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February 7, 2008 8:42 PM

Tech winners tapped by WSA, er, WTIA

Posted by Brier Dudley

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.

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