DALLAS--(Award recipient was Steven W. White, leader of a visual content security company that was the first to introduce technology designed to protect children from illicit and inappropriate content shared online and via text message.)--The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade association in Texas, announced the winners of its 12th annual Tech Titans Awards. Recognized as Tech Titans’ Emerging Company CEO
“Our technology will give kids the opportunity to re-think their actions before hitting send on an inappropriate text or Facebook message. We feel that we are the safety belt for mobile phones, helping kids make better decisions that could impact their education, jobs and reputation down the line.”
“When kids share sexually explicit images with their friends through Facebook or mobile text messages, many don’t realize that once it’s shared, you can’t take it back,” said Steven W. White, president and CEO, ImageVision. “Our technology will give kids the opportunity to re-think their actions before hitting send on an inappropriate text or Facebook message. We feel that we are the safety belt for mobile phones, helping kids make better decisions that could impact their education, jobs and reputation down the line.”
As co-founder and CEO, White spearheads ImageVision’s online safety efforts through recognizing and blocking illicit content on the Web and mobile devices. With ImageVision’s unique visual-recognition software that recognizes and filters harmful visual content in millions of user-generated images per day, parents have the tools they need to keep their kids safe from the dangers of behaviors like sexting and cyberbullying. The software not only recognizes visual elements like sexually graphic pictures, it can recognize key words or phrases classified as sexually explicit content.
“Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative technology companies and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of the North Texas region,” said Charlie Vogt, president and chief executive officer of GENBAND and chair of the MTBC’s Tech Titans steering committee. “These pioneers are impacting tomorrow's technology today with their innovation, leadership and advocacy. Their groundbreaking advancements make a difference here and around the globe.”
White continues to make progressive strides to accomplish his company’s mission of clean mobile communication by eliminating sexting and cyberbullying. After recently securing Series B funding, ImageVision plans to continue taking the appropriate measures to ensure the moderation of explicit content and hopes to complete the company’s next big project of providing a product for mobile carriers to provide true “kid-safe” devices. The project is expected to launch in 2013.
The Tech Titans Award winners were revealed at the Tech Titans Award Gala at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, August 24. More information about the event is available at www.techtitans.org.
ImageVision is the leading pioneer in the content security industry with the first real-time platform to filter offensive graphic- and text-based content in user-generated and shared videos, images, URLs or messages. With ImageVision, social media companies, mobile device manufacturers and mobile operators can cost-effectively protect consumers, employees and advertisers from illicit content using this visual filtering technology. Learn more about ImageVision by visiting http://www.imagevision.com or join the conversation about clean content on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Tech Titans Awards
The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 by the Metroplex Technology Business Council, North Texas’ most comprehensive organization supporting technology. The prestigious annual contest recognizes outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. The Tech Titans committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who organize the awards ceremony each year, and judges for the contest are drawn from a variety of disciplines in technology, leaders in the DFW area and past winners. For more information, visit www.techtitans.org.
About The MTBC
The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. The MTBC strengthens the North Texas technology community and its reputation by acting as the innovation hub for entrepreneurs, universities and corporations. The MTBC continues to prove that 'Technology lives here' by growing future tech leaders with its talent and workforce development initiative, advocating technology's advancement in governmental arenas, and connecting people and inspiring ideas through its programs and special interest groups. More information about MTBC and its annual Tech Titans awards gala can be found online by visiting www.metroplextbc.org.