Nominees Announced for 15th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

Eighty-eight companies, schools and startups, and 25 individuals selected by independent judging panels from record-breaking number of applicants

Winners will be announced during “Gatsby-themed,” black-tie awards ceremony and gala on May 3, at the JW Marriott

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TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has announced the nominees for the 15th annual Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors.

Mira — Latin for miracle and a variable star thousands of times brighter than the sun — represents the best of tech in Indiana each year.  TechPoint received a record-breaking 170 applications, which is a 40 percent increase in applications over just last year, and nearly half of the applications this year 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 dramatic increase is another positive indicator of the strength and momentum of Indiana’s tech sector.

“The Mira Awards are the biggest stage for tech in Indiana and a harbinger of future growth as much as they are a celebration of recent achievements,” Langellier said. “Every year the community comes together through TechPoint’s awards program to recognize excellence, innovation and success, and it’s worth noting that almost all of the major tech companies in Central Indiana that were acquired or went public since 2007, are also past Mira Award nominees and winners. That’s the particular brand of strength and momentum that the Mira Awards represent.”

Twelve homegrown Indiana tech companies have been acquired or gone public since 2007, creating $4.5 billion in market value and more than 3,700 Indiana jobs.

More than 40 independent subject matter experts, who serve as judges, evaluated and scored the 170 applications, which determined the official 2014 class of Mira Awards nominees. Nominees will deliver presentations and answer questions in-person with one of the independent judging panels later this month, and then the judges select the winners following their deliberations.

The official 2014 TechPoint Mira Awards nominees are:

PRODUCT OR TEAM ACHIEVEMENT

Tech Innovation of the Year
Accutech Systems
AlGalCo, LLC
Animated Dynamics, Inc.
DoubleMap
ECO Lighting Solutions / Horner Lighting Group
Emerging Threats
F Cubed, LLC
LumenCache
MedeoLinx, LLC
PrecisionHawk
Revive Electronics, LLC
SnapFix by Angie’s List
Social Net Watcher
SteadyServ Technologies

Tech Services Award
Allied Payment Network
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
CloudOne
Diverse Tech Services
One.IU development team
Polleo Systems, Inc.
Rector Communications
RICS Software
Scubaba.com LLC
Sticksnleaves
Sustainability Dashboard Tools, Inc.
T2 Systems, Inc.
The Schneider Corporation
Transworks 

Tech Sales and Marketing Award
Bluebridge Digital
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
LeadJen
Scubaba.com LLC
Site Strategics
Teradata Corporation

COMPANY SUCCESS

Tech Startup of the Year
Allied Payment Network
Bloomerang
Bluebridge Digital
bookacoach
DoubleMap
INDY AUDIO LABS, LLC
Lesson.ly
Perceivant
PrecisionHawk
Scubaba.com LLC
Snappening.com
Sonation
SteadyServ Technologies
Targamite
WordSentry

Emerging Tech Company of the Year
Accutech Systems
Axia Technology Partners
Blue Pillar, Inc.
CloudOne
Fathom Voice
Fizziology
Formstack
hc1.com
Olympia Media Group
PolicyStat, LLC
Rook Security
Salesvue
Scale Computing
Ticketracker
TinderBox

Tech Company of the Year
Apparatus
BidPal, Inc.
Cigital, Inc. 
Electronic Commerce, Inc.
ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
Orbis Education
Smithville Communications Inc.

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC EXCELLENCE

Marketing Tech Award
Conversion In A Box by Sonar Studios
ExactTarget, a salesforce.com Company
Firebelly Marketing
Formstack
Husk, LLC
NitroMojo
PERQ
Salesvue

Mobile Tech Award
Allied Payment Network
Archon Apps
BidPal, Inc.
DoubleMap
eGov Strategies
FatStax from Red Funnel Consulting
Firefli
Givelify
MOBI
Sonar Studios
SteadyServ Technologies
TransWorks

Health Tech Award
Aspire Indiana, Inc.
CarexTech, Inc.
From The Case Files
hc1.com
Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services
Nutrabiotix, Inc.
PolicyStat, LLC
Social Health Insights

Education Tech Award
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
eMATH.com
Evanced Games
From The Case Files
Herff Jones
Luminary Digital Media
Purdue Center for Medication Safety Advancement
Social Net Watcher
Standard For Success

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

Tech Educator of the Year
James Aldridge, chief technology officer, MSD of Warren Township
Jake Chen, associate professor, bioinformatics and computer science,
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Jonathan Blake Huer, director of emerging technologies,
Ball State University
Pete Just, chief technology officer, MSD of Wayne Township
Karthik Ramani, professor of mechanical engineering, Purdue University
Philip Repp, vice president of information technology, Ball State University

TechPoint Rising Star
Teresa Becker, director of marketing, hc1.com
Evan Burns, CEO, Olympia Media Group
Matt Goebel, partner and executive vice president,  Polleo Systems
Myles Grote, chief revenue officer, bookacoach
Matt Hunckler, founder and CEO, VERGE
Denver Hutt, executive director, The Speak Easy
Jesse Kurth, director of client success, TinderBox
Patrick Lohman, chief operating officer, PrecisionHawk
Kurtis Moss, executive director, Launch Fishers
Chris Palmer, founder and CEO, BoxFox
Gregory Papesh, music teacher, Saints Francis and Clare
Ilya Rekhter, CEO, DoubleMap
Peter SerVaas, president, DoubleMap
Oren Shatken, product manager, Angie’s List
Lauren Weatherall, senior marketing manager, TinderBox
Chris Wilkey, co-founder and CEO, Hosskey Consulting LLC
Max Yoder, co-founder, Lesson.ly

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, former Indianapolis Colts Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Tarik Glenn and his wife Maya received the Bridge Builder award, and the Trailblazer in Technology Award was presented to Dr. Donald Brown, chairman, president and CEO, Interactive Intelligence.

Winners will be announced at a “Gatsby-themed,” black-tie awards ceremony and gala featuring an interactive dinner, live music and an after party on Saturday, May 3, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. TechPoint is describing the event as a mash-up of “Roaring Twenties” energy meets the state’s vibrant 21st Century startup and tech ecosystem.

TechPoint added an after party with a live band to the event last year along with other fun, energized touches and enhanced production values that helped draw the largest crowd ever — 1,000 attendees — and by all accounts the most fun Mira Awards in recent memory.

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.

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Joshua Hall is editor of techpoint.org. He writes about Indiana tech companies, jobs, people & events. @joshua2349