Connect Announces Winners of 23rd Most Innovative Product Awards

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Connect, the San Diego non-profit group dedicated to supporting technology innovation and entrepreneurism, named the winners of its “Most Innovative New Product” awards at a luncheon ceremony Friday. This year, San Diego’s innovation community nominated more than 100 new products—a record number of nominees—which prompted Connect CEO Duane Roth to note in a statement that “the true measure of an innovation economy is the volume of research that translates into successful products.”

The group also named TurboTax as the recipient of this year’s Otterson Award, which Connect describes as the highlight of its ceremony. The award, created in memory of Connect’s founding executive director, Bill Otterson, recognizes technologies or products developed in San Diego that have demonstrated a “significant positive impact on quality of life.” San Diego’s ChipSoft developed TurboTax during the early 1980s and Mountain View, CA-based Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) acquired ChipSoft in 1993. Since its launch in 1984, TurboTax has grown to become the nation’s best-selling tax preparation software.

Connect also surprised two people, life sciences consultant Julia Brown and Provide Commerce CEO Bill Strauss, with its Distinguished Contribution Award, which recognizes individuals who have supported the advancement of local entrepreneurs.

The 2010 MIP Award winners in each of eight categories are:

—Action and Sport Technologies: Solana Beach, CA-based ElliptiGO for the ElliptiGO 8S, a low-impact fitness training machine that is part bicycle, part elliptical cross-trainer.

ElliptiGo Trainer

ElliptiGo Trainer

—Aerospace and Security Technologies: San Diego’s Trex Aviation Systems (part of Trex Enterprises) for the FOD Finder, a millimeter band radar and related technology that is mounted on a vehicle and used to automatically detect … Next Page »

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