Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego’s original technology accelerator on Thursday recognized the eight most innovative products of the year at CONNECT‘s 27th annual awards event.
“You have a mayor that supports you,” said Faulconer as the event opened. “Thank you for your ingenuity. Opportunity abounds right here in San Diego.”
Nearly 700 entrepreneurs, business leaders and technology service-providers crowded a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine as the winners of the Most Innovative New Products Awards were announced.
The eight winning products, chosen from nearly 100 nominations, are:
- Aerospace and Security Technologies — CyberFlow Analytics for FlowScape, an analytics applcation for monitoring the “Internet of Things.”
- Communications and IT category — Cubic Transportation Systems for its NextBus Fleet Management system, a mobile gateway for connecting passengers and public transit managers to real-time travel and operations information.
- Diagnostics and Research Tools — Organovo Inc. for its exVive3D model of the human liver for preclinical drug discovery programs.
- Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices — Topera Inc. for its 3D Mapping System to help physicians visualize and localize the source of atrial fibrillation, a major cause of strokes.
- Mobile Apps — Rock My World Inc. for RockMyRun, an application that takes biometric data from smartphones and fitness wearable devices, and then adjusts the music played during exercising.
- Software — CloudBeds for its cloud-based operating system for hotels.
- Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies — electroZyme LLC for its ProFit SE Real-Time Sweat Electrolyte Sensor, a personal hydration monitor.
- Sustainability — Solatube International for its Solatube SkyVault series of skylights.
In addition to the product awards, philanthropist T. Denny Sanford received CONNECT’s Distinguished Contribution Award for Life Sciences Innovation, and UCSD Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology Innovation.
“We’re in fact a product of CONNECT,” Sullivan said in accepting the award. “I accept it on behalf of the San Diego community. It’s the community that wanted this innovation ecosystem.”
Greg McKee, CONNECT’s chief executive officer, said the organization was embarking on “CONNECT 3.0” to continue to support San Diego’s startup community. He said the focus would be on people, capital and technology.
“Connect has always been a key resource for the entrepreneurial community,” he told the crowd. “Building a truly sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is a daunting task, but together we can do it.”