2013 Indiana Innovation Awards
Today more than ever, innovation is the key to survival and long-term success. Those who have the aptitude for identifying opportunities, creative thinking, problem solving, and risk taking will elevate the economic base within our state and lead to global recognition of Indiana as an innovation leader.
Now in our third year, the Indiana Innovation Awards seek to recognize those individuals and organizations who are successfully leading the innovation charge in our state. Over the next few months, we will be accepting nominations and entries for the only broad-based innovation awards focused on Indiana. This annual celebration culminates on September 12 when Centric brings together the best and brightest minds driving Indiana innovation.
The Indiana Innovation Awards are a program of Centric, Indy’s Innovation Network. Check out our latest monthly event at CentricIndy.org, and stay up-to-date with all of the best Indiana Innovation news by signing-up for our newsletter.
WHEN CAN I SUBMIT A NOMINATION OR ENTRY AND WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
Nominations and entries open after our Kickoff Celebration on April 23rd and are accepted until July 26th.
WHAT QUALIFIES ME AS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER MY PRODUCT OR SERVICE?
- To be eligible for an Indiana Innovation Award, the product, service, company, or organization entered must be:
- Introduced within the past 3 years.
- Must be headquartered in Indiana, or for interstate organizations, must be able to demonstrate at least part of the team behind the innovation is located in Indiana.
CAN I NOMINATE MY OWN COMPANY?
Absolutely! However, save yourself a step and go directly to the entry form.
IS THERE A FEE TO NOMINATE OR ENTER?
No. There is no fee associated with submitting a nomination or winning an award.
IF I ENTER, WILL I BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY?
Yes, all who submit entries or nominations are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.
IF I SUBMIT AN ENTRY, AND THEN LATER HAVE AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT MY PRODUCT/SERVICE, IS IT TOO LATE TO SUBMIT THIS INFORMATION?
No, please send all updates/attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit a second entry for the same product/services.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A FINALIST OR A WINNER?
We will contact you directly to let you know if you are a finalist or a winner.
WHAT CRITERIA DOES THE JUDGING COMMITTEE LOOK AT WHEN EVALUATING ENTRIES?
- Did the product/service meet an unmet need?
- How unique is the product/service? Is this the first of its kind? If not, how is it different or better than existing products/services?
- Has the product/service created a “me-too” response from imitators?
- What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the product/service have to support it? What is its quantifiable evidence of success?
Note: The product/service must have been introduced to the market in the last 3 years.
- President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr, Purdue University
Excellence in Innovation
- Stickers in Public
Stickers in Publicis a unique way of making people’s lives more playful through games that can be posted anywhere. Each sticker has a different set of rules, so that anyone can turn any available space into a play space.
- Boing Lures
Boing Luresmakes a topwater fishing lure containing a sound chamber that creates both low and a high pitch frequencies that fish react to from as much as 12 feet in depth and 40 feet laterally.
- Vortek Surgical
The EPS-30 Endoscopy Positionersevolved from the need to comfortably and safely position a patient for an endoscopy procedure. The conscious sedation employed during these procedures carries a risk for airway compromise that can occur with inadequate head and spinal positioning.
- Time for Three
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra became the first major American Orchestra to name an Ensemble-In-Residence program with Time for Three— the world’s first “classically-trained garage band.”
- People for Urban Progress & IndyGo
In late 2011, People for Urban Progress (PUP) negotiated the rights to salvage stadium seating from Indianapolis’ Busch Stadium, which would have otherwise gone to landfills. A strategic relationship between IndyGo and PUP brought the rehabbed stand-alone benches to bus stops around Indianapolis — known as PUPstops.
- The Cultural Trail
The Indianapolis Cultural Trailis a curbed, buffered, richly landscaped and artfully lighted pedestrian and bicycle pathway that deliver a new way to celebrate the urban experience.
- Delta Faucet
Delta H2Okinetictechnology helps consumers save water without compromising their shower experience by controlling the water’s speed, movement and droplet size — all without moving parts.
- ECO Parking Lights
The ECO Flex Techfixture allows facilities to easily adopt the latest advances in lighting technology, thereby satisfying their lighting needs for upwards of 50 years.
- Brackets for Good
Brackets For Goodhosts single-elimination, bracket- style fundraising tournaments for local nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits can attract a new generation of supporters by making the act of donating more like playing a game.
- Social Netwatcher
Realizing that students are the best source of information about school activity, Social Net Watcher protects students by monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media sites.
Hydrogen on Tap utilizes a solid alloy of common aluminum to produce hydrogen.
- The Institute for Affordable Transportation
The Basic Utility Vehicle is the only vehicle whose frame can also be used as a building truss. Servicing communities in Africa, the BUV can handle rough terrain, is cost effective, and can be assembled quickly and easily.
BidPal allows clients to raise more money with less administrative work by using technology to run charitable events more efficiently.
