East Bay Tech Orgs Win Big at the 4th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards

Mitch Kapor and Fread Kapor Klein of the Kapor Center for Social Impact.


The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) has announced the winners of the 5th Annual “East Bay Innovation Awards” of foremost examples of innovation in in product development, services and processes. The winners were celebrated last Thursday at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Over 100 nominations for the awards were received in August 2016, with 16 nominees selected by subject matter experts as finalists in eight competitive categories.

Nominees represented innovative businesses and organizations from 10 East Bay cities:

The 2017 East Bay Innovation Legacy Award Winner: Bayer, located in Berkeley.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their lives.

Advanced Manufacturing Award went to Lam Research in Fremont and Livermore.

Lam Research designs, engineers and manufactures semiconductor chip processing equipment.

The Clean Tech Award went to Microvi Biotech of Hayward.

Microvi is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biocatalytic technologies in the water, wastewater and biochemical industries.

Veterans to Tech of Livermore received the Education Award.

Veterans to Tech was inspired by local veterans wanting to have opportunities for hands-on skills leading to sustainable employment, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) projection of over 300 engineering technician vacancies as their baby boomer employees retire.

Alphabet Energy of Hayward won the Engineering & Design Award.

Alphabet Energy captures energy that is burned off as polluting heat into usable energy through the science of thermoelectric technologies. Their Power Generating Combustor recovers exhaust heat from oilfield flares and coverts it into electric power, addressing the challenge of obtaining reliable and environment-friendly energy sources at remote sites.

The Food Award went to Ripple Foods in Emeryville.

Ripple Milk is sold in 3,500 stores nation-wide and will soon be offering plant-based yogurt, cheese and ice cream products. Ripple Foods found a way to make a better “dairy” product without the use of cows, with just as much protein, half the sugar and more calcium than dairy milk.
Winner of Information and/or Communication Technology Award was Captricity in Oakland.

Captricity takes piles of paper with handwritten notes and uses their technology to convert them into readable, electronic data.

The Life Sciences Award winner was Aduro Biotech in Berkeley.

Aduro Biotech designs precision immunotherapy to turn a cancer patient’s immune system back on to fight the disease.

Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland won the Catalyst of the Year Award.

The Kapor Center for Social Impact ensures that tech is a benefit to all, by finding equitable ways to leverage opportunities, and develop and mobilize local talent for engagement with tech companies. “Tech done right” is the Kapor Center‘s mantra, and it means community inclusion, creating a STEM pipeline of local residents, and diversity in the tech sector.


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