Help us find greater Washington’s most innovative companies: Week 1.

Capital Business is teaming up with the Northern Virginia Technology Council to highlight local businesses with creative ideas.

As part of its annual Destination Innovation event,  NVTC has culled through applications to identify companies offering the next big thing. Sixteen companies will earn a spot at the April 2nd event to pitch their idea to local business leaders.  But to earn a chance to make their pitch, they’re first going to need to win your votes.

NVTC has divided 29 competitors into four categories: Social, commerce, government and security.  These companies have put together short video pitches for their offerings. Each week for the next four weeks, Capital Business is going to showcase the video pitches of all of the entrants in one of those categories.  Readers will then be asked to vote on which technology they think is the most innovative.  The four videos in each category that earn the largest shares of votes will be invited to present at Destination Innovation, which will be held at the Washington Post’s 15th Street Northwest headquarters.

We’ll kick off the voting with the social category.  You can cast your ballot at the bottom of this page any time between Monday, Feb. 24 at 12:00 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.  And come back next week, when we’ll have another roster of companies and pitches for you to vote on.

Kona from Deltek

Deltek is a Herndon-based software and information solutions company. Kona is the company’s cloud-based social collaboration platform.

Read Deltek’s full description of Kona Business here.

EasyGrouper from IT Cadre

IT Cadre is an Ashburn-based firm that specializes in software solutions. EasyGrouper is an app the company developed to help employees connect more efficiently in the “bring your own device” era. The company fully released the app in January after first developing it as an in-house tool to help its own staffers communicate.

Read IT Cadre’s full description of EasyGrouper here.

Infosys ReachOut from Infosys Public Services

Infosys Public Services is a Rockville-based consulting and IT services company focused on the health care sector. Its mobile and analytics platform, Infosys ReachOut, is meant to help nonprofits and governments in their efforts to help the homeless.  The app tracks things such as shelter occupancy levels and services provided to help support leaders and volunteers in combating homelessness.

Read Infosys’s full description of the app here.

Infosys SocialEdge from Infosys Public Services

Also developed by Rockville-based Infosys Public Services, SocialEdge aims to help health care organizations manage their social media presence to best communicate with patients and customers and to help build Web-based communities around a specific issue, such as a chronic illness.

Read Infosys’s full description of the app here.

LynxFit from Byte an Atom Research

Byte an Atom Research is an Alexandria-based company that focuses on software and hardware accessories for the health and fitness industries. Its software, LynxFit, is built to work on Google Glass and gives users an immersive workout experience that is meant to mimic the experience of working with a personal trainer.

Read Byte an Atom Research’s description of LynxFit here.

MyMilitaryLife from the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is an Alexandria-based organization that supports families of current, retired, wounded or fallen members of military. Its app, MyMilitaryLife, helps military families navigate resources to help them find and use resources as they navigate a move, a career shift or other situations.

Read the nonprofit’s full description of MyMilitaryLife here.

bugCamera from Pactica

Pactica is a design studio based in Silver Spring. Its bugCamera app is an adaptive learning platform that helps children take better photos.

Read Pactica’s full description of bugCamera here.

VetAdvisor from Three Wire Systems

Three Wire Systems, based in Falls Church, is an IT solutions and consulting firm. VetAdvisor is its platform for connecting veterans with coaches who can provide support to address emotional, financial or career problems that a veteran may face as he or she transitions to civilian life.

Read Three Wire Systems’s full description of the platform here.

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