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How did you move forward this year?

As we move toward the latter stages of Q4 and the calendar turns to December, it’s a question that will start popping up more and more in the coming days. Part of the answer might lie in recognizing not only what we’ve accomplished, but the people, organizations and projects that made it all happen.

Let us help: The Awards are back, and we’re recognizing the leaders who have shaped Baltimore’s technology and entrepreneurship community this year, and set it up for success going forward.

There are leaders spearheading a fresh wave of collaborative ecosystem building, as well as new companies and products helping us to navigate a moment that continues to see societal shifts. Here’s your chance to honor them.

Below, you’ll find the nominees for this year’s awards in six categories spanning the community. We solicited nominations from members of the community earlier this fall, and curated these final nominees. Now, it’s time for your vote on who deserves to be celebrated this year: Voting is open through Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Winners for Baltimore will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15; details to be announced very soon. But first, you need to pick those winners. Read more about each nominee below.

Invention of the Year

What product, project or release this year is best poised to change its industry?

  • Celcy: A combination oven and freezer with AI for ordering, the tagline of this Sykesville-based company is “stop cooking.” Formerly called SueChef, the autonomous kitchen appliance stores meals, and cooks them on-demand. It’s powered by AI. The founding team includes Max Wieder, Edward Holzinger and Clayton James.
  • Curie Dx: Among many compelling healthcare-focused innovations developed at Johns Hopkins, this stands out as a promising tool that times with the ongoing shift to telehealth. Dr. Therese Canares built on a research collaboration with Mathias Unberath to develop a mobile application that uses AI and a phone’s camera to diagnose common diseases.
  • CyDeploy: Baltimore’s heralded cybersecurity talent is never far from an awards conversation, and the startup formed entrepreneur Tina Williams-Koroma has stood out for funding awards and pitch competitions this year. Designed to create a replica of a company’s system, the product is aiming to help companies address a key issue that leads to attacks: making security updates. The UMBC-affiliated company was among the startups taking part in theMaryland New Venture Fellowship for Cybersecurity pairing entrepreneurs and researchers, and won the initiative’s pitch competition.
  • Link Labs AirFinder OnSite: The AirTag has made asset-tracking a familiar consumer concept. Here’s one for industry from a Johns Hopkins spinout. Developed by Annapolis-based LinkLabs, AirFinder Onsite is an Internet of Things tool that’s designed to help industrial users track equipment, supplies and other assets in a warehouse or other facility. The technology includes Bluetooth Low Energy and phase ranging, boasting a battery life of up to seven years.
  • Novel Microdevices: A prime example of how innovators in Baltimore are using technology to solve tough problems in medicine, the Inner Harbor company founded by Andrea Pais and Rohan Pais is developing tests for STDs, such as a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to antibiotics. In one of the most-high profile awards of the year, the company attracted $13.8 million in funding from global nonprofit Carb-X.

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