The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and more than 350 technology executives from across the Annapolis-DC-Baltimore region convened at the BWI Hilton last week to celebrate TechAwards2012: Vision 2032+ – 20 Years in Tech. In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the CRTC, the event paid homage to regional technology innovation over the past two decades while anticipating future milestones. The gala also marked the inauguration of a new award category, Future Innovator, which promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school or college student.
“The TechAwards 2012 nominees and recipients represent the tremendous amount of talent and technological innovation that can be found in the Chesapeake region,” said Tim Lorello, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) and president of the CRTC. “From startup companies to well-established entities, the individuals and companies in this region are changing the world by supplying our civilian government and our military with revolutionary technologies designed to keep us safe and secure; they produce game-changing technologies to help all of us communicate more effectively; and they contribute to good environmental stewardship by making environmentally friendly products more accessible.”
Created by the CRTC, a non-profit organization providing resources and education to regional technology companies, the awards recognized innovation and leadership in tech firms throughout the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area.
A 12-member selection committee chose award winners after a rigorous two-month nomination and selection process. Top nominees in five categories vied for the honor last night, and two additional awards were appointed: the Rising Star Award and Legend’s Circle Award.
Award winners were:
Tech Company of the Year Award: Vocus- Greenbelt, MD. Vocus provides cloud-based marketing and PR software that helps organizations reach and influence buyers across social networks, online and through the media. Vocus offers suites of software for online marketing, social media and PR that make it easy for organizations to generate online visibility, build their social networks and attract new customers in today’s new customer-led buying cycle. Vocus software is used by more than 40,000 organizations in seven languages. http://www.vocus.com
Innovator Award: TRX Systems- Greenbelt, MD. TRX Systems develops products that deliver precise, infrastructure-free location and tracking for personnel in areas where GPS is not reliable or is unavailable. TRX customers are working to protect and monitor first responders, miners, ground forces and other personnel in office buildings, warehouses, caves, mines and other facilities without reliable GPS. http://www.trxsystems.com
Future Innovator: Victoria Preston, Edgewater, MD. Over the course of three years, Ms. Preston has worked on a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team at South River High School at the highest level. In the past year, as Team Executive Officer, Ms. Preston helped to develop robot strategy, design and implementation.
Good Chip Award: SemaConnect Inc.- Annapolis, MD. SemaConnect is quickly rising as the leading provider of electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated software for station owners and electric vehicle drivers. With over 400 of their ChargePro charging stations deployed nationwide and a backlog of over 1,500 more, SemaConnect is aggressively expanding their charging stations, software and network at commercial locations including office, multifamily, retail, hotel and urban parking garages. http://www.semaconnect.com
Best Place to Work Award: IntelliGenesis LLC- Columbia, MD. IntelliGenesis is a full-service software development company providing program management, software development & testing, training and customer service to clients worldwide. http://www.intelligenesisllc.com
Rising Star Award: Mindgrub Technologies – Catonsville, MD. Mindgrub Technologies LLC is a mobile solutions consultancy located in Catonsville, MD, that fuses technology with a user-centric design and specializes in the design and development of web applications – from websites and multi-media to enterprise information systems, search engine optimization and mobile development. Recently, the company has experienced success with mobile apps featuring location-based walking tours powered by their own software viaPlace. viaPlace provides users with dynamic content based on their physical location and creates Augmented Reality experiences – all on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and other web-enabled smart phones. Their success with viaPlace has allowed Mindgrub to create other innovative apps that fuse location-based framework and augmented reality. http://www.mindgrub.com
In addition to the awards above, the Legend’s Circle Individual Award was given to Mark L. Barnett, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to joining the Agency in 2005, Mr. Barnett held a number of senior positions with small and large companies in both the private and public sector. Industry experience includes executive positions at companies within the hand and power tool industry, video games industry, and environmental remediation space. As noted by the TechAwards 2012 Selection Committee: “Mark has been a tireless advocate for the small business, and outreach to the technology community. He has a track record of successes in the public and private sectors, but most recently, he has helped to transform how the NSA works and interacts with small businesses into a model for other agencies, not only in the DoD, but the entire Federal Government to emulate.”
The Seventh Annual TechAwards was made possible by the following sponsors:
Cyber Center at Anne Arundel Community College, TeleCommunications Systems, Watkins Meegan, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, Sidus Data, Comcast Business Class, i4DM, Paypal, Mackenzie Commercial Real Estate, Harris Caprock, Skyline Technology Solutions, eStructors, Netlink Resource Group, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Vision Technologies, Advantech, Zenoss, webmechanix, ARINC, Alpha Engineering, The Sutter Group, Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg LLP, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, HeimLantz Business Accounting and Consulting, Baltimore Technology Park, OutsourceIT, Watermark, Substance 151, Take One Digital Media, StratDV Media, Millenium Marketing Solutions and Presentation Media.
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