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TechAwards to recognise Bermuda’s innovators

Tomorrow is a red letter day of Bermuda's leading technology innovators.

They will learn who are the winners of the 2017 TechAwards. The 10th annual awards event will take place at the XL Catlin Conference Room, in O'Hara House, on Bermudiana Road.

The event is sponsored by the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation.

Wayne Caines, Minister of National Security, said the department and ministry value the extent to which technology “acts as today's greatest enabler of progress”.

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

The public can attend the presentation and reception at 6.30pm tomorrow.

Finalists in the Innovation of the Year — International Focus category are:

• The Bermuda Broadcasting Company for its variety of technological advances used during its coverage of the America's Cup.

• First Atlantic Commerce for its development of virtual point-of-purchase terminal interface for the secure encryption for processing credit card information at call centres internationally.

• Bespoke Software, a Bermuda-based business intelligence and software solution provider for its dashboard inTell business intelligence solution for captive managers.

The finalists in the Mobile Application of the Year category include:

• 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, which rewards players for how well they remember key facts presented in advertisements delivered through the app.

• Daron Lowe's reading-learning app for young children, Kiesha the Mermaid, which is an extension on his book series by the same name.

• Chris Phillips's 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.

• Alison Swan's 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.

While the finalists in the Innovation of the Year — Local Market Focus category are:

• PTix with its 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 and AC35 organisers.

• WEcount.bm, which was developed by Stratton Hatfield, Juan Curtis and Thomas Stowe. It is an 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.

In the Most Innovative Youth Project category, the finalists are:

• 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, with the 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 with their innovation 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.

• Team Bermuda FIRST Global Robotics, who finished ahead of the US Canada, Russia and Great Britain on their way to 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. The team are Yulia Isaeva, Nadhiri Simons-Worrell, Kameron Young, Ashlyn Lee and Katie Grainge.

Further information is available at www.bedc.bm

Using technology: Daron Lowe, with his Kiesha the Mermaid app, which is a finalist in tomorrow's 2017 TechAwards (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published November 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm (Updated November 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm)

TechAwards to recognise Bermuda’s innovators

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