(Photo by Brian James Kirk)
More than 2,000 people voted in the third annual Baltimore Innovation Awards.
First you nominated them. Then you voted on them. Then last night at the evening reception of Beta City we announced them — giving out actual awards made by Fab Lab Baltimore — inside the not-yet-launched massive City Garage makerspace.
Beta City, led by the Betamore incubator with Sagamore Ventures, Technical.ly and Startup Maryland, was a signature event of Baltimore Innovation Week 2015, which Technical.ly organizes. In addition to the dozen Innovation Awards voted online, Betamore gave two curated awards.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Baltimore Innovation Awards:
- Tech Community Leader of the Year: Jen Meyer for updating the Betamore vision
- Scientist of the Year: Hal Weaver of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory for his involvement in Pluto research
- Technologist of the Year: Angelique Weger for her work with Girl Develop It Baltimore and Detroit Trading
- Best Web/Mobile Product of the Year: Tissue Analytics
— Spark Baltimore (@sparkbmore) October 2, 2015
- Design/Dev Firm of the Year: Groove
- Tech Mission Org of the Year: Girl Develop It Baltimore
- Artist/Creative Group of the Year: Light City Festival
— What Works Studio (@WhatWorksStudio) October 2, 2015
- Makerspace of the Year: Digital Harbor Foundation
- Best Locally Built Indie Video Game of the Year: Johnny Speed by Mindgrub Games
- Colocation or Incubator Space of the Year: Emerging Technology Centers
- Tech Startup of the Year: Citelighter
- Tech Business of the Year: Mindgrub
— Mindgrub (@mindgrub) October 2, 2015
Betamore cofounder and board chairman Greg Cangialosi gave out two awards on behalf of the incubator, taking up the mantle from the former gb.tc it absorbed and that group’s longtime Tech Nite:
- Silo Breaker Award: Christy Wyskiel of Johns Hopkins University was honored for her economic development and tech commercialization efforts across the region.
- Beta Award: Bob Embry, the notable president of the Abell Foundation, was honored for his meaningful impact on the region’s entrepreneurial community. An adviser accepted the award on his behalf.