The state’s only innovation awards program named three finalists in each of four categories this week. The winners in the 10th edition of the Idaho Innovation Awards will be named on Oct. 21 in Boise.
COMMERCIALIZED INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
AutoSense by PakSense in Boise. Food retailers use AutoSense to monitor the temperature of perishable foods and to deliver data and alerts to smartphones .
Burns 1401 Less Lethal Ammunition by Integrity Ballistics LLC in Boise. The Burns 1401 is a 12-gauge soft-polymer projectile designed to shoot people at close to mid-range (3-25 yards) to bring about immediate compliance through pain but with fewer penetrating injuries than hard bullets cause. The bullets “pancake” and enlarge by flattening on impact.
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PreView Wireless WorkSight Radar by Preco Electronics in Boise. The radar detects objects in a heavy-duty vehicle operator’s blind spots, reducing backing accidents.
EARLY-STAGE INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Advanced Ceramic Fibers by Advanced Ceramic Fibers LLC in Idaho Falls. The ceramic fibers make materials lighter, stronger or more durable; and more tolerant of heat, stress or corrosion. They are intended for transmission lines, bridges, beams, trusses and fire-resistant construction materials.
CellSage by Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. CellSage is intended to provide more-accurate predictions for the life cycles of batteries used in vehicles, the electrical grid and other uses.
Integrated Waste Screening System by Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. This system is designed to reduce the cost and difficulty of handling radioactive materials that result from hydraulically fractured wells.
INNOVATIVE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Fisher’s Technology, Boise. The company is the largest Idaho-owned office-tech provider.
Kochava Inc., Sandpoint. Kochova provides mobile advertisers with real-time data on their ad campaigns.
Proof Eyewear, Boise. Proof makes wood and other environmentally friendly eyewear and accessories.
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Lorna Finman, president of LCF Enterprises and founder of Discover Technology, Post Falls. LCF makes radio amplifiers and jamming devices the military uses to disable improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs. Discover is a nonprofit aimed at fostering student readiness for science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Matt Rissell, CEO, TSheets.com, Boise. Rissell has launched six startups, including TSheets, which tracks employee time.
Chris Taylor, president and CEO, Fisher’s Technology, Boise, Fisher’s has tripled in size and gained market share since 2006, in part by expanding software offerings and outsourced information-technology services.
The nominations were judged by a committee of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Winners and finalists will be recognized at the Idaho Technology Council’s sixth annual Hall of Fame Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Boise Centre. The awards are presented yearly by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and supported by Deloitte . For more information, visit www.idahotechcouncil.org.