HTA Finalists

September 12th, 2019

Announcing Our 2019 Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2019 High Tech Awards Finalists! These finalists were chosen from over 80 nominations.  Join us on September 12th as we celebrate innovation in technology from Orange County startups, growth and established companies. Join us at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach on September 12 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM to support Orange County Innovation. You can buy a table here.  

Announcing Our 2019 Finalists

Congratulations to our 2019 High Tech Awards Finalists! These finalists were chosen from over 80 nominations.  Join us on September 12th as we celebrate innovation in technology from Orange County startups, growth and established companies. Join us at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach on September 12 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM to support Orange County Innovation. You can buy a table here.

Best Large Technology Company CEO

Michael Burdiek- CalAmp

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a technology solutions pioneer transforming the global connected economy. Our software and subscription-based services, cloud platform and intelligent devices collect and assess business-critical data from mobile assets and their contents. We facilitate efficient decision making, optimize asset utilization and improve road safety.

Deepak Garg- Smart Energy Water

Smart Energy Water is the #1 Global Energy and Water Cloud Platform for Digital Customer Engagement, Mobile Workforce Engagement and Smart Analytics to the energy and utility sector. SEW provides innovative solutions that are easy to use, seamlessly integrate with utility backend systems and improve operational efficiency using AI, cloud and mobile technologies.

Jeff Margolis- WELLTOK

Welltok is a data-driven, enterprise SaaS company that delivers the healthcare industry’s leading consumer activation platform. Welltok’s solutions empower leading health plans, employers, providers and public entities to connect consumers with personalized health improvement resources, making it easy and rewarding for consumers to complete actions that optimize their health and wellbeing. Only Welltok leverages a machine-learning, multi-channel approach proven to help innovative organizations power growth and retention initiatives, improve healthcare value, and streamline the consumer experience, while upholding the highest security and compliance standards.

Best Small Technology Company CEO

Chuck Goetschel- Rallio

Rallio powerfully combines social technology and local agency. The Rallio team empowers local operators to ignite their social presence, with easy-to-use technology that turns employees into brand advocates. Rollup analytics provide brands with complete control over their local social media and reputation and clarity into which locations and operators are performing the best. 

Ike Kavas- Ephesoft

Ephesoft is an enterprise content capture and data discovery solution, in the cloud, hybrid or on-premises, that automates any document-based business process and makes meaning out of unstructured data for decision-makers worldwide. Organizations use Ephesoft to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity while reducing costs. Learn more at ephesoft.com.  

Michl Binderbauer- TAE Technologies

TAE Technologies was founded in 1998 to develop and distribute safe, cost-effective commercial fusion energy with the cleanest environmental profile. With over 1,100 issued and pending patents and over $600 million USD in private capital, we are now on the cusp of delivering a transformational energy source capable of sustaining the planet for centuries.

Ville Houttu- Vincit

Vincit is a custom software development and design agency that creates digital services and software applications from idea to market. Founded in 2007, we currently employ over 450 expert technical professionals in Orange County, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, and Finland.

Best Technology in a Consumer Product


Movo® is a patented, real time payments platform, that allows you to mint FDIC insured Visa branded debit cards right from your mobile device, in denominations that you choose. These debits cards work like cash and can be used for personal use or can be sent to family and friends. 


NextVR is the world’s largest direct to consumer VR content platform. We transmit live, high-res, seamless 3D VR. Our world class compression & transmission technology allows near real-life quality VR experience. We teleport fans to the biggest sports and entertainment events, delivering a profound sense of presence in Virtual Reality.


OPKIX is a lifestyle technology brand. OPKIX lets you capture the moments you live in while living in the moments you capture. We built our company to capture and share life’s moments, OPKIX empowers you to show the world your Point of View. 


Protecht is the insurtech leader committed to building a better experience in the world of live events, with headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. Its technology connects platforms, venues and event organizers to provide real-time data and analytics as well as control over inventory, customer service and strategic marketing. 


Best Technology Innovation in Software



Kareo is the only cloud-based and complete medical technology platform purpose built to meet the unique needs of independent practices. Today we help over 50,000 providers in all 50 states run more efficient and profitable practices, while delivering outstanding patient care. With offices across the country, our mission is to help independent practices succeed in an ever-changing healthcare market.


Specright is a cloud-based Specification Data Management™ platform. It enables companies to centrally manage and share the specifications needed to make, package, and sell products, as well as collaborate with external suppliers to bring these products to market.

Titan Health & Security Technologies

Titan HST is a customizable 2-way emergency mass communication system with super charged, multi-patented features such as Augmented Reality allowing users to “see” in no-visibility situations, Mesh-Networking creates an ad-hoc network even in disaster situations when cell towers are down or overloaded, and Real-Time Translation which bridges language barriers instantly.



Ytel communication solutions enable businesses to easily add SMS and voice capabilities into any application. These communication solutions improve the customer experience and drive significant operational efficiency. As an enterprise carrier in the cloud, Ytel improves the speed and deliverability of your conversational business messaging without compromising security.

