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Bill Tam | BCBusiness
BCTIA president Bill Tam at Techbrew.

A mix of software, hardware and greentech companies make the annual Technology Impact Awards nominees list

The B.C. Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) announced the finalists for the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) at their annual TechBrew event Thursday evening.

Under the broad theme of "B.C.'s Mark on the World," the BCTIA named a range of software, hardware, biotech and greentech companies.

While software companies made up the bulk of the nominees, stalwarts BC Hydro and Telus, and manufacturers Cooledge Lighting Inc. and dPoint Technologies Inc. rounded out the list. Around two hundred attendees showed up for the networking event, which showcased eight local technology companies before announcing the nominees.

"The 2013 TIA finalists illustrate the continuing maturity of the B.C. technology industry," said BCTIA president Bill Tam, in a statement. "It's easy to see why Vancouver and B.C. continue to gain global recognition as the place to start and grow a tech company."

The nominees include:

Most innovative product: Cooledge Lighting Inc., for its LED light sheets; dPoint Technologies Inc., for its humidifier technology; Elastic Path, for its e-commerce software.

Most promising pre-commercial technology: Axine Water TechnologiesGlobal Relay Communications Inc.; UrtheCast.

Team of the year: BC Hydro Data Centre Migration Team; Schneider Electric MicroGrid Lab Team.

Most promising startup: Fusion Pipe Software Solutions; PHEMI Health Systems; Procurify; Trulioo.

Best emerging company: Aquatic Informatics Inc., maker of water data management software; Quickmobile; Zafin, a maker of financial services software.

Best company: Alpha Technologies Ltd., which builds power conversion technology; Fortinet, an IT security company; Global Relay.

Other award categories included community engagement, person of the year and best technology adoption. The 2014 Technology Impact Awards Gala will be held June 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.