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
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
Animated Dynamics, Inc.
ECO Lighting Solutions / Horner Lighting Group
F Cubed, LLC
Revive Electronics, LLC
SnapFix by Angie’s List
Social Net Watcher
Tech Services Award
Allied Payment Network
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Diverse Tech Services
One.IU development team
Polleo Systems, Inc.
Sustainability Dashboard Tools, Inc.
T2 Systems, Inc.
The Schneider Corporation
Tech Startup of the Year
Allied Payment Network
INDY AUDIO LABS, LLC
Emerging Tech Company of the Year
Axia Technology Partners
Blue Pillar, Inc.
Olympia Media Group
Tech Company of the Year
Electronic Commerce, Inc.
ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
Smithville Communications Inc.
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC EXCELLENCE
Education Tech Award
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
From The Case Files
Luminary Digital Media
Purdue Center for Medication Safety Advancement
Social Net Watcher
Standard For Success
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 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.