SOURCE: Orange County Technology Alliance

Orange County Technology Alliance

April 06, 2016 06:01 ET

Orange County Tech Alliance 23rd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Nominations Are Now Open

Annual Awards Celebrate Technology Innovation and Achievement in OC's Technology Community

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2016) - The Orange County Tech Alliance, a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting growth and fostering innovation in Orange County-based high technology companies from large enterprises to start ups, as well as the businesses that support them, today announced that nominations for the organization's 23rd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards are now open. 

Since its inception in 1994, the High-Tech Innovation Awards program has recognized more than 500 local innovators, educators, students, technology executives, and companies based in Orange County. This year's honorees and finalists will be recognized on October 6 at a gala celebration at the Westin South Coast Plaza.

"We are thrilled to once again host this event and are very grateful to our sponsors and partner organizations," said Peter Craig, CEO, OC Tech Alliance. "Our key criteria is that all or a substantial part of the product/technology has to be designed, developed, or manufactured in Orange County. Nominating companies do not have to be a member of OC Tech Alliance to submit a nomination form as our program seeks to broadly recognize the innovative technology that's created in Orange County."

Technology, executive, and company nominations can be submitted online at:

Additionally, in partnership with Project Tomorrow, The High-Tech Innovation Awards recognizes Orange County's K-12 education community by recognizing outstanding schools, teachers, and high school students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology in the classroom and community.

Past winners and participants in the High Tech Awards have nothing but praise for the experience:

"When it comes to the best technology ideas and products coming out of Southern California, the High-Tech Innovation Awards is where you'll find them," said John Reese, vice president of marketing, Mavenlink.

"iPourIt's participation in the High-Tech Innovation Awards was a wonderful experience for a number of reasons," said Joseph G. McCarthy, co-founder of iPourIt, Inc. "First and foremost, it exposed iPourIt to a broad range of technologists who are involved in driving innovation and investment in Orange County. Orange County's ability to attract and foster companies is highly dependent on building a community that can serve as the foundation for a broad range of disciplines. Doing the work is not enough -- innovation in a vacuum, without the ability to learn from others and, hopefully, be a resource for others is also necessary. iPourIt certainly benefited from the experience of participants as well as sponsors and we would be proud to be a resource in the future. In addition, the process helps refine your message in a non-commercial format to highlight current achievements and future plans, which fosters focus internally."

"The OC Tech Alliance High-Technology Innovation Award process will have a lasting positive affect on IXI Technology," said Michael Carter, CEO, IXI Technology. "The Board of Directors and the entire company was inspired by the well-deserved recognition of the advanced technology developed by our Engineering Department. The achievement raised the bar for everyone involved in the process of technology development and recognized we are not limited in our aspirations of excellence."

The 2016 High Tech Awards
The OC Tech Alliance offers the following categories by technology type, use, and market segment. In addition, nominations are being accepted for outstanding technology company CEO at publicly and privately held categories and outstanding public and private technology company. 
The categories for outstanding innovation leadership and culture include:

  • Outstanding CEO in Technology
    • Publicly held companies
    • Privately held companies
  • Outstanding Technology Company
    • Publicly held
    • Privately held

The categories for outstanding product and service innovation include:

  • Mobile & Wearable Technology (Devices and software including tablets, smart phones, watches, glasses, apps, games, accessories)
  • Consumer Devices & Software (Technology devices and software for use in home, vehicle, gaming & entertainment, health & fitness, home security)
  • Cloud /SaaS/ Web Platform Solutions (Web delivered applications and infrastructure for enterprise and consumer use)
  • Enterprise Software (Applications software and tools licensed to enterprise customers for "on premises" use)
  • Enterprise Hardware & Devices (Systems and devices for enterprise use such as telecommunications, networking, servers, storage, 2D/3D printers & scanners)
  • Semiconductors (OEM component RF, analog and digital devices and IP cores including SOCs and embedded systems delivered in an OEM format)
  • CyberSecurity (Devices, Software, Services including SEIM for CyberSecurity applications, including authentication, privacy and confidentiality, data loss protection, and system integrity management)
  • CleanTech/Green Tech (Energy, recyclable and resource conserving and reclamation devices, materials and processes including batteries and fuel cells, environmental management software for industrial and consumer use and related services)
  • Medical Technology (Clinical grade systems, devices and software for healthcare providers).

For Outstanding innovation in K-12 Education the categories are:

  • Innovative School wide Program
  • High Impact Teacher of the Year
  • Emerging Student Innovator

For information on the education awards, go to:

The finalists in each category will be announced in mid-July. 

Sponsors for this event include: Cresa Partners, Woodruff Sawyer, Stradling, Haskell & White, Squar Milner, Deloitte, BNY Mellon, Fragomen Worldwide, UPS, Media Sponsor is The Orange County Register along with Production sponsor The Showpros. Collaborating partners include OCTANe and CleanTechOC. Partnership in Education Project Tomorrow.

About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c) 6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of technology companies of all sizes, from small privately held enterprises to large publicly traded entities, based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition.

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About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow® is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. We approach our mission through national research projects, the development of innovative career exploration projects in schools and communities, online tools and resources for students, teachers and parents, and national and regional advocacy efforts. Learn more at

Contact Information

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