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
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.
Animated Dynamics Inc.
Blue Pillar, Inc.
Mobile Enerlytics, LLC
Tech Services Award
Balance Digital Marketing
Indiana University Kumo platform
KSM Consulting, LLC
Level Up Development
Megaputer Intelligence Inc.
One.IU development team
Tech Sales and Marketing Award
Tech Startup of the Year
Fortress Data Control Inc.
Go Electric Inc.
Shop Your Spot
Emerging Tech Company of the Year
Healthiest Employer, LLC
Olympia Media Group
Tech Company of the Year
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC EXCELLENCE
Marketing Tech Award
MeBox Media, Inc.
Teradata Marketing Applications
Mobile Tech Award
fanSync by Fanimation
FatStax from Red Funnel Consulting
Shop Your Spot
TCC Software Solutions (Category: Mobile Tech Award)
The Traveler, Ball State University
Health Tech Award
Eli Lilly and Company
GRACE Team Care
Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc.
Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and CORE
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
IU University Information Technology Services’ virtual PC (vPC) team: eLearning Design & Services,
IUanyWare, and Enterprise Systems
Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement
Social Net Watcher, LLC
SPEAK MODalities LLC
Standard For Success
Vimme Learning, LLC
Tech Educator of the Year
Bloomington Code School
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 email@example.com or call 317-490-4727.
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 .