About the BETAS

The BETAS (Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase) recognize and celebrates WNY's organizations and individuals that set the standard for technological innovation and implementation, workplace culture, and industry activism. It is such enterprising work done every day that feeds economic development and technological excellence within the Buffalo Niagara region.  During the BETAS we feature WNY IT companies in the Technology Showcase leading into the awards dinner ceremony and after party.  Click below to become a Sponsor of InfoTech WNY.

2019 BETAS - 20th Anniversary Edition           

Event Schedule at RiverWorks: 

4:00pm - 7:00pm Technology Showcase / Mayhem in May Robot Competition (2nd floor)
7:00pm - 8:15pm Dinner and Awards (1st floor)
8:15pm - 9:30pm After Party sponsored by Alcott HR (2nd floor)

Congratulations to our 2019 BETAS Winners:

Project Manager of the Year - Powered by PMI Buffalo: 
Nichole Tubiolo - Willis Towers Watson

Woman in Technology - Small & Medium Business: 
Jennifer Beckage - Beckage PLLC

Woman in Technology - Large Business:
Bina Ramamurthy - University at Buffalo

Community Leadership in Technology: 
John Futscher - Buffalo Game Space

Innovative Technology of the Year: 
EagleHawk LLC

Tech Culture of the Year - Established:
Campus Labs

Tech Culture of the Year - Start Up: 
Torch Leadership Labs

IT Leader - Small & Medium Business: 
Brian Lehman – EmergenceTek Group Inc. 

IT Leader - Large Business: 
Robert Ruocco - BlueCross BlueShield of WNY 

Student in Technology:
Jake Walsh - University at Buffalo

Social Media Award: 
Oxford Pennant

Best Website: 
Buffalo Museum of Science - by Parkway Digital 

Thank you to our 2019 BETAS Judges

Michelle Kavanaugh, President, WNY STEM HUB
Louise Kowalski, Professor and Information Technology Chairwoman, SUNY E.C.C.  
Lena Levine, Owner / Creative Director, Lena Levine Studio 
Karl Newell, Chief Information Officer, LenderLogix 
Joe Peters, Co-Founder, SwayFund 
Melissa Ruggiero, Senior Associate Director, UB School of Management 
Craig Turner, President, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara 

View our Past BETAS Winners

Mayhem in May!  Robot Competition @ the BETAS


4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. during the Technology Showcase
Run by Team 12736 Electric Mayhem – Nichols School

Description – nine local High Schools competed during the Technology Showcase in a dedicated area on the 2nd floor of RiverWorks.  There was about 80 students and parents on-site during the competition.  
 3:00 – 5:00 Setup –student competitors set-up and began the preliminary Robot competition and identified the four top teams 
 5:45 – 6:45 – Finals of the Robot competition – Trophies were awarded to the top three teams 

During the Technology Showcase and Robot Competition, there was also larger Robots available for guests to try out.

Thank you to our Mayhem in May Robot Competition Title Sponsor:


And thank you to our additional Mayhem in May sponsors: