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Vote to Select the Winners of the 2019 Tech Jam Awards

Sunday, October 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture


The nominations have been made and the judges have selected the finalists. Now it's time to select the 2019 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 14, 2019.

Winners will be announced at the 2019 Vermont Tech Jam, Thursday, October 17 at the Champlain Valley Expo. Plan to join us to support your favorites and to celebrate all of the finalists.

Congratulations to all the finalists.  Please cast your votes here

Here are the award categories and the finalists (in alphabetical order)

Tech Business of the Year Award

Beta Technologies

Beta Technologies is working to develop the world’s longest-range, best-performing electric powered aircraft and associated charging pad technology, building a prototype that can achieve a top speed of 170 miles per hour and raising more than $65 million for next-phase development. Find more at

Burlington Code Academy

Burlington Code Academy is addressing the need for tech skills with coding boot camps that have attracted a growing number of students and hiring partners, and reporting results that include a 94% employment rate and $78,000 average starting salary for many of its graduates. Find more at

Chroma Technology Corp. 

Chroma Technology is an employee-owned manufacturer of optical filters for the scientific, biomedical, photonics and imaging industries worldwide, and which recently completed a $22 million expansion that allowed it to grow to 140 employees. Find more at


DealerPolicy’s technology platform enables car buyers to view competing auto insurance quotes and connect with insurance agents when purchasing a new car at a dealership, an innovation that has seen the company grow to operate in 11 states with plans to expand nationwide in 2020. Find more at


Faraday is a cutting-edge, growing artificial intelligence company whose platform is being used by more than 100 leading consumer product companies, financial institutions and home service providers to help them identify and reach potential customers. Find more at

Emerging Tech Business Award

Home Outside, Inc.

Home Outside combines sustainable landscape design expertise with a family of apps and online services for homeowners, and is growing its business with the development of a new AI tool, participation in Boston’s 2019 MassChallenge startup accelerator, and developing relationships with major home retail partners. Find more at

OVR Technology

OVR Technology is building the first virtual reality system to include an olfactory component – scents in combination with VR to deepen the immersive experience – with broad potential applications for medical, entertainment, and training markets. Find more at


Reconciled offers cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping tools and services, and in less than four years has grown to a staff of more than 20 serving more than 100 customers nationwide, and received recognition that includes “US Firm of the Future” from Intuit. Find more at

Step Ahead Innovations, Inc.

Step Ahead Innovations is an IoT water tech company creating real-time water quality monitoring products using sensors and advanced fluorescent indicator science, led by its flagship MindStream Monitor product, which is now in production and seeing growing demand.


Widget Brain

Widget Brain is a fast-growing international AI company with its North American office based in Burlington, offering advanced workforce management algorithms to help companies across the US and Canada solve complex labor challenges in areas that include labor laws, capacity planning, workforce optimization and logistics. See more at

Tech Champion Award

Jane Adams – UVM Complex Systems Center

Jane Adams is data visualization artist in residence at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center where she collaborates with researchers to make the complex comprehensible through engaging visualization, and who also runs the Vermont Women in Machine Learning and Data Science meetup group.  Find more at

Nick Floersch – Code for BTV 

Nick Floersch is a Brigade Co-Captain of Code for BTV, helping lead this organization of volunteer “civic hackers” that build digital technology tools for Vermont social and civic justice organizations, including apps for Vermont Legal Aid, Reach Up and Vermont Green Up. Find more at

Karen McCalla – The Mint

Karen McCalla helped start and is the executive director of the MINT, a maker space in Rutland, and in addition coaches Lego Robotics teams in Rutland County and helps kids learn about technology as the Mill River School librarian. Find more at

Kerry Swift – UVM Innovations

In her role with UVM Innovations, Kerry Swift is involved with licensing and marketing new technologies, developing relationships between industry and UVM researchers, and organizes the annual UVM Invention2Venture conference, and she also serves on the board of the Vermont Bioscience Alliance. Find more at

Doug Webster - Champlain Maker Faire

Doug Webster founded and produces the Champlain Maker Faire, which brings together engineers, artists, scientists and other makers to share their projects at this annual event, which for this year’s 8th session included a new School Maker Day. Find more at