The Independence Keeper is a state-of-the-art technology which allows elderly and those with disabilities to remain safely in the comfort of their home with a degree of independence.
- Delta Faucet Company
The EZ Anchor mounting assembly from Delta Faucet is an exclusive, top down mounting method that enables the majority of the faucet to be installed from above the counter top.
- Vortek Surgical
The ENDODRAPE Endoscopy Containment Systems revolutionize the infection control processes and procedural efficiency during commonly performed endoscopy procedures.
The Schlage Keyed Entry Lock with Built-in Alarm is the only residential door lock with an audible alarm sensor.
- Tymora Analytical Operations
The PolyMAC Phosphopeptide Enrichment Kit enables highly efficient isolation of cancer-relevant phosphorylated proteins prior to mass spectrometry analysis.
This tech startup utilizes an on-site next generation wireless, proximity-aware technology, and a Y!kes consumer mobile app to provide hotel guests a range of services from keyless access to individualized room customization.
- DelMar Information Technologies
The Electronic Poll Book allows citizens to vote in multiple common locations regardless of their precinct.
A purpose-built social media site that builds an electronic bridge between farmers with questions and advisors with answers by analyzing the large amount of field data produced by satellite farming.
- Jackson Systems
The WCZ-600 is a wireless heating and cooling system allowing consumers ease of installation and the ability to specify heating/cooling levels for specific zones.
The XXL Side-by-Side Refrigeratorutilizes vacuum panels, molded in-shelf support, and an in-door ice maker to increase capacity while still earning the best in class energy rating and fitting in a standard space.
- People for Urban Progress
The Dome Bag Project salvaged 13 acres of material from the roof of the former RCA/Hoosier Dome and turned it into sellable goods, raising funds for this non-profit organization.
Courseload enables a transition from print-to-digital media in academia while providing deep cost savings and collaborative learning.
- Precise Path Robotics
RG3 is the world’s first commercially available robotic greens mower for golf courses moves precisely and safely across greens with no need for an operator to guide it.
This startup is a web-based application making it easy for teams to create, manage, deliver and track interactive proposals and business communication.
- Delta Faucet
Touch2O Faucet allows consumers to turn water on and off by tapping anywhere on the faucet, minimizing cross-contamination and conserving water.
This full-service, web-based solution automates the process of requesting, collecting and verifying compliance of third-party certificates of insurance at little or no cost.
Innovation Game Changer
The 2013 Day of Innovation is presented by SmithAmundsen. SmithAmundsen is a 140 lawyer firm headquartered in Chicago, and has recently-opened an office in Indianapolis. Legal matters are business problems to be solved and they have developed a comprehensive understanding of the enterprises their clients operate. SmithAmundsen pride themselves on using this knowledge to resolve matters creatively, expediently, and pragmatically.
SmithAmundsen attorneys combine their litigation experience with a practical business approach to offer client-centered services efficiently and effectively. The foundation for their success is the integrity, quality, and experience of their attorneys and staff; an understanding of the relationship between litigation risks and business objectives; and the desire to explore new and innovative ways to solve their clients’ problems.
SmithAmundsen’s goal is to become our clients primary source for legal services and business advice, the lawyers you turn to when you need to “get it done and done right.” In addition to litigation, they also use non-traditional means of resolving cases. SmithAmundsen understands the importance of a “bottom line” analysis. This attention to the financial ramifications of litigation and its effect on enterprise outcomes helps them to provide clients with the advice needed to make appropriate decisions.
In Kind Sponsors
Day of Innovation Official Beer
Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels, as shown below. Centric works hard to customize your sponsorship package to fit your unique needs. Use the contact form below and find out how you can help support Indy’s Innovation Network.
Innovation Game Changer $15,000
Presenting Sponsor at Day of Innovation and Indiana Innovation Awards
Benefits: prominent banner with logo hanging in venue at Day of Innovation; introduction of a speaker; full page ad in program; logo on the Centric, Indiana Innovation Awards, and Day of Innovation emails and website.
Innovation Champion $5,000
Lead Sponsor at Day of Innovation and Indiana Innovation Awards
Benefits: logo displayed in venue at Day of Innovation; introduction of a speaker; logo on the Centric, Indiana Innovation Awards, and Day of Innovation emails and website; half page ad in program.
Innovation Supporters $2-3,000
Supporting Sponsor at Day of Innovation and Indiana Innovation Awards
Benefits: logo on the Centric, Indiana Innovation Awards, and Day of Innovation emails and website; quarter page ad in program.
Innovation Starter I $1,000
Luncheon Sponsor (lunch and/or venue)
Benefits: recognition on two emails leading up to luncheon event; recognition at the luncheon event from the podium.
Innovation Starter II $1,000
Group Sponsor at Day of Innovation and Indiana Innovation Awards
Benefits: 10 event passes to Day of Innovation; thank you in program
If you would like to learn more about the Indiana Innovation Awards, or if you would like to learn about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please send a message to our Executive Director, Brittney McColgin.