Every spring, TechPoint’s monthly Tech Thursday event presented by LightBound and hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels during the month of March becomes Mira Nominees Pitch Night. We invite all of the companies, schools, organizations, teams and startups competing for the state’s top tech honors in the Mira Awards to join us for a fun night of sharing success stories and learning about the nominees — 60 seconds at a time.

This year, 50 of the nominees signed up for this entertaining, fast-paced Mira preview, which was held at Launch Fishers due to the crowd being twice the normal size. Our master of ceremonies, Nick Mathioudakis, kept things moving and attendees said it was inspiring and motivating to hear about all of the remarkable tech activity here in Indiana. Learn more about the nominees who participated in the brief descriptions included below.

Following all 50 pitches, our honorary judges for the night — John Wechsler of Launch Fishers and Dane Dittemore of LightBound — selected four semi-finalists. They were:

  1. AlGalCo
  2. Bluebridge Digital
  3. Social Net Watcher
  4. WordSentry

Next, the crowd chose Social Net watcher and WordSentry as their two favorite, and WordSentry was crowned the winner of Mira Nominees Pitch Night! Watch videos below of the top two pitches from Social Net Watcher and WordSentry.

Category Nominee About Nominees
Education Tech Award
Education Tech Award eMATH.com eMath.com is a web-based adaptive learning platform for real-time personalized teaching, learning, and remediation. It is a LMS with an intelligent “brain”, a course/content management platform with real-time analytics and personalized recommendations for productive learning and better outcomes.
Education Tech Award Evanced Games Evanced Games offers edu-gaming apps for kids in grades K-6 that empower them to have fun while learning in the classroom & at home. Under parent company Demco & with partner Edupress, the company helps teachers & parents bridge educational fun and excitement from the classroom to the living room.
Education Tech Award Herff Jones Herff Jones has established a culture based on quality, innovation, and community involvement. The Stitch project is an excellent example of a nearly century old company being able to pivot and innovate.
Health Tech Award From The Case Files From The Case Files is an online application designed to transform graduate medical education. At its core the software facilitates dynamic information presentation, group learning, and development of cost conscious clinical reasoning skills.
Education Tech Award Social Net Watcher Social Net Watcher is cloud based software that scans school students’ social media posts for specific data pertaining to cyberbullying, suicide and violence. Once phrases are identified, alert information is forwarded to school administrators for intervention. Students’ lives may be saved.
Emerging Tech Company of the Year (Under 100 Employees)
Emerging Tech Company of the Year Axia Technology Partners Axia Technology Partners is committed to delivering the power of intellectual property to national and worldwide businesses.
Emerging Tech Company of the Year CloudOne CloudOne is the creator of Software-as-a-Service and Virtual Private Clouds for IBM software tools. Since 2009, the world’s best companies have grown to rely on CloudOne to deliver their IBM software securely, around the world and around the clock.
Emerging Tech Company of the Year Fathom Voice In 2013 Fathom Voice expanded its network to a total of 7 data centers in 5 countries, and launched new products like Fathom Analytics and Develop@Fathom. All of this together continues to prove Fathom as a leader in the Cloud Voice industry.
Emerging Tech Company of the Year TinderBox TinderBox is a sales software company that makes life in sales easier. Build more efficient and effective sales processes with a web-based solution that enables sales and marketing teams to create, control, and close deals with data-driven online sales documents.
Health Tech Award
Health Tech Award CarexTech, Inc. CarexTech is transforming communications in Senior Care to enhance engagement of families and caregivers and improve the care experience for seniors. Carex is poised for growth in 2014 as we fill this large unmet need.
Health Tech Award hc1.com Adopted by more than 500 healthcare locations across the globe, the hc1.com(R) Healthcare Relationship Cloud(TM) enables Health Systems, Labs, and Radiology Groups to identify and focus on their most important issues and proactively manage provider and patient relationships.
Health Tech Award Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Indianapolis EMS believes in the right care, for every patient, every time. By using data we can ensure we are doing these things.
Marketing Tech Award
Marketing Tech Award Firebelly Marketing Firebelly Marketing is a social media communications agency offering strategy, promotions, analytics, audience/community development, digital PR- advocate/influencer outreach, and content development. Clients include global and local brands (CISCO, Qdoba, SteadyServ).
Mobile Tech Award
Mobile Tech Award Archon Apps Cirrus security is breaking the mold of standard ways to provide a secure venue. Users across the country are more efficient and effective with this technology.
Mobile Tech Award BidPal, Inc. BidPal helps nonprofits raise more money by developing automated, efficient fundraising technology solutions. BidPal’s award-winning technology includes event management solutions; cellular, WiFi & hybrid mobile auctions; payment processing; ticketing; online fundraising; consulting services; &more!
Mobile Tech Award eGov Strategies eGov Strategies is an Indianapolis-based software development company that builds integrated solutions for state and local government. eGov’s industry-first Mobile Responsive Design solution delivers digital government to the mobile world.
Mobile Tech Award Firefli FireFli is a tool for connecting the virtual and physical world together. When coupled with apps, signage and point of sales systems it becomes a catalyst to commerce and conversation alike. Unlike traditional marketing efforts,with Firefli you know the value of your active users and customers.
Mobile Tech Award Givelify Givelify is the easiest and fastest way to give. Users can give donations to their favorite causes anytime, anywhere in as few as three taps on their smartphones. Non-profits get their own personalized online donation app with no contract or software installation. Tap. Donate. Done.
Tech Company of the Year
