SOURCE: L.A. County Tech Week

L.A. County Tech Week

October 22, 2009 15:00 ET

Los Angeles County Tech Week Spotlights Technology Innovation Born in L.A. County

ALTADENA, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - The 8th anniversary of L.A. County Tech Week was commemorated today by more than 500 high technology companies, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, teachers, students and members of the media. They all gathered at the Business Technology Center (BTC) in Altadena, CA to confer the 2009 L.A. County Technology Leadership Awards and celebrate the vibrant state of the technology landscape in Los Angeles County.

Barbara McQuiston, Special Assistant for Energy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and former L.A. County entrepreneur, gave the keynote address. "McQuiston's keynote speech, 'Small Turbulent Beginnings, Grow Great Enterprises' was the perfect illustration of what L.A. County Tech Week encompasses, including the processes and steep learning curve that start-up entrepreneurs potentially endure in their journey to success," said Dr. Mark Lieberman, Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Los Angeles County Tech Week.

L.A. County Tech Week's interactive events included discussion panels titled: "Game On!" L.A.'s Leading Edge in the Video Game Industry; 'Info2Go!' How Mobile Devices are Transforming Business; 'Power Up!'Clean Technologies for Energy and the Environment; and 'Cash4Tech!' Southern California Angels & Venture Capitalists: What's Hot, What's Not.

In our exhibit hall there were more than 50 exhibits, surrounding a looping 16-foot LED wall and 50" plasma TV screen kiosks to test the hottest new video games. From DARPA to Accenture and Oracle, many examples of clean technology such as Cyber-Rain, a ground-breaking smart sprinkler control system that gives homeowners an easy way to save 30-70 percent on their landscape watering bills, were represented.

L.A. County Tech Week is the premier annual showcase of Los Angeles County Technology presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District, and Gloria Molina, 1st District, Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County, and MSA Management Group. "Diverse technology businesses are being pioneered right here in Los Angeles County," said Lieberman. "The Los Angeles technology sector is unarguably one of the strongest technology economies in the world and our 8th annual Tech Week reflects that vitality."

Dr. Lieberman presented the Technology Leader of the Year Award to Randy Churchill, Director of Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers. "I am extremely honored to be chosen as Technology Leader of the Year. I'm especially pleased to be recognized for my role as a 'connector,' and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of the Los Angeles tech community for years to come," said Churchill.

Awards and participants included: Keynote Speaker Recognition Resolution, Barbara McQuiston, presented by Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Clean Tech Enterprise of the Year, Tesla Motors, presented by Stan Tomsic, Adminstrator, Business Technology Center; Leadership in Technology Education, Pamela Eversole-Cire, Director, Biological Technology Program, Pasadena City College, presented by Jim Schaefer, MSA Management Group, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Los Angeles County Tech Week; and Corporate L.A. County Tech Week Sponsors, Accenture and Oracle, presented by Richard Sanchez, CIO of L.A. County.

The Business Technology Center's Stan Tomsic said, "It gives us great pride to recognize these outstanding companies and individuals for their high level of technology innovation and creativity, right here at the Business Technology Center, the epicenter of technology innovation and entrepreneurship in L.A. County. From the first U.S. satellite to orbit the earth, created by Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), to world changing social networks like MySpace and Facebook, there are thousands of technology innovations that were born right here in L.A. County. The future looks very bright indeed for the Los Angeles' technology industry," said Tomsic.

About Los Angeles County Tech Week

L.A. County Technology Week showcases the innovations of high-tech companies, connects technology leaders and entrepreneurs with strategic resources, awards Technology Leadership Prizes, offers outstanding networking and business development opportunities, and conducts expert programs for all participants in technology ventures, from scrappy entrepreneurs to savvy CEOs. Los Angeles County Technology Week is designed to inform the public about the state of the technology landscape in Los Angeles County. For more information visit:

Los Angeles County Tech Week Sponsors

L.A. County Tech Week 2009 Sponsors

Premiere Sponsors


Business Technology Center

California Community Colleges

Community Development Commission

Los Angeles County

Mark Schaefer Associates LLP

Oracle Corporation

Platinum Sponsors

Amara Grimes Design

AT&T Interactive

Business Life Magazine

Christie Parker Hale

Entertainment Partners

Handmade Interactive

Jetro Los Angeles

Pasadena Angels


Gold Sponsors

Mt. Sierra College

Pasadena City College


View Sonic

Supporting Organizations


CIMA (Mexico Group)

Icelandic Glacial

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