September 7-11 I was invited to present at a NASA awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida (USA).

I flew via Miami (visited the Vip Lounge in Terminal E, probably the worst I’ve ever been to), stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton, took a walk in Gaston Edwards Park, ate at cfs Coffee, Reyes Mezcaleria, The Rusty Spoon…

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 judges selected 10 innovations based on criteria including technical viability, likely impact on future space exploration, benefits to humanity and commercialization potential. One of those 10 innovations selected by NASA is my company’s (Kanteron Systems) Precision Medicine Software. So I flew to Orlando to present.

NASA iTech Ignite the Night is an initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia, and presented in collaboration with the Central Florida Tech Alliance and Space Florida.

Ignite the Night Orlando, which took place September 10th at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, had 5 focus areas: Improve Energy Storage Density; Radiation – Protection, Mitigation, and Hardware; Power Efficient Technologies; Medical Breakthroughs; and X-Factor Innovations. Some of the judges included Dr. Kathleen Loftin (Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center), Dr. Harry Partridge (Center Chief Technologist, NASA’s Ames Research Center), and Tony Gannon (VP Research and Innovation, Space Florida).

Some of the quotes heard during the event and written in social media:

Game-changing technology, revolutionary concept (NASA iTech), incredible innovator (Startup of the Year) NASA iTech helps us identify the innovations we will need in the future (and the people behind them). We connect innovators with investors who can help propel them forward, and industry leaders who can partner or invest in the technologies (NASA)