Hall of Fame
The Idaho Technology Council’s (ITC) annual Hall of Fame gala honors outstanding innovators who have set a high standard for thinkers and achievers not just in Idaho, but throughout the world. Hall of Fame inductees are made up of Idaho professionals who have made an impact in fostering technology, innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide. The innovations of Idaho products, companies, and professionals have transformed the lives of millions across the world. Recognize our state’s accomplishments by attending the Hall of Fame featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards—the state’s only innovation awards program created to support Idaho innovators, encourage future growth, and create awareness of Idaho success stories.
2014 Hall of Fame
At this year’s event, we inducted Don Kemper, founder and CEO of Healthwise, and Steve Meyer, North Idaho entrepreneur into the ITC Hall of Fame.
2013 Hall of Fame
At this year’s event, we inducted e-commerce innovator Tim Barber and telecommunications pioneer and humanitarian Gregory Carr.
Tim Barber’s legacy of innovation has impacted the entire world. A prolific inventor, Barber is responsible for dozens of pending or issued patents. Barber’s main legacy is his invention of device fingerprinting and electronic commerce technologies. In 1997, Barber recognized how the evolution of the Internet would create an explosion of websites, digital content, and electronic commerce. He realized that although the Internet would create worldwide opportunities, concern about lack of trust and potential for online fraud would hold back the growth of e-commerce. To address these challenges, a year later, Barber and his co-founders, Eileen Barber and Geoff Hoyl, founded ClickBank in the Barber’s garage in San Diego, California. In 1999, based on the encouragement of Bayless Manning, a board member and former dean of the Stanford Law School, the founders moved Keynetics to Boise, Idaho. Keynetics is now the leading privately held technology company in Idaho and is currently 12 on Idaho’s Private 75.
Gregory Carr recognized that emerging trends in the telecommunication services sector created a vast opportunity. In 1986, Carr partnered with Scott Jones, a MIT lab scientist, to found Boston Technology, which sold voice mail technology to telephone companies. After only four years, Boston Technology became the country’s most prominent voice-mail provider to telephone companies. Carr acted as CEO of the company until it merged with Comverse Technology in 1998. In 1996, Carr and his partners purchased Prodigy, an early global Internet service provider, from IBM. By the late 1990’s, Carr had a personal net worth of about $200 million and had decided to transition from entrepreneurship to full-time philanthropy. In 1998, Carr co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.
2012 Hall of Fame
At our third Hall of Fame, we inducted Dr. Forrest Bird, who saved millions of lives through his creation of the first highly reliable, low-cost, mass-produced respirator in the world. We also inducted software visionary Bob Lokken, whose breakthroughs in analytics resulted in millions of dollars in cost savings from businesses around the world.
2011 Hall of Fame
At our second Hall of Fame, we inducted serial entrepreneur Steve Hodges, who within 15 years, founded three Boise-based companies that were sold at a net value of about $75 million. Global engineering mega-project boss Jack Lemley was also inducted. Lemley managed some of the world’s most complex engineering challenges, most notably, creating a high-speed rail link between London and Paris through a tunnel under the English Channel.
2010 Hall of Fame
At the first Hall of Fame, the ITC recognized former Hewlett-Packard senior executives Dick Hackborn and Ray Smelek, whose careers laid the foundation for the Idaho high technology economy that today drives export business to every continent.