The Misties Awards for the ‘Top 20 Individual Leaders in Intelligent and Connected Devices’ are for contemporary inventors, hackers, engineers, product designers, and business leaders who are bringing great technological advances to the world.

2023 Misties Winners

Raj Seelam

Raj Seelam is an entrepreneur who has created the world’s only commercially available low-cost air quality monitor with AI/ML capabilities, helping to improve air quality and reduce global air pollution costs.

Lindsey Sunden

Lindsey Sunden led hardware development at Bump, Fitbit, and Google’s Consumer Health Research Team, and has contributed to better global health metrics monitoring for well-being.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill is an entrepreneur who has developed 3 major bioacoustic sensors and commercialized AudioMoth, which has been deployed worldwide to study biodiversity and the climate’s impact on wildlife.

Doug Schouten

Doug Schouten is a driving force behind the commercial application of the subsurface geophysics technique muon tomography, leveraging cosmic rays from space to see beneath the Earth’s surface.

Limor Fried

Limor Fried is the founder of Adafruit, who sells hundreds of products to enable electronics development and exploration, and the first female engineer to grace the cover of Make Magazine.

Nader Elm

Nader Elm has championed the world’s most advanced autonomous aerial scanning system and the world’s most rapid mobile geospatial reality capture system.

Vincent Clerc

Vincent Clerc is a disruptor in the field of robotics, having created the mass-produced humanoid robots Pepper and Nao, with over 150,000 units deployed in real-world applications.

Aurora Andújar

Aurora Andújar is an award-winning innovator who has commercialized her Virtual Antenna technology, revolutionizing the way smart devices are designed and productized.

Daniel Myers

Dan Myers is working towards advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through intelligent HVAC control solutions and providing an on-ramp to electrification nationwide.

Jordan Ruderman

Jordan Ruderman is an experienced test engineer with a long history of developing world-class products, and is currently leading embedded systems for the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

Dean Priebe

Dean Priebe is an intralogistics champion who is helping to power the future of commerce with automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution environments.

Gianluca Redolfi

Gianluca Redolfi is breaking ground by merging cellular terrestrial telecom and satellite connectivity, providing cost-effective technology to enable massive IoT in remote areas.

Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart has commercialized data products in various industries, and is dedicated to developing sustainable practices for responsible production.

Ian Stadler

Ian Stadler is an experienced SoC developer who works for the AgTech company Semios, building intelligent and connected devices that help sustainably manage pests and water.

Brian Shumaker

Brian Shumaker is the founder of beadedstream inc., a hardware-enabled software company. Their mission is to enable anyone to collect environmental data anywhere on the planet. They make infrastructure climate-aware.

Ibrahim Elchami

Ibrahim El-chami is a principal at Mostar Ventures, a defence and security operational VC firm in BC, and a researcher at UBC building IoT and AI solutions as a part of the UBC-Rogers 5G campus initiative that has included projects related to installing sensors on trees to study tree health.

Matt Mickelson

Matt Mickelson has played a crucial role in many game-changing products, such as the original Microsoft Surface, and has partnered with M-Kopa Solar in Kenya to help further the goal of affordable and clean energy.

Dean Kawaguchi

Dean Kawaguchi has made groundbreaking contributions to WiFi, RFID, as well as improving food quality, availability and reducing overall food waste.

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Dr. Suzanne Gildert is a trail-blazer in the field of AI-enabled robotics, having designed and commercially deployed one of the world’s first humanoid general-purpose robots.

Brett Byer

Brett Byer is an experienced IoT engineer who creates robust solutions that bridge the gap between data and actionable insights, empowering users in even the most remote or unreliable areas.

2023 Design for Good Award

Greg Stewart

Founder & CEO of Geco Engineering

The Design for Good Award recognizes one of the Top 20 Winners who embodies the environmental and social goals that parallel Nordic Semiconductor’s values. This year we honour Greg Stewart for his long term work in Smart Agriculture that is helping advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

2023 Misties Judges

Athena Demos

Cofounder of Big Rock Creative

Senior PM, AI at Labelbox

VP of Strategy & Business Development at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

​​​​Digital Hardware Design Engineer at Extron Electronics

Sherry Huss

Head of Community at Freeman

Editorial Director AI & IoT at Informa Tech

General Partner at SOSV

Director of Co-Innovation at Microsoft

Derek Disanjh

Director Product Engineering at FORM

Senior Engineering Officer at Royal Canadian Navy

Strategic Partner Manager at X

Janet S Lieberman-Lu

Director of Co-Innovation at Microsoft

Naomi Hamels

Global Director at Altium

Adam-Russek Sobol

Founder & CEO CareBand

Founder & Director of Prospect Control

Jossie Haines

CEO & Founder of Jossie Haines Consulting

Erik Walenza


Jeanette Numbers

Founder and CEO of Nova

CTO at Industrio AI

Avi Rosenthal

Partner at bluesalve partners

Alex Gudilko

CEO at AJProTech Product Development

Greg Allen

Partner at Chrysalix Venture Capital

Bram Greenen

CEO at Wevolver

Richard Marks

Director and Technical Project Lead at Google

Thomas Soederholm

VP Business Development at Nordic Semiconductor

Nima Mohsen Sarrafi

Software Developer Engineer at Lab126

Gordon Deans

Founder & Director of Aurora Solar Technologies

Terry Arbaugh

VP of Sales & Marketing at SEACOMP

Oleha Riden

Cofounder & Creative Director of Stealth Creative Agency

Jake Blair

Director of BD at Thistle Technologies

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