SOURCE: WSA

December 05, 2005 19:30 ET

WSA's Industry Achievement Awards Finalist Companies Reveals Technological Innovation in Washington State

Companies Inspiring Achievement Include Music Solutions, RFID Technology, Traffic Flow Models, Brain Research Tools and More

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2005 -- The WSA, the state's oldest and largest technology trade organization focused on ensuring Washington State's leadership position in the digital economy, today announced the finalists for the 11th Annual Industry Achievement Awards Celebration. This annual event recognizes Washington state companies and agencies that best demonstrate innovation and excellence in technology. This year's awards include two new categories: Entertainment Product of the Year and Technology for the Greater Good.

Over 1,000 members and supporters of Washington's technology industry will be in attendance when the winners are announced at the annual awards gala on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at www.wsa.org/iaa2006.

"With an increase in both new and repeat companies applying this year, we are seeing the breadth and depth of technological innovation happening right here in Washington," stated Kathy Wilcox, president and CEO of the WSA. "We are excited to support these finalist companies who are leading the next generation of Washington's technology industry."

The finalist companies in each category:

Business Product of the Year
Attenex - Attenex Patterns®
DatStat - DatStat Illume™
Impinj, Inc. - Monza™ chips

Consumer Product of the Year
Intelius - IDWatch
Melodeo - Mobilcast
Morrison Schwartz, Inc. - Kids Programming Language (KPL)

Entertainment Product of the Year
Loudeye - Mobile Music Solution
PopCap Games - Chuzzle
RealNetworks, Inc. - Rhapsody 3.0

Service Provider of the Year
Concur Technologies, Inc.
Digital Learning Commons
Mobilisa

Technology for the Greater Good
Allen Institute for Brain Science
NPower
UBmatrix, Inc.

Most Promising New Technology
Inrix - Inrix Traffic Technology
MessageGate - ECS (Email Compliance System)
Tableau Software - VizQL

Most Promising New Company
M:Metrics, Inc.
OnRequest Images
Tableau Software
For more information and company descriptions visit the WSA's Web site at www.wsa.org/iaa06pr.

About the WSA:

Founded in 1984, the WSA (formerly the Washington Software Alliance) is a state-wide trade association focused on helping Washington state technology companies succeed. With more than 1,000 member companies representing more than 50,000 software, Internet, telecommunications and technology company employees, the WSA is a catalyst for setting new industry directions, sharing expertise, delivering key business services, and leading the advocacy of issues necessary to keep Washington a leader in the digital economy. For information, please see www.wsa.org.

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