The engineer who designed the first consumer electronics product that birthed our industry a century ago, the two computer programmers who have been dubbed the “Fathers of the Internet,” the executive who energized Sony and Sirius XM satellite radio, and a group of entrepreneurs inventing the future are among the group of geniuses and luminaries honored by CTA in its annual class of Hall of Fame inductees and Innovation Entrepreneurs.
“We are thrilled to honor these industry luminaries,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “We honor the entrepreneurial spirit of these leaders who inspire us by taking a great idea and transforming it into a unique product or service to enhance consumers’ lives, and those who promote these new technologies in the marketplace.”
All of the members of the 2020 CTA Hall of Fame class and the three Innovation Entrepreneurs were scheduled to officially be feted at a dinner on November 12. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of the ceremonies.
The 2020 CTA Hall of Fame class includes:
CTA also named three Innovation Entrepreneurs:
Vicki Mayo – Executive of the Year
Mayo founded TouchPoint in 2016. The company’s TouchPoints wearables use patent-pending BLAST (bi-lateral alternating stimulation-tactile technology), haptic micro-vibrations which alters the body’s “fight or flight” response to reduce stress. When she was 20 and in college, she adopted two boys, and today mentors’ young women at the Boys and Girls Club.
Re:3D Inc. – Company of the Year
After traveling with Engineers Without Borders-Johnson Space Center and while still working for NASA in 2013, Samantha Snabes founded Re:3D Inc. The company manufactures Gigabot, an affordable industrial 3D printer that can directly print using plastic waste, allowing anyone worldwide to access their own personal 3D printing factory.
Nuro – Startup of the Year
Using their expertise in self-driving vehicle technology to create a new class of safe autonomous vehicles that delivery rather than carry passengers, Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu founded Nuro in 2016. Nuro self-driving vehicles deliver goods across multiple verticals, and has partnered with CVS, Domino’s, Kroger and Walmart.
Complete inductee and honoree bios will appear in CTA’s It Is Innovation (i3) magazine, as well as online at CTA.tech/i3, in the fall.
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