DocuSign, Isilon, Swype and More Take Honors at WTIA Industry Achievement Awards
Hundreds of techies braved Seattle’s latest snowpocalypse for one of the community’s biggest shindigs: The Washington Technology Industry Association‘s Industry Achievement Awards.
If there was a theme to Thursday’s speeches, I’d say it was a rousing round of yay-Seattle encouragement for other entrepreneurs to start their companies here—which I guess is kind of the point, but it felt totally genuine.
The whole thing was emceed by Luke Burbank of the Too Beautiful To Live podcast.
Here’s the list of winners:
DocuSign has several e-signature products for business and individual customers, specifically DocuSign for Salesforce, DocuSign Enterprise, and DocuSign Realtor Edition. The company made news in December by raising $27 million in a Series C round.
Data-storage company Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN) was acquired last year for $2.25 billion in cash by Hopkinton, MA-based data storage giant EMC (NYSE: EMC). Just last month, Isilon announced it was moving to Pioneer Square.
• Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Swype, a maker of text-input software for touch screens, which has inked plenty of deals with equipment manufacturers and wireless carriers to put its software on mobile devices. The company has venture backing from Samsung Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, and Docomo Capital.
They also happen to be part of our upcoming Mobile Madness event in Cambridge, MA on March 9.
Swype beat out Logos Bible Software 4 and Logos.
• Service Provider of the Year: HasOffers, which offers software-as-a-service for affiliate tracking in online advertising. Other finalists were Concur, for its Concur Breeze service, and Hubspan.
• Best Early-Stage Company of the Year: Ground Truth, which provides data and analysis on how consumers use the Web on mobile devices—things like traffic estimates for a large number of sites, how long people visit those sites, and what other sites they visit.
The other finalists were Lockerz and Off & Away.
• Best Seed-Stage Company of the Year: SPARQcode, which offers the ability to make QR codes for a wide range of content including websites, phone numbers, contacts and more, focusing on generating sales leads for companies.
The other finalists were Sparkbuy and WhoCanHelp.
• Innovative Manufactured Product of the Year: DarkStar, by XKL. Despite the ominous name, DarkStar focuses on linking data centers via fiber optics to create regional networks. Other finalists were fitness equipment manufacturer Precor, for its P80 console, and Intermec, for its CN50 Rugged Mobile Computer.
• Best Use of Technology in Government, Non-profit or Educational: Open Data Kit, maker of a tool that lets organizations manage mobile data collection. It can be used to keep track of GPS-linked surveys, such as this little infrastructure tracking project in Afghanistan.
The other finalists were CityClub, for its Living Voters Guide, and the Washington State Ferries, for its Vessel Layup Schedule.
• Technology Leader of Tomorrow: AKA the Cutest Award Ever. This one went to Gizan Gando, a 6th grader at Asa Middle School in Seattle, for his virtual apartment complex project. The other finalists were Gizan’s Asa Mercer classmate Tyler Wong and South Shore 6th grader Mariah Fernandez.
But they were all winners: The finalists in this category all got laptops.