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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2015 Finalists and Legend’s Circle Honorees

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February 18, 2015


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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2015 Finalists and Legend’s Circle Honorees


10th Annual Event Honoring the Region’s Top Technology Companies and Leaders moves to Baltimore with Title Sponsor ZeroFOX

Everywhere, MD – February 18, 2015–
The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) today announced the finalists for the upcoming 10th annual TechAwards 2015: Connect with Confidence, honoring the region's rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top "geeks."


For the six award categories the CRTC received more than 60 submissions 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.


Nominated categories and finalists are listed below and winners will be announced at the TechAwards event on the evening of March 26, 2015 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.

"We are proud to bring the10th Anniversary TechAwards to Baltimore,” said CRTC President, Jason Silva, CEO of Sidus Data. "With finalists spanning Beltsville to Baltimore, Columbia to Washington DC and points between, the program has matured into a truly regional not-to-be-missed celebration of technology achievement.”


In addition to the nominated categories, the Selection Committee has elected to honor an exceptional company and individual with the following 2015 Legend’s Circle Awards:

·        -  The Legend's Circle Company will be awarded to Under Armour, in recognition of their relentless pursuit of innovation, ongoing leadership driving and inspiring success in the tech community in Maryland and most recently their advancement in wearables and connected fitness; and

·        -  The Legend's Circle Individual will be awarded to Scott Ferber, founder of and Chairman & CEO of Videology in recognition of his game-changing leadership and impact on the Maryland tech ecosystem.

"ZeroFOX is excited to sponsor this year's CRTC TechAwards. As last years' Rising Star Recipient and this year's Title Sponsor, we have seen these awards from all sides," said James C. Foster, ZeroFOX CEO and Co-Founder. "The TechAwards are an integral part of the Chesapeake region's tech community and honor some of the most exciting companies year after year. This year's finalists continue the Chesapeake region's strong tradition of innovation. Congratulations to the 2015 finalists -- we look forward to watching everyone's progress. See you at the TechAwards!"



The TechAwards 2015 finalists and categories include:


The Tech Company of the Year Award is awarded to a regional tech company that has proven its dedication, vision and ability to make things happen by working with a sustained, strategic business plan that has enabled it to steadily grow into a player in the area's tech industry. Finalists include:

2ULandover, MD

2U Inc., also nominated in the "Best Place to Work” category, partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Their cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally.


Cision Beltsville, MD

Cision is a leading provider of public relations software that enables professionals to plan, execute and measure influencer-oriented campaigns in one integrated platform. Communication professionals use Cision to access the world’s largest pitchable media and blogger database, distribute press releases, manage influencer outreach, measure social media activities, and analyze the effectiveness of campaigns.

Tenable – Columbia, MD

Tenable Network Security provides continuous network monitoring to identify vulnerabilities, reduce risk and ensure compliance. Our family of products includes SecurityCenter Continuous View™, which provides the most comprehensive and integrated view of network health, and Nessus®, the global standard in detecting and assessing network data.



The Innovator Award is given to a tech company that best exemplifies the entrepreneurship and innovative style it takes to keep the technology industry cutting-edge and forward moving. Finalists include:

BTS Software Solutions – Columbia, MD

BTS Software Solutions, a Veteran Owned Small Business, is a team of service-minded professionals who create impactful solutions for their community’s real and complex communications problems. Their portfolio includes mobile technologies, advanced applications, enterprise-wide development, applied research in cognitive science, speech-to-text technology, and cutting edge data compression technologies.

OpiaTalk – Baltimore, MD

OpiaTalk helps retailers turn browsers into buyers. Its social shopping widget releases 'disappearing promos' (available for only 15 minutes) — think Snapchat for eCommerce. The widget also drives opted-in leads at the same increased rate. OpiaTalk works with all platforms and retailers. Integration is simple — just a code snippet on a site’s homepage. Pricing is on a SaaS model.


Vheda Health – Columbia, MD

Vheda Health is a digital disease management company headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. For health plans who need to lower hospitalization expense for high-cost chronic populations, Vheda Health is a clinically validated mobile intervention that saves $15,000 per prevented hospitalization, unlike traditional paper messages and telephone calls that create less than 5% patient compliance.



The Rising Star Award recognizes a fast growing, high achiever in the regional technology community. Rising Star companies are likely on their way to Tech Company of the Year. They have hot technology, they are innovative and fast growing and typically sport an awesome team. Finalists include:

Fiscal Note  Washington, DC

FiscalNote was recently founded by three young entrepreneurs (friends since middle school). The founders developed software that scans legislative records in all states and at the federal level, allowing those who need to be "in the know" to do so with minimal time and effort. FiscalNote tracks the voting records of individual legislators across the USA. FiscalNote has also written a proprietary algorithm that predicts, with a high degree of accuracy, the fate of pending legislation.


