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See the energy, excitement, and winners from this year’s ceremony.

2022 was the inaugural year for the Unconventional Awards, honoring nine innovative organizations. Check out the event highlights.

Innovation in Customer Experience

Recognizes innovators that better serve their customers and deliver a truly human brand experience.

1st Place:
Tennessee State University
$25K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award

+ post-event publicity from Wall Street Journal


2nd Place:
Amazon Explore
$10K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award

3rd Place:
Motlow State Community College
$5K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award

Innovation in Employee Enablement

Recognizes trailblazers who find new and unconventional ways to bring out the best in their teams.

1st Place:
Goodwill of North Georgia
$25K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award

+ post-event publicity from Wall Street Journal



2nd Place:
Unifi
$10K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award



3rd Place:
Black & Veatch
$5K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award



Innovation in Industry

Recognizes pioneers who bring new innovations to industries by challenging the status quo.

1st Place:
Morehouse Metaversity
$25K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award

+ post-event publicity from Wall Street Journal

 

2nd Place:
Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools
$10K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award



3rd Place:
Uber
$5K

in tech innovation donations to a charity of their choice

+ personalized award



Each winner also received a personalized award and post-event publicity from Wall Street Journal Custom Content.

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