The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council honored seven companies and individuals Thursday night for their work and contributions toward technology-based economic development.
» VividCortex won the Rocket Award for fast product development for bringing technical intelligence to information systems;
» Relay Foods won the Spotlight Award for bringing positive attention to the region for connecting grocery shoppers with local food sources;
» PsiKick won the Breakthrough Award for the company’s work on ultralow-power wireless sensors for battery-free chips;
» The Tom Tom Founders Festival won the Community Award for its annual celebration of music, art and innovation;
» Jim Bain of Flying Dog Media, who also serves as a CBIC board member, won the CBIC Leadership Award for his volunteer contributions to the organization;
» Dr. Karen Rheuban, director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth, won the People’s Choice Navigator Award for using technology to bring the area’s health expertise to rural communities statewide; and
» Michelle Karpovich, a chemistry teacher at Western Albemarle High School, won the Red Apple Award, for her use of technology in the classroom. As part of the award, Karpovich also received a $2,500 grant.
“Central Virginia innovators are saving lives, creating jobs, and revolutionizing entire industries while generating prosperity for area families, schools, and organizations,” said Tracey Greene, CBIC’s executive director. “It’s wonderful that so many people come together once a year to recognize their contributions to our communities.”
About 240 people attended the 16th annual event at Farmington Country Club. Jay Barton, vice president and general manager of the Charlottesville Newsplex, hosted the event.