Harpoon Medical  Baltimore, MD

Harpoon Medical, Inc. is a development stage medical device company located in Maryland commercializing a minimally invasive, image-guided surgical tool for beating heart mitral valve repair. The technology was developed in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. Harpoon Medical hopes to transform traditional open-heart mitral valve surgery from a complex 3-6 hour operation to a 60-minute procedure and reduce the recovery period from weeks to days. 


VersaTech  Columbia, MD

Established in 2005, VersaTech is an Information Technology contractor that provides management and innovative technology solutions to government and commercial clients at the national, state and local level. The company's services include Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Software Development, Mobile Application, Program Management, Managed Services, Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure, Staff Augmentation, HealthCare, Website Development, and Records Management.



The Best Place to Work Award recognizes a technology company that fosters a spirit of innovation and creativity in its employees, provides benefits that encourage employee work/life balance and works to inspire greatness in its employees. Finalists include:

Groove Baltimore, MD

Founded in 2007, Groove is one of the nation’s premier creative marketing, web design, and development agencies. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Groove delivers digital solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, ranging from eCommerce, web design, inbound marketing, and branding. Groove has forged prominent partnerships with some of the world’s leading software programs like Magento, HubSpot, Shopify, and The agency is the only Magento Gold Solutions Partner in the tri-state area and the only HubSpot Platinum Partner in Baltimore. 


Mindgrub Baltimore, MD

Mindgrub is an award-winning technology innovation agency that creates custom mobile, social, and web apps for enterprise brands, industry leaders, and educational organizations. As an innovator, Mindgrub leverages emerging technologies, such as augmented reality, wearable tech, and mobile gaming, to solve tough client challenges. Custom apps, learning systems, and interactive websites harness the power of systems like iOS, Android, and Drupal. As a fully-staffed agency, Mindgrub cultivates top-tier talent in design, user experience, and development. Clients include Polk Audio, Yamaha, Discovery Kids, The Economist, and Johns Hopkins University. Headquartered in Baltimore, Mindgrub has offices in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. 


2U  Landover, MD

2U Inc., also nominated in the "Tech Company of the Year” category, partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Their cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally.



The Women in Tech (WIT) Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding contributions made by women in advancing technology in industry, business and society. Finalists include:

Angela Brown Columbia, MD

Angela is the Founder, CEO, and President of Victory Global Solutions, Inc. (Victory), a Systems Engineering and Information Technology (IT) Solutions company.


Anne Balduzzi Baltimore, MD

As an early pioneer of the Internet, Anne Balduzzi has over 30 years of online expertise. Anne is currently the Founder of SameGrain, an award winning "privacy first" social discovery start-up located in Baltimore's ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) incubator. 


Jacky Kimmel – Hanover, MD

Jacky Kimmel, CEO of InfoTeK, began her career as a middle school math teacher, and while teaching won several technology grants for BCPSS.



The Future Innovator Award promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school student. The award fosters new thinking in the understanding of technology and its place in the future careers of area students. Students compete for this accolade as individuals and can self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or mentor. This award is open to students in grades 9-12. The CRTC is proud to provide the winner of the Future Innovator Award with the Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship Award of $1000. Finalists include:

Clayton CobbSouth River High School (Anne Arundel County)

Clayton is a senior at South River High School.


Sierra Seabrease Digital Harbor High School (Baltimore City)

Sierra Seabrease is a Sophomore at Digital Harbor High School.


Connor Wenck – Towson High School (Baltimore County)

Connor is currently a senior at Towson High School.



Event Details:

The TechAwards 2015, featuring Title Sponsor and 2014 Rising Star Award Winner ZeroFOX, will offer a plethora of business development opportunities. The format will provide networking at the beginning and end of the evening with more than 20 business exhibits and a dinner program celebrating the region’s tech achievement in between. Attendees will enjoy flexible seating, generous food and drink and plenty of time to connect with the region’s best during this lively, fast-paced event.

TechAwards will be held March 26, 2015 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel. The theme for the 10th annual program is Connect with Confidence #sociallysecure.


Tickets are $135 for CRTC members and $165 for non-members until March 24th when registration closes. Tickets purchased at the door will be $180 as available. Tables of 10 are available for $1100. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available starting at just $550.

Registration, sponsorship information and additional details are available at:   


Selection Committee:

The TechAwards 2015 Selection Committee includes Lisa Ackerson, Sidus Data; Meredith Allen, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Brian Castleberry, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development; Chris College, TEDCO; Peter Davis, Whiteford Taylor Preston, L.L.P; Jim Gibbons, G&M Investment Group; Ronnie Gist, University of Maryland; Clara Gustafson, ZeroFOX; Art Jacoby, Jacoby; Chris Knotts, Health Grid.; Max McQuighan, Anne Arundel Community College; John Roberts, M&T Bank; Michael Spinosa, Unleashed Technologies and Jackie Dee, Sidus Data (Chair, non-voting).


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 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:

Christina Royle, Events and Marketing Coordinator, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council



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