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Finalists Named in 2019 Idaho Innovation Awards Program

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

BOISE, Idaho — Finalists have been selected in the 14th Annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council (ITC), with support from Deloitte. The Idaho Innovation Awards spotlight innovations, innovative professionals and innovative companies statewide. Winners will be named at an awards presentation during the ITC’s tenth annual Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Boise Centre.

As the state’s premier business innovation awards program, the Idaho Innovation Awards recognize groundbreaking accomplishments in five categories. Finalists include (alphabetical order):

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

Advanced Electrolyte Model by Idaho National Laboratory

EVAS by ECCO Safety Group

PreView Side Defender®II by PRECO Electronics®

Consumer Product of the Year

Inergy Apex Portable Solar Generator by Inergy

The Play Gym by Lovevery

Winch Line Shackle Mounts by FACTOR 55 LLC

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year

Joule Case by Joule Case, Inc.


WiFIRE by Idaho National Laboratory

Innovative Company of the Year


Idaho Transportation Department


Innovator of the Year

Dr. Henry Chu, Idaho National Laboratory

Doug Hackler, American Semiconductor

Peter C. Kong, Ph.D., Cogent Energy Systems

The nominations, submitted between June 11 and July 31, were judged by a selection committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Deloitte.

ITC Hall of Fame featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards

The ITC Hall of Fame recognizes innovative technology leaders and companies who have made a significant contribution to Idaho’s technology community. Idaho National Laboratory and the J.R. Simplot Company are this year’s inductees. The event will feature Brad Smith, Executive Chairman of Intuit, as the keynote speaker.

Prior to the Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards presentations, members of Idaho’s business and technology communities will exhibit their innovative products and technologies during an “Innovation Showcase” starting at 5 p.m. The dinner and program follows from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available through the ITC registration page.

About the Innovation Awards: Stoel Rives has celebrated innovative companies and their accomplishments since hosting the first Innovation Awards in Salt Lake City in 2002. Each consecutive year, the law firm has honored groundbreaking advancements from emerging to established businesses. In its commitment to foster the innovation ecosystem across its footprint, Stoel Rives has since expanded its Innovation Awards program to Boise, Idaho (2006) and Sacramento, California (2016). In 2017, the firm partnered with the Puget Sound Business Journal as a presenting sponsor of the publication’s inaugural innovation awards program in Seattle, Washington.

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