11 young Austinites cited for innovation in Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Jan 8, 2015
Austin Business Journal

A wide variety of Austin's young creatives and entreprenuers have been honored on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

Forbes named the up-and-comers in 20 categories, ranging from arts and style to education to social media

The 11 Austinites cited included nine men and two women from six industry categories: Games, energy, manufacturing, consumer tech, healthcare and food and drink

Nelly Garcia, 28, who was named to Forbes' list of young food and drink innovators, is no stranger to awards. Previously profiled in the Austin Business Journal, Garcia was named college entrepreneur of 2013 by Entrepreneur magazine for her online shop, which sells cakes, pastries, cookies and baking classes. She came to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico when she was 15 and is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Utah

The other woman lauded by Forbes is Chelsea Howe, 27, the award-winning designer and creative director at EA Mobile. She's worked on such games as "Farmville" and "Tiny Castle." Howe was named to Forbes' list of game innovators

Other Austinites in that category are Andrew Augustin, 26, founder of Notion Games LLC. He's the creator of "Super Ubie Land" and "Up Up Ubi." He also teaches video game design at the Austin Independent School District. Named to the same list was Tyler Coleman, 27, of Retora Games. He's designed, programmed and produced "A Plant's Life" and "The Lost Medallion."

In the energy category, Reid Calhoun, 27, is the founder of RunTitle, an online marketplace for oil and gas and mineral title information. Also cited for advances in that sector is Aaron Chockla, 29, of Lucelo, a company he founded that hopes to have a prototype developed this year to turn everyday materials such as plastic, paper and fabric into micro solar power grids

In the manufacturing category, Antonio Aracha, 29, of Nuve has developed a sensor system that tracks cargo. Several of Latin America's largest transportation companies are interested in the product. Brett Walker, 29, is founder of Electroninks, which produces pens with ink that work as an electrical conduits

In the consumer tech category, co-founders of Atlas Wearables Inc. were singled out. Michael Kasparian, 25, and Peter Li, 25, have previously been featured in ABJ. The company has developed wearable 3D body tracking and analytics devices

Jason Bornhorst, 28, CEO of FilamentLabs has created Patient IO, an app that allows doctors to communicate individually with patients and track certain health metrix. The product also was featured in ABJ

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