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January 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

WSA announces finalists for tech awards

The WSA today announced 21 finalists in seven categories for the 13th annual Industry Achievement Awards..

The winners will be announced at a gala taking place Feb. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Suzie Reider, YouTube’s chief marketing officer, will be the keynote speaker.

This year there was a record number of entries, said Ken Myer, the WSA’s president and CEO. Also new to this year’s awards is a category called “Technology Leader of Tomorrow,” which honors middle school students participating in a technology program at the Technology Access Foundation.

Here’s the complete list of finalists:

Breakthrough Technology of the Year: Next IT, Travelling Wave and Zumobi (formerly ZenZui).

Business Product of the Year: BioPassword, Tableau Software and Formotus.

Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Picnik.com, Redfin and Yapta.

Service Provider of the Year: Slalom Consulting, GrapeCity, and Ramp Group.

Technology Innovator of the Year: Fred Brown, Next IT founder; Bryan Mistele, Inrix co-founder; Brian Roundtree, SNAPin Software’s co-founder.

Best Use of Technology in the Government, Non-Profit or Education Sector: eCityGov Alliance; King County District Court; Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Technology Leader of Tomorrow: Jennifer Chen, Washington Middle School; William Yip, Washington Middle School; and Travis Duell, Madison Middle School.

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