Meet the Awards Finalists: Connected Product of the Year


The MassTLC Leadership Awards recognize and honor “the best and the brightest” of the Massachusetts tech ecosystem each year. On July 18, after months of nominations and judging, the finalists in each of fifteen different categories were announced (learn more about the selection process, here).

Who will be crowned the winners? Find out on October 3, 2018, at the 21st annual Mass Tech Leadership Awards Gala.

In the meantime, let us introduce you to our finalists and the great work that they are doing here in Massachusetts.

In the words of their nominators, meet the 2018 “Connected Product of the Year” finalists.


Coravin for Coravin Model Eleven

Coravin is transforming the way the world drinks and thinks about wine by allowing consumers to pour a glass of wine without removing the cork. The Coravin Model Eleven is the first fully automatic wine preservation opener featuring Bluetooth connectivity to the Coravin Moments app.

For hundreds of years, consumers have been constrained by the way wine is sold to them: by the bottle. The Coravin Wine Preservation System is the first system that allows wine drinkers to pour a glass of wine without removing the cork. With Coravin, consumers can drink any wine, in any amount – without wasting a drop and preserve the wine remaining in the bottle for weeks, months or even years.

Coravin is changing the way that wine is served, sold and enjoyed. With the Model Eleven, wine lovers and connoisseurs can explore food and wine pairings, throw unforgettable wine tasting parties, or use their favorite wines for cooking – all without wasting a drop. The Model Eleven gives users even more freedom of choice to drink the wine they want, whenever they want.



Signify for Interact Landmark

Interact Landmark is a software for connected architectural lighting with lighting asset management, scene management, and social impact monitoring, all provided through a suite of apps.

Architectural lighting is frequently used to illuminate prominent buildings, monuments and bridges with the objective of creating an appealing city identity, building civic pride and attracting tourists. Interact Landmark is the first and only cloud-based software for architectural lighting installations. The Lighting asset management software simplifies monitoring and maintenance to provide peace of mind, operational efficiency, and protect brand image. Interact Landmark scene management makes it easy to create and trigger light shows from a smartphone, monitor lighting assets, and monitor the social impact.

Interact lighting asset management software simplifies monitoring and maintenance to help keep the site looking spectacular and provide peace of mind, operational efficiency, and protect brand image.


Tive for Tive

Tive helps companies eliminate surprises in their supply chain by providing real-time visibility of the location and condition of their shipments. Tive’s combination of cellular-connected trackers and cloud-based software enables customized alerts, reporting and analysis on shipments across all modes of transport.

The Tive tracker lasts for over six months on a single charge, making it useful for the modern supply chain in which shipments can last several weeks or even months.Tive offers active real-time alerting, so that customers know as soon as a problem occurs. Finally, access to previously invisible location and condition data is making it possible to apply data-driven analytics and optimization strategies to supply chain.

With real-time visibility into the location and condition of in-transit goods, supply chain managers can reduce product damage rates, improve customer satisfaction, reduce expediting and customer service costs associated with late shipments, lower safety stock levels and order lead times, and anticipate and prevent manufacturing disruptions.


Vesper for VM1010

The VM1010 is the first wake-on-sound MEMS microphone that consumes nearly zero power – allowing consumers to voice-activate battery-powered smart speakers, smart earbuds and TV remotes without draining the battery.

Thanks to its ZeroPower Listening ™, VM1010 extends battery life to months or years by enabling the rest of the system to completely power down while waiting for a keyword. Vesper MEMS microphones represent a radical shift from capacitive MEMS microphones.

As pervasive voice interfaces become a bigger part of our lives, consumers will purchase devices that work better and last longer, and those are products with piezoelectric MEMS mics.