Recently, I attended a fast pitch session for finalists nominated for the Austin Business Journal’s 2011 Tech Innovation Awards at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse. Twenty companies total were nominated (the full list of nominees is below). Each company was given two minutes for a fast pitch on what they do and why they are a tech innovator. An undisclosed number of nominees will be selected as winners and announced in the Dec. 2 edition of the Austin Business Journal.
Two of our Austin-based clients, Digby and Starmount, were nominated and presented, and while we are personally quite partial of them, there were some other interesting ideas presented during the two-hour presentation as well — ranging from Apollo Endosurgery’s flexible surgery equipment to Toopher’s tool for online security that uses your mobile phone to verify your identity.
Here are three other Austin companies that stood out:
- Flash Valet presents a more convenient way to valet park through the use of mobile technology. Rather than waiting outside for a valet to run and pick up your vehicle, when you are ready to leave you can order your vehicle for delivery via text message. Flash Valet also allows for tipping over mobile phone. And, best of all (judging by crowd reaction), if you have done too much celebrating that evening to drive yourself, you can send a message to have your car dropped off at your home.
- GameSalad is a game-development platform that allows aspiring and established game designers to develop web and mobile games with a simple free-to-use, drag-and-drop platform. GameSalad is the engine behind more than 18,000 apps, including almost half of the top 100 games in the Apple App Store.
- FireFly LED Lighting offers a variety eco- and cost-friendly lighting options that can help home and business owners cut energy costs by more than 80 percent. Their ultra-efficient LED fixtures last up to 25 times longer than incandescent and up to 5 times longer than compact fluorescent bulbs, are resistant to vibration and cold and illuminate immediately.
The Austin Business Journal 2011 Tech Innovation Award nominees are:
- Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
- Bioo Scientific
- Drilling Info, Inc
- FireFly LED Lighting
- Flash Valet
- GameSalad, Inc.
- Keller Williams Realty
- KLD Energy Technologies, Inc.
- L.I.T. Surgical
- Midas Green Technologies
- Real Software
- Sapling Learning
- Toopher, LLC
- Vyopta Incorporated