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Orange County Timmy Awards Selects Illuminate Education as a Best Tech Workplace for Diversity Finalist

Tech in Motion names top 40 local companies in tech, opens voting to the public to help decide winners

Irvine, CA (August 24, 2017) Tech in Motion Orange County announced Illuminate Education as a finalist for the “Best Technology Workplace for Diversity” category for its Third Annual Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for tech professionals. Illuminate Education, an EdTech company whose commitment is to student achievement, joins a list of notable finalists including MSC Software Corporation, Kofax and SendGrid, chosen from a field of more than 275 nominees.

Illuminate Education is adamant in saying it is an education company doing technology, not the other way around. Since 2009, they’ve helped thousands of schools across the country by developing new and powerful tools to collect, organize, and analyze student data. Their belief is that they can change education through technology.

Says Rufus Thompson, a member of the Illuminate Implementation team, “Coming here and being able to learn new things, and work with these young people,  and see their commitment to the betterment of our society by helping kids do better in school, that is my motivation.” 

“The Timmy Awards aim to celebrate the companies and managers that make that technological innovation possible,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “Since the Timmy Awards were created in 2015, over 400 finalists have been celebrated for creating work environments that enable growth in the technology of various industries.”

The local community can vote online through September 8 to help choose who represents the best of Orange County tech. The winners will be chosen through a panel of expert judges and community votes. A complete list of 2017 Orange County finalists for the Timmys can be found here for all four award categories, highlighting tech work culture, workplace diversity and management as well as startups.

Award winners will be announced live at Orange County’s Timmy Awards on September 21 at UCI Applied Innovation in Irvine, where members of the Orange County tech community can attend for free and meet the finalists. Previous winners have included innovators such as LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor and many more. For details on the event, past winners, or the Timmy Awards in all 10 cities they take place in, click here.

About Tech in Motion Events & The Timmy Awards
Tech in Motion is a North American events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 85,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County, and Toronto. Please visit for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K–12 software and services. We believe in changing the world by creating tools for educators to promote student achievement and success. Our award-winning Education Intelligence Platform consists of a product suite featuring data, assessments, student information, special education, and amazing reporting. We’re proud to serve over 16,000 schools across 45 states. Learn more at


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