At Constant Contact, innovation is at the heart of everything we do.

For example, we give all employees time to work on creative ideas that are outside their day-to-day responsibilities, we have an annual company-wide competition for innovative new product features and ideas, and we take part in events where innovative people gather together to discuss and create.

Last weekend, our AppConnect team was in New York to take part in the “Reinventing Local” General Assembly Hackathon, where developers, designers, and entrepreneurs created new location-based and offline-centric applications that would help local communities and small businesses. Tomorrow, they’re crossing the country and will be in San Francisco for the Under the Radar conference.

Recognized as the most important showcase of innovation and deal-making in Silicon Valley, Under the Radar is an event with innovation at its core; business leaders and startups come together to discuss hot topics (such as cloud-based businesses) and show off new products and services. In the past three years alone, 62% of startup presenters at Under the Radar have gone on to raise major funding and/or been acquired by companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Cisco, BT, Microsoft, Twitter, Fox Interactive, and others. Suffice it to say, it’s a big deal to be included in such an event.

Kevin O’Brien, director of the AppConnect Program, is representing Constant Contact at Under the Radar. He’ll be one of four judges for the Engagement competition, which is taking place Thursday at 2:00 PST. Be sure to follow our Twitter handle, @constantcontact, to find out who wins.

We wish good luck to all the presenters and look forward to seeing what innovative ideas are discussed during the conference.