech companies around the globe. As we continue to see companies prioritize talent and company culture, the Tech Culture Awards are a great way to plug into these national communities and provide them the recognition they deserve.”

This year’s categories for the Tech Culture Awards include: 

  • Top-Rated for Work-Life Balance
  • Top-Rated Leadership Team
  • Top-Rated Career Path
  • Top-Rated Remote Work
  • Top-Rated for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Top-Rated Sales & Marketing Team
  • Top-Rated Customer Experience (CX) Team
  • Top-Rated Product Team
  • Top-Rated Engineering Team
  • Best Overall Culture for Indianapolis, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Denver, Pittsburgh, the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and more
  • Best Startup Culture
  • Best Scaleup Culture
  • Best Enterprise Culture

The winners will be announced December 17 during Powderkeg’s Unvalley Virtual Conference. You can learn more about the awards by clicking here.