Tech Impact Awards 2012: IT Services

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Synapse Product Development
1511 Sixth Ave., Seattle
Employees: 200
synapse.com

At Synapse, something brilliant always seems to be in the works. Its teams of inventors, designers and engineers tackle all sort of problems for clients, whether it’s creating a GPS sports watch for Nike and TomTom, developing plaque removal technology for Philips Sonicare, DNA field analysis devices for Seahawk Biosystems or a metered electricity regulator for use in Bangalore, India. Its latest effort, in partnership with Kirkland’s Viableware, is a secure restaurant payment system that allows diners to split the bill as many ways as they like and pay through their mobile devices. Started by four out-of-work engineers who liked to solve tough problems, Synapse has grown to a 200-person firm with offices in San Francisco and Hong Kong, fostering a creative environment that has given the company a reputation for making really cool stuff.

 

Silver Award
Jackson Fish Market
815 Seattle Blvd. S, Seattle
Employees: 3
jacksonfish.com

In the short time since a pair of former Microsoft employees launched this boutique house of “handcrafted software experiences,” Jackson Fish Market has attracted big-name clients through attractively designed, nifty apps for the web and mobile devices. A recent effort is “A Story Before Bed,” a service that lets teachers, librarians, parents and kids record themselves reading children’s books. The bridging of time and distance has helped families of military personnel, who have received nearly a quarter million free recordings.

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