Six innovative organizations from across Northeast Ohio took home awards during the 13th annual Best of Tech Awards hosted by OHTec on April 11.
A crowd that numbered in the hundreds inside Signature Flight’s hangar at Burke Lakefront Airport watched as awards were handed out in the categories of: Most Promising Start-Up; Best Tech Services Company; Tech Company of the Year – Large; Tech Company of the Year – Small; and Best Technology Solution, Product or Device. In addition, a special award honoring Best Community Collaboration & Innovation was also presented.
Honoring the region’s most innovative companies and leaders and hosted by noted radio and TV personality Mark Nolan, the Best of Tech Awards promote Northeast Ohio as a remarkable place to work at savvy companies that are doing great things. The Best of Tech Awards are a staple of OHTec’s Tech Week—an annual weeklong initiative to support, celebrate and engage the local tech community through a series of events hosted by OHTec as well as a number of community partners.
A list of the organizations honored as winners and finalists during the 2019 Best of Tech Awards are below.
Most Promising Start-Up
Award winner: Indago—A next-generation medical device company seeking to revolutionize the operating the room via the use of smart surgical tools.
Best Tech Services Company
Award winner: 121eCommerce—From quick fixes to site rescues to migrations, 121eCommerce’s team of Magento-certified developers help companies get their eCommerce site up to peak performance.
Large Tech Company of the Year
Award winner: OnShift—OnShift provides intuitive software and proactive services to solve workforce challenges in healthcare.
Small Tech Company of the Year
Award winner: Vizion Solutions—Vizion works with companies of all sizes to overcome the struggle of finding and using data companies need to make important decisions.
Best Technology Solution, Product or DeviceAward
Award winner: n2y, LLC—n2y has changed the way special education is taught and is proud to help teachers and families inspire moments of discovery and wonder.
In addition to these awards, special recognition was also given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, which was honored with the Best Community Collaboration & Innovation Award for its work creating a museum experience that leverages cutting-edge technology while also aligning and partnering with a number of technology companies across the region.
A number of future tech leaders were also recognized as part of RITE's 11th annual CoolTech Challenge sponsored by MCPc, which gives high school students the opportunity to solve a community, business or school problem through tech.
The 2019 winners of the CoolTech Challenge are:
• Best Mobile Application—Track My Mood, Brunswick High School
• Best Concept—The Balls Out App, University School
• Best Website—CSE Analytics, Mayfield Excel T.E.C.C.
• MCPc Challenge Winner—Unsafe Smart Toys, Padua Franciscan High School