WD (a Western Digital Company) and Telogis, Inc. Are OC Tech Alliance High-Tech Innovation Awards Companies of the Year

James J. Peterson, CEO, Microsemi and Simon Arkell, CEO, Predixion Software Are the CEOs of the Year; Individual Category Honorees Announced

Irvine, California, UNITED STATES

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2014) - WD (a Western Digital company), Irvine was named Large Company of the Year and Telogis, Inc., Aliso Viejo was named mid-sized company of the year at the 21st annual OC Tech Alliance-High Tech Awards tonight at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. James J. Peterson, CEO, Microsemi was named Large Company CEO of the Year and Simon Arkell, CEO, Predixion Software was named mid-sized Company CEO of the year. In addition, individual awards of eight product categories were announced during the program which was sold out.

"We had a record number of categories and nominees for this year's awards which honor technology innovation in Orange County," said Peter Craig, CEO, OC Tech Alliance. "Our judges clearly had their work cut out for them. And while companies took home awards tonight, it's our belief that all of the finalists for tonight's awards are winners because they shape the booming technology economy in Orange County and Southern California."

Project Tomorrow honored a school, a teacher and a student recognizing the role of Technology in Education. The categories for 2014 include:

  •  Innovative School wide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology
     Jose Sepulveda Elementary School, Santa Ana Unified School District

  •  High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science Math & Technology
     Ed Hernandez, Tustin High School

  •  Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology
     Samantha Langit, Aliso Niguel High School

Top honors for individual product categories for the 2014 OC High Tech Innovation Awards include:

  • Mobile & Wearable Technology (Devices and software including tablets, smart phones, watches, glasses, apps, games, accessories) --
    Martian Watches, Martian Notifier, Irvine

  • Consumer Devices & Software (Technology devices and software for use in home, vehicle, gaming & entertainment, health & fitness, home security) -- 
    SensyTouch, Inc., Projected Capacitive multi-touch system, Irvine

  • Cloud /SaaS/ Web Platform Solutions (Web delivered applications and infrastructure for enterprise and consumer use) --
    WD, a Western Digital company, Irvine

  • Enterprise Software (Applications software and tools licensed to enterprise customers for "on premises" use) --
    Levyx, Inc., Helium™, Costa Mesa

  • Enterprise Hardware & Devices (Systems and devices for enterprise use such as telecommunications, networking, servers, storage, 2D/3D printers & scanners) --
    Airwolf 3D, 3D Printer "AW3D HDx", Costa Mesa

  • Semiconductors (OEM component RF, analog and digital devices and IP cores including SOCs and embedded systems delivered in an OEM format) --
    Conexant, CX20921 Far Field Voice/Speech Processing SOC, Irvine

  • CyberSecurity (Devices, Software, Services including SEIM for Cyber Security applications including authentication, privacy and confidentiality, data loss protection, and system integrity management) --
    Sekur.Me, Inc., Sekur Me, Santa Ana

  • CleanTech/Green Tech (Energy, recyclable and resource conserving and reclamation devices, materials and processes including batteries and fuel cells, environmental management software for industrial and consumer use and related services) --
    ViridiSTOR LLC, The ViridiSTOR Solution, Tustin

About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the successor organization to the Orange County Council of TechAmerica and AeA. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of small-to-midsize technology companies and their leaders based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about membership, contact OC Tech Alliance at octech@octechalliance.com or www.octechalliance.com. Follow alliance activities on Twitter at www.twitter.com/octechalliance.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), a national education nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, supports the innovative uses of research-based science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in K-12 students. Project Tomorrow addresses the challenges of developing schools for the 21st century through national research projects, community and school-based programs, online tools and resources, and advocacy efforts to ensure that all students are prepared to be tomorrow's leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.

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