More than 450 people in the tech industry and related fields gathered at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Tuesday night for Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ iXchange.
Seven businesses and individuals were honored with Innovation Awards.
• Radius Corp. of Kutztown was honored for Innovative Application of Technology.
• Glemser Technologies Corp. of Bethlehem was honored as an Incubator Graduate.
• Core Business Solutions Inc. of Lewisburg was honored for Entrepreneurial Achievement.
• Industrial Vision Systems of Bryn Mawr was honored for Product Innovation.
• Simplex Industries Inc. of Scranton was honored for Manufacturing Achievement.
There were two winners of the Partnership Award:
• Paul Browne, executive director of the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center in Carbondale.
• Mary T. Webber, president of Webber Associates of Lemoyne.
The theme of this year’s event was “disruptive innovation,” and keeping with the theme, a stunt break-dancer surprised guests to open speaker Dustin Garis’ keynote address.
Garis is known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his innovative approach to brand building, new business ventures and corporate entrepreneurship.
“Dustin encouraged our guests to break out of their routines to stimulate innovation for themselves and in their organizations,” said R. Chad Paul, president and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania, based in Bethlehem. “Autopilot doesn’t inspire creativity.”
Also at the event Paul described the progress in the expansion of the Ben Franklin TechVentures business incubator in Bethlehem.
The west wing expansion will be completed this fall, he said.
Paul also announced the expansion of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. It now has 15 members and is among the largest in the world.