Digital Rochester announced the award winners for the second annual GREAT Awards at a dinner at the Rochester Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, September 11. There were 46 nominations received for the award program. A panel of judges narrowed the nominations to 21 finalists for seven award categories and identified one award winner per category.
The award winners are:
Center for Governmental Research
Recognized for Govistics.com, a one-stop source for spending, revenue, and employment data on local governments across the U.S., plus spending and revenues for school districts nationwide.
Going Green Award:
Recognized for their effective and efficient data center cooling solution, whose unique design provides the requisite redundancy for mission critical systems and is 95% more energy efficient than traditional cooling methods.
Quality of Life Award:
William Wendlandt, Technical Project Manager, Carestream Health
Recognized for his work on the "X-Ray Room On Wheels: DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System," a new mobile x-ray unit that can travel directly to the bedside of a patient and is easy to use and maneuver.
Technology Services Award:
Recognized for the Arista Power On Demand System that reduces peak hour energy charges by taking in energy during non-peak hours and saving it to use when a building is approaching peak hours usage.
Sean Petterson & Justin Hillery – students at RIT
Recognized for developing StrongArm, a lifting safety garment that makes lifting packages and materials easier and ergonomically safer for materials handlers.
Recognized for their unique technology, FleetKnowSys™ Intelligent Telematics, a mobile work force management tool for the transportation industry that enables revolutionary driver behavior modification and preventive vehicle maintenance.
Visionary Leadership Award:
Paul Griswold, Finger Lakes Technologies Group
Recognized for his vision to pursue voice and data as the future of telecommunications, developing one of the first strategic partnerships with Cisco in New York State, and building a regional fiber network that spans over 800 miles.
The GREAT Awards program recognizes and celebrates the Greater Rochester community's entrepreneurial spirit in technological achievement by highlighting the organizations and individuals that are on the cutting edge of technological innovation and implementation.
About Digital Rochester:
Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community.
In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance has enhanced DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.