Deal of the Year


Bonti is an innovative biotechnology company seeking to address key unmet needs in markets with significant addressable opportunities by developing and commercializing novel, fast-acting neurotoxin products for aesthetic and therapeutic applications. The company is led by executives with extensive experience with neurotoxin products at Allergan.


Created by women for women, MyJane is a new wellness community designed to empower women to feel better. Its mission is to normalize the cannabis experience for women by offering the first premium, curated cannabis service — tailored to meet women’s individual needs and address their most-cited wellness concerns.

Outstanding Small Technology Company

AMW Smart Shelf

AWM Smart Shelf is a comprehensive retail artificial intelligence (AI) solution which combines unique shelf-edge LED displays with a shopper tracking and demographic engine, on-shelf inventory intelligence, planogram management and compliance, frictionless shopping, and more. Our full suite of offerings captivates customers with personalized experiences that not only enhance the omni-channel experience and boost sales, but which also increase operational efficiencies – cutting costs and reducing waste and carbon footprint.


CISOSHARE has 20+ years of experience in security program development. Our team is the originator of the security program development domain, having worked on large-scale virtual CISO services since 2006. Learning and teaching extends beyond our team to educate clients on how to manage an effective security program.

NGD Systems

NGD Systems vision is to improve the IT Industry by bringing compute to storage. Our Computational Storage solutions solve CIOs and Storage professionals issues with managing their data. From Datacenters, to the Edge, and anywhere data analysis is needed. Removing bottlenecks in networking, storage capacity, available power, and overall TCO.

Swift Engineering

Swift Engineering is an innovation company, designing, developing, and building its own proprietary products and technologies. Swift also supports prominent aerospace and defense organizations. Globally recognized for creating high impact solutions, Swift is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of unmanned systems, helicopters, spacecraft, submarines, and robotics for commercial and defense industries

Outstanding Innovation in Medical Technology 

Aescula Tech

AesculaTech believes in building better lives through custom chemistry. Our vision: a product ecosystem that responds to our bodies and our environment, driven by new class of materials with a mind of their own. We are currently establishing our award-winning temperature- responsive gel as a platform technology for healthcare solutions.

AIVITA Biomedical

AIVITA Biomedical is a privately held company engaged in the advancement of commercial and clinical-stage programs utilizing curative and regenerative medicines. Founded in 2016 by pioneers in the stem cell industry, AIVITA Biomedical utilizes its expertise in stem cell growth and directed, high-purity differentiation to enable safe, efficient and economical manufacturing systems which support its therapeutic pipeline and commercial line of skin care products. All proceeds from the sale of its Root of Skin™ line of consumer skincare products support the treatment of women with ovarian cancer.


CathWorks is an innovative medical device company focused on helping patients with CAD, the number one cause of death in the US, by empowering  physicians to make objective treatment decisions using our transformational and non-invasive 3D physiology imaging-driven technology. 


Sonendo® is passionate about transforming dentistry through meaningful innovation. Our first commercially available product, the GentleWave® System is elevating the efficacy and efficiency of root canal therapy, promoting quality, patient-centered care, and Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®.

Outstanding Emerging Technology Company

Helix Semiconductors

Helix Semiconductors is a fabless semiconductor company committed to reducing energy waste by creating highly efficient power conversion integrated circuits (ICs). Helix’s ICs enable smaller and lighter power supplies in electronic products. This enables engineers to create next-generation electronic products that are smaller, lighter, cooler, and more energy efficient.

Menlo Microsystems

Menlo Micro has reinvented the electronic switch. The company’s Ideal Switch is a game changer for those who design electronic systems – with a market opportunity of more than $20B – serving multiple industries including next-generation 5G mobile networks, industrial IoT markets, battery management, medical equipment, home-automation, test and measurement, and more.

OnSite Waste Technologies

OnSite Waste Technologies has completely pioneered the way in which medical waste is disposed of through its desktop-sized unit that converts regulated medical waste into regular garbage. The TE-5000 saves practices a significant amount of money and time by eliminating the need to have waste hauled to a disposal site.


Backed by some of the world’s strongest tech strategic investors, including Intel Capital, Microsoft M12, Bosch Ventures and the Amazon Alexa Fund, Syntiant Corp. is moving artificial intelligence and machine learning from the cloud to edge devices with its ultra-low-power, high-performance, deep neural network processors for always-on applications in battery-powered devices.

Outstanding Large Technology Company

Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives.


Experian unlocks the power of data to create opportunities for consumers, businesses and society. At life’s big moments – from buying a home or car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business exponentially by connecting it with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence so they can maximize every opportunity.


Kofax’s Intelligent Automation software platform helps organizations transform information-intensive business processes, reduce manual work and errors, minimize costs, and improve customer engagement. They combine RPA, cognitive capture, process orchestration, mobility and engagement, and analytics to ease implementations and deliver dramatic results that mitigate compliance risk and increase competitiveness, growth and profitability.


Medtronic Neurovascular develops and markets medical technology, services and solutions to treat patients afflicted with Acute Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke worldwide.  Driven by an employee culture with a singular focus on benefitting the patient, Medtronic Neurovascular has grown from a small startup to become the World Leader in Stroke Care.           

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