Wayfair and Fuze were the top winners of the 2016 MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala Wednesday night at the Seaport World Trade Center. Other winners included Toast, Pwnie Express, Progress and Evergage CTO Greg Hinkle.
Wayfair won company of the year award, and Mike Festa, head of the Wayfair Next team that’s working on virtual reality and artificial reality products, won emerging executive of the year. Fuze won emerging company of the year, following its win as the next pillar tech company at May’s NEVY Awards, and it also won best use of cloud technology.
In addition to the company awards, MassTLC handed out Distinguished Leadership awards to those who have made “tangible contributions to their communities.” The recipients were David Delmar, founder of Resilient Coders; Nigel Jacob, co-founder of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; and Vicky Wu Davis, executive director and founder of Youth CITIES.
MassTLC also handed out its inaugural Mosaic Award in conjunction with the Black Tech Boston group in to Anthony Williams, vice president of global talent acquisition and diversity at Akamai Technologies. The Mosaic Award “recognizes exemplary leadership in the development and creation of a more diverse high tech workforce in Massachusetts.”
“Our history is one of solving big problems, changing lives and making anything possible,” Tom Hopcroft, CEO of MassTLC, said in a statement. “It’s an honor to host a gala that once again brought together the most important players across the state’s tech, civic and business sectors to celebrate the accomplishments of so many, while looking ahead to what this community will accomplish in the days ahead.”
CEO of the Year: Aron Ain, Kronos
CTO of the Year: Greg Hinkle, Evergage
Emerging Executive of the Year: Mike Festa, Wayfair
Best Use of Technology – Big Data: Progress Software
Best Use of Technology – Cloud: Fuze
Best Use of Technology – Internet of Things: Powerhouse Dynamics
Innovative Tech of the Year – Ed Tech: Cognii
Innovative Tech of the Year – Consumer Tech: Mini Mole
Innovative Tech of the Year – Fin Tech: Mineral Tree
Innovative Tech of the Year – Healthcare Tech: Wellist
Innovative Tech of the Year – Mobile: Toast
Innovative Tech of the Year – Sales & Marketing: Allego
Innovative Tech of the Year – Security: Pwnie Express
Innovative Tech of the Year – Robotics: Symbotic
Company of the Year: Wayfair
Emerging Company of the Year: Fuze