Tickets Available for Arizona’s Premier Technology Industry Event,

Held at the Rawhide Event Center on Thursday, November 2, 2017


Commerce Authority have announced individual award winners, company

award finalists, Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year

winners for the 2017

the visionaries of Arizona’s technology ecosystem whose passion and

dedication energize Arizona’s rapidly growing technology community.

“We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2017 award

winners,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce

Authority. “Arizona is a leading hub for technology and innovation, and

we’re fortunate to have such incredible talent in our state.”

“Determining the winners and finalists for this year’s GCOI was no

simple task,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona

Technology Council. “Our technology community is expanding every year,

and the innovators that apply are truly the best and brightest. We

congratulate those that were selected and look forward to honoring them.”

The individual/company award winners are:

  • Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year: Jeffrey Pruitt,
    founder, CEO and chairman, Tallwave and Tallwave Capital, Scottsdale

  • Large Company Award: PacSci EMC, Chandler

  • Judges Award: Digital Citizen Academy, Scottsdale

One company within each of the following categories will be announced as

the winner at the GCOI event:

  • Start-Up Company Award: Akos MD, LLC, Phoenix; Codelucida,
    Inc., Tucson; Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc., Phoenix

  • Small Company Award: AudioEye, Inc., Tucson; Cancer Prevention
    Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tucson; Incyphae, Inc., Scottsdale; Paragon
    Space Development Corporation, Tucson

  • Innovator of the Year Award – Academia: ASU Center for
    Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, Phoenix; Professors Jeffrey Pyun,
    Robert (Bob) Norwood, Novel Polymeric Materials, University of
    Arizona, Tucson; Professor Nasser Peyghambarian, Holographic 3D
    Display and Telepresence, University of Arizona, Tucson

The individual company award winners and finalist were evaluated and

chosen by the following selection committee of experts independent of

the Council:

  • Islamshah Amlani, Honeywell Aerospace

  • James Goulka, Arizona Tech Investors

  • Dave Higgins, BenchMark

  • Doug Hockstad, Tech Launch Arizona

  • William Loux, Arizona Technology Enterprises

  • Eric Miller, PADT

  • Mary O'Reilly, PhD, CEM, Science Foundation Arizona

  • Chuck Vermillion, AccountabilIT

The Future Innovators of the Year award winners represent the "Best of

the Best" of the Arizona Engineering and Science Fairs (grades 9-12) for

the year 2016. The winning teacher will receive a $1,000 cash award, and

each of the winning students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to

further enhance their education.

Future Innovators of the Year Award Winners:

  • Somil Jain and Sachin Jaishankar, Hamilton High School, Chandler

  • Joseph Galasso, Galasso Homeschool, Tucson

  • Seoyoon Kim, BASIS Peoria High School, Peoria

  • Vilina Mehta, Basis Scottsdale High School, Scottsdale

Future Innovators of the Year Honorable Mentions:

  • Ava Christensen, Empire High school, Tucson

  • Heaven May Murphy, Tombstone High School, Tombstone

Teacher of the Year Award Winner:

  • Marni Landry, Paradise Valley CREST (Center for Research Engineering
    Science and Technology), Phoenix

Teacher Honorable Mentions:

  • Pradip C Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad

The Future Innovators and Teacher of the Year award winners were

evaluated and chosen by a selection committee independent of the Council

including members of the Arizona

supports, promotes and coordinates programs and activities of the

engineering and science associations within the state of Arizona through

facilitated communication and leadership.

In its 14th year, GCOI is being held on Thursday, November 2,

2017, at the Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ

85226 from 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. The event attracts more than 850

attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment.

This year, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program with

a sit-down dinner followed by a Tech Jam company showcase with live

music. The Tech Jam companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and

AZTC partners. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association

for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse

professional business community, Council members work towards furthering

the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education,

legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers

numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring

together leaders, visionaries, and community members to make an impact

on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the

Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming

technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the

Arizona Technology Council, please visit

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic

development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and

strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to

advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create –

recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona;

work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and

beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to

create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit

for more.


Media contact:


Linda Capcara, 480-229-7090




Arizona Technology Council

Steven G. Zylstra,