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Experiment with Innovation and Emerging Technologies with the Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

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“We were able to surface new opportunities and concept a 2.0 version of product in an incredibly short time frame with a nimble, diverse team of multi-disciplinary students.” Michael Grall, CEO, AfibAlert

Companies looking to explore and identify innovative uses for emerging technologies have a new opportunity in January 2020 with the Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID).

“We are excited to collaborate with HyperX, a new multi-disciplinary student organization that provides opportunities for rapid learning about real world applications for emerging technologies such as AI, AR / VR, Blockchain, and IoT,” says Kevin Ponto, Director of the Emerging Tech Hub. “Companies who nominate ideas or technologies will benefit from rapid problem-solving with curated teams of students, identifying new use cases for emerging technologies and developing a competitive talent engagement strategy.”

HyperX is a student-run organization at the University of Wisconsin with the goal of creating a space for students to explore innovation and emerging technologies. Students from across campus representing engineering, computer science, business, design, ethnography and other fields are welcome to participate. The org collaborates with faculty and staff across disciplines in the Emerging Tech Hub and companies who bring challenges and problems to solve.

Holos, an AR/VR startup in the Madison area, is an example of one of those companies. “We’ve had interns with us in the past, but more likely than not, they do not have any experience with the hardware, libraries, and paradigms that we work with before joining us,” says Tyler Waite, Co-Founder and COO of Holos. “Being able to give students exposure to these technologies before an internship with us is an incredibly valuable for us because it allows us to vet talent and it enables potential candidates to dive right in and have an immediate impact when they join Holos as an intern, and, ideally, a future employee.”

Digital Health, AgTech, Sports Innovation, and Transportation and Mobility are some of the use cases that will be represented this spring. Companies interested in taking part in hackathons, providing a challenge or technology to explore, new product to test, or project for students to work on in the Hub can contact info@hyperinnovation.com The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.


HyperX is sponsored by Hyper Innovation and the Emerging Tech Hub at WID.

Hyper Innovation
Hyper Innovation is a corporate innovation agency that works with mid- to large-sized companies to harness disruptive strategies through turnkey access to high-performing strategic and development teams and co-innovation with other companies, startups, and universities. Hyper Innovation identifies new business models and innovative applications for AI, VR/AR, IoT, Blockchain and other technologies across industries including Sports Tech, Transportation and Mobility, and Digital Health. hyperinnovation.com

Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
The Emerging Technologies Hub is a newly developing hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), which aims to create a nexus for research and resources related to novel technologies. The hub provides a space for experimentation and exploration of new technologies engaging interdisciplinary teams of researchers and students. The Hub is uniquely positioned to offer a “free zone” for students to explore their own ideas and partner with companies to bring deep technical capabilities and engagement with multi-disciplinary faculty and students.. wid.wisc.edu.

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Spring 2020 Calendar

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Join us for our HyperX Co-Innovation Lab offering students, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts the opportunity to work on real-world problems.

Throughout the semester, make sure to check in and see what other events we may add including learning events, hackathons, mini competitions (team or individual), challenges, and industry projects. Send an email to hyperxmadison@gmail.com to be added to our list for  announcements.


Spring 2020 Student Event Schedule

Date

January 24, 2020

Description

Final date for companies to nominate projects

January 27, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Student Info Session and Pizza Social
Learn more about Hyper Innovation and opportunities for hands-on learning solving real-world problems and entrepreneurial opportunities you could be a part of. While focused on technology, we invite students from all majors including engineering, computer science, business, communications, art and design, physics, anthropology and more. 

February 3, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Student Kick Off Event
Coming to this session does NOT commit you to anything. You are welcome to just check it all out. We also can’t guarantee participation on specific projects but you will certainly be considered!

Come to this session with your ideas to discuss,  meet potential team members, and learn about industry projects or entrepreneurial opportunities in the Lab.  We will also talk about frameworks for the Lab, expectations, and the presentations that you will be giving at the end of the semester.

After the kickoff, selected teams are expected to meet weekly to hear what others are working on, network, and work on projects.

February 10, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session
Lab Directors and mentors will hold office hours for consultation during open work sessions. These sessions are for teams to hear what others are working on, network, and work on projects. 

February 17, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session

February 24, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session

March 2, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Mid-Point Check in and Troubleshooting
This session will be an opportunity for peer feedback and working through issues or areas of concern.

March 9, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session

March 16, 2020 Spring Break

No meeting.

March 23, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session

March 30, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Open Work Session and Dry Run Prep
This session will be an opportunity to prepare for the Dry Run on November 12 including developing posters, running tests, or preparing demos.

April 6, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

Dry Run and Troubleshooting
This session will offer the opportunity for practicing brief presentations and getting feedback from peers.

April 27, 2020 6-7:30pm

Industry Internal Presentations and Setup for Showcase
One-to-one presentations to industry partners and project sponsors. Also, if your team has been selected to present at the Hyper Innovation Summit, we will be setting up for the Mini-Expo and presentations.

April 28, 2020 4:30-8:00pm

Industry Event and Poster Sessions
A few teams may be selected to present to a high-level audience of industry executives.

Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit at the Emerging Tech Hub

The Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit on November 14, 2019 brought together business leaders, startup CEO’s, and University of Wisconsin-Madison thought leaders.

The purpose of the event was to focus on real-world applications for new technologies and ways to innovate through strategic briefings, hands-on demos, and small group discussion.

As part of the event, attendees were invited to an exclusive Mini Demo Expo at the Emerging Tech Hub. Demonstrations ranged from AR-map based navigation, social robotics, VR applications in research, and agricultural tech innovations, and more.

Participating graduate students from the University of Wisconsin Madison had the opportunity to meet decision makers from the business community, learn about industry problems, and showcase their research and interests.

Among the demonstrators were graduate students Bryce Sprecher, Simon Smith, Benny Wysong-Grass, and David Porfirio. These students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their efforts on university projects, and speak to their expertise on emerging technologies to the corporate and university audience in attendance.

Bryce Sprecher is a research assistant of the Virtual Environments Group in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and they demonstrated their work on the immersive analytics demo. Their demo showcased a visualization of molecular data in a 3D, immersive image.

Bryce Sprecher, top left, demonstrating the VR experience with immersive analytics.

Simon Smith, a graduate student, represented the UW Virtual Brain Project, an educational VR application for learning neuro-anatomy of the human visual system and how and where the brain processes visual information.

The UW Virtual Brain Project

Benny Wysong-Grass is an undergraduate student in the Computer Science program. He demonstrated how multiple Kinect Azures can be interconnected to capture a 3D volume of space in front of their combined views. Traditionally, 3D models are often made with 3D design programs, and require a large amount of manual labor and specialized skill sets.  3D scanning of models has existed for some time, but results of models are improving thanks to improved commodity hardware, such as the recently released Kinect Azure. 

David Porfirio is a fourth year PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and his demonstration was on the capabilities of the social robot, Nao. The research associated with Nao’s capabilities presents a low-effort technical setup for investigating the interactions that people have with robots in public. The setup includes a Nao robot programmed to interact with people at the discovery building, recognize and respond to user speech, and collect feedback on the quality of end-user’s interactions. After collecting multiple batches of feedback, the robot will re-write its own software to maximize user experience. 

David Porfirio with Nao.

Events such as the Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit are just one example of how students are able to engage with corporate audiences. Student members of HyperX have opportunities to work on cross-disciplinary teams to work on industry applications for emerging technologies, or develop solutions around corporate sponsored problems to be solved.

Find out how to get involved with HyperX and the Emerging Tech Hub to learn more, and to take advantage of these unique opportunities.

What is the Emerging Tech Hub at the WID?

Last week Thursday, September 5th, Hyper Innovation, in partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) and the Virtual Environments Lab, had the privilege of hosting a networking and demo night at the future home for the Emerging Technologies Hub located in the Discovery Building.

The event was sponsored by Husch Blackwell, Hyper Innovation, and the WID and focused on applications for emerging technologies. In attendance were corporate decision makers from local companies, startups, small companies from the area, and university representatives.

The event was hosted to highlight the capabilities of intriguing use cases for emerging technologies such as: artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, internet of things, drones, gesture based controls, and connected healthcare/wearable health tech. The demos showcased applications in a variety of industries ranging from classroom settings, agriculture and sports, to healthcare and business advertising.

Included were demos completed by Omron, Holos, Virtual Environments, Axicor, Aspect Multimedia, and Search Discovery.

The Emerging Tech Hub is poised to be a central player in the university ecosystem that connects corporations, startups, university entities and the general Madison public in the exploration of the applications for emerging technologies. The hub plans to provide mentorship opportunities for startups and students, hands on demos, educational events, and hack-a-thons and sand-boxing events.

The vision of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery was the be the heart of innovation on campus, and the Emerging Technologies Hub is one way in which the WID can pursue the promise of the building and its mission.

RSVP for Student Info Session and Pizza Social on January 27, 2020 6:00-7:30

Info Session

Learn more about Hyper Innovation and opportunities for hands-on experience, projects, and support for early stage entrepreneurial ideas you could potentially be a part of. We invite students from all majors including engineering, computer science, business, communications, art and design, physics, anthropology and more. And, yes, there will be pizza.

While this is a student event, faculty, staff, and interested company reps are welcome to attend.

RSVP for this free event so we know how much food to have on hand!

