Last week, winners of GeekWire’s fourth annual Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards were announced. Seattle has a vibrant startup community, and this is a very popular event within that community. I attended the awards ceremony, and it was amazCraig Eisler, General Manager of Kinect for Windows accepting the GeekWire Seattle 2.0 StartUp Award for "Innovation of the Year"ing to see how much energy and excitement was in the room – and the EMP (Experience Music Project) where the event was held was packed.

There were entrepreneurs of all types and levels of experience (I even ran into Ray Ozzie!), venture capitalists, CEOs, and so much IQ and passion in one place it was a rush – the same rush I feel every Monday when I spend time at the Kinect Accelerator in Microsoft’s Westlake office.

We were thrilled when Kinect for Windows was named “Innovation of the Year” – not because we won (which is great!), but because it was the popular vote of the startup community. This is the same community that is continuing to deliver so many amazingly different ideas and products that have Kinect for Windows at the center. In so many ways, Kinect for Windows is “Innovation of the Year” because of the innovators who are using it: Thank you.

Learn more about all of the winners of the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards. And thanks to all of you who voted for Kinect for Windows!

Craig Eisler
General Manager, Kinect for Windows