May 12, 2022
Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Names Trabus Technologies Innovator of the Year

Tysons Corner, VA (May 12, 2022) – The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber) and CONNECTpreneur named Trabus Technologies (TRABUS) Innovator of the Year during today’s Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Awards (Innovation Awards).

The Mid-Atlantic Innovation Awards are a joint production of the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chamber of Commerce and CONNECTpreneur. Created to showcase innovations in business, the Innovation Awards highlight ingenuity and creativity in key categories in addition to the overall awards: Education Technology, Biotechnology, Communications Technology, Environmental Technology, Health & Beauty Consumer Products, Home Consumer Product, Workforce, Healthcare IT, and Medical Device. With 26 finalists to choose from, representing vastly different industries and business types, a panel of 12 regional business leaders in relevant industries served as the judges that selected TRABUS’ spectrally efficient peer-to-peer (SEPP) technology (commercially known as PeerConnect) as the innovation of the year.

SEPP allows for device-to-device communications without the need for cell towers or a central controller and can be ported onto commercial mobile devices allowing for an instantaneous private network "off grid.” The patented technology uses its own network during loss of power or commercial infrastructure failure and will be invaluable during scenarios such as natural disasters.

When asked why innovation is important to business, Art Salindong, the company’s managing director and the program manager leading the SEPP/PeerConnect effort said: “Innovation is important to business because it can disrupt industries. Innovation creates new ways of doing the same old things, better. Creativity generates new ideas. Implementation of these ideas requires planning, teamwork, optimism, and execution. Executing on both creativity and implementation will result in innovation.”

“Our region’s businesses continuously demonstrate their innovation, brilliance and resourcefulness in pushing forward, be it in product development, improving a system or process, or developing technology that saves lives,” said Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO, Julie Coons. “We’ve all experienced how invaluable an innovative mindset can be in a vibrant, growing economy. The Northern Virginia Chamber and CONNECTpreneur were excited to recognize our finalists’ achievements in a fun-filled, camaraderie-focused event.”

We are incredibly honored by this award and congratulate the other evening’s winners:

  • People’s Choice Innovation Award: KnoNap
  • Education Technology Innovation Award: TechSet
  • Biotechnology Innovation Award: Fzata
  • Communications Technology Innovation Award: Intelligent Waves
  • Environmental Technology Innovation Award: Map-Collective
  • Health & Beauty Consumer Product Innovation Award: Mblue Labs
  • Home Consumer Product Innovation Award: Revolution Cooking
  • Workforce Innovation Award: Capango
  • Healthcare IT Innovation Award: MEDA
  • Medical Device Innovation Award: CarrTech

A special thank you to all the event’s partners who made the event possible.

About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Originally founded in 1925 as a Fairfax county-focused business advocacy organization, the Northern Virginia Chamber has grown into the region's largest Chamber of Commerce, drawing members and impacting policy across the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region. Today, they represent close to 500,000 employees. NOVA Chamber’s goal is to be considered not only a business partner but also an agent of change for its members. They do this through their work in government advocacy, education through events and programs, networking, promotion of member businesses, and recognition through awards.

The Northern Virginia Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization supporting the Greater Northern Virginia community. Visit for more information about the organization, its members, and events.

About Trabus Technologies

TRABUS is a minority-owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in San Diego, California with regional offices in the National Capitol Region. Incorporated in 2010, TRABUS provides professional support services to the U.S. government and specializes in the development of technical solutions across five major portfolios: Wireless Technologies, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, Maritime Transportation, Environmental Informatics, and Cybersecurity. With just under 50 employees, the majority of the TRABUS workforce consists of scientists, engineers, military veterans, and management professionals who support to the local defense industrial base and a growing number of technical innovations in wireless communications and data science.

TRABUS has made the “Inc. 5000” list seven years in a row as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held small companies in the United States. In 2022, TRABUS was recognized as one of Southern California’s Cool Companies by San Diego Connect and was featured in San Diego’s first annual innovation day—Five.Ten.Thirty— as one of the fastest growing and most exciting Tech & Life Sciences companies in the region. Also in 2022, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce named Trabus Technologies Innovator of the Year for the development of a ground-breaking wireless innovation called SEPP. This spectrally efficient peer-to-peer technology allows for simultaneous wireless conversations on the same frequency without the need for cell towers or infrastructure. TRABUS’ other best-known innovation, RippleGo, is a state-of-the-art information-sharing solution for the maritime transportation industry that provides up-to-date information on travel time predictions, bridge clearance calculations, forecasted river level conditions, navigation hazards and lock status changes using data analytics and artificial intelligence.

For more information on these and other innovations visit the Innovations page on our website,