By Dylan Martin


Wayfair and Fuze were the top winners of the 2016 MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala Wednesday night at the Seaport World Trade Center. Other winners included Toast, Pwnie Express, Progress and Evergage CTO Greg Hinkle.

Wayfair won company of the year award, and Mike Festa, head of the Wayfair Next team that'sworking on virtual reality and artificial reality products, won emerging executive of the year. Fuze won emerging company of the year, following its win as the next pillar tech company at May's NEVY Awards, and it also won best use of cloud technology.

In addition to the company awards, MassTLC handed out Distinguished Leadership awards to those who have made "tangible contributions to their communities." The recipients were David Delmar, founder of Resilient Coders; Nigel Jacob, co-founder of the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; and Vicky Wu Davis, executive director and founder of Youth CITIES.

MassTLC also handed out its inaugural Mosaic Award in conjunction with the Black Tech Boston group in  to Anthony Williams, vice president of global talent acquisition and diversity at Akamai Technologies. The Mosaic Award "recognizes exemplary leadership in the development and creation of a more diverse high tech workforce in Massachusetts."

"Our history is one of solving big problems, changing lives and making anything possible," Tom Hopcroft, CEO of MassTLC, said in a statement. "It’s an honor to host a gala that once again brought together the most important players across the state’s tech, civic and business sectors to celebrate the accomplishments of so many, while looking ahead to what this community will accomplish in the days ahead.”

Here are all of this year's winners:

Individual Awards

CEO of the Year: Aron Ain, Kronos

CTO of the Year: Greg Hinkle, Evergage

Emerging Executive of the Year: Mike Festa, Wayfair

Company Awards

Best Use of Technology – Big Data: Progress Software

Best Use of Technology – Cloud: Fuze

Best Use of Technology – Internet of Things: Powerhouse Dynamics

Innovative Tech of the Year – Ed Tech: Cognii

Innovative Tech of the Year – Consumer Tech: Mini Mole

Innovative Tech of the Year – Fin Tech: Mineral Tree

Innovative Tech of the Year – Healthcare Tech: Wellist

Innovative Tech of the Year – Mobile: Toast

Innovative Tech of the Year – Sales & Marketing: Allego

Innovative Tech of the Year – Security: Pwnie Express

Innovative Tech of the Year – Robotics: Symbotic

Company of the Year: Wayfair

Emerging Company of the Year: Fuze


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