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The biggest wins create an industry’s history. Yet the community that sets the stage for those milestone moments happen because of the people who are doing the work to start and grow.
To close out Baltimore Innovation Week’s Dev Day on Wednesday,Technical.ly celebrated the folks who are building in Baltimore — whether it’s companies, partnerships or a new autonomous system that can deliver a human organ via drone.
With nominees and the community gathered during happy hour, the Technical.ly Awards were presented in six categories across people, companies and innovation.
It was the culmination of a nomination and online vote to highlight the best in new thinking. And we also gave formal recognition of the honorees for the first-ever RealLIST Engineers, which makes up the most influential software developers and technical leaders in the community.
Here are Baltimore’s winners of the 2019 Technical.ly Awards:
INVENTION OF THE YEAR: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE’S KIDNEY DELIVERY BY DRONE
The April 19 flight of a human kidney over Baltimore via unmanned aerial vehicle to University of Maryland Medical Center, where it was successfully transplanted into a patient. The partnership behind the flight included a collaboration between Dr. Joseph Scalea of University of Maryland School of Medicine and UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, surgeons and researchers at UMMC, the Living Legacy Foundation and AiRXOS.
Scalea, the University of Maryland Medical Center surgeon who led the team, accepted the award.
“My mission in life is to save other lives,” he said.