SNS FiRe Conference Names HZO a 2016 Firestarter Company

Global Thought Leaders Converge to Address Some of the World's Greatest Challenges in Real-time in September

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - June 01, 2016) - Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected HZO as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

HZO has pioneered and commercialized an industry-disrupting and award-winning nanotechnology solution that is applied to electronic components and assemblies during the manufacturing process, resulting in seamless and unprecedented protection against immersion in and exposure to water, oil, acids, sweat, humidity, industrial liquids, corrosion, dust, debris, and other environmental hazards. HZO currently protects electronics of all sizes and levels of complexity, from eReaders, tablets, wearables, and mobile phones to LED billboards, automotive control units, drones, and MEMS sensors. Confidence in HZO's technology is such that industry leading brands including Motorola, Deutsche Telekom, and Dell are leveraging / co-branding "protected by HZO" as the gold standard in device protection. HZO is part of one of the most transformative trends in the electronics industry today and in the foreseeable future: the comprehensive "inoculation" of electronics against the environment, thereby liberating unfettered ubiquity of electronics in every aspect of our lives.

"We are flattered and wish to thank the FiReStarter team for this recognition. Our vision of an HZO-protected world is based on allowing electronics to be installed everywhere. This ubiquity will benefit us all," said Michael Bartholomeusz, CEO of HZO.

"The world of electronics, including the fast-growing Internet of Things, is better prepared for warfare than for water. HZO's technology is a necessary ingredient for our industry to move forward into 24/7 global ubiquity. Being weather- and water-proofed is no longer a fancy option, but a requirement. For these reasons, we are delighted to have HZO as a FiReStarter company this year, and we look forward to promoting its work at FiRe 2016," said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

Future in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaborations across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

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About HZO Inc.

HZO is an award-winning technology solutions and licensing company that protects electronics from damage caused by liquid submersion, corrosive environments, humidity, sweat, dust, and debris. The company provides a powerful thin-film technology for electronics manufacturers and device makers in sectors ranging from consumer and IoT to LED and transportation.

With a growing patent portfolio and hundreds of unique product validations that deliver performance beyond defined testing standards like IPX8, HZO's scalable end-to-end solutions are designed to meet unique industry requirements and support high-throughput manufacturing.

Winner of the 2012 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, the Stevie Award for Best New Product (2013) & Technology Company of the Year in China (2014), and Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Award (2015), HZO is changing where electronics are used. For more information, visit

Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscription-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX,, Telstra, and others.

SNS has been operating the annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. For more information and to register, go to

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