Conference-call app heads IQ winners

BOULDER – MobileDay, the creator of a mobile app that serves as an “easy” button for conference calls, received the Innovation of the Year award Wednesday evening at the 13th annual IQ Awards presented by the Boulder County Business Report at Boulder Theater.

The app provides one-touch entry into any conference call on any service, whether you are a host of the call or a guest. It is available for free on iPhone and Android smartphones.

Boulder-based MobileDay, headed by chief executive Jim Haid and entered in the mobile-apps category, was selected by the audience for the award, after a panel of judges named winners in six categories following a presentation by finalists and questions from the judges, a new format this year for the annual event. The judges picked a different winner in the mobile-apps category.

Category winners of IQ Awards were:

Business Services
Vertiba Inc.: The Boulder-based company provides project management, business process design and development services to help clients customize Salesforce.com to their needs. Salesforce.com is a cloud-based platform for customer-relationship management and custom development. It also helps clients migrate from Microsoft Exchange and other legacy applications to Google Apps for Business such as Gmail, calendar, documents and online storage. Finalists were Connect First and Gorilla Logic Inc.

Hardware
Sporian Microsystems Inc.: The Lafayette-based company makes a suite of sensors that withstands ultra-high temperatures and corrosive environments. These pressure sensors are used to increase fuel efficiency in gas turbine engines. Energy-generation companies will likely be the first to adopt them. Finalists were Spectra Logic Corp and Stratom Inc.

Mobile Apps
Tagwhat: The Boulder-based company has created a mobile app that runs on iOS and Android, and uses the GPS capabilities of a device to determine where users are. The app then brings up web-based content to tell users more about their location. Tagwhat can be thought of as a mobile tour guide, one that is always updating itself with the latest information from the web. The material Tagwhat retrieves includes text, video and pictures. Businesses and organizations that use the app can link Facebook and Twitter pages to their channels. Finalists were MobileDay and Techtionary.

Natural/Green/Outdoor
Crocs Inc.: The Niwot-based shoemaker produced a new line of color-changing shoes called Chameleons. The shoes are made with Crocs’ Croslite material with photochromic technology. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the shoes change from being translucent to a vibrant color. Finalists were Cheribundi Inc. and EcoSmart Homes.

Nonprofits
Center for Resource Conservation: The Boulder-based nonprofit created the Garden-In-A-Box program, which provides low-cost, preplanned xeric gardens to residents. It offers people a chance to save water, beautify their homes and save money. The gardens are designed by expert landscapers, and are sold at less than half the price compared with big-box stores. Finalists were Attention Homes and Sister Carmen Community Center, but the Sister Carmen center withdrew from the competition earlier in the day.

Software
LeaseRunner Ltd.: The Louisville-based company created a web software application called LeaseRunner that integrates digital applications, tenant screening, e-signature leases and electronic rent collection into one paperless process for the real estate industry. It merges data from applications into lease documents and other processes, saving data-entry time and reducing error. Finalists were Amadeus Consulting and Confio Corp.

The panel of judges that selected finalists were Paul Jerde, University of Colorado; Jerry W. Lewis, Upstream Communications LLC; Tim Bour, Innovation Center of the Rockies; Alex Sammoury, Longmont Entrepreneurial Network; and Susan Graf, former president of the Boulder Chamber.

Graf, Sammoury and Bour judged the event live and selected the category winners.


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