Innovators don’t always have space on their mind, but NASA iTech can help. The competition challenges entrepreneurs to consider how their biomedical, software and other technology ideas could be adapted and used for future space exploration missions.
NASA has selected 10 competition finalists to present their ideas at the NASA iTech Forum in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 25-26, 2018. Chief technologists from various NASA centers, other federal agencies and industry will listen to presentations and meet with participants. NASA judges will ultimately determine three winners of the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III competition.
“Our goal is to help entrepreneurs expand their technology pitches beyond the original scope to include off-Earth applications,” said Kira Blackwell, the NASA iTech program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “Some of our past competitors have gone a step further after [NASA] iTech, applying for and receiving a NASA Small Business Innovation Research grant.”
Among the finalists are artificial intelligence, big data, advanced materials and other unique innovations. The top 10 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Analytical Space – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Data relay network solution to dramatically expand the utilization of Earth observation technology and provide satellites with more opportunities to downlink data.
Artimus Robotics – Boulder, Colorado (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Denver)
Robots and machines made with artificial muscles that utilize a unique materials system to create simple, lightweight and cost-effective electromechanical actuators.
Danish Aerospace Company North America – Houston, Texas (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Houston)
A water purification technology that removes biological and chemical activity using a passive membrane.
Devali, Inc. – Cedar Park, Texas
Biometric analysis socks with user interfaces to track, monitor and study various body measurements.
Exostretch - University of Houston – Houston, Texas
Flexible and stretchable lithium ion batteries.
Lazarus 3D – Houston, Texas
Space medicine training and research models made with 3D printed materials.
Matroid, Inc. – Palo Alto, California
Computer vision software product focused on detecting faces and objects in video and image libraries.
New Dominion Enterprises, Inc. – San Antonio, Texas
Safer and longer lasting lithium ion batteries that resist heat-related power loss.
One Milo, Inc. – Miami, Florida
Compact devices that enable rapid diagnostic testing – using samples of blood, urine or saliva – and wirelessly send results to a smartphone application.
Spectrabotics LLC – Colorado Springs, Colorado
An artificial intelligence toolset for spectral image processing.
The winning three teams will be selected and recognized during a non-monetary awards ceremony at the culmination of the forum. They will receive continued mentorship to help ensure success in bringing their innovations to market.
Registration for the NASA iTech Cycle III forum is now open. The event will also be livestreamed. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Clare Skelly by October 24 to preregister.
For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.