Chicago Inspired by Inventor's Innovations

Did you know there was an award’s ceremony in Chicago this week?
More than 850 people were at the Goodman Theatre Monday night to experience the 2010 Chicago Innovation Awards.
Established in 2002, the Chicago Innovation Awards focus on the creative spirit of Chicago by highlighting the most significant new products and services of the region.
The winners’ creations:
Chicago Innovation Awards*Were introduced within the past three years
*Fulfill unmet needs
*Spark a competitive response in the marketplace
*Exceed market expectations
*Achieve financial success
*Improve people’s lives
Almost 350 applications were submitted, and of those, the top 10 received Chicago Innovation Awards this week.
One of the winners was HydroRight dual flush converter by MJSI, the inexpensive, drop-in converter for toilets. Chicagoland Real Estate Forum wrote about this product, which saves thousands of gallons of water a year.
“It is an honor to receive this award and to have our company considered as one of Chicago’s top innovators,” said Michael Schuster, president of MJSI and inventor of the HydroRight. “We believe that our product offers consumers an inexpensive way to save water and money. It is one of those win-win products that is good for the environment and the wallet.”
Other winners:
*crowdSPRING: An online marketplace for creative work.
*Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker: A system that allows commuters to get up-to-date bus arrival predictions.
*Master Lock Speed Dial: A combination lock with increased strength and security.
*iRa C3 by Lextech Labs: A video command center that provides unlimited live camera feed through mobile platforms.
*Abbott’s ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combination Test: A test that detects the infection up to 20 days earlier than most U.S. tests.
*Liftaem Patient Transfer System by Smart Medical Technology, Inc.: Laterally transfers patients from one surface to another with just one healthcare worker.
*SoCore Energy Solar Rental Service and the SunLock: Provides short-term solar rental service for small businesses.
*USG Corporation’s SHEETROCK Brand UltraLight Panels: Gympsum wallboards that are up to 30 percent lighter but as equally strong.
*Circular MT Expanded Beam Interconnect by Molex Incorporated: Used for video and data transfer in robotic surgeries.
Those 10 nominees:
*Will be profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times
*Will be featured in an advertising campaign on CTA trains and buses
*Will be invited to a private lunch with Mayor Richard M. Daley
*Given a one-year membership to the Illinois Technology association
*Will be invited to ring the opening NASDAQ bell in New York City
*Will be given a one-year membership in TechAmerica Midwest
Other awards:
*The “Peoples Choice Award” went to Touch Taste Technologies’ TouchLife Interactive Tables, which are interactive touchscreens that deliver brand-influence messages in nightlife and hospitality venues.
*The “Up-and-Comer Award” was presented to InContext Solutions’ 3D Virtual Store Research, which uses technology to analyze the shopping behavior of survey respondents through a 3-D modeling system that creates a customized environment.
*Rocky Wirtz, President of Wirtz Corporation and owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, received the “Visionary Award” for his leadership in the greatest sports-business turnaround in history.
*The Blue Man Group won the “Spirit of Innovation Award” and gave special performances throughout the event.