The award was open to both startups and established companies, whose technologies were judged on innovation, user adoption, user experience and commitment to the community. Crowd Mics, an Arizona-based company, bested 29 other applicants including co-finalists Catchbox, a throwable microphone; DoubleDutch, an events platform; Glisser, which makes interactive presentation software; and Social Tables, which makes event diagramming, seating and check-in products. Crowd Mics won $15,000 in prizes.
Judges included David Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, Kevin Jackson of George P. Johnson, Marja Verbon of Piton Capital and event industry meeting leaders Annie Byrne, Adam Parry and Sue Pelletier.
A public vote also was taken, with 1,500 ballots cast. That winner is Weavent.