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Meet the 6 finalists for Technologist of the Year

As we get closer to the Silicon Prairie Awards on May 2, we still need your help to determine which individuals and companies will take home the trophies. We’re highlighting the finalists in each category so you can get to know the finalists a little bit better.

To vote, visit our Silicon Prairie Awards website hosted by Lincoln based Reviewr and browse through the finalists. Click on Read More to login and vote using the hearts. The more hearts, the more love you give the nominee! Score the finalists in each category between a 1-10. Please remember that you’re only able to vote once. Voting is open through March 21.

 

Geoff Arnold, lienwaivers.io

Great technologists not only build awesome software, but are also visionaries and leaders who aren’t afraid to take a leap into the unknown. Formerly VP, Technology for the predictive analytics startup Intent Media in NYC, Geoff built a robust career as a software developer with an emphasis on implementation. In Sioux City, Geoff leveraged his coding skills to solve real business problems. From one of these projects came lienwaivers.io, a fast-growing SaaS construction disbursements platform that launched beta in April 2016.
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Preston Badeer, RetailAware, Avert

Preston is a rare breed…. not just in terms of technical chops. He’s able to see the future and code accordingly. From June through the end of 2017, Preston went heads down on Avert. He took what was a medical prototype developed to detect concussions amongst athletes.
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Justin Handa, Bulu Box

Justin spends days (and lots of nights) ensuring that BuluBox.com and BuluMarketplace.com frontend and backend are running smoothly for both customers and brand partners. With his extensive knowledge of affiliate marketing he also contributes awesome ideas for subscriber acquisition. In just a year Justin has automated and improved the Bulu Box website, IT and warehouse operations, creating efficient and superior solutions for his teammates.
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Ben Kittrell, Doodlekit

For two decades Ben has worked with startups, universities, museums, large corporations and government agencies helping them turn ideas into software. In 2006, Ben co-founded Doodlekit (doodlekit.com), a website builder used by millions worldwide. Last year the company won the International Small Business of the Year award from the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. (startlandnews.com/2016/08/doodle-rough-ben-kittrells-growing-global-business/)
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Tony Noecker, Flywheel

Tony has grown the engineering team at Flywheel almost doubling the size year over year. One of the original founders of Flywheel, Tony has created processes and collaboration between Product and Engineering, and created teams within the Engineering chapter where engineers are dedicated to customer problems. He’s on a mission to inject more collaboration into the team and is always trying to continue the engineering process.
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Ben Sinclair, Flitebrite

Ben Sinclair has been a master at software development since the beginning of time on the Internet, but he had always wanted to tap into his interests in smart hardware and electronic engineering. FliteBrite’s beautiful balance between intuitive software and interactive hardware was a perfect fit! FliteBrite truly came to life when Sinclair blended his tech-savvy skills with the innovative mind of Ben McDougal and the manufacturing expertise of Ethan Davidson. Sinclair puts the “SMART” into the company’s tag line, Smart Flights. Thanks to his wizardly work in the workshop, FliteBrite is now serving the world’s first smart beer flights nationwide!
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