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Ithaca innovations showcased at 5th Annual Hardware Accelerator Demo Day

first_img J.T. Stone center_img “Rev’s Hardware Accelerator is a distinctive program, helping individuals empower not only themselves but their ideas through mentorship. Using the different practices and connections to develop their prototypes focused around customer needs, the program takes an initial thought and works to transform it into a desirable product,” Rother said.This year the teams were comprised mostly of college students along with some graduates and graduate students, but the program also accepts high school students. Rother said the program is open to anyone interested in turning their ideas into innovative inventions to compete in the real-world market, but that there is an application process and everyone cannot always be admitted. He said this year they had the most submissions yet and decided to admit 10 total teams, the most the program has ever accepted. Rother added that those with an idea about the problem they want to help solve and who already have possible product solutions in mind are more likely to be selected.The prototypes created by this year’s teams were diverse. One team realized vertical mesh can collect water from the air and are now turning it into an innovative method for producing fresh water in areas with limited resources. Another team questioned why equestrians have protections for their head and legs but not the spine, especially when falling off horses can lead to an emergency trip to the hospital, and molded a spinal cord protector that utilizes a combination of biomechanics and cutting-edge impact absorbing materials. Other teams this year focused on health and hygienics, including one that designed a toothbrush that would effectively brush and floss at the same time by using a small hole to squirt out water and push food from between teeth. Another developed a device to convert over-the-counter eye drops into a gentle mist that’s easier to apply, saving time and energy for parents and making applying eye drops a more relaxed experience.   Until the products pitched Thursday become a reality, check out each team’s prototypes on Rev’s website. Featured image: Visitors viewing the prototype from the startup Mistifye, which converts over-the-counter eye drops into a gentle mist for easier application. Prototype developed by Reagan Jung, Jai Karnik, and Phoenix Romero. (J.T. Stone/Ithaca Voice) Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — A tool to help people avoid falling when they’ve lost sensation below their ankles, an easier way to pasteurize breast milk, and a way to make applying eye drops a pleasant experience. These were among the unique and innovative prototypes displayed at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works hardware showcase.Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, located at 314 E. State St. in Downtown Ithaca, hosted its 5th annual Hardware Accelerator Demo Day on Thursday evening. The event featured 10 different prototypes designed for audiences ranging from people with peripheral neuropathy (weakness or numbness in the hands and feet), to mothers with young children, to people who need fresh water in foggy areas. About 50 people came to the open house and explored the array of invention prototypes on display.   Ken Rother, director of the Hardware Accelerator program, said the program focuses on providing aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to transform their ideas for solving real-world problems into real-world solutions, prototypes, and then eventually successful products on the market. “We call it ‘from napkin to prototype’ because some people actually do start out with just a napkin,” Rother said. About 50 guests explored prototypes created by the summer accelerator teams. (J.T. Stone/Ithaca Voice)Participants have access to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works’ state-of-the-art prototyping lab, which includes 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, as well as bench and hand power tools. Throughout the 10-week summer program teams also listen to guest speakers and work with mentors who provide guidance in the areas of business and entrepreneurship including marketing research, designing and building a functioning and feasible prototype, and pitching product ideas to investors. Rother added that Demo Day gives participants the perfect opportunity to pitch their product ideas to people in the local market and to network with locals who may be interested in joining their startup. Tagged: business, business incubator, entrepreneur, Hardware Accelerator Demo Day, rev ithaca startup works J.T. Stone is a contributor for The Ithaca Voice and a 2020 graduate of Ithaca High School. Questions? Story tips? Email him at [email protected] More by J.T. Stonelast_img read more

Industry gathers for The Negotiator Conference & Expo in London

