Indianapolis-based TechPoint is adding a new category to its annual Mira Awards. The nonprofit growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech sector says the “Pandemic Pivot of the Year” award, recognizes exceptional efforts by tech companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization says nominations for the awards are due by January 22.

“As we started looking at the nominations and applications coming in early, we realized that many of the state’s tech employers had done amazing work responding to and even overcoming some of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but those efforts didn’t fit into our standard category selection,” said Mike Langellier, president of TechPoint. “We realized that if we didn’t do something, some truly inspirational stories weren’t going to get told. The tech industry is known for its creativity, adaptability, and resilience, and if ever there was a year to recognize those qualities, it’s this year.”

TechPoint says the pandemic category is expected to be a 2021-only honor.

The annual Mira Awards gala is scheduled for April 22. The awards will recognize the “Best of Tech in Indiana” and will be conducted virtually.

You can connect with the categories and criteria guide and the application by clicking here.