METAseismic, a UCI Applied Innovation Wayfinder startup company, received the 2018 Timmy Award for ‘Best Tech Startup of the Year’ in Orange County during the Fourth Annual Timmy Awards ceremony at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club.
METAseismic was chosen by a panel of expert judges and votes from the community and now joins the ranks of innovators, such as Venmo and ShopRunner, which have also previously claimed a Timmy Award.
“Winning this award was a big honor because we were competing with companies that bring a lot of innovation to the community,” said Noemi Bonessio, founder of METAseismic. “I’m very thankful to everyone: UCI Applied Innovation and the National Science Foundation that provided us with support for this research.”
METAseismic’s technology is based on cost-effective materials specifically designed to protect buildings and valuable objects from earthquakes. Bonessio pursued her company and the research behind her technology after watching her home country of Italy experience catastrophic earthquakes.
“This technology dissipates 90 percent of an earthquake’s destructive energy,” said Bonessio. “Unlike other natural disasters, there is no way to predict an earthquake. It could happen at any time and the only way to protect ourselves and our building structures is through new technology.”
Created and presented by Tech in Motion, an international event series whose mission is to bring local tech communities together, The Timmy Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes some of the top companies for tech professionals to work in major metropolitan areas, including Orange County.
“We are ecstatic to announce METAseismic as OC’s Best Tech Startup at the 2018 Timmy Awards,” said Mandy Walker, director of marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “The startup scene in Orange County is shaking up, and METAseismic has managed to stand out beyond the pack. Their ongoing innovation and successes have been exciting to witness.”
Find out more information about METAseismic here.