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Statewide Event Features 2013 Idaho Innovation Awards Presented by Stoel Rives and Kickstand

BOISE, Idaho -- Digital visionary Tim Barber, and global philanthropist Greg Carr have been selected by consensus as the 2013 inductees into the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame. Boise-based Barber and Idaho Falls-raised Carr will join technology innovators from across Idaho for the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame Celebration Featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards Presented by Stoel Rives and Kickstand.

The celebration will take place October 23rd at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

The induction of Barber and Carr will be the centerpiece of a special event in its fourth year that annually attracts more than 600 tech pros.

The Idaho Innovation Awards, Idaho’s premier innovation awards program, recognizes innovative professionals, companies and products. The program is now in its eighth year. As many as three finalists will be honored in each of the program’s four categories: Commercialized Innovation of the Year; Early-Stage Innovation of the Year; Innovative Company of the Year; and Innovator of the Year. One finalist in each category will be named a winner.

The induction of Barber and Carr will include video productions featuring the perspectives of global leaders from across the technology industry and a keynote address by author and former Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft senior executive Richard Belluzzo.

“Tim Barber’s legacy of innovation is well established and has made a significant impact in Idaho and throughout the world,” said Jay Larsen, founder and president of the Idaho Technology Council. “In Greg Carr, tech professionals in Idaho recognize the early grasp of the swift and dynamic transitions of technology and the focused entrepreneurialism that helped to create a powerhouse in telecommunications.”

”These distinguished business and community leaders serve as pathfinders to the next generation of technology professionals to drive innovations that continue to grow the Idaho economy,” Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said.

Members of the public and ITC members can reserve tables/sponsorships for the event by contacting Pamela Prather at

Barber earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy and physics from the University of Virginia, and went on to obtain his Ph.D in Mathematics from Princeton University. While completing his doctorate, Barber spent seven years as part of an elite federal research group selected to solve some of the most difficult computational problems facing U.S. national security.

In 1998, Barber co-founded Keynetics Inc with Eileen Barber and Geoff Hoyl. They moved the company to Boise based on the encouragement of board member and former dean of the Stanford Law School, Bayless Manning. Keynetics has grown to be the largest privately held technology company in Idaho. Tim is a prolific inventor and has spurred the growth of the companies through innovation. He is responsible for dozens of pending or issued patents.

Tim's patents have led to the founding of four Idaho technology companies: Kount, an industry leading fraud-prevention company serving the world's largest payment processors and retailers; ClickBank, an e-commerce platform for internet infopreneurs, facilitating over 25,000 sales every day in over 200 countries; 2AI Labs, a research collaboration with Dr. Mark Changizi, focusing on the nature of intelligence in humans, and machines; and O2Amp, an optics company providing lenses that dramatically enhance your natural ability to see health-related color changes.

At a young age Greg Carr became excited about “the idea that every person on Earth should have basic human rights.” The youngest of seven children, Carr spent his undergraduate years at the Utah State University, graduating as valedictorian of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Next, while enrolled in the master’s program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Carr realized that there was vast opportunity in the telecommunication services sector.

In the spring of 1986 he founded his first company, Boston Technology, with partner Scott Jones, an MIT lab scientist. After four short years the company became the nation’s number one voice-mail provider to telephone companies.

By the end of the 1990’s Carr moved away from the daily activities of the organization and served as its chairman. He ended the decade with a personal net worth of nearly $200 million. “I had the idea at 25 that if I made a lot of money,” Carr said, “then I could do whatever I wanted.”

When he turned 40 he decided to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy. In 1998 Carr co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and in 2000 he co-founded the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls--a cultural and natural history museum. He also donated $1 million to help develop the Idaho Human Rights Education Center in Coeur d'Alene and the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise.”

In January 2008, Carr signed an agreement with the Government of Mozambique for 20 years to restore and manage that country's flagship national park: Gorongosa. Gorongosa Park, similar in size to Yellowstone, had suffered during Mozambique's long civil war. Carr and his management team, which includes a majority of Mozambicans, have trained a new ranger force, reintroduced species such as buffalo and wildebeest, created a biodiversity research center, re-established a tourism business to create local employment, and they have built schools and health clinics for the communities adjacent to the Park.

“I became enthused with the idea of restoring Gorongosa", Carr says, "because this ecosystem not only preserves critical biodiversity, but also the Park creates jobs in conservation, forestry, and tourism and provides opportunities to young Mozambicans to become biologists." He spends up to one-half of his time in Africa each year.