Akamai's Sagan, Boston Power's Lampe-Onnerud, Acme Packet and Carbonite take honors at Council Awards
Changing Face of State's Tech Industry on Display as Energy and Robotics Companies Take Key Categories; Software and Communications Also Score Big
BOSTON, November 4, 2010 - Akamai's Paul Sagan was named Public Company CEO of the Year, Boston Power's Christina Lampe-Onnerud took the Private Company CEO award and Acme Packet and Carbonite won Company of the Year Awards at last night's Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Gala Awards Ceremony at Boston's Seaport Hotel. In a special live audience vote, Aurora Flight Sciences won Product of the Year for its high intelligence portable drone aircraft.
This year's event showcased the state's evolving technology landscape, with nominees in a wide array of technologies and with energy and robotics companies joining more traditional categories such as software and network communications in the winners' circle.
"The new Massachusetts tech industry was on full display tonight," said Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO of the Council. "While we still have a huge presence in traditional IT and communications, we're tapping into brand new, high potential markets, including mobile applications, digital games, data analytics, health IT and, of course, energy and robotics."
Close to 500 senior executives filled the waterfront hotel's ballroom and, for the first time in Council history, the audience members were allowed to vote in real time via text messaging for product of the year.
"We thought there would be no better way to put new technologies on display than to have audience members use their mobile devices to send their votes via text to a web-based data analytic tool that is hosted in the cloud," said Heather Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Council. "Besides touching a lot of technology bases at once, it had the added benefit of being just plain fun for the audience."
The Council bestowed special honors on four individuals for their leadership in the Massachusetts technology community. Those awardees were:
The winners in all other categories are:
A committee of Council Trustees, local thought leaders and media were involved with the selection process for the nominees and, with the exception of Product of the Year (which, as noted above, was selected by live vote at the event), chose the winners in each category. For a full list of nominees in each category, go to http://www.masstlc.org/2010awardsfinalists.html. View event photos at http://bit.ly/cFh5SF.
MassTLC wishes to give special thanks to the sponsors of the Awards Program: Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ropes & Gray, Silicon Valley Bank, Fidelity, Raytheon.
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