TechPoint, Indiana’s technology initiative, capped its 14th annual Mira Awards Saturday night by giving its trailblazer in technology award to Interactive Intelligence Inc. CEO Don Brown.
About 1,000 people attended the awards ceremony at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
It was a big night for Brown and his company. TechPoint also named Interactive Intelligence, a provider of contact center and business-automation software, as its tech company of the year.
Brown, a North Central High School graduate, holds an undergraduate degree, a medical degree and a master’s in computer science from Indiana University. After founding tech company Software Artistry and selling it to IBM and creating several other companies, he founded Interactive, which went public in 1999 and now employs 1,500.
More than 100 entries competed in 12 Mira categories (read profiles of some of the finalists and winners here). Other winners were: :
--Innovation of the year: Indigo BioSystems;
--Emerging technology company of the year: BidPal;
--Tech startup of the year: Smarter Remarketer;
--Mobile technology excellence and innovation award: BidPal;
--Marketing technology excellence and innovation award: Angie’s List;
--Corporate IT excellence and innovation award: Hill-Rom;
--Health information technology excellence and innovation award: Hc1.com;
--IT/tech service excellence and innovation award: LeadJen;
--Technology in education excellence and innovation awards: CurriculumLoft (elementary and secondary) and IUanyWare (post secondary);
--Technology educator of the year award: Marvin Bailey;
--Young professional of the year award: Santiago Jaramillo, founder and CEO, BlueBridge Digital;
--Foundation for Youth bridge builder Award: DREAM Alive.
For additional details on winners and finalists, click here.