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Semi-Finalists for NHHTC’s “Product of the Year” Award Announced

A panel of judges on behalf of the NH High Technology Council (NHHTC) selected eight semi-finalist companies vying for the opportunity to win the 2010 Product of the Year award. 

high-technologyThe semi-finalist companies are as follows:  Warner Power, Hypertherm, Ektron, JitterJam, GSSI, Skyscan, Travel Brains My Tour Guide, and VGO.

Company representatives will make formal presentations and the judges will select up to five finalists. All finalists will be awarded the Product of the Year Judges’ Award. These Finalist Judges’ Award Winners will pitch their products at the Product of the Year banquet held on November 15th at the Radisson Hotel-Center of NH in Manchester.

 “We had a very strong pool of applicants this year and the judges will be challenged to narrow it down further.  The quality of products coming out of New Hampshire companies right now is very high and we should be excited about the product development capabilities of our technology sector,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC Board of Directors and POY event chair.

The event requires audience engagement and participation, as the entire audience casts their vote for their top product after the presentations are made.  The audience vote counts towards 50% of the final tabulation and the initial judge’s vote counts for the remaining 50%. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the banquet and will earn the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed for the Council by Pepi Hermann. The trophy and the finalist’s winning product will be on display in a highly visible location at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the past four years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, and Holase, Incorporated.  Several prominent organizations are sponsoring this year’s POY event.  They include DYN, FairPoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt, Manson PLLC, Sadler Insurance Agency, One Beacon Technology Insurance, GT Solar, Public Service of New Hampshire, Dell and JBC Communications.  Additional sponsorships are available.  For more information and to register, go to www.nhhtc.org.

Winners will be announced next week.

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