The Polis Center at IUPUI is a nominee in the TechPoint Mira Community Impact category, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the advancement of Indiana’s tech community. The Mira Awards are the state’s largest, best known, and most prestigious technology awards.
In 2021, The Polis Center launched the State of Aging portal. Supported by the Central Indiana Senior Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Polis publishes continuously updated data and stories about the quality of life of older adults in our community. The State of Aging portal impacts the Indianapolis community by providing philanthropic and non-profit organizations with needed information for high-leverage or emerging problems faced by older adults, who currently compose the fastest growing segment of the Central Indiana population.
Organizations that serve older adults use the information to guide funding and decision-making. The project advances equity, highlighting issues across 11 topics and focusing on disaggregated data by race, gender, and age whenever possible. The State of Aging project advances technology in Indiana by expanding community capacity to use dynamic dashboards and Dusing advanced statistics to develop new insights about Central Indiana older adults.
A compete list of the nominees competing for the state’s top technology honors in the 2022 Mira Awards is available here. The nominees include individuals, community organizations, investors, educators, entrepreneurs, and tech employers with remarkable achievements in the prior year. In aggregate, the 76 company nominees that provided data, employ more than 52,000 people in the state of Indiana and represent nearly $23 billion in annual revenue (excluding Salesforce).
Also represented are newly launched startups and fast-growing scale-ups with tech solutions targeting industries ranging from healthcare, transportation and logistics, security and law enforcement, business intelligence and operations, construction, agriculture, education, and human resources.
“The Mira Awards gala is not only the biggest tech event in the state, it’s also the barometer of Indiana’s tech industry growth, strength and dynamism,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “The robustness of this year’s class of nominees bodes well for our tech community’s future, and we’re excited to finally, hopefully, celebrate together in person after two years of remote galas during the pandemic.”
Nominees were selected by 52 independent judges who evaluated and ranked the applications. In early March, nominees will present their cases and be interviewed by judging panels, after which the judges will deliberate and select the winners. Judges include company founders, CEOs and presidents, CTOs, CIOs and other community leaders and subject matter experts.
In addition to the 12 adjudicated categories, two special industry recognition awards—the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and the TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award—are selected by the TechPoint and TechPoint Foundation for Youth boards of directors. Both awards are announced prior to the Mira Awards gala in April.
TechPoint is the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on attracting talent, accelerating scale-up companies, activating the community, and amplifying stories of success. For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.