first_imgHome » News » Industry gathers for The Negotiator Conference & Expo in London previous nextIndustry gathers for The Negotiator Conference & Expo in LondonSenior politicians and industry leaders, sales and letting agents, suppliers, proptech experts and regulators met for a day of debate, networking and awards.The Negotiator3rd November 20170996 Views Over 500 sales and lettings agents, proptech innovators, portal senior staff and industry regulators packed the Hilton on Park Lane, London, hotel on Tuesday for the annual The Negotiator Conference & Expo.Highlights of the day’s presentations, panel debates and speeches included time on the podium from The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith – who talked candidly about the missteps the government has made over Brexit and the housing market.Leading the debates was BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb plus there were appearances from many high profile figures including ARLA’s David Cox, Sir Peter Bottomley, The Guild’s Iain McKenzie, Richard Donnell from Hometrack, Kate Faulkner, Ombudsman Katrine Sporle, Adam Walker, Jeremy Tapp and, at the end of the day, a keynote speech from Countrywide CEO Alison Platt.During that, Alison made the case for a robust property market in the future despite the current headwinds, and also revealed how Countrywide’s digital hybrid roll-out is progressing.There were also lively sessions at the day’s proptech sessions, at which Zoopla Chief Strategy Officer Paul Whitehead said the next 12 months will be a crunch-time for many proptech start-ups.He said it that it was time for many of them to start delivering on their promising starts, and that while many would succeed, inevitably many would fall by the wayside.50 of the industry’s leading suppliers were also at the conference, including sponsors and exhibition associates includging ZPG, Paid & Co/Homelet, goodlord, One Dome, Oracle Group, Spark, vouch, yomdel and Reapit.The event came to a food and drink highpoint in the evening when over 750 industry players sat down to attend The Negotiator Awards in association with Spark, hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr whose ability to both shock and amuse in equal measure proved undimmed.Highlights of the evening included the winner of Rising Star of the Year Mitul Gadhia of Whitegates, Website of the Year winner Winkworth, Franchise/Network of the Year winner Belvoir and Lifetime Award winner John Hards, the former MD of Countrywide’s lettings business.The top three estate agencies of the year were Next2Buy (small, Tyne & Wear), Thomas Morris (medium, Cambridgeshire) and Bradleys (large, West Country).The party then went on into the small hours and included a Michael Jackson tribute band and charity casino.Read a full list of the winners here. Ian Duncan Smith Justin Webb Katrine Sporle Iain McKenzie kate faulkner Alison Platt ARLA’s David Cox Sir Peter Bottomley The Negotiator Conference & Expo in London November 3, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle face Sheffield test

first_imgNewcastle vs. Sheffield United Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off: 2PMNewcastle United welcome Sheffield United to St James’ Park this afternoon for what will be the Magpies’ first Premier League match since March 7. Steve Bruce’s side sit 14th place on the table, while Sheffield United are seventh and pushing for European qualification following their goalless draw with Aston Villa in the first top-flight game back after lockdown.Many Newcastle fans would have hoped that new owners would be in place by the time they returned to action, but the off-field complexities and controversies of the Saudi-led takeover bid have ensured that that has dragged on.More exciting times may yet be ahead, but for now Newcastle must focus on ending their 2019-20 campaign in style having already surpassed many expectations.The appointment of Steve Bruce as Rafael Benitez’s successor was not exactly greeted with enthusiasm by every Newcastle fan, yet the Magpies are better off than they were at the same stage of last season and need only two more wins to move past the 40-point mark.Bruce is well within his rights to hit out at the “disrespectful” speculation over his future amid the takeover talks, then, and he will be keen to focus on matters on the pitch as he looks to take Newcastle’s winning run to three on the bounce. The 1-0 triumph at Southampton in their last outing is one of only two Premier League victories they have enjoyed since Christmas, though, and they are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this calendar year.Goals have been the main issue for Newcastle.Allan Saint-Maximin’s winner at St Mary’s was their first goal in five league games and over the course of the campaign they have scored a joint league-low 25 times.Fewer than half of those have come at St James’ Park too, with Newcastle yet to find the back of the net more than twice in any of their 14 home league games this season.It may be that the Newcastle players are able to play with more freedom without an expectant and often-frustrated St James’ Park crowd watching on, although they welcome a Sheffield United side that has lost just two away games all term – a tally bettered only by Liverpool. Chris Wilder justifiably believes that his side should have had an extra away win on their tally too, but a freak mistake from goalline technology denied them what would have been a winning goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.That it was the first such instance in more than 9,000 games will come as no consolation to the Blades, while the baffling decision for VAR not to step in could prove to be much more than merely frustrating for the club.Victory at Villa Park would have seen Sheffield United move up to fifth, which as things stand would be good enough for a Champions League spot, but as it is they sit sixth and one point behind Manchester United.If the season were to end tomorrow then that technological mistake would be the difference between Champions League football and not for Sheffield United, which would have huge financial implications too.