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2017 TECHAWARDS Finals

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bermuda’s leading technology innovators learn tomorrow night the winners of the 2017 TechAwards, during a presentation at the XL Catlin Conference Room at O’Hara House on Bermudiana Road.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the TechAwards sponsored by the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation.

Minister of National Security the Hon. Wayne Caines JP MP stated: “The Department of ICT Policy and Innovation within the Ministry of National Security has supported the TechAwards over the past ten years, because it values the extent to which technology acts as today’s greatest enabler of progress.”

He added: “Over the life of the initiative, the TechAwards have recognized individuals and organisations that have represented the evolution of social media, e-commerce, e-entrepreneurship, robotics, mobile computing and youth initiatives in Bermuda.

“We look forward to celebrating the 2017 TechAwards winners and all of the TechAwards participants from the last 10 years.”

The public is invited to the Anniversary Presentation and Reception starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st at O’Hara House when the winners of the 2017 TechAwards will be revealed.

The finalists for the prestigious awards are included in these categories:

Innovation of the Year - International Focus: The Bermuda Broadcasting Company once again advanced to the finals for the variety of technological advances which allowed it to bring the America’s Cup to the world this past summer. First Atlantic Commerce presented a compelling new advancement in the development of virtual point-of-purchase terminal interface for the secure encryption for processing credit card information at call centers internationally. And finally, Bespoke Software, a Bermuda-based business intelligence and software solution provider presented and newcomer to the TechAwards competition, presented its newly-released dashboard inTell business intelligence solution for captive managers.

Mobile Application of the Year: The finalists in this category included Michael Starling’s Kemonomahjong, an innovative version of the popular Chinese game Mahjong which is delivered in several languages. Donte Hunt’s memory game Memorwin rewards players for how well they remember key facts presented in advertisements delivered through the app. Daron Lowe presented his reading-learning app for young children, Kiesha the Mermaid, which is an extension on his book series by the same name. Chris Phillips presented Dealio, an app aimed at the Bermuda-based consumer. Based on GPS tracking, it alerts the user’s smartphone when they are in the vicinity of a retail store offering special deals. Last but not least, Alison Swan presented the named Winnow Tours app, which provides unique packages of Bermuda-based experiences curated to make visitors feel that they have a personal guide right at their fingertips.

Innovation of the Year - Local Market Focus: The competition came down to the highly reliable PTix America’s Cup ticketing platform which not only delivered close to 90,000 individual gate entries during the event but also provided sophisticated statistics to the America’s Cup Bermuda Limited (ACBDA) and AC35 organizers, and to WEcount.bm, which was developed by Stratton Hatfield, Juan Curtis, and Thomas Stowe. WEcount.bm is a new online polling website that collects and presents opinions from registered, authenticated participants in an effort to foster community-orientated change and gauge public opinions on a variety of topical questions.

Most Innovative Youth Project: For the always inspiring Youth Category, the judges interviewed four most impressive finalists. These were BermyCreatives an innovative media company launched by Donryco Alick and Kaz Godfrey which aims to supply a platform for Bermudians to tell their stories through video. Ciire Bean presented his website, PAYAKID, which provides income and community service opportunities to teenagers by matching them with local employment or volunteering opportunities. Saltus students Gabriel Jones, Kirk Stapff, and Rhys Kittleson presented Papaya, a sophisticated grocery delivery app for Miles Market. The app allows consumers to order groceries in real-time and be notified when their order is ready for pick-up or delivery. Lastly, the Team Bermuda FIRST Global Robotics, which finished ahead of the United States, Canada, Russia and Great Britain on their way to a respectable 59th out of 163 teams and was one of only six all-girls teams in the competition - ending the competition as the top female team, spoke of their coding adventure. The team consisted of Yulia Isaeva, Nadhiri Simons-Worrell, Kameron Young, Ashlyn Lee and Katie Grainge.

Further information may be obtained at the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation website www.bedc.bm.

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