TechPoint Reveals Mira Award Nominees

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The state's technology initiative has announced nominees for the 16th Annual Mira Awards. TechPoint says, for the second straight year, more than half of the applicants were first-time participants. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala May 2 in Indianapolis. February 5, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana's tech ecosystem, has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors, which recognize and celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year.

Winners will be announced at a masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, May 2 , at the JW Marriott. Note that May 2, is rescheduled from the previously announced date of March 21.

For the second consecutive year, more than half of the applications came from first-time companies, schools, organizations and individuals who had never before entered the Mira Awards. Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint, said that the high participation-rate by newcomers is a reflection of the growth of tech in the state and a healthy startup scene.

"When you're recognizing excellence and innovation and half of the field is made up of brand new companies year after year, it’s a sign that the tech ecosystem in Indiana is growing and thriving," Langellier said. "The Mira Awards is our opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate these tremendous success stories and amplify them to thousands of people, including media, investors and technology buyers."

Social Net Watcher, the cloud-based anti-bullying software startup and last year’s Education Tech Mira Award winner, secured more than $250,000 in venture capital from four new investors as a result of exposure from the Mira Awards. Other past winners reported signing $1 million in new business, closing a deal with a new billion-dollar customer, getting profiled by national media and even being invited to the White House.

Nominees were selected by more than 40 independent subject matter experts who evaluated and ranked the applications. Next, all nominees will deliver presentations and answer questions in-person with one of the independent judging panels, and then the judges will select the winners following their deliberations. The official 2015 TechPoint Mira Awards nominees are:

PRODUCT OR TEAM ACHIEVEMENT

Tech Innovation of the Year

3BG Supply Co.

Angie's List

Animated Dynamics Inc.

Blue Pillar, Inc.

DoubleMap Inc.

eCeptacle

Expected Behavior

MedeoLinx, LLC

Mesh Systems

Mobile Enerlytics, LLC

Novilytic, LLC

PactSafe

Scale Computing

SensorHound

y!kes

Tech Services Award

Balance Digital Marketing

Bell Techlogix

CloudOne

Compliancedashboard

Indiana University Kumo platform

KSM Consulting, LLC

Langham Logistics

Level Up Development

Megaputer Intelligence Inc.

MMY Consulting

NextGear Capital

One.IU development team

Squaremouth, Inc.

Sticksnleaves

Vennli

Tech Sales and Marketing Award

Didgebridge

Great Fermentations

LeadJen

Stringcan

TinderBox

WebLink International

COMPANY SUCCESS

Tech Startup of the Year

bookacoach

CPrecisely Inc.

DATTUS Inc

Fortress Data Control Inc.

Go Electric Inc.

Hubstaff

InnovateMap

Lesson.ly

PactSafe

Perceivant

pi lab

Shop Your Spot

Vennli

Emerging Tech Company of the Year

Bluebridge

CloudOne

DoubleMap Inc.

Emerging Threats

hc1.com

Healthiest Employer, LLC

Healthx, Inc.

Mesh Systems

Olympia Media Group

RICS Software

Rook Security

SmarterHQ

Squaremouth, Inc.

Stringcan

TinderBox

Tech Company of the Year

Apparatus

Extension Healthcare

T2 Systems

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC EXCELLENCE

Marketing Tech Award

Brandwidth

Didgebridge

Firebelly Marketing

Geofeedia

Hanapin Marketing

MeBox Media, Inc.

Periodic

Teradata Marketing Applications

Vennli

Mobile Tech Award

Archon Apps

Bluebridge

Bonfire

DoubleMap Inc.

fanSync by Fanimation

FatStax from Red Funnel Consulting

Givelify

GoServicePro

MOBI

Net Irrigate

pi lab

Shop Your Spot

TCC Software Solutions (Category: Mobile Tech Award)

The Traveler, Ball State University

y!kes

Health Tech Award

BioPoly

Diagnotes, Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company

Extension Healthcare

GRACE Team Care

hc1.com

Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and CORE

IV Diagnostics

KinaSense LLC

LifeShare Technologies

Periodic

Regenstrief Institute

Tactic

Telamon Corporation, Medical Solutions Division

Education Tech Award

Active Lesson LLC

Ball State Achievements, Ball State University

David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), Ball State University

Haiku Learning

IU University Information Technology Services’ virtual PC (vPC) team: eLearning Design & Services,

IUanyWare, and Enterprise Systems

Mimir LLC

Openwords LLC

Periodic

Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Scientifically Speaking

Social Net Watcher, LLC

SPEAK MODalities LLC

Standard For Success

Vimme Learning, LLC

Volair Sim

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

Tech Educator of the Year

Apprentice University

Bloomington Code School

Eleven Fifty

Jake Chen Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science and School of Informatics, IUPUI

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

TechPoint Rising Star

Brandon Boynton, CEO, MostBeastlyStudios LLC

Tom Hanley, Executive Director, Nine13sports

Jon Hubartt, Design Lead, KA+A

Matt Speer, Co-Founder & CEO, rippl

Wesley Pennington, Technology Manager, IURTC

Ilya Rekhter, CEO, DoubleMap Inc.

Max Yoder, CEO, Lesson.ly (Founder, The First Fund)

In addition to the competitive Mira Awards categories, two special industry recognitions - TechPoint Foundation for Youth BridgeBuilder Award and TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award ─ are selected by the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and TechPoint boards of directors respectively. Last year, Robert L. Kizer, president and CEO of Starfish Initiative -- one of the most successful college access mentoring programs in the country -- received the Bridge Builder Award. The 2014 Trailblazer in Technology Award was presented to Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

The masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala at the JW Marriott on May 2, features an interactive dinner, live music and an after party with a live band and other fun, energized activities. Early-bird and "Under 30" tickets are on sale now at www.techpoint.org .

Sponsorship opportunities, such as platinum, gold or silver level packages that include group tickets, are also available. Creative sponsorships including ice sculptures, live entertainment, specialty drinks, candy and cupcake buffets and more are possible by contacting Annie Grinstead at annie@techpoint.org or call 317-490-4727.

About TechPoint

TechPoint is the voice and catalyst for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on:

1. Connecting the community through events

2. Sharing the stories of companies and people on techpoint.org

3. Attracting valuable talent

4. Connecting our most promising companies with capital and customers.

For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org .

Source: TechPoint