Inaugurated in 2006, Bermuda’s annual TechAwards has already become a highly anticipated annual event. It was created by the Department of E-Commerce to help promote and showcase technology in Bermuda. The 2013 TechAwards presentation and Celebration of Entrepreneurship and Innovation — conducted as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week — represented the pinnacle of achievement for the use of technology in Bermuda. “TechAwards publicly recognises the outstanding achievement of Bermuda-based companies, organisations and individuals for their creation and use of innovative technology,” says the Hon. Dr. Grant Gibbons, JP, MP, Minister of Economic Development. By supporting the awards, the Ministry popularised homegrown technology within the community and also became better informed about local initiatives by appealing to the public for nominations of fellow innovators. “The world thrives on innovation, and through this competition, we have continuously shown that we can hold our head high on the international stage,” says Gibbons. “It is important that we seek out and publicise these achievements.” Here is a short list of the 2013 winners: International Innovation of the Year — MediaMine LLC Hollywood Walk of Fame app. This mobile platform provides visitors with a unique interactive experience of tourist destinations. A levergeable piece of intellectual property, it will be deployed in multiple locations and across an unlimited number of collections. By partnering with collection owners to revitalise, repurpose and monetise their media assets, MediaMine is allowing consumers to make it personal and in effect create their own “media mines.” Local Innovation of the Year — Bermuda Aerial Media. With the use of leadingedge multi-rotor UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), this company can provide stunning aerial photography, video and 3D modelling through a process known as photogrammetry. The UAV uses onboard computers, stabilising gyros and gimbals, and GPS tracking to autonomously navigate and complete projects previously programmed on a laptop. The company is hoping to expand abroad (starting with Canada) into more industry-specific applications and also participate in more live-action events in Bermuda. Most Innovative Mobile App — EasyPark Mobile. At its most basic, this app offers customers three ways to pay for parking with a mobile phone: via text, phone call or app. In addition, Apple and Android smart parking application users can also set parking reminders, add money to their accounts or manage long-term airport parking remotely, view parking and billing history and even locate their cars. Users without smartphones can also benefit from this system by using the call and text to park features. Most Innovative Youth Project — Mount Saint Agnes Academy’s App/Tech Club. MSA’s App/Tech Club is an after-school programme created for students to learn and apply their knowledge in programming. Another segment of the club includes a 10-minute presentation on the application of software development, or it can also focus on a new technology like near field communication (NFC), which is becoming increasingly popular in smartphones. The club uses Codecademy to teach students about web fundamentals and to establish the groundwork for them to build apps for smartphones. The club’s purpose is to open students’ minds by introducing them to new technologies — encouraging them to become critical thinkers and consumers — and also to develop strong problem-solving skills.
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