The Washington Technology Indistry Association, the trade group that changed its name today from WSA, announced the winners of its annual industry achievement awards tonight.
Winners lauded over a dinner at the Seattle Westin were:
Breakthrough Technology of the Year: TravellingWave, developer of a mobile input technology that combines predictive text and voice input.
Business Product of the Year: Tableau Software, a creator of analytics and visualization software.
Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Yapta (Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant), a Web service that helps travelers find lower airfares and credits when prices fall after they buy tickets.
Technology Innovator of the Year: Byran Mistele, founder of traffic congestion reporting service Inrix.
Best Use of Technology in the Government, Non-Profit or Education Sector: King County District Court, for a project that added intelligence to a call center and reduced abandoned calls from 44 percent (oh my…) to 7 percent.
Service Provider of the Year: Ramp Group, a company that offers services including interface design and software development to help clients complete projects.
Technology Leaders of Tomorrow: Winning a new award highlighting work by middle schoolers participating in the Technology Access Foundation’s preparatory programs was Jennifer Chen, an eighth-grader at Washington Middle School.
Chen received a $1,000 scholarship for her work developing a Web site charting her course schedules and budget and highlighting her interest in gemology. She and finalists Travis Duell and William Yip all received Zunes from Microsoft, a sponsor of the event.