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EyeVerify up for numerous Silicon Prairie Awards


Next week, the Silicon Prairie Awards will dole out a host of accolades across a broad array of categories focused on startups in the Midwest, including technologist of the year startup of the year, innovation of the year and executive of the year. Mobile eye vein authentication specialist EyeVerify is represented is all of these categories

EyeVerify is a finalist for startup of the year as well as innovation of the year for its eyeprint technology. Riddhiman Das, a developer at EyeVerify and Reza Derakhshani, EyeVerify’s chief scientist are up for technologist of the year and the company’s CEO, Toby Rush, is a contender for executive of the year.

The awards, organized by the Silicon Prairie News aim to identify influential professionals in the technology space in the Midwest United States. The awards will take place August 29, 2013 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Technologist of the Year award is given to someone who has made a significant contribution toward the development of a startup’s product.

Riddhiman Das is a co-founder and technical counsel at Galleon Labs, and as well is a software developer at EyeVerify. He is also a graduate research assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Reza Derakhshani is EyeVerify’s chief scientist, and is also the original eyeprint inventor and patent holder.  He heads up the company’s R&D and specializes in mobile image processing, machine vision, biometric security and pattern recognition.

Derakhshani was also recently named a Privacy by Design ambassador.

This year, votes are counted online on the Silicon Prairie News website

Reported previously, EyeVerify closed its Series A financing round of $2.3 million in May of this year. Participants in the round included returning investors Think Big Ventures and Nebraska Angels, plus new investors including Mid America Angels.

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