Email questions:
hyperxmadison@gmail.com

Details:
1/27/20 6:00-7:30
Student Info Session and Pizza Social
Union South

Max Schauff Presents LineLeap Successes at Hyper Innovation Executive Summit

shauffMax Schauff, a junior studying biological and machinery systems engineering, presented the successes of his company at the Hyper Innovation Executive Summit.

LineLeap allows users (lineleap.com) to bypass big crowds waiting to enter popular nightclubs—akin to the “fastpass” made popular at Disney parks. The applications of mobile to solve customer problems became a part of the small group breakout discussions for the audience.

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Blockchain: Alive or Dying?

TechCrunch explores the two arcs of opinions surrounding blockchain—the hackers and engineers who are ready to devote their life’s work to the technology, and the investors and financiers who are starting to lose faith. Looking at the history of other modern technological advances, blockchain’s explosive impact and growth is far from over.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/21/blockchain-valley-of-despair/

Although investors are skeptical due to crytocurrency’s questioning sustainability in the market and its wavering value, corporations such as UNICEF and Starbucks are encouraged by the emerging technology and have begun to seek out ways to apply it to their existing business models.

“Global philanthropic organization UNICEF is actively seeking individuals to develop their own blockchain network. Interest from such a recognizable and respectable organization is sure to further legitimize the rapidly growing technology and this may prove to be a fantastic opportunity to individuals looking to break into this field.” (Lucas DeRuyter)

http://unicefstories.org/innovationfundblockchain/http://unicefstories.org/innovationfundblockchain/

“Coffee giant Starbucks is looking into utilizing Blockchain software in their purchasing app. This endeavor could make the service far more secure and allow for more meticulous transaction records.” (Lucas DeRuyter)

https://www.coindesk.com/starbuckscoin-exec-says-coffee-seller-will-probably-use-blockchain/

 

Is the Midwest the Next Silicon Valley?

 

As Silicon Valley saturates, this New York Times article outlines the allure of the Midwest to venture capitalists and influencers in the tech sector.

In addition, this article offers an examination of, and a possible explanation of why the Midwest is seeing such considerable growth in venture capital activity.

https://www.americaninno.com/minne/from-the-community-minne/three-reasons-why-midwest-vc-activity-is-on-the-rise/

What do you think his means for the Midwest, for innovative hubs like Madison, WI?

March 5 Kickoff Event

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We have kicked off the Spring 2018 Lab but there may still be opportunities to participate in short-term projects and certainly will be for our Fall 2018 Lab. Fill out this Request an Invitation to Participate Form to start the discussion.

Kick Off Meeting at 100State – 316 W. Washington, Suite 675 (location info)
ome to this session with your ideas to explore,  meet potential team members, and learn about industry projects in the Lab or opportunities for entrepreneurs.

We will also talk about frameworks for the Lab, expectations, and the presentations that you will be giving at the end of the semester. Some participants will be invited to present at a showcase at our Executive Disruption Summit on May 2.

After the kickoff, teams selected to participate are expected to meet weekly to hear what others are working on, network, and work on projects.

If you missed the info session on February 26, review this PDF of the student overview.

Let us know if you have questions: hyperxmadison@gmail.com

HyperX Student Info Session on 2/26

2/26/18 6:00-7:30
Student Info Session and Pizza Social at Union South
Learn more about Hyper Innovation and opportunities for hands-on experience, projects, and entrepreneurial support you could potentially be a part of. We invite students from all majors including engineering, computer science, business, communications, art and design, physics, anthropology and more. And, yes, there will be pizza.

While this is a student event, faculty, staff, and interested company reps are welcome to attend.

Meet Blockchain Lab Director, Jeff Glazer

 

Jeff Glazer, Blockchain Lab Director

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Jeff is a Univeristy of Wisconsin faculty member who is a Blockchain enthusiast and works in the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic supervising startup businesses. Jeff is unique in that he was a software developer before he became a lawyer. He began his career as a web application and software developer; he developed some of the first corporate intranets and internet-enabled business processes. Since then he has also worked in private practice and started two companies.

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About the Blockchain Lab

Labs are programs geared toward more rapid, active learning through unique frameworks while working on real world business problems. We call this an essential tool for future-proofing both companies and individuals.

The Hyper Innovation Blockchain Lab is designed for faster learning, distilling the noise, and identifying real value in this new Wild West. The Blockchain Lab’s plan for 2018 includes foundational industry learning for enterprise architects and developers and running events that bring universities, startups and corporates together in unique collaborative  experiential learning environments.

In 2018, the Blockchain Lab includes bootcamps for hands-on learning, open hackathons, Flipped Classroom events, mentor/reverse-mentor opportunities in our Blockchain Sandbox, structured startup interactions, and potentially developing use cases.