Oct. 11, 2011 TechAmerica David Packard Awards

On Tuesday October 11, 2011 in Menlo Park at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, TechAmerica held the 53rd Annual David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Awards. The master of ceremonies was Hank Steininger of Grant Thornton. Daniel Varroney of TechAmerica welcomed the crowd.

Marc Benioff of Salesforce told some humorous anecdotes about this year’s winner of the David Packard MOA Award, Ray Lane of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Chairman of the Board of Hewlett Packard. Lane talked about the values of hard work and directness he learned from his father while growing up in West Virginia. Afterward, Mike Holston, HP’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel presented him with a special engraved laptop.

Dennis Stolkey of HP Services presented a series of Innovator Awards. Sharon Vosmek of Astia was honored as Community Service Innovator. Mark Pincus of Zynga was honored as Innovator Entrepreneur of the Year. Sandeep Vij of MIPS was honored as Wellness Innovator of the Year. Ron Papas of Informatica won for Cloud Computing. James Christiansen of Evantix won for Cybersecurity. Doug Smith of Oceus won  for Government Services. Wael Diab of Broadcom won for Green Tech/Smart Grid. Laurie McGraw of Allscripts won for Health and Medical Technologies. Jim Denenny of Concurrent won Mobile Services. Alex Yoder of Webtrends for Social Media and was accepted by Hope Frank on his behalf. Terry Mullin of ViridiSTOR won for Software.

In closing, Cisco CEO John Chambers talked about his faith in Silicon Valley and HP CEO Meg Whitman remaking HP. Chambers then made a champagne toast. At that moment I was sitting next to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and he clinked his glass to my telephoto lens. It was very funny moment.

I’m still working on the hundreds of photos I took, but here a are few for now. Henrik Fiskar brought the Karma electric sports car and Tim Shriver was there talking about the Special Olympics.

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