Vote to Select the Winners of the 2018 Tech Jam Awards
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Posted by: Jeff Couture
The nominations have been made and the judges have selected the finalists. Now it's time to vote to select the 2018 Tech Jam Award winners. Who will win the Jammies? It’s up to you!
Public voting on Tech Jam Award finalists is open through October 16, 2018.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 Tech Jam Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, October 19 at the Vermont Tech Jam event at the Champlain Valley Expo. Plan to join us to support your favorites and to celebrate all of the nominees and finalists.
Please cast only one vote for a winner in each of the three categories.
Cast your votes here.
Here are the award categories and the finalists:
The Innovation Award, presented by BTV Ignite, recognizes any product, service or business that demonstrates exciting thinking and market momentum. The purpose of this award is to inspire and recognize excellence and shine a spotlight on Vermont as a home for innovation.
The Innovation Award finalists are:
Benchmark Space Systems
Benchmark Space Systems is targeting the rapidly growing small satellite market by building low-cost propulsion systems with safety and reliability features that are attracting a range of customers, including students and scientists. Find more at https://www.benchmarkspacesystems.com/.
Faraday is a cutting-edge data science company offering an artificial intelligence platform used by leading consumer product companies, financial institutions and home services to gain insights into customer behavior. Find more at https://www.faraday.io/.
Social Sentinel provides a unique software-as-a-service technology used by school districts, universities and colleges across the country that scans a billion social media posts a day to identify public safety and other threats. Find more at https://socialsentinel.com/.
Step Ahead Innovations
Step Ahead Innovations is developing real-time water quality monitoring products – including its MindStream Monitor – that use advanced fluorescent indicator science and sensors to revolutionize water monitoring in a wide variety of market applications from aquariums to hydroponics and aquaculture. Find more at www.MindStreamH2O.com.
Widget Brain is a leading algorithms-as-a-service and artificial intelligence company serving maritime, recycling, retail, and industrial equipment industries from its home in Vermont and locations around the globe in the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Australia. Find more at www.widgetbrain.com.
The Ambassador Award recognizes a business, organization or individual who leads the support, promotion and growth of Vermont’s tech economy and ecosystem. The purpose of this award is to celebrate the collaborators, supporters, connectors, advocates and promoters of Vermont’s tech ecosystem.
The Ambassador Award finalists are:
Greg Brand, Bluehouse Group
A founding vtTA member and long-time Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility member, Greg is owner of Bluehouse Group, a custom website and software development firm serving clients ranging from Dealer Policy and EZ-Probate, to Logic Supply, NRG Systems, and the Vermont State Legislature. Find more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-brand-a138541/.
Maureen McElaney, IBM
A technologist and developer advocate for IBM, Maureen founded the Burlington chapter of Girl Develop It, which provides learning and resources to women who want to learn how to code, and also is an organizer of local tech events and a BTV Ignite Fellow. Find more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureenmcelaney/.
Erik Monsen, UVM School of Business, Entrepreneurship Program
An Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Mechanical Engineering at UVM, Erik collaborates across the university and locally on entrepreneurship opportunities, including creating student clubs and business pitch competitions, supporting UVM’s SPARK-VT commercialization grant program, and working with community organizations. Find more at https://www.uvm.edu/business/profiles/erik_monsen.
Gwen Pokalo, Center for Women and Enterprise
In her role as director of the Center for Women & Enterprise in Vermont, Gwen helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners access the resources, training, counseling, and support they need to succeed, and also serves on the boards of LaunchVT and the Women’s Small Business Network. Find more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwen-pokalo/
The Startup Award recognizes a tech-based business or individual business entrepreneur that started in Vermont within the past three years, and demonstrates exceptional creativity, ambition, organization and market potential.
The Startup Award finalists are:
Burlington Code Academy
This growing startup addresses the need for tech talent by offering 12-week immersive coding boot camps that help students learn the skills needed to get jobs in the fast-growing tech industry, while helping tech businesses find the employees they need to grow. Find more at https://www.burlingtoncodeacademy.com/
EZ-Probate has developed and refined an online probate process that saves time and money by offering ready-to-sign probate court forms and step-by-step instruction, allowing anyone to successfully probate an estate. Find more at https://ez-probate.com/.
Home Outside provides an online service and design app that enables homeowners to create beautiful landscape designs for their homes, and offers the help of a national network of landscape consultants to help implement the designs they create. Find more at https://homeoutside.com/.
Made Here Staying Here
SameCommunity.org’s “Made Here Staying Here” initiative is a student-driven economic development startup program designed to address the “brain drain” of college graduates in Vermont by using data science to help students make connections with businesses for career exploration and opportunities. Find more at http://samecommunity.org/students.