Authored by Wayne Heilman, Photo Credit: Catalyst Campus/Facebook This article was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs will host an Air Force Technology Showcase at 6 p.m. Friday to highlight three technologies developed by the Air Force Academy and the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate to businesses that might want to license them.
The free event at Catalyst includes dinner and is designed to build industry interest in the technologies. Presentations are planned on a new design for an unmanned aerial vehicle called the “cyclorotor” and a mobile app called Invictus that is an early risk identification and management framework tailored to mass atrocities and genocide, both developed at the academy, as well as a touch tracking technology from the Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that incorporates data from human and other sources to track a target.
“There is already substantial interest. We have 35 industry members signed up for this event,” said KiMar Gartman, lead coordinator for the event, which is called Tech 2 Market and will be hosted by the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization at the campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
The presentations are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. with a networking session afterwards. For more information or to register for the event, go to c-trac.org.
The event was also scheduled to include a competition to come up with ways to commercialize the technologies, which has been postponed to Aug. 11-13 and will include other technologies from the academy and research laboratory, Gartman said. The center postponed the competition so it could follow a workshop at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center on developing business plans and not conflict with end of the school year finals at four colleges cosponsoring the competition through the Quad Innovation Partnership. The competition will include prizes valued at $20,000.