Packback Books and Shiftgig are Chicago Innovation Awards Winners!

The Chicago Innovation Awards were announced on October 30, 2014 with honors going to ten startups named as "up-and-comers" for promising new products or services.  Winners of up-and-comer awards are:

Packback, which offers on-demand, one-day digital textbook rentals.

TempoIQ, a real-time analytics platform for Internet-connected sensors.

Options Away, which allows fliers to by options to lock in airfares.

LuminAID, an inflatable, solar-powered lantern ideal for disaster relief efforts.

640 Labs, a big data platform to enable farmers to gather and use info from their field equipment.

Shiftgig, a social media platform for employees and employers in the service industry.

Rippleshot, which detects bank card data breaches.

Pangea, a global money-transfer platform.

Kentech's eKnowID, a personal background checking technology for job seekers.

ThinkCerca, which makes classroom software to teach reading and critical thinking.

Caremerge, whose technology is used to help coordinate nursing home care, received the Social Innovator award.