The Utah Technology Council is Utah’s leading professional organization for over 5,000 high tech, life science and tech companies. Through various networking, instructional and networking events, UTC brings together tech companies and thought leaders from across the state and the country connecting members to facilitate everything from the sharing of peer advice to gaining access to funding. Each year UTC puts on its annual Hall of Fame Gala to honor individuals with Utah ties that have made significant contributions to tech innovation and leadership. This year was particularly special for HZO, because, as one of the premier sponsors, we had the opportunity to participate in the event itself, and welcome one of the most influential and important leaders in the tech industry; Apple CEO, Tim Cook.
In a question and answer session with Senator Orrin Hatch, Tim spoke on topics ranging from Apple’s culture to privacy rights and Swift Playgrounds, all of which carried a common theme; corporate responsibility. In almost everything he said, he noted Apple’s dedication to giving back and to meeting and exceeding every expectation. When asked about what makes Apples products so great, Mr. Cook responded simply, “all of our employees feel a deep responsibility to create the best products. Not just good products. The best products.
We feel the same way about our products, and we were very excited to showcase some of HZO’s technology throughout the event, including a 40” waterproof LED display, various Raspberry Pi’s running the UTC 25th Anniversary video, and we even distributed several centerpieces made up of Kobo eReaders submerged in vases displaying the Gala agenda. For some of the attendees, it was their first exposure to HZO’s technology – and even waterproofing technology in general – and all responses were extremely positive. The UTC Hall of Fame was a fantastic event topped off by some amazing insight from one of the world’s foremost technology experts. Cheers to the Utah Technology Council, the Sponsors, Volunteers and everyone else who helped make this event possible.