This year's celebration of the region's most prominent tech businesses is also a recognition of the marketplace of innovation created in their wakes.
The Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 Awards, hosted Thursday night at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, marked the 16th year of recognition for the area's tech companies and paid homage to a shift that has made Pittsburgh a top region for startups to bloom and grow.
The event, titled "2013 Tech 50 Spotlight: A Celebration of Innovation in Pittsburgh," also made special note of CEO of the Year Giorgio Coraluppi.
Mr. Coraluppi, founder and CEO of Compunetix/Chorus Call, also is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is a media sponsor for the event.
Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Technology Council, credited this year's winners and the tech community at large for a year of accomplishments that has made Pittsburgh's regional success a national story.
In 2013, Pittsburgh ranked seventh in the nation in terms of tech employment, according to TechAmerica Foundation's Cyberstates study.
"After 16 years, Tech 50 is still the apex of recognition for technology visionaries," said Ms. Russo. "Pittsburgh's tech mavericks showed the high level of innovation present in the community, and made this the best Tech 50 we've had so far."
The other award winners announced Thursday are:
Advanced Manufacturer of the Year: Industrial Scientific Corp.
Interactive and Application Developer of the Year: Schell Games
Innovator of the Year: Aethon, Inc
Life Sciences Company of the Year: ALung Technologies
Startup of the Year: Duolingo
Tech Titan of the Year: Ansys Inc.
Solution Provider of the Year: Avere Systems
CEO of the Year: Giorgio Coraluppi, Compunetix/Chorus Callbusinessnews - interact
Deborah M. Todd: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1652. First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM