Local tech startup wins national competition, $10,000

12/12/2013 11:10 AM

12/12/2013 11:11 AM

Page-Out, a local startup that designed a mobile application for volunteer fire and EMS departments, was named the first-place winner in the Mobileys, a new national competition that recognizes early-stage wireless apps, services and products.

Mobile Future, a nonprofit created by a collection of technology and communication companies, announced Page-Out’s first-place win – and a $10,000 prize – on its website Thursday.

Page-Out co-founder Stephen Owens said in a telephone interview from Houston on Thursday that the awards ceremony was held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Mobile Future paid Owens’ travel and hotel expenses to attend the event, where he said he made a lot of connections in the tech industry.

“We saw Mobile Future was hosting the Mobiley awards and we thought, ‘You know what? It’s worth a shot (to submit Page-Out),’” Owens said. “Next thing you know we were in the top 10, then … they take me to Washington, D.C., and we win the whole thing.”

Page-Out is a patent-pending app that allows fire and EMS volunteers to record on a website, via smartphone, whether they are available to respond to an emergency. A recent update allows department leaders to track the locations of members who are responding to a call.

The company was founded by Owen, a captain in the Hesston fire department, and Carlos Fernandez, a local designer and programmer.

The product was launched in September, and Owens said his company has nearly 50 departments using it.

Owens said he hopes the exposure of the Mobileys will help raise the profile of his company’s product. He’s also planning to “put to good use” the winnings toward advertising and marketing Page-Out.

“We definitely have a lot of great things happening for Page-Out, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to get out in front of more fire departments and EMS departments,” he said.

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