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Destination Innovation Highlights Technology Advancements, Connects Innovators

Nearly 200 members of the technology community gathered on April 2, 2014 at The Washington Post headquarters to hear 16 of the region's innovators pitch their company's technologies at NVTC's Destination Innovation. The fresh and fast-paced event is presented by the NVTC Technology Innovations Committee, in partnership with Capital Business, and showcases outstanding efforts technology advancements emerging from our region, gathering and connecting innovators from both large and small companies with parties interested in collaborating on technology development and job creation.

Michael Chasen
Michael Chasen addresses the audience at Destination Innovation on April 2 at The Washington Post headquarters in D.C.

The event also featured keynote remarks from SocialRadar’s Michael Chasen and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. Chasen shared five pieces of unconventional wisdom he learned from his time as founder and CEO of Blackboard Inc. and SocialRadar. He instructed the audience to be passionate about their projects (even if others aren’t), focus on developing the business, share the vision and sell the execution, constantly seek advice but be the expert when starting a business, and finally, know that disruption changes everything.

Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina shares her insights at Destination Innovation on April 2 at The Washington Post headquarters in D.C.

Fiorina began her career as a secretary and became the CEO of HP, one of the largest information technology corporations in the world. During her keynote address, she asked the audience “What should we be doing to make it easier for innovation and entrepreneurship to occur?”, saying that the United States must unlock potential in these areas in order to grow. Innovation and entrepreneurship are vital to all Americans, according to Fiorina, and the country must broaden its definition of innovation and entrepreneurship, seize possibilities, simplify red tape (such as the tax code and layered government regulation), and educate its workforce.

Along with the two keynotes, 16 companies delivered a two minute pitch about their innovative technology, including why it is disruptive and how it solves a real-world problem. They also showcased their technologies to potential partners and investors on the exhibit floor. The companies, divided into social, commerce, government and security categories, were selected by online votes submitted during a competition on the Capital Business website. The selected companies were as follows:

Social
Deltek
Infosys ReachOut
LynxFit by Byte an Atom Research
Three Wire Systems LLC

Commerce
Homesnap
ICF International
Nxtbook Media Inc.
RealNetworks

Government
Infosys CloudEcosystem Hub
LMI
Octant
Unisys

Security
Applied Communication Sciences (ACS)
Cyber Squared Inc.
Key Cybersecurity Inc.
Salient Federal Solutions

Attendees at the event voted for one company in each category and the top two companies from each category moved on to the final round. The following companies were selected to compete in the final round:

Social
LynxFit by Byte an Atom Research
Three Wire Systems LLC

Commerce
Homesnap
RealNetworks

Government
LMI
Octant

Security
Cyber Squared Inc.
Key Cybersecurity Inc.

The final round consisted of a head-to-head competition between the remaining two companies in each category. A panel of experts, including Gerald Gordon, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; Matthew Koll, President and Co-Founder of 410 Labs; and Rose Wang, Founder and CEO of Binary Group Inc. asked the competing companies questions about their innovations, markets and business strategies. The winner in each category was decided by the expert panel. Congratulations to the following winners:

LynxFit by Byte an Atom Research (Social), Homesnap (Commerce), LMI (Government), and Key Cybersecurity (Security).

Destination Innovation winners
Representatives from the winning companies stand with their trophies.