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Mass Technology Leadership Council Fetes 17th Annual Technology Leadership Award Winners at Gala Celebration

Governor Deval Patrick, Hugh Herr, Perkins School for the Blind, and Winchester High Computer Science Teacher Given Special Recognition for Contributions to Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy


September 12, 2014, Boston, Mass.—Established leaders and promising newcomers to the Massachusetts innovation economy were recognized by the Mass Technology Leadership Council at the MassTLC Annual Leadership Awards Gala last night. The Grand Ballroom at Boston’s Westin Waterfront hotel played host to hundreds of the region’s top tech executives, community leaders, media members and business luminaries as the winners in 16 categories were announced. Four additional honors were also given for growing, changing, and inspiring lives through developing and promoting technology in the region. They included:

The 2014 Commonwealth Award: Governor Deval L. Patrick. MassTLC recognized Governor Patrick for his leadership in refocusing the priorities and brand of Massachusetts around an “innovation agenda” for the future. “By investing in technology and key technology-enabled sectors, Governor Patrick has positioned and aligned the state to successfully compete for the talent, investments, and opportunities of today’s globally interconnected world,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of MassTLC.

Distinguished Leadership Awards:

  • Hugh Herr, Director, Biomechatronics Research Group, MIT Media Lab
  • The Perkins School for the Blind
  • David Petty, Computer Science Teacher, Winchester High School

“The promise of technology has always been to improve lives, and the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award recipients bear that out in ways are making a real difference,” said Hopcroft.  “Whether offering the ability to the blind to function in everyday life, providing amputees with a more painless option for prosthetics, or motivating a generation of young women to pursue a CS education, the Perkins School for the Blind, Hugh Herr, and David Petty have earned their accolades and our deepest respect.”

Other Leadership Award winners were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of executives, investors, analysts, media and thought leaders in each of the 16 categories.

“The 17
th annual MassTLC Leadership Awards shines a spotlight on the vibrancy of the state’s position as both pioneer and leader in technologies that are fueling Massachusetts’ economy and changing the world,” Hopcroft said. “Tonight’s winners should be proud of their recognition, as these sixteen are representative of a pool of talent in the Bay State that is deep and wide—and the envy of the world.”

Winners in each of the 16 categories were:

CEO of the Year:
David Aldrich, Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

CTO of the Year: Dries Buytaert, Acquia

Emerging Executive of the Year: Naomi Fried, Boston Children's Hospital 

Private Company of the Year: HubSpot 

Public Company of the Year: athenahealth 

Start-up to Watch: RailPod 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Big Data: Pixability, Inc. for their data software 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Cloud: Content Raven for their cloud-based content distribution platform 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Education Technology: Listen Current for their custom lesson plans 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Healthcare and Life Sciences: MC10 for Biostamp sensing systems 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Internet of Things: Axeda for Axeda Private Cloud 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Mobile Applications: Openbay for Openbay’s mobile app 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Mobile Technology: Globoforce for Globoforce mobile 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Robotics: CyPhy Works, Inc. for PARC 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Sales & Marketing: Jebbit for the Jebbit platform 

Innovative Technology of the Year – Security: CloudLock for CloudLock 


Click here to view the full list of finalists online, or visit: 


Awards Program Platinum Sponsors: Aericon, Invest Northern Ireland, Microsoft, PwC, Skyscope 

Gold Sponsors: CHEN PR, K Square Law, Raytheon 


About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc. 

With more than 550 member companies, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. More at


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