|By Business Wire||
|May 16, 2014 07:30 AM EDT||
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology trade association for life science and technology, today announced the winners of its 26th Annual Industry Awards. More than 700 technology and business leaders from around the state attended the celebration last night, which took place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
“The individuals and companies we honored at last night’s industry awards celebration represent the tremendous talent, innovation and dedication we have in Maryland’s thriving technology community,” said Phil Schiff, TCM’s CEO. “The nominees for this year’s awards were truly outstanding, and exemplify how Maryland’s technology community is playing a vital role in ensuring our state’s long-term prosperity.”
The winners of the 2014 TCM Awards are:
Advocate of the Year
Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the Maryland State House of Delegates
Serving as Speaker of the House since 2003, Busch plays a vital leadership role. He works closely with the governor and members of the state on a wide array of issues facing Maryland, including education funding, job creation, public safety and environmental policy. Busch is a consistent proponent of the business community, and is being honored for the business and economic development package that he and Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr. offered during the 2014 session. This package has a strong focus on fostering entrepreneurship, increasing economic development and seeding new cybersecurity companies, as well as modernizing Maryland’s tax climate and improving the state’s overall business climate.
STEM Educators of the Year
Dr. Agnes Taguines, science educator at the Youth Opportunity Academy
Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, president, Elizabeth Seton High School
Dr. Taguines teaches physics, biology, and chemistry courses at the Youth Opportunity Academy, an alternative school for low-income and at-risk students in Baltimore. Colleagues describe her as an organized powerhouse and, though there is no laboratory for her students to get a full scientific experience, she provides creative, resourceful and rigorous instructional strategies. Dr. Taguines is able to make cross-curricular and real life applications, which has helped students excel in courses like mathematics and technology.
Sister Ellen Marie has served as president of Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Md., since 2009 and has worked in educational administration for 25 years. She has transformed the curriculum and the culture of the high school so that every student has the opportunity to learn and explore the STEM professions. She has developed the LEAD program—Learning Engineering and Design—which provides high quality, hands-on, innovative STEM education for the students in the classroom coupled with challenging internships and other experiential learning opportunities in the public and corporate sectors.
Executive of the Year
Ahmed Ali, President, TISTA Science and Technology Corporation
In a year marked with sequestration, shutdowns and furloughs, TISTA, under the direction of President Ahmed Ali, grew by 45 percent and showed a singular vision in support of its employees when executives donated their time and salaries so that employees were paid during the 17-day government shutdown. Last year, the Rockville, Md.-based TISTA also brought in more than $23 million in new contracts and received multiple accolades, including being named #13 on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 list of the fastest growing small businesses in the Washington, D.C., area.
Chief Financial Officer of the Year
Robert Latchford, CFO, Optoro
Optoro is an IT company based in Lanham, Md., that enables retailers and manufacturers to increase revenue from returned and excess inventory. As the CFO, Latchford was instrumental in getting two VC fundings completed for a total of $32 million, as well as closing on a $7 million debt facility, all within his first nine months on the job. He also helped close the lease that enabled the company expand to Washington, D.C. and he managed the company’s growth from more than 60 employees when he started to more than 140 today. Latchford also coordinated Optoro’s involvement with Defending the Blue Line, a charity that works to provide hockey equipment to children of military families.
Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology
Officer of the Year
Mark Pietrasanta, CTO, Aquilent
Pietrasanta was the driving force behind the Laurel, Md.-based Aquilent’s move from an onsite data center to a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) implementation. He also drove the development of Olympus, powered by Aquilent, a cloud management portal that lets an IT team manage a hosted environment through a real-world business view.
Life Science Firm of the Year
Amplimmune, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is focused on developing novel therapeutics through immune system modulation. With its strong product-based focus, Amplimmune has developed three biologic candidates including AMP-224, which is in Phase 1b trials in cancer in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline; AMP-110 for autoimmune diseases in partnership with Daiichi Sankyo; and AMP-514 for cancer and infectious diseases. By leveraging its GMP manufacturing capabilities and in-depth knowledge of immunomodulatory pathways, Amplimmune is developing novel immunomodulatory molecules with broad spectrum applications in treatment of cancer, autoimmunity, transplantation and infectious diseases. Amplimmune was purchased by MedImmune in late 2013, and has retained its location and entire workforce.
Technology Firm of the Year
Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U is a Landover, Md.-based company that enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high quality education to qualified students anywhere. By 2012, 2U had eight graduate partnerships, and today has created online degree programs for 11 graduate schools. 2U’s cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform has enabled its partners to educate and engage more than 9,000 students around the world.
Government Contracting Firm of the Year
Social Solutions Global, Inc.
Social Solutions Global is the leading provider of performance management software for human services agencies. The Baltimore-based company equips more than 16,000 high-performing non-profits, public agencies, donors and evaluators with web-based data tracking and outcomes-oriented case management tools. In the past seven years, the company has been recognized as a Baltimore Sun “Top 100 Workplace,” Smart CEO magazine “Future 50” winner, Daily Record “Innovator of the Year,” Outstanding Incubator Company, Maryland Incubator of the Year and Inc. magazine’s 5000.
Emerging Firm of the Year
KoolSpan develops hardware-based encryption and security applications to protect data and voice communications over network-connected devices. The core of KoolSpan’s technology is its Trust Chip, a validated technology deployed in more than 50 countries powering security offerings from S-1, the security division of Samsung, and AT&T’s voice encryption platform. Based in Bethesda, Md., KoolSpan also has earned an industry wide reputation for innovation and a solid business model. The company holds 18 patents and was named one of Federal Computer Week’s “Hot Companies to Watch.”
ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Feb. 8, 2016 08:00 PM EST Reads: 129
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
Feb. 8, 2016 06:30 PM EST Reads: 165
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
Feb. 8, 2016 03:00 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Part...
Feb. 8, 2016 03:00 PM EST Reads: 574
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed...
Feb. 8, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 341
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Feb. 8, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 377
In most cases, it is convenient to have some human interaction with a web (micro-)service, no matter how small it is. A traditional approach would be to create an HTTP interface, where user requests will be dispatched and HTML/CSS pages must be served. This approach is indeed very traditional for a web site, but not really convenient for a web service, which is not intended to be good looking, 24x7 up and running and UX-optimized. Instead, talking to a web service in a chat-bot mode would be muc...
Feb. 8, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 207
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
Feb. 8, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 173
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Feb. 8, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 356
As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data, will dis...
Feb. 8, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 142
Advances in technology and ubiquitous connectivity have made the utilization of a dispersed workforce more common. Whether that remote team is located across the street or country, management styles/ approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate this new dynamic. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., focused on the challenges of managing remote teams, providing real-world examples that demonstrate what works and what do...
Feb. 8, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 235
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
Feb. 8, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 158
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
Feb. 8, 2016 10:45 AM EST Reads: 383
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deli...
Feb. 8, 2016 10:15 AM EST Reads: 365
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection.
Feb. 8, 2016 09:45 AM EST Reads: 170