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Wilder has spoken of his desire to move on from the injustice, though, and they travel to Newcastle on a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League which stretches back to January.Indeed, since losing to Newcastle in the reverse edition of this fixture the Blades have only been beaten by Manchester City (twice) and Liverpool, so they deserve to be regarded as serious contenders for the final Champions League spot.Wilder will not need reminding that that home game against Newcastle was also defined by VAR controversy, and he will be keen for his side to take matters out of technology’s hands for their first away trip to St James’ Park since 2010.Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Almiron. Sheffield United possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, Sharp.Tags: Aston VillaEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle UnitedSheffield UnitedSteve Brucelast_img read more

After overcoming obstacles, De’Jon Wilson uses collegiate success to pave way for future generations

first_imgDe’Jon Wilson walked into the H.D. Woodson (Washington D.C.) High School weight room, surprising his former assistant coach Wayne Johnson. Just two days earlier, Johnson had seen the Syracuse defensive end on television in a 28-20 win over Boston College. Now, during his bye week, Wilson was back home.In that moment, Wilson held the same status he once did as a high schooler. The current players bought into his captivating personality and story of success just as much as his teammates once did. That charisma and skill earned him the nickname “swag” from Johnson and his teammates when he still attended Woodson.“He had other guys … that wanted to be just like him,” Johnson added.The current Woodson players were excited to see him, each one rushing over to give him a high five and ask him questions ranging from how he goes about doing a specific workout to how it feels to be a Division-I athlete.“He normally calls me and says if he’s coming down,” Johnson said. “To see him, come in to the weight room, to come out and work out with them, it was amazing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson still carries the charisma from when he grew up in southeast D.C. And he carries the pride of being the first in his immediate family to attend a four-year college and graduate with a degree.But he also bears the tribulations of his childhood: growing up in a single-parent home, run-ins with the law and the killing of a close friend.Wilson admits to making mistakes growing up and he openly talks about some of the struggles he faced. His goal now is to ensure that the next generation doesn’t go through the same things.Overcoming those mistakes is his message. His status as a Division-I football player and college graduate is his platform. And his magnetic personality endears him to the people he wants listening. That even now, people will still want to be just like him.“I can’t pick one situation that really crushed me, cause there have been a lot of things,” Wilson said. “But that’s just life. You learn to take it on the chin and keep rolling.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Off to the side, De’Jon Wilson saw his mother, LaShawn Wilson, crying by herself. The only person in front of him was the judge. In 2009, for the second time, a judge sent Wilson to a juvenile detention center. As he saw his mom bawling, tears started streaming down his face too.“I felt like a loser, I felt like I let my family down,” Wilson said. “I became a statistic.”At home, his mother and older sister called him “daddy.” Even after LaShawn remarried in 2006, Wilson felt the need to act as some sort of fatherly male figure.Wilson’s first experience playing football was out on the streets of the neighborhood when he was six, even before he played Pop Warner. As he got older, the same neighborhood became harder for Wilson to navigate. A combination of peer pressure, independence and youth led to frequent bad decisions.“It was so easy to do wrong and so hard to do right,” Wilson said. “It was a social norm to do the wrong thing.”Both Wilson and his mother declined to say what he went to the juvenile detention center for, other than LaShawn saying that it had nothing to do with drug or gun-related incidents.For LaShawn, the second time a judge sent her son to the detention center broke her heart, but it was also her breaking point. She didn’t want to see either of her children caught up in the court system once, let alone twice.“I told him, the first one that’s on me, I’ll take that one,” LaShawn said. “Second one, that’s on you.”Johnson said that he’s seen that culture of wrongdoing at times throughout his 27 years of coaching at Woodson, especially those without father figures in their lives. He challenged the direction Wilson was headed. Wilson could continue running into trouble with the law, or he could dedicate his time and effort into school and football.Looking back, Wilson says the whole experience and the talk with both his mom and with Johnson, was the proof he needed. He began understanding he needed to make changes if he wanted to improve and get out of trouble.