The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced this year’s finalists for its annual Tech 50 Awards Friday and some fall into a newly created category — artificial intelligence and robotics, according to a press release from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
The awards event, planned for Oct. 25 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, honors the region’s top technology companies and technology executives.
“For more than two decades, Tech 50 has been honoring the Pittsburgh region’s most dynamic companies, which are solving some of the world’s toughest and most pressing challenges,” said PTC President and CEO Audrey Russo in a prepared statement. “Each year, our group of finalists continues to push the boundaries of technology and innovation.”
Tech 50 allows Pittsburgh to celebrate the workers in its technology community, Russo said in the release.
Finalists in the manufacturing category are Interphase Materials, Kurt J. Lesker Co. and WATT Fuel Cell.
In the consulting and services category, finalists for Solution Provider of the Year are Accion Labs, Aspirant, CyberCrunch, DMLogic LLC, IQ Inc., Larson Design Group, Precision Business Solutions, SDLC Partners and Truefit.
Finalists for Innovative Technologies Solution Provider of the Year are AquaSource Technologies Corp.,Diamond Kinetics, Ethical Intruder, First Insight, GrayMatter, JazzHR, Powercast Corp., TrademarkVision and Voci Technologies Inc.
Innovator of the Year finalists for Life Sciences are Ariel Precision Medicine, ChemImage, Forest Devices and Philips.
In the newest category, Innovator of the Year in AI and Robotics, finalists are Adrich, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, Aurora Innovation, Bossa Nova, Petuum and Rapid Flow Technologies.
CEO of the Year finalists include Brendan Carroll of Skycision, Teresa Huber of Intervala, Jessica Gibson of Ariel Precision Medicine, Jim Gillespie of GrayMatter, Noah Snyder of Interphase Materials and Barbara VanKirk of IQ Inc.
Culture Leader of the Year finalists are Excel4Apps, Net Health, Plus Consulting, TeleTracking Technologies, TiER1 Performance Solutions and Virtual Clarity.
Startup of the Year finalists are 412 Food Rescue, BlastPoint Inc., Caregogi, Flexable, HiberSense Inc., Platypus PPC and RistCall LLC.