The 14th Annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards took place on Friday, November 11, at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL. The event aims to promote and celebrate corporate excellence, individual achievement and programmatic execution in the Greater Tampa Bay area. With over 150 nominations spanning eight categories, the finalists represented the best and the brightest within the technology community.

Occam Technology Group is excited to announce that Raymond Carr, founder and CTO, was awarded Technology Executive of the Year, recognizing C-level technology executives who have made a significant and positive impact on their firm and the technology industry.

Ray has spent his entire career in Tampa Bay working for numerous firms before founding Occam Medical Design in 1999, a technology solutions company supporting the development of medical devices. The firm recently rebranded itself to better reflect its growth into a number of additional industries.

Through Ray’s guidance and technical expertise, the development of a groundbreaking class III medical device, the bionic pancreas, now resides in Tampa Bay. Medical devices, however, are not the firm’s only innovative initiative. Occam Technology Group is currently testing one of its products at the University of South Florida, which provides cost-effective, mobile solutions to develop “smart” cities and campuses via a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology being utilized extensively throughout Europe.

Spreading the love for technology is also a big part of Ray and Occam Technology Group’s mission. Through community involvement, Ray mentors robotics programs for elementary, middle, and high school students and is committed to bringing these programs into greater prominence in the region. Noting that Tampa Bay has some of the best teams in the world, including his Trinity Dragons, Ray not only shows kids the “how” of engineering, teamwork, and project development but also instructs them on the “why.”

Ray models a winning attitude to the future inventors, engineers, and technology pioneers he mentors whether they are employees, interns or robotics team members.  Ray’s roots may be in Tampa Bay but his global reach through Occam Technology Group projects and his mentorship of world champion robotics teams positively impacts the Tampa Bay technology community.


Tampa Bay’s Technology Footprint

In the past several years, Tampa Bay has become one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in Florida. Investors such as Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates see potential in a region like Tampa Bay. Amy Guttman of Forbes explained, in an article published by the Hillsborough County Economic Development Corporation,  that Vinik wants to create the ultimate development environment for younger companies and foster growth for existing and new talent.

With the help of local technology leaders like Ray and investors like Vinik and Gates, Tampa Bay is close to becoming one of the largest tech hubs in Florida, and one of the top tech regions in the entire US.

About Occam Technology Group

Occam Technology Group is an engineering design and development firm with services ranging from embedded systems to IoT communications. Occam Technology Group takes products from initial concept through software and hardware design, verification and validation, quality, prototyping, and simulation. Located inside University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa, Florida, Occam Technology Group’s team has helped many of the most innovative companies in the world achieve extraordinary results.