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March 22, 2007

WSA Awards: Dave Ross rocks; James Sun shines

Posted by Kristi Heim at 9:39 AM

The WSA put on its annual awards show last night, and by the size of the crowd and buzz in the room, the tech industry is going strong and continuing to propel the state's economy.

It wasn't exactly the kind of Silicon Valley-boom-era celebration with vodka poured continuously from an ice luge, but still ... well dressed people toasted with lemon peel martinis, and acrobats in red velvet suits dangled from rings on stage.

Among the highlights, emcee Dave Ross sang a hilarious "I Got YouTube" to the tune of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe."

"I took a bath with a cat and a million people downloaded that," he crooned.

Zoodango CEO James Sun brought some energy to the graying crowd, and he was offered a date with the daughter of one of the presenters, evidently a fan of his on-the-job-performance as a cast member of NBC's "The Apprentice."

YouTube's new owner, Google, joined the festivities for the first time as a sponsor, and new WSA President Ken Myer said the association will partner with the Technology Alliance and other groups advocating state educational intiatives.

The strangest moment of the night occurred toward the end, when an excited Bill Baxter exclaimed "Jesus Christ!" right before the community choice award was handed to Logos Bible Software.

Otherwise, the awards themselves lacked much spice, since the companies have been around for some time already.

Here is a list of the winners:

Double award winner for best use of technology in the government or non-profit sector and service provider of the year:
The PTSO of Washington offers shared, cost-effective technology services, specifically designed for community health centers, offering unprecedented support for electronic clinical and business functions.

Breakthough technology:
Inrix -- Inrix Smart Dust Network & Inrix Traffic Fusion Engine
Inrix uses Bayesian analysis to model traffic flows, improving the quality of real-time traffic data and predicting how traffic flow patterns will change.

Technology innovator:
Chris Diorio, chairman and CTO, Impinj
Diorio is also co-chair of the EPCglobal Hardware Action Group. Diorio received his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1997.

Business product:
Attenex -- Attenex Patterns E-Discovery Software
An integrated software suite designed to reduce the cost and risk associated with e-discovery for litigation, regulatory requests and internal investigations.

Consumer product:
Farecast --
Farecast.com is the first and only airfare prediction Web site. It's designed to help travelers decide whether to buy tickets now or wait.

Community choice:
Logos Bible Software -- Logos Bible Software 3 applies retrieval technologies to Bible study.

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