Ten of the most innovative tech firms in Georgia gave presentations highlighting their brands at Georgia’s largest technology showcase, The Summit 2018, hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia.
The companies are handpicked from the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies for showing the highest degree of innovation. They are also recognized for excellence that promotes Georgia’s technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.
“The Top 10 awards are given to an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are not only changing their respective industries, they are also putting Georgia on the map as a state where technology innovation can thrive,” said Larry Williams, president & CEO of TAG, in an official statement.
“We applaud each of these companies for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community and look forward to showcasing them at our annual Georgia Technology Summit.”
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the biggest association of technologists in the state, servicing 35,000 members. Each year, the summit brings together more than 1,400 tech leaders from around the world in discussions and content centered on the global trends sparking and disrupting the tech community. This year’s theme is Fueling the Innovation Economy: What’s Now and Next.
According to this year’s state of the industry report which was revealed at the summit, Georgia tech industry added more than private sector jobs in 2017 — up 3.2 percent from the prior year,
The 10 presenting companies were: Airbus Aerial, AnalyticsIQ, Dune Medical Devices, Evident ID, Monetizr, Quest Renewables, SaasOptics, ThingTech, Trust Stamp, and TSYS. All are poised to disrupt their respective industries
Disruption is also causing traditional brands to rethink their own operations. Keynote Speaker Barry Simpson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, took the stage to share how the global brand is changing operations to keep the beverage company relevant.
In his keynote, Simpson shared huge plans concerning the global brand. Namely that Coca-Cola is relaunching its growth strategy to refine focus on digital and data analytics to keep up with the innovation and gig economy.
“The consumer journey is changing,” he said. “We’re making some very dramatic changes in how we relate to tech.” Simpson explained in closing, “We’ve been here for 131 years and we would like to be around for 131 more years.”
Simpson also mentioned that the company’s approach is not entirely all digital, as a talented, diverse team of employees is also paramount to strive for excellence.
The evening event was just an introduction to The Summit, which will continue with a day tomorrow with standout speakers including Thornton May, futurist, educator and author; Alanna Cotton, Senior Vice President and General Manager Mobile Computing & Wearables at Samsung Electronics America; Corey Sanders, Corporate Vice President of Azure Compute at Microsoft; and special remarks from Governor Nathan Deal. Additionally, Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson will be inducted into the 2018 Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia.
The Summit is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast Business, Jabian Consulting, and many others.