The competition started May 23 and lasted four weeks, with companies in each category facing off in an online voting competition. A panel of judges selected by NVTC used the vote totals as just one factor in picking winners for each category.
In the end, none of the weekly vote winners ended up winning an award. Zoomdata, for instance, won the data and analytics award despite finishing dead last in week two voting.
In addition to the innovation awards, Canvas won for its company culture and Avizia won the hottest start-up award. Fairfax education technology company Ellucian, which sold to a private equity firm for $3.5 billion last year, won the hottest exit award.