A California native and Indiana University graduate who had a significant impact on the entrepreneurship scene in Indianapolis will be recognized with a first-ever honor. Denver Hutt, who died in January at the age of 28, will be named Community Champion of the Year at Saturday’s TechPoint Mira Awards. Hutt spent three years as executive director of the Speakeasy, a coworking space in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, before becoming economic and community development liaison for the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.

TechPoint says the award celebrates people who have "championed the advancement of Indiana’s tech community." Hutt’s "partner-in-crime" and Nine13sports founder Tom Hanley will accept the honor on Hutt’s behalf. Hanley called her a compassionate leader who made everyone around her better. Hutt became known for developing connections and making introductions throughout the startup and technology communities. The Denver Hutt Legacy Fund/The Speak Easy Internship was established in her name.

TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says "Community champions go above and beyond to support, promote, and advance Indiana’s tech community. They project a passion for the community, help to drive it forward and inspire others to do the same. Denver was all of these things and more, and the lasting impact she had on the tech community makes her an exemplary choice as the first-ever Mira Awards’ Community Champion of the Year recipient."

Hutt’s final blog post reads: "Smile at strangers. Be kind. Judge less. And hold the door."

You can read a few additional tributes to Hutt by clicking here.

The TechPoint Mira Awards gala is the largest technology industry gathering of its kind in the state.