Chattanooga, Tennessee. (October 21, 2017) – Pass It Down won the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Innovation Award on Friday.
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Spirit of Innovation Award to recognize Chattanooga’s most innovative companies created in the past five years. The companies considered for the award have each generated $50,000 or more in revenues but are still in their growing phases and are selected by a judges panel based upon the success or potential success of their innovative business idea.
Pass It Down, co-working space Society of Work and the Tomorrow Building were the three finalists selected for this year’s Spirit of Innovation Award. Leslie Miley, a Silicon Valley native who has worked in engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple and Google, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Miley works with Venture for America to enable Silicon Valley tech professionals to spend a year in cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans or Philadelphia, working with venture capitalists and innovation centers or districts on growing their tech communities.
Chris Cummings, the company’s 30-year-old founder and chief executive, said at an awards luncheon that he sees “huge opportunities” moving ahead. Cummings announced Pass It Down is expanding into building history platforms for cities starting with the Chattanooga Memory Project.
“What if you could take an entire cities history, it’s stories, what makes that city unique, and digitize it and make it available to the entire community from your phone a tablet or a computer.” The Chattanooga Memory Project will go live in February 2018.