AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN

Annual Awards Honor the “Best of” technology products and services

Washington, DC –  The TechAmerica Foundation announced today that nominations for the American Technology Awards are now open.  Known as the Termans after Frederick Terman the widely credited father of Silicon Valley, the awards are the only national “Best Of” for technology products and services across the technology industry.   A new award has been added this year that recognize achievement in big data applications, the fastest growing segment of the technology industry. “The U.S. technology industry leads the world in innovation and we want to be sure to recognize those products that are bolstering that reputation,” said Jennifer Kerber, President of the TechAmerica Foundation. Awarded on the basis of a thorough evaluation by industry experts and technology leaders, the Termans are presented at the Technology and Government Dinner in Washington, D.C. This year’s dinner is June 20, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building. To apply, companies should visit the TechAmerica Foundation website at:  http://www.techamericafoundation.org/thetermans. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2013. Individual awards will be presented for products and services in the following industries: §   Advanced Manufacturing/Technology Manufacturing This sector is dedicated to products or services dedicated to the integration of technology in the manufacturing process.  It is particularly focused on the rapid transfer of science and technology into manufacturing products and processes.  This sector could include services that help improve the manufacturing process.  Technology products that are particularly complex to produce are also included here. §   Aerospace & Defense Products or services in the aerospace, aircrafts, navigation, radar, guidance systems, missiles, defense, and/or components, systems, software, or parts within these sectors. §   Big Data Applications (NEW CATEGORY) Products or services that relate to the creation, application, integration, understanding of, processing, storage, or systems integration of big data. §   Clean Tech/Green Tech Products or services that relate to green or clean tech, including products that increased efficiencies, utilize alternative energy, enhance or improve systems, or utilization of recycling, renewable energy, green transportation, chemistry, or biology, or other methods to minimize pollution or improve energy use or generation. §   Cloud Computing/Software Any service that is delivered over a network.  Cloud/software services could include the creation of the cloud infrastructure or the service itself and can include multiple areas of services including but not limited to platforms, software, infrastructure, networks, storage, data, desktop virtualization, API, or even backend. §   Consumer Electronics/Computers and Peripherals Products or services that are generally purchased by the end public for general use, most often in entertainment, communications, or office productivity.  Such examples could include but is not limited to computers, cell phones, audio or video equipment, TV or TV peripherals, cameras, or any other general household, automobile, or office electronic product or service. §   Cyber Security Products or services that are used to improve, enhance, or secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access.  This also includes the protection of networks from unplanned events and/or natural disasters. This category also includes identity management products or services used for trusted authentication and verification. §   Health & Medical Technologies Products or services that improves the delivery of health services whether by improving the care itself, decreasing costs, improving the office administration, or related to enhanced treatment, diagnosis, rehabilitation, or hospitalization.  Broadly includes medical devices, IT, biotech, or healthcare services. §   Internet Services, E-Commerce & Mobility Products or services that are delivered over the internet, including systems that facilitate the buying and selling of products or services over computer networks or facilitate the delivery of such services. This could include but not limited to such technologies as commerce sites, electronic banking, supply chain, Internet marketing, transaction processing, architecture and design, data interchange or collection systems, or other similar services where the Internet is utilized as one point in the transaction.  It can include email, mobile devices, social media, or other technologies. §   IT Services & Consulting Products or services that support the design, architecture, network, communications, infrastructure, or integration of IT services and/or products, including the providing of advice, testing, or analysis of IT products, networks, or systems. §   Semiconductors & Electronic Components Products or services within the semiconductor or components industry. This includes the design, architecture, testing, manufacturing, or other services or products within this sector.  Examples include but are not limited to products or services related to integrated circuits, microprocessors, diodes, transistors, solar cells, photovoltaic, wafers, member chips, manufacturing machines, etc. §   Server & Storage Technologies Products or services dedicated to serving, processing, and/or storing data or transactions from multiple hosts on a computer network.  This includes both client-server applications and Internet protocol networking (whether public or private networks). §   Smart Grid & Smart Instruments Product or services that service to monitor, collect, and act upon information collected from external environments.  Includes the use of ICT to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and distribution of electricity throughout the entire delivery system from generation to actual end-user products (could be at any point in this delivery system).  Could include product or services that utilize embedded systems or sensors to measure physical elements or properties for processing, analyzing, storage, or automation (includes the integration of smart sensors or applications into a large network or system). §   Software Products or services dedicated to processing information.  This could include a wide range of uses from the design of the system, to application design, customized programming, mobile applications, CAD systems, systems facility, network management and operations, off-the-shelf software, network software, etc. §   Telecommunications Products or services dedicated to the transmission of information. This could include the infrastructure and network for this transmission (at all stages of the network) as well as the use of the network to improve transmitting information. 2012 Terman Award winners are available here:  http://www.techamericafoundation.org/technology-government-award-winners About TechAmerica Foundation TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at  www.techamericafoundation.org .
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