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Wow. Last night was INCREDIBLE. 

A dominating crowd of disrupting and game-changing companies and individuals descended on the Moakley Courthouse for the third annual 50 on Fire awards celebration – and the festivities were hotter than ever. If you’re just catching up now, you missed out on one amazing event.

This fall, BostInno has covered the year’s groundbreaking innovators across 9 industries. We opened up nominations for the incendiary awards in August and received over 2,000 nods. In September these nominations were reviewed by BostInno, and 150 white hot finalists were announced. Check them out here.

The companies and individuals that advanced to finalist status participated in a 3-day photo shoot in early November. Their photos were featured in illuminated galleries at the event last night. From there, industry-specific panels of judges (composed of community leaders, past winners, and industry experts) reviewed the finalists and voted for their top picks. Here’s what it means to be “on fire”.

And last night, we brought 1,000 of the most incredible forces leading Boston innovation together to celebrate the winners. Not your traditional, stodgy awards ceremony, 50 on Fire winners are announced through a seriously high octane video LIVE at the event. The music played, the winners were announced, and the crowd cheered. See photos from the event here!

Without further ado, here are the 50 on Fire winners setting fire to their scenes in 2014 (also listed below). Congratulations!

2014 TECHNOLOGY WINNERS, presented by Proskauer

Niraj Shah, Wayfair

HubSpot

GrabCAD

Veracode

Acquia

Actifio

NextView Ventures

Neeraj Agrawal, Battery Ventures 

Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor 

iRobot

2014 EDUCATION WINNERS, presented by Babson College

Panos Panay, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship / Sonicbids

Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab Personal Robots Group

Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab 

John Werner, MIT Media Lab / Ideas in Action

peerTransfer

2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS

ArtLifting, LC3

ArtWeek Boston

The Lawn on D

American Repertory Theatre

Eve Bridburg, Boston Literary District / GrubStreet Boston

2014 SPORTS & FITNESS WINNERS

ENERGYBits

DraftKings

Jermaine Jones, The New England Revolution / U.S. National Team

Brian Weller, Barry’s Bootcamp Boston

George Foreman III, The Club by George Foreman III

2014 MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE WINNERS

Hugh Herr, MIT Media Lab

PillPack

Fractyl Labs

Imprivata, Inc.

Flex Pharma

2014 MARKETING & ADVERTISING WINNERS

clypd

Havas Media 

Skyword

Fiksu

DataXu

2014 DESIGN WINNERS

Sasaki Associates

Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Formlabs

Radlab

Open Style Lab

2014 MEDIA WINNERS

@bostonpolice

WGBH

Mona Vernon, Thomson Reuters Data Innovation Lab 

MuckRock

The DocYard

2014 DINING & RETAIL WINNERS

Converse

Harpoon Brewery

CropCircle Kitchen

Richer Pour Wine Company

Michael Scelfo, Alden & Harlow

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our 50 on Fire partners & sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. Until next year!

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