Finalists Named in the 2014 Idaho Innovation Awards

Finalists have been selected in the ninth annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and supported by Idaho TechConnect and Deloitte. Winners and finalists will be recognized at a special awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s fifth annual Hall of Fame Celebration on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Boise Centre. Registration is available online at www.idahotechcouncil.org.

As the state’s only innovation awards program, the Idaho Innovation Awards recognizes innovative accomplishments in four categories. The categories and 2014 finalists are listed below (finalists are listed in alphabetical order):

Commercialized Innovation of the Year:

  • Anomalous Roadway Behavior Detection System (ARBD) by Sloan Security Technologies, Inc.
  • CradlePoint AER 2100 by CradlePoint
  • TR Series by Bay Shore Systems, Inc.

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year:

  • Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM) by the Idaho National Laboratory
  • LightPaper by Rohinni
  • VisitPay® – The First Online Self-Servicing and Financing Platform for Healthcare by iVinci Health LLC

Innovative Company of the Year:

  • Ednetics
  • Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • TSheets Time Tracking

Innovator of the Year:

  • J. Thomas Ahlquist III, COO, Gardner Company
  • George Mulhern, CEO, CradlePoint
  • Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Keynetics

The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Deloitte.

About the ITC “Hall of Fame” featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards

The Idaho Innovation Awards presentation will be held during the ITC’s fifth annual Hall of Fame Celebration on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Boise Centre. The ITC Hall of Fame Celebration recognizes innovative technology leaders who have made a significant contribution to Idaho’s technology community. The 2014 inductees are Healthwise chief executive officer Don Kemper and North Idaho investor and entrepreneur Steve Meyer.

Prior to the Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards presentations, members of Idaho’s business and technology communities will display their innovative products and technologies during an Innovation Showcase from 5:15 to 6:30 pm. Click here to register to exhibit at the Innovation Showcase. The evening’s schedule is as follows:

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm – Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Dinner, Networking, Awards Presentation

Hall of Fame registration is available online. Individual seats are $85.00 for ITC and Kickstand members, and $125 for non-members. A table of ten is $750 for members and $900 for non-members. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Micron.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 12 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. The firm has offices in Alaska, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah and Washington and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.stoel.com.

About Kickstand: Kickstand is an entrepreneur support organization for Idaho’s innovators, in any industry, who need help from the local community in order to succeed. Kickstand provides live and virtual forums to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial community and promote business creation and growth. With the tagline “network, learn & grow,” Kickstand is a non-profit group founded in 2002 by a handful of young technology companies and like-minded service providers who believed they could achieve greater success by sharing ideas and success stories. With some 300 members and three affiliate groups around Idaho, Kickstand provides opportunities for its members to make connections, learn start-up tips, and develop as individuals and members of teams or as “intrapreueurs” inside larger companies. For more information visit www.kickstand.org.

About Idaho Technology Council: The Idaho Technology Council’s mission is to become the premier member-driven technology association dedicated to fostering the growth of technology companies in the state of Idaho, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. It also advocates for creating a strong technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce. For more information visit www.idahotechcouncil.org.