Idaho tech innovators win awards, join hall of fame

This year’s winners of the Idaho Innovation Awards were honored Wednesday at the Idaho Technology Council’s Hall of Fame banquet.

krodine@idahostatesman.comOctober 23, 2013 

This year’s winners of the Idaho Innovation Awards were honored Wednesday at the Idaho Technology Council’s Hall of Fame banquet.

More than 700 people turned out to celebrate this year’s inductees: Boston Technology founder turned full-time philanthropist Greg Carr from Idaho Falls and Keynetics founder Tim Barber of Boise.

The Hall of Fame selections were announced in advance, but winners of the Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives law firm and Kickstand, were revealed Wednesday night:

• Commercialized Innovation of the Year — CradlePoint’s Enterprise Cloud Manager, which enables wireless networking across a vast geographic area.

• Early-Stage Innovation of the Year — Idaho National Laboratory’s Switchable Polarity Solvents Forward Osmosis, which uses specialized membranes to produce drinkable water efficiently.

• Innovative Company of the Year — Kount, a division of Keynetics that protects companies from online fraud.

• Innovator of the Year — David Cohen, CEO of FieldSync Mobile Solutions, a suite of cloud-based technology tools.

“This year’s winners represent another wave of remarkable innovative leadership and accomplishment in Idaho,” said Stoel Rives partner Kris Ormseth, 2013 chairman for the awards program.

The winners and two other finalists in each category were judged by a committee of more than 30 Idaho business and academic leaders.

Keynote speaker Richard Belluzzo, former president and COO of Microsoft, spoke of his years with Hewlett-Packard in Boise and urged technology leaders to “embrace disruption.”

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