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Destination Innovation Recognizes Outstanding Efforts in Technology Advancement

On Monday, May 6, nearly 200 members of the technology community gathered at The Washington Post Headquarters as 20 of the region's innovators showcased their company's technologies at Destination Innovation. Presented by the NVTC Technology Innovations Committee, in partnership with Capital Business, this fresh and fast-paced event highlighted technology advancements emerging from our region and connected innovators from both large and small companies with parties interested in collaborating on technology development and job creation.

Magid Abraham of comScore addresses Destination Innovation attendees.
Magid Abraham of comScore addresses Destination Innovation attendees.

The event featured remarks from Magid Abraham, president, CEO and co-founder of ComScore Inc.; Cory Haik, executive producer of digital news at The Washington Post; Mark Muehl, senior vice president of product engineering at Comcast; and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. All four speakers offered insights on how to foster innovation, including: finding great partners, developing a working product that customers want, embracing a willingness to fail, and thinking beyond the typical solution.

Along with the industry speakers, 20 companies gave five-minute presentations about their innovations and showcased their technologies to potential partners and investors on the exhibit floor. The presenting companies were: Berico Technologies, BetterPress, CFN Services, Compuware, Critical Power Group, DataRPM, GeoPay Inc., INF Robotics Inc., Light Point Security, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Microsoft, Oculis Labs, Rofori Corporation, ROI² Inc., Salient Federal Solutions, Sphere of Influence Inc., Sprint, SpydrSafe Mobile Security Inc., Triea Systems LLC and Verizon Wireless.

Representatives of award winner companies at Destination Innovation.
Representatives of award winner companies at Destination Innovation.

A panel of judges evaluated all presentations based on delivery and innovation. At the conclusion of the program, four companies were named winners in categories based on company size. Congratulations to the following winners: startup company winner Light Point Security, small company winner Oculis Labs, midsize company winner Berico Technologies, and large company winner Verizon Wireless.

In addition, NVTC introduced a new element to the competition this year – an audience choice award. Audience votes were collected via text message and each attendee was allowed one vote. Congratulations to Audience Choice Award winner BetterPress.

Video of the industry speakers and 20 presenting companies, as well as the company presentations, are available here.