Pittsburgh Technical Council

Solution Provider of the Year, Innovative Technology

Solution Provider of the Year, Innovative Technology

2017 Tech 50 Finalists
Solution Provider of the Year: Innovative Technology


412 Food Rescue - 412 Food Rescue’s mission is to prevent perfectly viable food from entering the waste stream. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing surplus food about to go to waste and redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. In November 2016, 412 Food Rescue launched FoodRescueX, a technology platform that includes the app "Food Rescue Hero"—one of the largest transport mobilization networks in the US. 412 Food Rescue works with over 275 food retail locations redirecting food surplus, eliminating waste, impacting hunger and the environment. 412 Food Rescue’s partners include Giant Eagle, Gordon Foodservice, Paragon Foods, Uber and UPMC.


ANSYS, Inc. - ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. They help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, they help them solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by the imagination.  Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs almost 3,000 professionals, including more than 700 PhDs in engineering fields such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics, embedded software and systems simulation. Headquartered in Canonsburg, PA, ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales and development locations throughout the world.  


Cybergenetics - Cybergenetics is a Pittsburgh-based bioinformation company. Its flagship TrueAllele® technology interprets DNA data from crime scene evidence. Their technology is used worldwide as the sole objective solution to previously unsolvable DNA mixtures. In nearly 500 cases, Cybergenetics has provided forensic support for crime labs, police, and attorneys. In a 2009 conviction, TrueAllele identified a murderer through his victim’s fingernails. In a 2016 exoneration, TrueAllele helped free an innocent man after twenty-four years in prison. Around the globe, communities become safer and more just with Cybergenetics scientific computers.


GrayMatter - Industry leaders say the past decade was the rise of the “consumer internet” and the next decade is the rise of the “industrial internet” where physical manufacturing operations will be linked to data and analytics tools in the digital world and machine learning really takes off.  GrayMatter is at the heart of this rising trend – they use consulting and technology to track valuable information from critical assets --transforming industrial companies into software and analytics companies. They help some of the biggest companies in the world like Procter and Gamble, GE, Smuckers and Anadarko harness their industrial data to work smarter. It’s their unique blend of consulting, technology implementation, and their own IP that makes their work with every company stand out.


JazzHR - JazzHR is a powerful, user-friendly recruiting software that is purpose-built to help growing SMBs exceed their recruiting goals. JazzHR's groundbreaking software replaces time-consuming, manual hiring processes with intuitive hiring tools that help recruiters and hiring managers build an effective recruiting process that results in great hires.  With most SMBs still using spreadsheets and email to manage recruiting, this enterprise-grade platform replaces antiquated hiring processes and enables companies to build an efficient, data-driven recruiting process. The ATS streamlines communication among hiring teams and improves candidate experience by automating responses and providing timely updates for candidates.


LUMA Institute - LUMA empowers people to innovate by transforming the way they work.  Leading organizations around the globe rely on the LUMA System of Innovation — a practical, flexible and scalable system of Human-Centered Design. The company offers acclaimed in-person training, custom innovation programs, and a unique digital platform (LUMAworkplace.com), used by innovators in 50 countries around the world.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, LUMA fields a global team of 100+ certified instructors who serve business, government, education and nonprofit organizations worldwide. LUMA’s vision is simple — to be a catalyst that empowers people to innovate, everywhere, so they can make things better.


Savvior - Savvior is a specialized, tactical technical 'SWAT team' of application engineers who engage users, connect to data, and accelerate business goals through the design and development of proprietary frameworks, custom web and mobile applications and creation of, and integration to, enterprise management systems. Savvior leverages technologies to provide bridges between business units, turn data into decisions, solve business challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Enterprise-level global multinational industry-leaders, mid-size businesses and emerging-market startups engage, connect and accelerate, through their products, frameworks, services and experience. Savvior provides tactical solutions to specific business problems, often overlooked by traditional packaged software.


Truefit - Truefit helps their clients create new software products that people love. Their practical approach integrates human-centered design, agile methodologies, and lean business principles to minimize the risks inherent in new product development. Their skilled teams provide the research, design, and software engineering expertise to define winning product strategies, acquire deep understanding of users, and craft elegant product solutions.  They serve global enterprise leaders and emerging startups alike, helping them bring innovations to the market quickly and confidently.

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