September 24—Five New Hampshire companies have been named finalists in the New Hampshire Tech Alliance’s 2022 Product of the Year competition.
Mikros Technologies, Geophysical Survey Systems, Coreflex, Driver Technologies, and Skyhawk were selected by a jury and will compete for 2022 POY honors during a virtual event from 3 p.m. to 12 p.m. on October 12.
The event will be streamed live on the New Hampshire Tech Alliance YouTube channel, and there will be an in-person watch party and networking event from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry.
The competition will include a seven-minute live pitch and a real-time selection of this year’s best product. The event celebrates innovative products developed over the past 12 months and provides a platform for entrepreneurs and inventors to receive free advice, major product promotion and a podium in front of hundreds of technology leaders and members of the public. . In 2021, the livestream reached a global audience of more than 5,500 viewers, the alliance said in a press release.
The finalists are:
—The Mikros TU3 is a computer chip tester and will be introduced by Drew Matter, Vice President of Mikros Technologies. The TU3 is designed to help unlock a global semiconductor supply chain bottleneck by enabling the reliable testing of next-generation processors at the extreme temperatures required. It is currently deployed by AMD worldwide.
—Corflex’s Solar OA knee brace is a cutting-edge solution to the growing demand for custom orthotics, especially for osteoarthritis, which allows for an individualized fit by custom molding and modifying the brace in one visit . Flexible silicone thigh and calf cuffs conform to the shape of the patient’s leg and are molded with a unique 90 second UV light bath. Once cured, the cuffs harden to conform to the shape of the leg, eliminating migration and providing a comfortable fit. The product will be presented by Steve Santaniello, Director of Product Development.
—DriverCloud is a platform that allows drivers to control and share trip videos, maps and related data with interested parties such as employers, insurers and family members. Driver Technologies Inc. is an artificial intelligence-based mobility technology company on a mission to make driving safe and accessible. Its Driver mobile app has been downloaded in over 170 countries and turns the driver’s phone into a dash cam with forward collision alerts, driver drowsiness and distraction warnings, cloud-based video storage, roadside assistance, coaching and scoring capabilities. COO Marcus Newbury will present the product.
—PaveScan Mix Design Module: Paving contractors never had the control they always needed to create the perfect asphalt road. The PaveScan Mix design module allows paving contractors to control the process for high-quality paving, which research shows can double the life of new roads. PaveScan will be introduced by David Cist, Chief Technology Officer at Geophysical Survey Systems.
—Skyhawk’s Skyhawk Hub, Sensor and Minisensor are a series of battery-operated remote monitoring sensors designed to provide businesses with significantly more utility and deployment capabilities.
“Our Product of the Year judges had their work cut out for them this year. We were blown away by the quality of our nominees,” Julie Demers, chief executive of the NH Tech Alliance, said in a statement. “This year’s hybrid event format will allow more people to vote and help us name a winner while allowing alliance members to connect in person with some of New Hampshire’s most innovative companies. .”
Past winners include Breast Cancer Locator from Cairn Surgical, SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence from OnPoint Systems, Measured Air Performance, iCAD, Inc., Wilcox Industries, Plexxi, Prosenex, Single Digits, Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, InsightTech Gear, Holase Inc., Sky-Skan, Foss Manufacturing and Therma-HEXX.
To register for the event and receive event updates, visit nhtechalliance.org.
The main sponsors of this year’s POY event are: Big Network, Cook Little, Cross Insurance, M&T Bank, Hypertherm, Alexander Technologies, ARMI, Wipfli, Orbit Group, Sheehan Phinney, The Hanover Insurance Group, Sunrise Labs, New Hampshire Union Leader, Berry Dunn, Cirtronics, CGI Business Solutions and Primary Bank.