Is it just me or do you think the TechFellow Awards was pretty lame and sort of seemed tossed off?
The TechFellow Awards presented itself as being all about disruptive innovation and making innovation happen. They had a huge list of prominent judges and my expectations were high. I was looking forward to learning about the newest disruptive innovations coming out of the crucible of cutting edgeness, the hotbed of invention, the bleeding fringe type stuff.
All good stuff but not really innovative in 2009. This is not meant as a cut to the award winners, they all deserve recognition, especially Eric Reis who is currently carrying the mantle of “geek idol” and spreading much valuable knowledge and experience to the startupsphere.
My point is that the expectations were set for disruptive innovation and what was delivered was 2005 technology.
Where were the things changing our life currently? Surely the founders and executives at the following companies can be considered equally or more disruptive and innovative.
Presence based mobile applications enabled by Wi-Fi Positioning System: Skyhook Wireless
Speech recogition: Vlingo
Immersive gaming: Harmonix Music
Electronic Ink: E-Ink
New business category and marketing tools: Hubspot
Dev Tools: jQuery
Power Innovation: A123
And that is just the Boston list.
What about cloud computing, ever hear of Rails or Django? Real time search, micro sharing, new advertising platforms and so on.
There has to be more going on there, it is Silicon Valley for gosh sake. The idea is a great one and the companies that receive the geek grants of $ 50 will make good use of it.
Again, this is all about the expectation of savoring the freshness of disruptive innovation and getting served day old bread.
Am I off base here? Let me know what you think and feel free to add deserving innovators.