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Here are the nominees for the 4th annual Baltimore Innovation Awards

Now's your chance to pick the best in Baltimore tech.

MICA's Brown Center, where the Innovation Awards ceremony will be held this year. (Photo courtesy of ZigerSnead)
It’s time once again to pick the members of the tech community who should win a coveted Baltimore Innovation Award.

This is a chance to recognize organizations and individuals who are innovating and growing Baltimore’s tech community. See all of last year’s award winners here.
It’s the fourth edition of the awards, which are handed out during Baltimore Innovation Week. The deadline to vote is Monday, Sept. 19. Winners will be announced Friday, Sept. 30 inside MICA’s Brown Center, located inside Innovation Village.
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The Baltimore Innovation Week awards are an annual online vote highlighting the best in new thinking. 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:

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jess Gartner, founder and CEO of “edfintech” startup Allovue.
  • Burck Smith, founder and CEO of edtech company Straighterline
  • Peter Coddington, founder and CEO of enterprise mobility firm PaRaBaL
  • Jasmine Simms, founder of Scrub Nail Boutique and cofounder of Moms as Entrepreneurs
  • David Narrow, CEO of Sonavex

Young STEM Leader

Sciences Group of the Year

  • Fusiform, a startup focused on orthotics
  • Infinite Biomedical Technologies, a startup applying RFID technology to prostheses
  • IMET, an Inner Harbor-based center formed by three public Maryland universities focused on marine and environmental research.
  • Insilico, a company applying AI to drug discovery and aging research
  • Fyodor Biotechnologies, a startup focused on new tools for global health

Technologist of the Year

  • Delali Dzirasa, founder of Fearless Solutions
  • Sean Clark, CTO of automated ecommerce platform Whitebox
  • Merlin Patterson, engineer at ClassTracks and organizer of the Abilities Hackathon
  • Gillian Henker, CTO of medical device maker for emerging markets Sisu Global Health
  • Eric Warner, creator of Rebond and design chair of AIGA

Dev Product of the Year

Design/Dev Firm of the Year

  • SmartLogic, a Canton-based dev shop that builds web and mobile apps
  • Fearless Solutions, a Spark Baltimore-based software services and product firm
  • Fastspot, a Hampden-based web design and creative agency
  • Kapowza, an ETC-based full-service creative agency
  • TBG, a Hampden-based digital agency

Tech Mission Org of the Year

Innovative Creative Group of the Year

  • Make Studio, a Hampden-based studio focused on making art inclusive
  • The Contemporary, a nomadic, non-collecting contemporary art museum that offers projects and educational programming
  • Baltigurls, a Bromo Arts District-based women-of-color artist collective
  • Baltimore Rock Opera Society, the nine-year-old producer of original rock operas
  • Shannon Wallace, an Impact Hub Baltimore-based photographer

Makerspace of the Year

Colocation Community of the Year

  • Impact Hub Baltimore, a Station North coworking space housing startups, social entrepreneurs, creatives and activists focused on social change
  • Spark Baltimore, a Cordish Companies-owned coworking and private office space for startups and companies at Power Plant Live
  • Betamore, a Federal Hill space offering coworking, education and incubation
  • Harbor Launch, an Inner Harbor coworking space focused on marine and environmental startups within IMET
  • City Garage, a space for startups focused on innovative manufacturing run by Plank Industries

Indie Video Game of the Year

  • DropZone, a strategy game by Station North-based Sparkypants
  • Mister Mart, a VR game using Oculus Rift and LeapMotion by Studio 217
  • Sunset Brawlers, a fighting game by Kitelion Studios and btong.me
  • The Sentient, a science fiction exploration game by Uncaged Studios
  • DomiNations, a mobile strategy game from Hunt Valley studio Big Huge Games and Nexon

Tech Business of the Year

  • Planit, a Locust Point-based creative agency with a digital soul
  • Tenable Network Security, a Columbia-based cybersecurity company
  • Harbor Designs and Manufacturing, a Pigtown-based firm that provides manufacturing for medical device and other startups with physical products
  • WellDoc, a mobile health IT startup that makes diabetes management app BlueStar
  • Pixelligent, a Holabird Business Park-based company that makes nanocrystals for LED lights, displays and optical components, among other applications

Tech Startup of the Year

  • Yet Analytics, an ETC Eastern-based company that makes a data interoperability platform
  • Terbium Labs, a Federal Hill-based cybersecurity startup that makes a platform to find threats in the deep web
  • Sisu Global Health, an Impact Hub Baltimore-based medical device maker that focuses on emerging markets
  • Proscia, a Spark Baltimore-based startup that makes a platform to streamline cancer pathology
  • Manta BioFuel, an IMET-born startup making crude oil from algae
Companies: Loople / Sisu Global Health / Yet Analytics / Sonavex / Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) / Planit / Pixelligent / WellDoc / Code in the Schools / Baltimore Foundery / Fastspot / Tenable Holdings / SmartLogic / Emerging Technology Centers (ETC Baltimore) / Big Huge Games / Berndt Group / Betamore / Technical.ly

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