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Front Page - Friday, October 27, 2017

Pass it Down receives Spirit of Innovation Award

Pass It Down founder and CEO Chris Cummings, seated second from right, and his team at the recent Spirit of Innovation awards luncheon. - Photograph provided

Storytelling platform Pass it Down is the recipient of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Spirit of Innovation Award.

“Thank you to the Chamber and this city,” said founder and CEO Chris Cummings during the awards luncheon Oct. 20. “My wife and I moved here two years ago. We feel embraced and at home because Chattanooga welcomed us with open arms and made it easy to start a company.”

Pass it Down is a digital biography service that preserves family memories. The service includes story prompts that can be answered in video, audio, text or photo from a phone, tablet or computer. These digital stories then become a customized print book.

Pass it Down’s greetingStory Memory Boxes include hand-selected questions from the world’s top biographers with tips and instructions on the inside to guide friends and family in sharing their stories.

In his acceptance speech, Cummings also unveiled an effort to corral memories about a city or place, to be piloted in Chattanooga.

 Silicon Valley native Leslie Miley keynoted the Spirit of Innovation luncheon.

 “Building a city takes time. Be attentive, go slow, be inclusive,” Miley said. “We do better when we work together. If you’re doing that, you’re doing the right thing.”

Miley has worked in engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple and Google, and now works with Venture for America to enable Silicon Valley tech professionals to spend a year in other cities working with venture capitalists and innovation centers or districts on growing their respective tech communities.

Source: Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce