Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Utah Innovation Awards Finalist

OK, I've just got to brag a little. I am managing a product for a start-up called ClickLock. We are very early in the product's life, but, notwithstanding the fact that we don't have a product released yet, we've still managed to be a finalist for the Utah Innovation Awards!

You can read the whole press release here, but it requires you to register, so I'm quoting the relevant information here:

30 April 2010—

Utah Technology Council and Stoel Rives recognized some of Utah’s top inventions at the Utah Innovation Awards luncheon, held Thursday, April 29. Honorable mentions, finalists and winners were chose from 120 applications—the most applicants in the program’s eight-year history.

More innovation during times of economic trouble isn’t a new trend, but it’s a trend that Jason Perry, Gov. Gary L. Herbert’s chief of staff said will help Utah recover from the recession quicker than any other state in the country.

Keynote speaker at the event, KSL radio announcer and author Amanda Dickson commended the award recipients for being thoughtful, persistent, courageous and stubborn. "I know that’s what it takes sometimes to make an idea happen," she said.

Dickson also encouraged the luncheon attendees to prompt ideas by changing small details in their lives. "We are afraid of change because we think the worst thing is going to happen if we change," Dickson said. "One of the biggest mistakes we make is we assume we won’t like the worst thing…but the worst thing sometimes leads to the best thing."

Innovators know bringing ideas to the table, no matter how mediocre they may seem at first, are important to bringing change to the world around them, she said.

This year’s innovations are applicable to several industries, from a device that protects patients from catheter-related, life-threatening bloodstream infections to a technology that allows consumers to access Facebook from their television.

The winners announced at the event are Computational Molecular Phenotyping by MetaboView, Subsurface Metabolic Enhancement by Pure Enviro Management
, Gypsy by Cricut by Provo Craft, 4 Store by Control4, SmileReminder Patient Communication Software Suite by Smile Reminder, Nanostrands by Conductive Composites
, DualCap by Catheter Connections, Inc.
 and LiteStik by Fertile Earth Corporation
.

See a complete list of award recipients below (winners indicated by *) and for in-depth coverage see May’s issue of Utah Business magazine.

Enterprise Software and Web-Enabled B-2-B Solutions

Finalists
  • ClickLock by Kiwi Labs, LLC
  • SmileReminder Patient Communication Software Suite by Smile Reminder *
Honorable Mentions

  • Marketing View by TreeHouse Interactive

  • uGenius Personal Teller System by uGenius Technology, Inc.
(Note: I've only listed the category we were in. See the original article for all categories, nominees, and winners.)

Congratulations to SmileReminder for taking the trophy. We'll get it next year!

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