2012 National Geographic Class of Emerging Explorers Announced!

A few months ago, I was very surprised to receive an E-mail from National Geographic with an interesting notice: I had received an Emerging Explorers award, and I was invited to a conference in Washington D.C. with the rest of the Emerging Explorers class. National Geographic Emerging Explorers Class of 2012

Micheal Wesch, one of my favorite anthropologists and media ecologists, received an Emerging Explorers award in 2009, and I am honored to be included in this year’s list. The National Geographic Emerging Explorer’s Program doesn’t take applications and doesn’t give any notice to those nominated, so I was as surprised as everyone else.

Use of Award Funds

I’ll be putting the funds towards the Portland community. I’m specifically interested in connecting local news and history to place, and there are a number of organizations in town that have repositories of information. It is really important to bring this information to life, and to explore the layers of history around place. I’ll also use the funds to explore the effects of connectivity on one’s brain through the use of EEG and other brainwave monitoring technology.

What is National Geographic’s Emerging Explorer’s Program?

National Geographic Young ExplorersNational Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers—explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers. To help the Emerging Explorers realize their potential, National Geographic awards each of them $10,000 for research and exploration.

2012 Emerging Explorers Class

You can see the entire class of 2012 Emerging Explorers here.

TechAmerica Oregon Announces Oregon Technology Awards 2009 Finalists

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 20, 2009 – TechAmerica Oregon (formerly the Oregon
Council of AeA) announced today the finalists for the 2009 Oregon Technology Awards.

More than 60 nominations received in five categories comprising top picks in
System/Hardware, Software, Tech-Services, Emerging Companies, and Products.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Oregon Technology Awards event on May 7, 2009 at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.

This premier Oregon business event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. The Executive of the Year award winner was previously announced February 6, 2009, with this year’s honor going to Ralph Quinsey, president and CEO of TriQuint Semiconductor.

“We wish to thank all of the companies that prepared nominations for this year’s awards,” said Jennifer Bosze, executive director, TechAmerica Oregon. “This region boasts many noteworthy companies that continue to influence technology development through out the rest of the world, and we’re excited to help highlight them.”

The Oregon Technology Award finalists were selected from approximately 60 entries representing a broad range of companies within five categories. Three finalists were selected in each of the categories. The 2009 Oregon Technology Award finalists are:

System/Hardware Company of the Year

nLIGHT Corp.
RadiSys Corp.
TriQuint Semiconductor

Software Company of the Year

Digimarc Corp.
Tripwire Inc.
WebTrends Inc.

Technology-Service Company of the Year

ACME Business Consulting LLC
EasyStreet Online Services Inc.
Integra Telecom

Emerging Company of the Year

Elemental Technologies Inc.
Jive Software
Monsoon Inc.

In addition to the finalists named above, three products have been named finalists for this year’s Cool Product of the Year. This award will be voted on live at the May 7 event using innovative technology. These finalists are:

Cool Product of the Year

Clearwire Corp. – Clear Spot™
GadgetTrak Inc. — GadgetTrak®
Ontier, Inc. – Pixetell™

To learn more about this year’s Oregon Technology Awards event, please visit http://www.oregontechawards.com.

About TechAmerica

TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry, which is the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,500
member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry’s largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members’ top and bottom lines. It is also the technology industry’s only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States, Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing). TechAmerica was formed by the merger of AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA). Learn more at www.techamerica.org.

For more information, contact:

Barry Katcher
McClenahan Bruer Communications

Jennifer Bosze
Executive Director
TechAmerica Oregon

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