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10th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards: William Beau Wrigley’s keynote speech

“It is an honor to be here among so many outstanding leaders and innovators.

Congratulations to all of the winners – I am certainly inspired by the creativity and energy that you bring to your work!”

Chicago startups bring home innovation honors

Chicago startups dominated the 10th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. Among the 10 winners brought to the stage of the Harris Theater on Tuesday night were:

* Appolicious, whose websites catalog apps for mobile devices

* Callibra, which provides translation software for hospital discharge instructions

* Narrative Science, whose software can write articles and reports from data

* Red Frog Events, creator of a brand new industry: offbeat races

* Trustwave, which makes antihacker software for credit card processors

* World Bicycle Relief, which provides bikes to the impoverished in Africa

In addition, Fresh Moves, which turned a retired CTA bus into a mobile green market on the West Side, received the “Peoples Choice” award, based on votes on the Chicago Innovation Awards’ website.

This Article Was Not Written By A Computer

But could it have been? Narrative Science, a company whose algorithm turns data into narrative (and a Chicago Innovation Award winner), is being used more and more to write simple stories quicker and more cheaply than humans. Will robot newspapers cover the the robot revolution?

A Maintenance-Free Bike To Give Africans Some Mobility

Buffalo bicycles—a winner of a recent Chicago Innovation Award—won’t break down for five years, and fit almost anyone: kids going to school, entrepreneurs to bring goods to markets, and health care workers who visit patients on their bikes. It’s a two-wheeled piece of social change.

Innovation award winners ‘are moving Chicago forward’

The Chicago Innovation Awards’ 10th anniversary Tuesday night celebrated the city’s emergence as a brain trust bursting with successful entrepreneurial ventures, familiar companies’ technological breakthroughs and expanding capital commitments to back them up.

Innovative up and comers and an ocean saver

By Sandra Guy on November 9, 2011 4:12 PM

The Harris Theater buzzed Tuesday night as a full house of technology, business and entrepreneurial types cheered each other’s successes at the 10th annual Chicago Innovation Awards show.

SoCore Energy


Pete Kadens
Co-founder and President
SoCore Energy
The SunLock and Solar Rental Service

“Customers drove this innovation. You can’t innovate in a vacuum. In our industry, it’s collaborative. I listened. I met people. I didn’t always know what I was talking about. I learned what not to do by listening to others. Being a competent listener is half the battle in innovation.”

—Pete Kadens, Co-founder and President of SoCore Energy, which makes solar energy more flexible, accessible and affordable.

S&C Electric Company


Tim Qualheim
Vice President-US Business Unit
S&C Electric Company
S&C TripSaver™ Dropout Recloser

“We constantly ask our utility customers about their needs. We want to know about their operating practices . . . what works for them . . . and what doesn’t work as they’d like. This product was developed as a result of such questioning. We listened to our customers and delivered what they needed.”

—Tim Qualheim, Vice President, US Business Unit, S&C Electric Company⎯a century-old Chicago-based global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems.

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