July 14, 2011 -- DENVER - Boulder companies PowerTagging, Orbotix and PEI were among the winners of the CSIA's annual Apex Awards, which recognize leading technology companies and business innovators in the state.
CSIA is a statewide industry association for the software and tech industries.
Power Tagging Technologies Inc. received the award for Technology Product of the Year for developing ways for smart-grid operators to track the origin and use of energy.
Orbotix Inc. was named Rookie of the Year for its work developing a software program that allows smartphones to create remote control devices. Orbotix has designed a robotic ball, named Sphero, which it plans to sell to consumers this year.
PEI, which is the trade name for Performance Enhancements Inc., won the award for IT Project of the Year for its work building a unified communications platform for a virtual sales forces.
DigitalGlobe Inc.'s executive vice president John Oechsle won the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kristin Donley, a teacher at Monarch High School in Louisville, was honored as the Top Tech Teacher.