SOURCE: Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

February 18, 2011 11:30 ET

Celebrate the Washington State Technology Community at the WTIA Industry Achievement Awards

New Partnership With Enables Attendees to Recycle or Donate Old Computers to Those in Need

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2011) -

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), North America's largest statewide association of technology companies, is hosting its 16th annual Industry Achievement Awards (IAA). The IAA recognizes the best and brightest in Washington state -- those who have demonstrated innovation and excellence in creating technology or serving the industry. Held at the Showbox SODO, this casual event is expected to draw more than 800 attendees, and will feature a technology showcase of all the finalist companies.

New to the IAA this year is the opportunity for attendees to donate their used laptops and computers to InterConnection. This not-for-profit organization provides refurbished computers to schools and non-profits serving low-income communities in Africa, South America, the United States and beyond. Not only does InterConnection service people in need, but it also helps to protect the environment by recycling equipment that is no longer in working condition. Over the last ten years, InterConnection has donated more than 20,000 computers to underserved communities and kept more than 1.7 million pounds of electronics out of landfills.

The WTIA has established a new partnership with InterConnection and it will now accept donations at all WTIA events. More information can be found at:

The IAA categories and respective finalists are:

  • Commercial Product or Service of the Year: DocuSign; Isilon Systems; thePlatform for Media, Inc.
  • Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Bonanza; Logos Bible Software; Swype
  • Service Provider of the Year: Concur; HasOffers; Hubspan
  • Best Early Stage Company of the Year: Ground Truth; Lockerz; Off & Away, Inc.
  • Best Seed Stage Company of the Year: Sparkbuy; SPARQCODE.COM;
  • Innovative Manufactured Product of the Year: Intermec Technologies Corporation; Precor Incorporated; XKL, LLC
  • Best use of Technology in the Government, Non-profit or Educational Sector: CityClub - Living Voters Guide; (part of UW/CSE); Washington State Ferries
  • Technology Leader of Tomorrow: Gizan Gando of Asa Mercer Middle School (sixth grade), Tyler Wong of Asa Mercer Middle School (sixth grade), Mariah Fernandez of South Shore K-8 (seventh grade)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching: Barbara Franz, Moses Lake School District (math); Nancy Pfaff, Lake Washington School District (math); Debra Strong, Everett School District (science); Dawn Sparks, Thorp School District (science)

Thursday, February 24, 2011
5:00 - 6:15pm: Registration | Networking | Finalist Company Showcase
6:15 - 7:30pm: Awards Ceremony
7:30 - 9:30pm: Buffet Dinner | Networking | Celebration

Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

To register for the awards ceremony, visit

Media are eligible for a complimentary pass, and should contact Katie Douglas or Chris Warfield at or

About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 1,000 members representing more than 125,000 employees in Washington State, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association's corporate sponsors are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Moss Adams LLP, RealNetworks, Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Katie Douglas
    206-448-3033 x111
    Email Contact

    Chris Warfield
    Sterling Communications for WTIA
    Email Contact