The Spirit of Innovation was the first regionally based innovation awards program and remains one of the only events designed to promote and foster cutting-edge business activities in a specific geographic area. This year’s honorees are American Bicycle Group, Motion View Software LLC, Sherman + Reilly Inc., and Woople LLC. The Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes companies for innovative products, services and ways of doing business in the Chattanooga region.
Along with the Spirit of Innovation Award presentation, the Chattanooga Technology Council will name the winners of the Early Innovator Award, which honors emerging technology-based companies that have produced a groundbreaking prototype product or beta stage software application that represents the potential for a significant competitive advantage.
Jonathan Taplan, director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon. Throughout his career, Taplan has held a variety of executive leadership roles in the digital media entertainment and international communication management fields. As the owner of two patents for video-on-demand technologies and a founder of the video-on-demand company Intertainer, Taplan helped pioneer new content delivery systems for both cable and broadband Internet markets. Due to his innovative work in this field, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Taplan to the California Broadband Task Force in 2006.
In addition to his work in broadband, Taplan also served as Bob Dylan and The Band’s tour manager in 1969 and produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets, as well as 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films, which have been nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and featured at The Cannes Film Festival multiple times.
To make an individual or group reservation for the Spirit of Innovation Luncheon, please contact the Chattanooga Chamber events hotline at 763-4366 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets cost $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Advance registration is required.