McLean, VA – Novetta, a leader in advanced analytics, today announced and honored the winner of the 2015 1027 Innovation Challenge at The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Laura Drummer, Deputy Director of Analysis for “SocialBee: An Enhanced Social Network Analysis Tool Suite” on this significant achievement.
Novetta’s 1027Innovation Challenge provides a platform for employees to submit actionable proposals that solve diverse and complex customer challenges and innovate forward to stay ahead of the competition. The winner receives real research and development dollars in order to turn their idea into a reality, ultimately leaving a lasting legacy for the company at large. 2015 marks the third year that Novetta has hosted the 1027Innovation Challenge and Award ceremony. In 2014, Shawn Masters’ “Rich Media Indexing” proposal took the prize; and in 2013, Andrew Wilson won with “Combining Entity Extraction and Concept Detection for Enhanced Linking and Search Capabilities.”
“The 1027Innovation Challenge is a manifestation of everything Novetta stands for,” said Peter LaMontagne, CEO of Novetta. “No matter the level of scale or technical complexity of the idea, we want any Novetta employee to submit proposals they believe will be most impactful. We are dedicated to innovation that supports the mission of our customers. I am excited for this year’s winner, Laura Drummer, whose idea is both practical and founded in technical innovation.”
“The winner of the 2015 1027Innovation Challenge earns R&D funding and the full support of the company in order to see the proposal to fruition. This award is the culmination of a lot of effort,” said Shawn Masters, Senior Technical Director and 2015 challenge judge. “It was a tough selection process, but we know that our selection will ultimately have a great impact on our overall performance and capabilities for our customers.”
The winner was selected from the five finalists who presented their ideas to a panel of judges. This year’s finalists included:
- Laura Drummer, “SocialBee: An Enhanced Social Network Analysis Tool Suite”
- Joy Smith, “The Future of Analytics Insights”
- Bryan Finck, Andrew Harmon, “Cloud Based Commercial UAS Fleet Management PaaS”
- Ali Aslam, “Sensors as a Service”
- Henry Mlodozeniec, Dimitri Roberts, Jason Lester, “Social Safe: a Mobile Application for Social Network Security”
“I am honored to have been selected for this award,” said Drummer. “This project has energized me to think outside the box and has been a wonderful platform for creativity. With this funding, I plan to take SocialBee to the next level, utilizing topic modeling and word grouping techniques to ultimately provide greater digital-sentiment insights for our clients.”
Congratulations to all of our finalists, and especially our winner. View our video on Novetta’s 2015 1027 Innovation Challenge at: www.novetta.com/careers/#programs.
Headquartered in McLean, VA with over 750 employees across the US, Novetta has over two decades of experience solving problems of national significance through advanced analytics for government and commercial enterprises worldwide. Grounded in its work for national security clients, Novetta has pioneered disruptive technologies in four key areas of advanced analytics: data, cyber, open source/media and multi-int fusion. Novetta enables customers to find clarity from the complexity of ‘big data’ at the scale and speed needed to drive enterprise and mission success. Visit www.novetta.com for more information.
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