The 2012 Tech Impact Awards

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Twenty years ago, the cultural critic Neil Postman warned about the deification of technology, fearing that a society ruled by technology—he called it technopoly—would blindly embrace the benefits of technological advancement without understanding the costs. Postman didn't count on users being able to consume technology without being consumed by it, or to create technology that observed the distinction between gadgetry and true innovation. With the Tech Impact Awards, Seattle Business magazine celebrates a geographically diverse group of individuals and companies whose grasp of technology and its ability to make our lives better is hugely impressive and simply impossible to ignore.

 

THE WINNERS

Lifetime Achievement: John McAdam/F5 Networks

Mobile: Microsoft (Photosynth)

Marketing Innovation: SEOmoz

Construction: EagleView Technologies

Games: PopCap Games

Education: Livemocha

Real Estate: Redfin

Health: Edifecs

IT Services: Synapse Product Development

Consumer/Retail: Zulily

Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services

Enterprise Computing: Apptio

 

2012 TECH IMPACT AWARDS JUDGES PANEL

Benjamin Beberness, chief information officer, Snohomish County PUD

Patti Brooke, former assistant
director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Elon Gasper, senior director of
research, Corum Group

Ed Lazowska, chair, UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Matt McIlwain, managing director, Madrona Venture Group

Sujal Patel, president, Isilon Systems division of EMC

Bharat Shyam, chief information officer, State of Washington

Peter Wilson, engineering director, Facebook Seattle

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