The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America, has announced the finalists for its 16th annual Industry Achievement Awards (IAA). The awards recognize innovation and excellence within the technology industry in Washington State.
In addition to recognizing the state’s best companies and organizations, the WTIA will recognize the Washington state finalists in the National Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The WTIA will also award the Technology Leader of Tomorrow scholarships, through the Technology Access Foundation’s TechStart program. The WTIA is committed to supporting this region’s future technology innovators and the teachers who guide them.
In a pivotal year for the high tech industry, Gaining Momentum was critical in 2010. To recognize the best of the region’s innovators, the WTIA has signalled the green light and opened the express lanes. An impressive cadre of finalists will be feted on the green carpet at this year’s Industry Achievement Awards at the SODO Showbox on the evening of February 24. You can join in the award’s show excitement and pick up your own goody bag. Make plans now to attend the industry gala event of the season to see if your picks win by registering your group today. In the coming weeks, Seattle24x7 will present several close-up showcases of the finalists who are glowing in the Emerald City’s limelight.
And the Finalists are…
Commercial Product or Service of the Year
DocuSign – DocuSign ‘Designed for Mobile’
DocuSign is a global leader in electronic signatures providing the world’s largest and fastest growing electronic signature platform, empowering businesses to complete transactions online quickly and securely while improving compliance and dramatically reducing costs.
Isilon Systems — Isilon IQ Scale—Out Storage
Isilon, a division of EMC, is a global leader in scale—out storage. Isilon delivers powerful yet simple solutions for enterprises that want to manage their data, not their storage.
thePlatform for Media, Inc. — Mpx
thePlatform™ is a leading white—label video management and publishing company. Mpx is a cloud—based video management and publishing system enabling media companies to publish and monetize large video libraries online, on mobile devices, and set—top—boxes.
Consumer Product or Service of the Year
Bonanza is an online marketplace focused on unique items. Working from virtual booths, merchants sell a wide variety of items in a social setting.
Logos Bible Software — Logos Bible Software 4
Logos Bible Software 4 is a cross—platform digital library and research tool for serious Bible study, used by pastors, scholars, and lay people.
Swype – Swype
Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch—screens devices.
Service Provider of the Year
Concur — Concur Breeze
Concur is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur’s easy—to—use Web—based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time.
HasOffers — HasOffers Affiliate Tracking Platform
Based in Seattle and founded by twin brothers Lucas and Lee Brown, HasOffers (www.hasoffers.com) enables large retailers and brands to create, manage and track their own affiliate programs through the company’s simple, safe and scalable platform designed for the cloud. Through HasOffers, customers can effectively connect to new customers online by growing their own affiliate relationships.
Hubspan — WebSpan Connect | Hubspan Security 360
Hubspan is the leading provider of cloud—based business integration solutions, helping companies streamline business processes and exchange real—time information across the B2B cloud.
Best Early Stage Company of the Year
Ground Truth is a mobile measurement firm that delivers the precise, timely and actionable mobile intelligence required for operators, advertisers and publishers to measure, optimize and grow their businesses.
Lockerz – fwb;) Lockerz social commerce platform
Lockerz is a community of tastemakers, with 17.5 million members worldwide. Lockerz’ social commerce platform, fwb;), enables members to curate their entertainment and shopping in one place, while earning merchandise discounts by influencing their friends.
Off & Away, Inc.
Off & Away™ offers luxury travel experiences to its customers through a unique and exciting auction format.
Best Seed Stage Company of the Year
Techcrunch called Sparkbuy “Kayak for consumer electronics” — we make it ridiculously simple to find the perfect laptop or TV for exactly your needs.
Our core mission is to turn anyone carrying a mobile phone in their pocket to be a potential direct responder to any of your sales and marketing efforts.
WhoCanHelp.com® with patent-pending technology, links consumers instantly via SMS text and e—mail with service providers of all types in order to receive bids, availability, and reliability ratings in order to accomplish any task, 24/7!
Innovative Manufactured Product of the Year
Intermec Technologies Corporation – CN50 Rugged Mobile Computer
Intermec develops technologies that identify, track and manage assets and information. Intermec’s rugged mobile business solutions have been helping transform business processes for 45 years.
Precor, Incorporated — P80 Console
Precor Incorporated is a global leader in the fitness industry, most famous for transforming cardio exercise with the introduction of the first Elliptical Crosstrainer.
XKL , LLC — DarkStar® DXM with DRA in—line amplification fiber optic transport system
XKL designs and manufactures DarkStar® fiber optic transport products that reduce data communications costs by enabling enterprises to link inter—campus, datacenters and create regional networks.
Best Use of Tech in Government, Non-Profit or Education
CityClub — Living Voters Guide
CityClub convenes, connects and inspires citizens to action in Seattle. Living Voters Guide was developed in partnership with a research team from University of Washington.
OpenDataKit.org (part of UW/CSE) – Open Data Kit
Open Data Kit (ODK) is a collection of free and open source tools, in use around the world, that make data collection easier and more flexible.
University of Washington – Open Data Kit
WA State Ferries – Vessel Layup Schedule
Technology Leader of Tomorrow
Gizan Gando, Asa Mercer Middle School (Seattle), Grade 6
Tyler Wong, Asa Mercer Middle School (Seattle), Grade 6
Mariah Fernandez, South Shore K-8 (Seattle), Grade 7
Award for Excellence in Teaching
Barbara Franz, Moses Lake School District (math)
Nancy Pfaff, Lake Washington School District (math)
Debra Strong, Everett School District (science)
Dawn Sparks, Thorp School District (science)
“These finalists represent the most creative and innovative companies and individuals in our industry and deserve the highest congratulations,” said Susan Sigl, president and CEO of the WTIA. “We’re fortunate to live and work in a state with such a diverse and vibrant technology community. I wish each finalist the best and look forward to revealing the winners in February.” [24×7]
About the Author (Author Profile)
Larry Sivitz is founder, publisher and managing editor of Seattle24x7, the founder of SearchWrite Search Marketing, an SEO, PPC and Social Media Thought Leader, and an SPJ award winner for Seattle magazine.