The Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) announced the winners of the 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards at the event gala last evening. The gala was hosted by journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief Chip Walter and featured more than 40 of the year’s most inventive art and technology projects.
New to the event this year was an interactive element that allowed the public to vote and determine the winners. This year’s winners included:
- i-CON: Apps & Information Architecture Award – Highmark + United Concordia: Chomper Chums
- Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology Award – The Center for Creativity: TransformED
- Maker: Design & Art Award – Teletrix: Radiation Training Simulators
- Media Arts: Interactive + Multimedia Award – Fireman Creative: Ricky’s Dream Trip
- Joystick: Gaming Award – Schell Games + Yale University: PlayForward
- Student Award – Carnegie Mellon University: Floria
- People’s Choice Award – WQED Multimedia + SLB Radio Productions: iQ Kids Radio
The event also included an interactive exhibition party after the awards ceremony, where guests were able to interact with the innovative entries and creators. Guests also participated in a raffle of two pieces of art by Sandy Kessler Kaminski, the Art + Tech artist who created the DATA awards artwork for a number of years.
“This year’s event was definitely one of the best we’ve had so far,” said Audrey Russo, President and CEO of the PTC. “From the high level of innovation among Pittsburgh’s tech mavericks, to the new interactive public voting process, it was a bigger, better DATA Awards.”