The Washington Technology Industry Association shook things up this year for its annual awards event.
Instead of using a committee of executives, investors and academics to choose the state’s top tech companies, the trade group instead held an online poll.
The winners, announced at a gala event at the Paramount Theatre, also marked the group’s 25th anniversary:
Commercial Product or Service of the Year: Visible Technologies for its TruCast social media analysis platform.
Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Wetpaint and its platform for creating “socially published” Web sites.
Breakthrough Startup of the Year: Ontela for Ontela PicDeck, a one-click system for distributing camera phone pictures.
Service Provider of the Year: AdReady, which offers a service that simplifies the creation and management of online display ad campaigns.
Best Use of Technology in Government, Non-Profit or Education: Snohomish County Planning & Development Services for its “inspection improvement project.”
Technology Innovator of the Year: Darrin Massena, co-founder and chief technology officer of Picnik, which provides free online photo editing tools.
Technology Leader of Tomorrow: Israel Zemeadim, an 8th grader at Washington Middle School.