Tech Company of the Year Apparatus Apparatus designs, delivers, and continuously refines the most durable IT solutions in the world, making clients more productive, more profitable and more prepared to evolve as technology does.
Tech Company of the Year Smithville Communications Inc. Indiana’s largest independent telecommunications technology company, Smithville Communications serves a broad variety of commercial (including multi-national global entities), healthcare, technology, residential and other customers with high-performing fiber-based communications technology.
Tech Innovation of the Year
Tech Innovation of the Year AlGalCo, LLC AlGalCo is commercializing a new technology in which hydrogen is generated on demand simply by adding water to a solid alloy comprised of over 90% common aluminum. Hydrogen can power any vehicle thereby reducing the demand for oil, burns with zero harmful emissions and is completely renewable.
Tech Innovation of the Year Animated Dynamics, Inc. Animated Dynamics provides personalized chemotherapy selection for cancer care. No two cancers are alike, and the breakthrough BioSelect technology selects the perfect combination therapy personalized to each patient for the best chance to eliminate cancer while reducing side effects.
Tech Innovation of the Year LumenCache LumenCache enables smart buildings and efficiency via a new standard of power distribution for the last 1000 feet.
Tech Innovation of the Year MedeoLinx, LLC MedeoLinx develops information technology services and products to help customers gain competitiveness through predictive analysis of drug effects. MedeoLinx integrates genomics, cloud computing, machine learning, and molecular models to significantly enhance drug discovery and repurposing.
Tech Sales and Marketing Award
Tech Sales and Marketing Award LeadJen Leveraging a scientific method, unique software and a personal touch, LeadJen supplies the qualified leads and marketing performance insight that empower sales teams to generate and close more sales opportunities.
Tech Services Award
Tech Services Award Barnes & Thornburg LLP Our value-driven approach is what you should expect in your law firm. With more than 600 attorneys and legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the 100 largest firms in the country, serving clients’ complex legal needs worldwide from 12 offices.
Tech Services Award Diverse Tech Services Founded in 2010, Diverse Tech Services has been helping businesses grow by reducing the hassle and cost of managing their IT infrastructure and protecting their critical data. We are one of the largest and most trusted IT solutions companies in the Midwest.
Tech Services Award Polleo Systems, Inc. Polleo Systems is one of Indiana’s leading cloud services providers. Working with businesses, MSPs and education providers, the company delivers enterprise solutions with personalized service. Polleo Systems believes in moving beyond the cloud to a truly integrated IT approach that fosters growth.
Tech Services Award Sticksnleaves Sticksnleaves is a product development consultancy. The company sets a strong business and technology foundation for founders, executives and management teams. They bring focus and a proven product development framework, enabling their clients to launch successful web and mobile ventures.
Tech Services Award T2 Systems, Inc. T2 Systems is a technology-focused parking system provider with deep roots in the evolving parking industry. T2 delivers sophisticated data and tools to parking operations, enabling them to achieve greater efficiencies, increased revenues and proven ROI.
Tech Services Award The Schneider Corporation Schneider creates innovative solutions that change and improve how people interact with local governments. Schneider’s core disciplines of surveying, GIS, and engineering are augmented by our specialty services like underground utility location, 3D laser scanning, and mobile mapping.
Tech Services Award TransWorks TransWorks develops logistics industry solutions, then delivers these industry leading solutions using a transaction-based model that does not require capital investment. Our customers enjoy rapid implementation, process automation with exception management tools to improve efficiency.
Tech Startup of the Year
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) Bluebridge Digital Bluebridge Digital helps universities, churches, tourism destinations and other organizations create mobile apps. Bluebridge apps include unlimited support, regular updates and personalized design, all for a fixed annual cost.
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) bookacoach Bookacoach, the destination for sports lessons, offers online tools that simplifies the booking, scheduling, and feedback aspects of sports instruction. Led by Kevin MacCauley, Myles Grote and Adam Barthelson, bookacoach is quickly emerging as one of the fastest growing startups in the country.
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) INDY AUDIO LABS, LLC Indy Audio Labs designs and manufactures high-performance audio-video electronics that intelligently combine the power of the web and the ubiquity of mobile devices to make home media entertainment more lifelike and free from complexity.
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) Perceivant Perceivant’s real-time data analytics platform provides mid-market companies access to their data in a quick, simple and affordable way. The fully-hosted cloud solution empowers companies to access their data and use it in innovative ways to make effective business decisions.
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) PrecisionHawk As UAS applications continue to surge in emerging markets, PrecisionHawk is focused on offering forward-thinking solutions across several industries with the goal of achieving technological and entrepreneurial excellence while driving positive global impact.
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) Snappening.com Snappening.com is local. Searchable. Event venues, event planners, wedding planners, party planning tips and trends … helping Hoosiers create their next wedding, corporate and social events in a snap!
Tech Startup of the Year (Established Under Three Years) WordSentry As the only communications filtering product of its kind, WordSentry is driving great excitement across a broad spectrum of industries. Our goal is to set the standard for comprehensive writing analysis, one by which clear and competent communications are measured.

The Mira Awards gala is coming up on May 3, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Tickets are on sale now and early-bird pricing ends Friday, April 11.