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 2 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. In the weeks leading up to the competition, Capital Business is showcasing 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 NW headquarters.

This week focuses on the government category.  You can cast your ballot at the bottom of this page any time between Monday, March 10 at 12:00 a.m. and Friday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Last week, competitors in the commerce category vied for positions in the next round of competition.  The four top vote-getters were RealNetworks, with 26 percent of the vote; followed by Homesnap, Nxtbook Media and ICF International. You can check out that earlier round of competition here or check out our first week of competition here.

And come back next week, when we’ll have the final set of companies and pitches for you to vote on.

Contour from Decisive Analytics

Decisive Analytics is an Arlington-based organization that provides analytical products and services to government and commercial clients. Its technology enables clients to efficiently process massive quantities of data.

Read Decisive Analytics’s description of its offerings here.

Cloud Ecosystem Hub from Infosys Public Services

Infosys Public Services is a Rockville-based consulting and IT services company. Cloud Ecosystem Hub is meant to help government agencies build and manage a hybrid cloud environment.

Read Infosys’s description of Cloud Ecosystem Hub here.

OpenPolicy from LMI

LMI is a government consulting firm based in McLean. Its OpenPolicy service lets users conduct complex searches of massive documents.

Read LMI’s description of OpenPolicy here.


Octant, a Sterling-based software company, provides a range of Web-based tools to help contracting companies navigate the procurement process and proposal management.

Read Octant’s description of its offerings here.

AppSymphony from Optensity

McLean-based Optensity is a software company.  AppSymphony is its self-service big data platform that allows users to quickly build applications that run in private and public clouds.

Read Optensity’s description of AppSymphony here.

cloudSM from Ostrato

Ostrato is a software company based in Sterling.  Its cloudSM platform helps organizations manage a hybrid cloud environment, in which that enterprise is using a mix of public and private clouds.

Read Ostrato’s description of cloudSM here.

CLM for Risk from Sonatype

Sonatype is a Fulton-based firm that helps companies manage and organize their software development processes.  CLM for Risk provides a way for Sonatype customers to monitor and assess in real time the risks of various software components.

Read Sonatype’s description of CLM for Risk here.

Forward! from Unisys

Unisys is an IT company headquartered in Blue Bell, Pa.  Forward! is its solution to assist businesses that are migrating their systems to run on the latest version of Linux.

Read Unisys’s description of Forward! here.

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