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Announcing CRTC TechAwards 2014 Winners

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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2014 Winners Honoring the Region’s Top Technology Companies and Leaders

Tech Company of the Year Awarded to IntelliGenesis, LLC


Annapolis, MD – March 28, 2014 – The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and more than 350 technology executives from around the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington region gathered Wednesday night to honor the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top professionals at the 9th annual TechAwards 2014: Get in the Game. The CRTC received more than 60 submissions for the six nominated award categories from a variety of accomplished technology businesses and individuals throughout the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region. A thirteen-member selection committee examined the nominations and voted on the top contenders.


“For the past twenty years, the CRTC’s mission has been to energize and propel the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities,” said Jason Silvia, Vice President of the CRTC and CEO of SidusData. “This mission is the driving force behind our annual TechAwards event which spotlights the technology leaders of our area.  It was a privilege to celebrate not only the incredible group of finalists and award winners that were revealed, but all of the attendees and the countless others that make this organization great and set it apart from the rest."

CRTC’s selection committee chose award winners in the four categories, listed below:

·       Tech Company of the Year Award: IntelliGenesis LLC, Columbia

IntelliGenesis LLC is a woman and veteran-owned company established in 2007. They provide Intelligence Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Network Operations, and Cyber related Internal Research and Development (IR&D) services resulting in higher efficiency, automation, and improved analysis, protection, and defense of National Security missions.

·       Innovator Award: SemaConnect, Bowie

SemaConnect is a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle software for station owners and EV drivers. The company launched in 2008 with the first ChargePro™ 620 edition, and EV software called SemaCharge.


·       The Rising Star Award: ZeroFOX, Baltimore

ZeroFOX takes a predictive and preventative approach to cyber security. ZeroFOX’s technology leverages machine learning and complex algorithms to generate threat intelligence, predicting and preventing cyber-attacks before they occur.


·       Best Place to Work Award: WebMechanix, Columbia

WebMechanix is an internet marketing agency located in Columbia, Maryland providing search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, social media marketing and website development. Founded in 2009, WebMechanix is dedicated to exponentially increasing returns on their client’s marketing investments or as they call it - snowballing ROI.

·       Woman in Tech Award: Jan Baum, Executive Director, 3D Maryland, Columbia
Jan Baum created, founded and directed Object Lab at Towson University, a comprehensive digital fabrication and rapid technology lab. She is now on leave from Object Lab to be the executive director of 3D Maryland, a state-wide leadership initiative to advance the engagement of 3D printing and additive manufacturing among manufacturers, businesses and entrepreneurs across industries in the state of Maryland. Jan Baum and Object lab were finalists for Smart CEO’s Volt Award in 2012, “Leader in Technology” Award, the only institution of higher education to be named a finalist.


·       The Future Innovator Award & Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship: Duncan Squires, South River High School
Duncan Squires is a senior at South River High School and the Chief Executive Officer of the Power Hawks Robotics Team. As the CEO of Power Hawks, Duncan restructured the way students design and build competition robots. He motivated students to design prototypes in 3D CAD and present their designs to a review board. Duncan has not only saved the team an immense amount of time and money, he has allowed students to design better components in a real world setting. In addition to being the CEO of Power Hawks, Squires promotes STEM and socially responsible use of technology throughout the South River elementary school area.


In addition to the awards above, the Legend's Circle Company Award was presented to Vocus, a leading cloud-based marketing and public relations software company headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland; and the Legend's Circle Individual Award honored Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC.


Selection Committee:

The TechAwards 2014 Selection Committee includes Meredith Allen, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Regina Brantley, i4DM (Chair); Brian Castleberry, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development; Chris College, TEDCO; Peter Davis, Whiteford Taylor Preston, L.L.P; Ronnie Gist, University of Maryland; Art Jacoby, Jacoby; Chris Knotts, Force 3 Inc.; Kevin Lancaster, Winvale; Todd Marks, Mindgrub; Max McQuighan, Anne Arundel Community College; Judith Oxman, DoD; John Roberts, M&T Bank

About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Founded in 1992, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) energizes and propels the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities. The CRTC is a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area, attracting new technology companies to the region and helping emerging technology companies grow and prosper in this increasingly dynamic environment. The CRTC is a 501c6 non-profit membership organization supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) and a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and enabled by membership and annual sustaining sponsorship. More than 300 businesses from the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area are members of the council, including many of the area’s well-known leading technology companies. For more information, go to


For further information:

Lindsay Powell, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council



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