Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2014 Finalists Honoring the Region’s Top Technology Companies and Leaders

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CRTC Bestows Legend’s Circle Individual Award to President of UMBC, Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) today announced the finalists for the upcoming 9th annual TechAwards 2014: Get in the Game, honoring the region's rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top "geeks". The CRTC received more than 60 submissions for the six nominated award categories from a variety of accomplished technology businesses and individuals throughout the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region. A thirteen-member selection committee examined the nominations and voted on the top contenders. Winners will be announced at the TechAwards event on the evening of March 26, 2014 at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel.

“This year’s Get in the Game theme has triggered an array of incredible TechAward nominees,” said CRTC selection committee chair, Regina Brantley of i4DM. “These finalists are yet another show of the incredible level of talent and innovative thinkers that the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore tech community has to offer.”

In addition to the nominated categories Legend’s Circle Honorees, one individual and one company, will be will be awarded at the event.

  •     The Legend's Circle Company Award will be given to Vocus, a leading cloud-based marketing and public relations software company headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland; and
  •     The Legend's Circle Individual Award will honor Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC

According to CRTC Board Member Todd Marks, CEO of 2013 Tech Company of the Year Honoree Mindgrub and this years’ Title sponsor, “Freeman Hrabowski has been such an influence in STEM education, serving as the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, that he has been recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Under his leadership, UMBC has been named the U.S. News & World Report’s #1 Up and Coming national university 5 years in a row. But the real accolade that makes him stand out is that everyone you talk to who knows Freeman describes him the same way: as magnanimous.”

The TechAwards 2014 categories and finalists and include:

The Tech Company of the Year Award is awarded to an enterprise that has proven its dedication, vision and ability to work with a sustained, strategic business plan and to steadily grow into a prominent player in the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore tech industry. Finalists include:

7Delta, Inc. – Columbia, MD
Established in 2005, 7Delta, Inc., a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB), is a leading provider of information technology services to the Civilian and Defense sectors of the U.S. Government.

IntelliGenesis LLC - Columbia, MD
IntelliGenesis LLC is a woman and veteran-owned company established in 2007. They provide Intelligence Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Network Operations, and Cyber related Internal Research and Development (IR&D) services that result in higher efficiency, automation, and improved analysis, protection, and defense of National Security missions.

Maryland Interactive LLC - Annapolis, MD
Established in 2011, Maryland Interactive LLC, an Annapolis, Maryland-based subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC Inc., is the premier provider of the award winning official government website and more than 23 online and mobile apps and secure payment processing solutions for the State of Maryland.

The Innovator Award is awarded to a company that best exemplifies the entrepreneurship and innovative style it takes to keep the technology industry cutting-edge and forward moving. Finalists include:

Oculis Labs – Hunt Valley, MD
Oculis Labs helps mobile Consumers, Enterprise and Government customers protect digital assets in the real world. In contrast to screen savers and plastic filters, their products actively protect information against exposure and produce a positive audit trail showing proof-of-compliance.

SemaConnect - Bowie, MD
SemaConnect is a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle software for station owners and EV drivers. The company launched in 2008 with the first ChargePro™ 620 edition, and EV software called SemaCharge.

Silent Circle – Washington D.C.
Silent Circle is a global encrypted communications service headquartered in Washington, D.C. that provides a revolutionary peer-to-peer global platform of encrypted services for mobile devices that enable private and secure voice, video, text and file transfer services through a secure, proprietary network, software and mobile apps.

The Rising Star Award is typically a company with competitive scores in multiple nominated categories and is deemed worthy of recognition as high achiever in the regional technology community. Rising Star companies are likely on their way to Tech Company of the Year. They have hot technology, they are innovative and fast growing and typically sport an awesome team. Finalists Include:

7Delta, Inc. – Columbia, MD
Established in 2005, 7Delta, Inc., a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB), is a leading provider of information technology services to the Civilian and Defense sectors of the U.S. Government.

kloudtrack – Annapolis, MD
At its core kloudtrack® provides cyber | cloud technologies and solution services focused on The Human Side of Compliance® -- the cross-roads where individuals interact with sensitive data, processes and Governance | Risk | Compliance (GRC). Recently, together with teaming partner Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) the company launched the kloudtrack® Innovation Sandbox™ initiative. Innovation Sandbox environments serve as tech proving grounds for a wide array of missions across diverse industry sectors using a Start Small ... and Scale approach -- stop | think | go | kloud™.

ZeroFOX – Baltimore, MD
ZeroFOX takes a predictive and preventative approach to cyber security. ZeroFOX’s technology leverages machine learning and complex algorithms to generate threat intelligence, predicting and preventing cyber-attacks before they occur.

The Best Place to Work Award recognizes a company that fosters a spirit of innovation and creativity in its employees, provides benefits that encourage employee work/life balance and works to inspire greatness in its employees. Finalists include:

Planit - Baltimore, MD
Planit is an advertising, interactive, public relations, strategy, research, and full-service marketing communications firm located in Baltimore, but their clients are regional, national, and international.

Vocus – Beltsville, MD
Vocus is a leading cloud-based marketing and public relations software company headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland.

WebMechanix - Columbia, MD
WebMechanix is an internet marketing agency dedicated to delivering snowballing ROI headquartered in Columbia, MD.

The Woman in Tech Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding contributions made by women in advancing technology in industry, business and society. Finalists include:

Pamela K. Arya, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Optensity- McLean, VA

Jan Baum, Executive Director, 3D Maryland- Columbia, MD

Dana Marlowe, Principal Partner, Accessibility Partners- Silver Spring, MD

The Future Innovator Award promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school student. The award fosters new thinking in the understanding of technology and its place in the future careers of area students. This award is open to students in grades 9-12. The student must be either from the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore triangle and/or currently studying in the Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore area. This year for the first time, the winner will receive the Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship Award of $1000 in honor of CRTC Founder Steve Oxman. Finalists Include:

Ockeive Farqharson
Ameer Sami
Duncan Squires

Event Details:
The theme for the 9th annual program is Get in the Game. Winners will be announced at the event to be held March 26, 2014 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport.

Tickets are now on sale and will be $120 for CRTC members and $140 for non-members until March 24th. Tickets purchased at the door will be $150 as available. Tables of 10 are available for $950. Registration, sponsorship information and additional details are available at:

Selection Committee:
The TechAwards 2014 Selection Committee includes Meredith Allen, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Regina Brantley, i4DM (Chair); Brian Castleberry, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development; Chris College, TEDCO; Peter Davis, Whiteford Taylor Preston, L.L.P; Ronnie Gist, University of Maryland; Art Jacoby, Jacoby; Chris Knotts, Force 3 Inc.; Kevin Lancaster, Winvale; Todd Marks, Mindgrub; Max McQuighan, Anne Arundel Community College; Judith Oxman, DoD; John Roberts, M&T Bank

About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Founded in 1992, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) energizes and propels the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities. The CRTC is a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area, attracting new technology companies to the region and helping emerging technology companies grow and prosper in this increasingly dynamic environment. The CRTC is a non-profit membership organization supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) and a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and enabled by membership and annual sustaining sponsorship. More than 300 businesses from the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area are members of the council, including many of the area’s well-known leading technology companies. For more information, go to

For further information:
Lindsay Powell, Events & Marketing Coordinator, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
410-630-8201, lindsay(at)chesapeaketech(dot)org

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