Union Leader staff, October 2015
MANCHESTER — And then there were five. The judging panel for the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Product of the Year award listened to 30-minute presentations from nine companies on Friday before selecting five to compete as finalists.
The technologies in the running include sapphire furnaces capable of producing material used for smartphone screens; software designed to make the construction industry more efficient; a data networking system that aims to replace decades-old technology; software that can help colleges, hospitals and other entities quickly analyze data; and a mobile platform that indexes video files so they can be used like books.
The winner will be announced at the awards event on Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.
“Congratulations to our five finalists for their ingenuity and entrepreneurship. We’re looking forward to their presentations at our 10th anniversary event on Nov. 12 and having a great and raucous crowd on hand to hear the pitches, see the products, and us select the 2015 product of the year,” said Matt Cookson, executive director of the NH High Tech Council.
The 2015 finalists are:
• ARC Energy’s CHES500 Furnace, an automated production sapphire furnace capable of producing single-crystal sapphire boules, which are the largest crack-free sapphire crystals in the world and are used in LED lighting and cell phone cover glass.
• B2W Software’s Maintain, construction software for transportation, water, sewer, petroleum, power and telecommunications industries.
• Plexxi’s The Plexxi Switch 2, a data networking solution that takes aim at networking giants like Cisco.
• Rapid Insight’s Rapid Insight Analytic Platform allows organizations to quickly build predictive models and analyze big data.
• Retrieve Technologies’ Retrieve SaaS, a platform that provides new tools to communicate more effectively in a video and mobile, including indexing.
The finalists will present their products to an audience at the awards event. The first place winner will also be featured in a display at the Interstate-93 South Welcome Center in Hooksett.