2022 AIM Tech Awards honoring community technology leaders

Presented by Cox Business, the 2022 AIM Tech Awards will once again celebrate Silicon Prairie’s changemakers and visionaries with an awards ceremony and dinner at Founders One | Honor Nine, at 1915 Jackson St. in downtown Omaha, on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m

Winners are recognized in the following categories: Tech Leader, Tech Educator, Tech High School Student, Tech College Student, Enterprise Business, Tech Startup and Tech Innovator of the Year.

The event will be moderated by Tony Veland, Director of Business and Community Development at AIM and Super Bowl winner, former NFL defenseman. The keynote will be delivered by Estefany Puc Nieto, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who launched her burgeoning tech career thanks to the AIM Code Academy course at Omaha South High School.

Admission is free and open to the general public, donations are welcome. Tickets can be requested through Eventbrite.

Proceeds from the event will help support the AIM Institute, a nonprofit organization that strengthens and diversifies the local tech community through education, career development, and outreach. Donations are tax-deductible and will offset the cost of delivering services to vulnerable and underserved populations who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience what AIM and its partners believe are the profound benefits of technology education.

Keynote Speakers in the Spotlight

Estefany Puc Nieto grew up in a household without much access to technology. Puc Nieto, the daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from Mexico, said she’s naturally drawn to technology as part of a generation that’s essentially been online since birth. Through a connection she made in her school’s DECA program, Puc Nieto enrolled in the AIM Code Academy at Omaha South High School, where she gained experience building websites using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

The experience changed her life.

Before Code Academy, Puc Nieto was against the idea of ​​a tech career.

“I thought, ‘Robotics Club? No, this is for boys,” she said.

As a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majors in computer science, Puc Nieto hopes to help break down the old gender stereotypes that initially held her back from her chosen career path.

“My top priority is to continue learning about new programs while developing my leadership skills,” she said. “Because for me, it’s not just about my journey, it’s about being able to mentor other girls of color, hopefully within the next year, so they’re more open-minded about engineering.”

For more information about the event or to make a donation, please visit www.aimtechawards.org.

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