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It’s time to choose who will win this year’s Baltimore Innovation Awards.
This is a chance to recognize the individuals and organizations growing Baltimore’s tech community. You nominated them. Now it’s time to vote. The deadline to vote is Friday, Sept. 15.
It’s the fifth edition of the awards, which will be handed out during Baltimore Innovation Week. Winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 6, at the BIW17 Innovation Celebration at Mt. Vernon Marketplace.
The Baltimore Innovation Week awards are an annual online vote highlighting the best in new thinking. (See last year’s winners here) After public nominations, the Technical.ly Baltimore team curates a list of nominees to be voted on by the local tech community — one vote per person. Though candidates can be nominated in multiple years and for different categories, no one can win the same category more than once. The spirit is to welcome in new leaders.
Here are the nominees:
Tech Startup of the Year
- Notice and Comment, a startup bringing big data to the federal register.
- FactoryFour, a Mt. Vernon company focused on digital fabrication.
- Protenus, a cybersecurity company protecting healthcare data.
- Tissue Analytics, a health IT startup that makes an app to track and care for wounds
- Blispay, a fintech startup providing financing to small-and-medium sized retailers.
Technologist of the Year
- Matthew Stubenberg, a innovator who is IT director at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.
- Bella Palumbi, a mobile game dev who created the Harbor Hacks youth hackathon.
- Deepak Jain, founder and CEO of AiNet.
- Eno Umoh, a cofounder of Global Air Media and the city’s first drone racing league.
- Mike Fried, CIO of the Baltimore City Health Department, which created TECHealth.
CTO of the Year
- Amit Singh, of Asymmetrik.
- Bethany Meyer, of CourseArc.
- Ted O’Meara, of Allovue.
- Claire Gollnick, of Terbium Labs.
- Gorkem Sevinc, of emocha Mobile Health.
Design/Dev Firm of the Year
- Ainsley & Co., a Harbor East digital agency.
- BaltiVirtual, a City Garge–based augmented reality and virtual reality studio.
- Fastspot, a Hampden-based web design firm.
- Kapowza, a creative marketing agency based at ETC.
- Mindgrub, a Locust Point–based dev agency.
Tech Mission Org of the Year
- Moms as Entrepreneurs, an academy program for moms building businesses.
- B360, a venture teaching STEAM through dirt bikes.
- Abilities Hackathon, an accessibility-focused hackathon.
- Innovation Village, a 6.8 sq. mi. innovation district in West Baltimore.
- Rowdy Orbit, a coding education program for returning citizens.
Dev Product of the Year
- HoloTats, temporary holographic tattoos made by BaltiVirtual.
- SBA HUBZone Map, a HUBZone locator made by Spark Baltimore-based Fearless.
- Arbit, a social polling app with side-by-side photo comparisons.
- Bad Batch Alert, a text-based alert system for opioid overdose spikes created by Code in the Schools
- Osmosis, a personalized learning platform for medical education.
Indie Video Game of the Year
- Offworld Trading Company, by Mohawk Games.
- Zombie Clicker, by Highlandtown-based Pure Bang Games.
- Neon FM, by Unit-e Technologies.
- Sunset Brawlers, by Kite Lion Games and btong.me.
- Mister Mart, the VR game by Studio 217.
Growth Tech Company of the Year
- Contrast Security, a Canton company focusing on security for software applications.
- CadmiumCD, a Forest Hill-based event management software platform.
- Paragon Bioservices, a University of Maryland BioPark-based pharmaceutical development and manfacturing firm.
- Pixelligent, a Holabird Business Park-based company that makes nanocrystals for LED lights, displays and optical components, among other applications.
- ZeroFOX, a Federal Hill-based social media cybersecurity company.