WTIA Announces Winners of the 2011 Industry Achievement Awards at Gala Event
SEATTLE, WA, Feb 25, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
(http://www.washingtontechnology.org), North America's largest
statewide association of technology companies, honored the winners of
its 16th annual Industry Achievement Awards (IAA) tonight at an
awards ceremony at Showbox SODO. The event showcases the best of the
creative and innovative people, companies, products and services in
the Washington technology industry.
"Once again, there was a tremendous depth and breadth of technology
innovation represented among the Industry Achievement Awards
applicants. This impressive group of companies shows that Washington
State continues to be a place where passionate technologists can
leverage the talent and resources here to achieve great success,"
said Susan Sigl, CEO of the WTIA. "Thanks to all who participated in
the awards process, and a special congratulations goes to this year's
The IAAs recognize local companies, individuals and students who best
demonstrate innovation and excellence in creating new technologies,
applications and services. The 2011 winners, as determined by a panel
of local industry experts, were:
Commercial Product or Service of the Year: DocuSign and Isilon
-- DocuSign is the global leader in electronic signatures. DocuSign
provides the world's largest and fastest growing electronic signature
platform, empowering businesses to complete transactions online
quickly and securely while improving compliance and dramatically
-- Isilon, a division of EMC, is the global leader in scale-out storage.
Isilon delivers powerful yet simple solutions for enterprises that
want to manage their data, not their storage.
Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Swype
-- Swype's patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way
to input text on touch-screens devices.
Service Provider of the Year: HasOffers Affiliate Tracking Platform
-- HasOffers enables large retailers and brands to create, manage and
track their own affiliate programs through the company's simple, safe
and scalable platform designed for the cloud. Through HasOffers,
customers can effectively connect to new customers online by growing
their own affiliate relationships.
Best Early-Stage Company of the Year: Ground Truth
-- Ground Truth is a mobile measurement firm that delivers the precise,
timely and actionable mobile intelligence required for operators,
advertisers and publishers to measure, optimize and grow their
Best Seed-Stage Company of the Year: SPARQcode
-- SPARQcode's core mission is to enable anyone carrying a mobile phone
to be a potential direct responder to any of your sales and marketing
Innovative Manufactured Product of the Year: XKL, LLC -- DarkStar
-- XKL designs and manufactures DarkStar(R) fiber optic transport
products that reduce data communications costs by enabling enterprises
to link inter-campus, datacenters and create regional networks.
Best Use of Technology in Government, Non-profit or Educational:
-- Open Data Kit (ODK) is a collection of free and open source tools, in
use around the world, that make data collection easier and more
Technology Leader of Tomorrow:
-- Gizan Gando, Asa Mercer Middle School (Seattle), Grade 6
The following companies are sponsors of this year's IAA:
-- Presenting Sponsors: Accenture, HTC, Microsoft, Oracle, Perkins Cole,
Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services
-- Creative Sponsor: RocketDog Communications
-- Productions Sponsor: Seamless Event Solutions
-- Media Sponsor: Puget Sound Business Journal/TechFlash, Seattle 24/7,
UWTV and Xconomy
-- Public Relations Sponsor: Sterling Communications, Inc.
-- Technology Showcase Sponsors: Google Microsoft BizSpark
-- Gift Bag Sponsor: Benefit Solutions, Inc.
-- Lanyard Sponsor: Attachmate
-- Supporting Sponsors: Cooley, Conover Insurance, F5 Networks, Kibble
& Prentice, Moss Adams LLP, New Media Synergy, Robert Half
Technology, Stratos Product Development and WowRack Technologies
About the Washington Technology Industry Association
Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the
largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT
departments and individual technology professionals in North America.
With more than 1,000 members representing more than 125,000 employees
in Washington State, the association is a catalyst for sharing
expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services
and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies
doing business in Washington. The association's corporate sponsors
are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Moss Adams LLP, RealNetworks,
Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. For
more information, go to www.washingtontechnology.org.
Sterling Communications for WTIA
SOURCE: Washtington Technology Industry Association
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