Here are the winners of the first ever Delaware Innovation Awards - Delaware


Nov. 23, 2015 12:30 pm

Here are the winners of the first ever Delaware Innovation Awards

1,500 people voted on 10 categories celebrating innovation, including Scientist, Startup and and Tech Business of the Year.

Here are the winners of the #DIW15 Innovation Awards.

(Photo by Brian James Kirk)

More than 1,500 people voted online in the first ever Delaware Innovation Awards, as part of our inaugural Delaware Innovation Week Presented by 1313 Innovation.

We announced the winners inside the atrium lobby of the Hercules Building in Wilmington before our closing Innovation Celebration. The winners were given an award made by maker collective Barrel of Makers, which 3D printed the awards and featured a variable color light. The #DIW15 closing party was a cocktail party meets networking affair with a local tech exhibit on the side — there were robots and video games and more to play with,  like Newark 3D printing shop Sovereign Air.

Here are the Delaware Innovation Awards, 3D printed by Barrel of Makers.

Here are the Delaware Innovation Awards, 3D printed by Barrel of Makers.

Nearly 200 came through the evening, including a mix of those focused on Wilmington economic development — though Kent and Sussex counties were represented too.

Alongside Delaware business leaders like Ben duPont of yet2ventures, 1313 Innovation founder Paul McConnell and Delaware private equity expat Charlie Horn were the younger Wilmington city creative class set, like Nick Matarese of the Barn, Zach Phillips of the Kitchen and Katie O’Hara, an interior designer with a specialty in startups and tech incubators. There were policymakers, like Wilmington Councilman Darius Brown, and economic development specialists like Mike Bowman of Delaware Technology Park, Will Minster of Downtown Visions and Frank DeSantis of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce — in addition to tech community stalwarts like Tech Forum orgnizers George Rotsch and Jen Kmiec. There were staffers from the big financial companies of the region, like JP Morgan Chase and Chatham Financial, as well as those from homegrown companies like SevOne and Trellist, alongside smaller and growing startups.


Here are the winners:

Tech Community Organizer of the Year
Scientist of the Year
Technologist of the Year
  • Tariq Hook, lead instructor at new coding program ZipCode Wilmington
Best Web/Mobile Product of the Year
  • ConnectHub, the sales coaching tool from InSiteHub
Design/Dev Firm of the Year
Community Group of the Year
  • Delaware Libraries, the state division that has expanded 3D printing and STEM literacy to many of its libraries.
Colocation or Incubator Space of the Year
  • 1313 Innovation, the incubator operated by McConnell Johnson Real Estate.
Social Media Campaign of the Year

Tech Business of the Year
  • SevOne, fresh off news that their growing Delaware team will stay, though their headquarters are moving to Boston.
Tech Startup of the Year
  • Carvertise, the sharing economy and advertising company that puts ads on your car founded by Mac Nagaswami and Greg Star.
Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.


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