Who? Physician-inventor Dr. Forrest Bird and software-analytics leader Bob Lokken will be inducted into the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Boise Centre.
Father of the respiratory industry: First introduced in 1955, Birds device was the first highly reliable, low-cost, mass-produced respirator in the world, saving millions of lives, the council said. Bird subsequently created a ventilator for infants, nicknamed the Babybird, which is credited for playing a role in reducing the rate of breathing-related infant mortality from 70 percent to 10 percent. Bird, 91, still plays a role in working on medical devices to help people worldwide.
A software legacy: Lokken is the CEO and founder of WhiteCloud Analytics, an Idaho software/consulting company that provides support for hospitals. Lokken founded ProClarity Corp., which won more than 40 industry awards for analytic and performance management technologies. In 2006, ProClarity was acquired by Microsoft, and the business-intelligence software created by Lokkens team of innovators are features of Microsofts Office 2010 suite.
To attend Tickets are $85 for Idaho Technology Council members or $125 for nonmembers. Go to http://www.idahotechcouncil.org/itc-hall-of-fame-2012.