Passio Technologies Named One of the Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia
Passio Technologies was invited to attend a summit last week put on by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as one of the Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia. The TAG Summit, which took place on March 20th and 21st, is a forum for the most cutting-edge technology companies to come together and recognize the state of innovation in Georgia. The Summit is an annual event that engages more than 1400 executives, entrepreneurs, and academic leaders from around the world. These experts come together to discuss and develop ideas focusing on global trends in the tech community.
(Barry Simpson, SVP and CIO of the Coca-Cola Company addressing the crowd)
This year the party was kicked off by SVP and CIO of The Coca-Cola Company, Barry Simpson, who spoke to the crowd about the importance of being relevant in the digital world. The evening also included presentations from the Top 10 Innovative Companies and people’s choice voting. Passio was lucky to have the company of several wonderful customers including: Sherry Davidson, Glenn Kurtz, and David Crites of Georgia Tech, Aaron Fowler of Kennesaw State University, Drew Hawkins of Creative Bus Sales, and Keith Moody of Clemson Area Transit.
(from left to right: Aaron Fowler, Transportation Director at Kennesaw State University, Sherry Davidson, Senior Director of Parking and Transportation Services at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Mitch Skyer, President of Passio Technologies)
The Summit opened at 7:30 AM on the 21st with a showcase and breakfast. All companies that were a part of the Top 40 had showcase tables and were able to learn more about one another’s products and services. Many connections were made and Passio received lots of attention for their interactive software platform that they showcased.
(Passio’s table at the TAG Summit)
A brilliant workshop-style keynote was presented by Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, and Author, who spoke to Summit attendee’s about networking, misconceptions, and how, “Georgia is where innovation happens.” Crowd members were asked to brainstorm in groups about various topics surrounding the subject of technology. The major takeaway was that we are living in a ground-breaking city, steeped in innovation and Atlanta is on its way to becoming a fully-integrated smart city. The future is now.
In the afternoon, Jack Perkowski of Green4U Technologies, gave a presentation entitled, “Why Electric Vehicles Will Discrupt the $2 Trillion Global Auto Industry”, where he spoke to guests about his prediction that the auto industry will shift to purely electric vehicles within a decade. Following his presentation, Passio President Mitch Skyer, participated in a panel called “How the EV Trend is Impacting Business” with Jack Perkowski and Isaac Wittenstein of TEQ Charging, moderated by John Yates. The discussion centered around the emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles and how these technologies will impact the world. Mitch spoke specifically about the factors that drive decisions to use transit and the future of operations and the customer experience when AI is controlling our transit.
(from left to right: Mitch Skyer, President of Passio Technologies, Isaac Wittenstein, Co-Founder and CEO of TEQ Charging Inc., and Jack Perkoswki, CEO and Founder of Green4U Technologies)
Governor Nathan Deal and Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President of Georgia Institute of Technology also spoke to the group in the late afternoon and Alanna Cotton, GP and GM Mobile Computing and Wearables of Samsung Electronics America, closed out the evening with her speech about open and intelligent IoT experiences.
(from left to right: Scott Reiser, Co-Founder and CTO of Passio Technologies, Mitch Skyer, President of Passio Technologies, and Mark Smithson, Vice-Consul for the British Consulate General, Atlanta)
Passio is honored to be recognized as one of the Top Innovative Companies in Georgia, and is looking forward to continuing to lead the way in transit technology. Atlanta is proving to be the place to do it.
For more information on the companies mentioned above, please follow them on Twitter:Kennesaw State University: https://twitter.com/kennesawstateGeorgia Institute of Technology: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaTechGreen4U Technologies: https://twitter.com/Green4UTechTEQ Charging Inc.: https://twitter.com/TEQCharging