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NASA iTech, Central Florida Tech Alliance to Host Ignite the Night ORLANDO
Event provides tech innovators opportunities to impact future of space missions
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 31, 2019) – Entrepreneurs, university students, investors and industry partners will have a unique opportunity in September to come together to change the world and potentially impact the future of space exploration. NASA iTech is collaborating with Central Florida Tech Alliance (CFTA) and Space Florida to present Ignite the Night ORLANDO, a special event that will showcase Central Florida as a globally leading technology hub of innovation.
“Innovation is happening everywhere, and in order to discover new technologies with potential to support NASA programs, we travel nationwide to top tech locations, like Central Florida, to meet entrepreneurs where they are,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive, HQ Space Technology Mission Directorate. “Ignite the Night events are designed to discover disruptive technologies that may be the next solution for a future NASA mission.”
Ignite the Night ORLANDO is a fast-paced, live event that will take place Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6-9 p.m. at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 30.
NASA iTech is searching for non-government-funded technologies that address key focus areas. These include: Improve Energy Storage Density; Radiation – Protection, Mitigation and Hardware; Power-Efficient Technologies; and Medical Breakthroughs. There is also an X-Factor category to allow for innovations so compelling NASA should know. A total of 10 presenters from the applications received will pitch their ideas to an expert panel of judges.
“Central Florida has always been the preeminent place for space exploration,” said CFTA CEO Jim Thomas. “The opportunity to host an event like Ignite the Night is exactly why CFTA was formed – to spotlight our region’s tech ecosystem and elevate its reputation globally as a hub for science, tech and space. The exponential growth in the space industry that we will see in the coming years will be unprecedented. Central Florida is the perfect place to relocate, grow and scale space technology companies.”
The event will be live web streamed at livestream.com/NASAiTech. The program will conclude with an award ceremony announcing the top innovator.
“Space Florida has a long and successful history of working with partners to encourage the innovation of startups in meeting the needs of government and industry in aerospace,” said Space Florida Vice President Government & External Relations Dale Ketcham. “We are now excited to team with the Central Florida Tech Alliance and NASA iTech to provide another opportunity in Central Florida. Florida is increasingly addressing the requirements of the expansion of human activity in space. This is another step in that direction.”
About Central Florida Tech Alliance
Central Florida Tech Alliance (CFTA) is a community of industry leaders throughout the space; simulation and training; software development; digital media; gaming; and additive manufacturing. CFTA fosters continued growth of the region’s tech ecosystem by uniting top companies and leaders throughout Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties. Its mission is to establish the region as a globally leading technology hub of innovation and propel it to success on an international scale. Its membership includes more than 70 organizations, including Orlando Magic, Massey Services and University of Central Florida. To learn more, visit CFTA at www.centralflorida.tech.
About NASA iTech
NASA iTech searches for and identifies advancements in technologies that are solving problems on Earth and have the potential to address existing challenges to enable NASA missions.
NASA iTech has already been a resounding success with the first 50 finalists’ companies raising more than $410 million in the past 2.5 years. For more information on NASA iTech or its events, visit: www.NASAiTech.com.