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Toward the end of Wilson’s junior year of high school, in May 2010, one of his best friends, Alonte Sutton, was murdered. Sutton’s body was found on Mother’s Day.Sutton — “gadget,” as Wilson and friends called him — didn’t play football but was still close with kids in the neighborhood. He was an intern for the D.C. Council and was considered a strong student with a promising future.Problems between the 18-year-old Sutton and Omare Cotton, 28, started when Sutton declined to give Cotton’s girlfriend a ride, according to the Washington Post.Cotton slashed the tires on Sutton’s car. After Sutton left the scene, Cotton came back later in the day and did the same thing, then chased Sutton around with a knife. Sutton tried to get a police officer’s attention and Cotton, who was on probation in Maryland, fled the scene.The next day, as Sutton was changing the tires on his car, Cotton came back with a gun and shot Sutton while chasing him into the woods.“He emotionally shut down and he was kind of distant,” LaShawn said of her son’s reaction. “Sometimes you hear about the death of other people, but it doesn’t really hit home until it’s at your doorstep … I think that was the case for him.”Wilson and some of his close friends, like Ken Crawley, who played with Wilson at Woodson and at Colorado and is now a starting cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, still keep Sutton in their memory. Crawley’s Twitter handle is @RIPGADGETT.“Me and him (Crawley), we carried that,” Wilson said. “Everywhere we went, he was with us. I feel as though he was living through us.”“Alonte Sutton … that’s my man. That’s my motivation.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Johnson and Wilson were driving back from FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins play. Wilson had just been named All-Met, meaning he was one of the best high school players in D.C. The honor allowed him to meet and take pictures with two of Washington’s best players, Brian Orakpo and Chris Cooley.About 10 miles out, Wilson realized that he had Cooley’s phone. Cooley called his phone and to arrange for it to be returned. Wilson made Johnson turn around.When Wilson got there, Cooley was beginning to write out a check for getting his phone back. Wilson refused to take it.“If that was a regular inner-city kid, who doesn’t have anything or no mentor in their life, they would have kept the phone,” Johnson said. “Or they would have tried to sell the man his phone back.”Wilson said it was just doing what he felt was right. And anyway, at that point Wilson had other ways of making money.He started by working two jobs, including one at a local grocery store and the other as a construction worker for a moving company. Then, he started working for himself. He started planning parties, throwing events when he needed to, and he’d also promote local talent to try and get them better gigs.Wilson and his friend started their own clothing line called LookinSweet. Wilson, a self-proclaimed sneakerhead, couldn’t find the right shirts to match his favorite shoes. So he bought a large amount of plain t-shirts, gave a designer his sketches and watched the designs come to fruition.“I was just so proud that they were doing something positive,” LaShawn said. “I encouraged him along the way of all his endeavors.”He started the business because he didn’t want to ask his mother to buy him things he wanted but didn’t really need, like sneakers. He felt that she had already done enough for him. When he’d get a new pair of shoes, he’d buy them himself.“I just like to go with my first instinct. If I feel something is right, I go with it,” Wilson said.“I’m investing in myself.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Wilson surprised Johnson when he stopped in several weeks ago, but it didn’t shock anybody that he came back to his alma mater. It’s a part of Wilson’s story that he emphasizes. His doesn’t end after he “made it out” of his low poverty area, because his hometown, and his youth, isn’t something he’s left behind. And he has no intention of ever doing so.“Where I’m from, I don’t want you getting it mistaken, it’s bad, but at the same time it’s good,” Wilson said. “But that’s who I am. I am southeast D.C.”After his mistakes early in his high school years, Wilson did his best to be an example, a guide for other kids struggling in the area. When he left for Colorado, he wanted to make sure he’d still have that impact.He comes back home knowing what it took him to get to this position. He tells kids how to apply themselves both academically and athletically to get to where he is today, where they all want to be.Sometimes, he comes home with gifts. On different occasions, he’s come back and given players gloves, shorts, T-shirts. Sometimes he’d even bring back some pairs of cleats.Wilson, Crawley and John Walker all attended H.D. Woodson and went on to play at Colorado together. Jon Embree, now a tight ends coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was then the head coach.Despite the pressure to do wrong, as Wilson described it, Embree had no qualms in taking on all three of them. And he’s hoping that more players go on to do what Wilson has.“There are too many kids being left behind in those environments, with no one to turn to for help,” Embree said. “Somebody made a sacrifice that allowed him the chance to get that opportunity. So he’s trying to do the same for someone else.”There are only two, maybe three, games left in Wilson’s collegiate career. He has NFL aspirations, and Johnson thinks he’s good enough to at least get a tryout with a team.But even if that’s not in his future, Wilson knows that southeast D.C. is. He won’t allow his journey to end after a mistake or after a triumph. And as he tries to continue bettering himself, he won’t stop doing the same for the place that molded him.“I know that’s exactly what he’ll do,” LaShawn said, “until he can’t do it anymore.”“That’s just who he is. That’s a part of him.” Comments Published on November 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more