Every year, the Austin Chamber and SXSW host the Austin A-List Awards, which celebrates and promotes Austin’s top innovative, homegrown companies and leaders. The event highlights both tech and non-tech companies.
Austin is home to a unique and collaborative business community. We are working to highlighting them in a variety of ways including through a commitment to make A-List an enduring honor by staying in touch with and highlighting our winners throughout the year.
As we approach this year’s Austin A-List Awards on May 23 at ACL Live @ the Moody Theater, we are looking each week at a different 2018 winner.
When selecting winners, our judges evaluate nominees on the following criteria:
Innovation: How novel/innovative is the company’s core idea?
Achievability: How achievable/practical is the idea? Can it be delivered?
Sustainability: Is the company sourcing properly with thoughts on its impact to the environment?
Growth: Will the company scale over time?
Leadership: Does the company have the right leadership to execute?
2018 Scaling Winner: SparkCognition
SparkCognition has been up to big things since winning at 2018 A-List:
In April 2018, SparkCognition opened a regional headquarters in Dubai, UAE, which has expressed a goal for becoming a leading hub for technology in the field of artificial intelligence. We also announced partnerships and engagements with prominent organizations such as Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Google Cloud, Global HITSS, and Aker BP. In November 2018, SparkCognition launched a joint venture with Boeing called SkyGrid, which is using artificial intelligence and blockchain to power an aerial operating system that will ensure safe and secure integration of autonomous air vehicles. In addition to these achievements, we released v2.0 of DeepArmor, which expands our cybersecurity solution’s capabilities significantly, we hosted our second annual AI and future tech conference, Time Machine, and we’ve launched a digital presence for our AI thought leadership publication, Cognitive Times. SparkCognition press also released a book, “Hyperwar: Conflict and Competition in the AI Century”, which is a collection of essays written by leaders in defense and emerging technology to address the current and future role of artificial intelligence in warfare.
Know an awesome candidate for 2019 Austin A-List Awards? Help us discover and promote the very best Austin has to offer. Nominate here.
Greater Austin Chamber
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin region works. We serve as the voice of business for our member organizations and their employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.