2020 NASA iTech Cycle II Finalists Announced
NASA has selected 10 companies to participate as finalists in the 2020 NASA iTech Cycle II forum. The forum, which will be held virtually Oct. 15-16, is the culmination of NASA iTech’s search for dual-use technologies from entrepreneurs in 2020.
The NASA iTech initiative seeks trailblazing technologies that could enhance NASA’s missions while also improving life on Earth. This current cycle specifically called for innovative technologies in the areas of power generation and energy, integrated photonics, advanced engineered materials, and miniaturized systems. NASA also left open a category for “X-factor innovations,” technologies and concepts that may not fit the other prescribed categories but still sparked the agency's curiosity.
Applications for this NASA iTech cycle came from around the globe. Through a competitive process, NASA chief technologists narrowed those entries to the top 10 that demonstrate the most potential to solve problems – in space and on Earth.
The top 10 finalists invited to present at the 2020 NASA iTech Cycle II forum are (in alphabetical order):
AI Technologies & Systems – Milpitas, California
Software that brings artificial intelligence models to micro-controllers to boost the intelligence of billions of devices such as smart appliances
AutonomIQ – San Jose, California
A computer coding solution that leverages modern technologies to generate automation code without human intervention
HyPoint Inc. – Menlo Park, California
A next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system featuring zero carbon dioxide emissions and improved energy performance for the aerospace industry
LVX System – Cape Canaveral, Florida (Winner of a NASA iTech Ignite the Night)
Visible light communications, also known as Li-Fi, that enables devices to send and receive data by modulating light