Innovation Hub USA

TiE Tampa Bay – the World’s Largest Entrepreneur Global Network

Startup Pitch Competition TIE Tampa Bay CON 2018

TiE TAMPA BAY

TIE TAMPA BAY’S ROOTS MAY BE FIRMLY PLANTED IN LOCAL SOIL, BUT ITS BRANCHES HAVE GLOBAL REACH.

Startup Pitch Competition TIE Tampa Bay CON 2018

“Born” in Silicon Valley, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is an organization for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs that focuses on mentoring, education, incubation, networking and funding for startups. Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, TiE has grown to be the world’s largest entrepreneur global network with over 60 chapters and 15,000 members around the world.

The Tampa chapter was founded in Tampa Bay in 2012. The chapter’s focus is on mentoring, networking, education, and investment. Through the mentoring program, industry leaders offer one-on-one guidance in several areas, including idea exploration, customer acquisition, marketing, finance and technology. A series of popular networking nights at Tampa’s nightlife hotspots are a popular draw for newbies and veterans alike. At TiE Tampa’s monthly speaker series, the area’s top entrepreneurs inspire and educate with topics relevant to Tampa’s emerging market needs. Even the most seasoned investors find that there’s plenty to learn by attending a speaker’s event or an annual marquee convention.

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Arnie Bellinie TIE Tampa Bay CON 2018

With its investment arm, TiE Tampa Angel Fund, investors have the opportunity to invest in early stage startups and can collaborate with other local venture capital and angel investors. Within just one year, the fund has invested over $1.2 million in various startups in and around the Tampa Bay area. The investments were made in the following next-generation technology and market disruptors: Knack, Molekule, Fenexio, Droplit and Morphogenic.

Community outreach is another goal of the organization, and TiE Tampa annually recognizes local entrepreneurs and startups with the TiEtan Awards at their annual day-long marquee event – TiECON. At the 2018 conference, awards were given to Super Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Community Champion and Startup of The Year. Another top-rated event at the TiECON is the Startup Pitch Competition. Additional to winning a cash award, the winners get an opportunity to present and pitch their ideas/startups at the Global TiE Silicon Valley’s annual pitch event.

Sarvajana TIE Tampa Bay CON 2018
TiE Tampa Bay Con Audience

TiE Charter members have the privilege of attending the TiE Global Retreat, an exclusive networking event, as well as meetings and annual conferences at any of the 60 global chapters. The charter members also have the opportunity to participate in the TiE Tampa Angel Fund to invest in local startups. Becoming a member of TiE Tampa Bay may be the best investment you could make for your business.

Most importantly, the mission of TiE chapters is to work collaboratively with other organizations in the region as well as providing mentoring and access to thought leaders and collaborators across the entire global TiE community to encourage and foster entrepreneurship. TiE Tampa Bay has a premier reputation for the enthusiastic vibe generated for entrepreneurship and professionalism and the quality of speakers at their events. Inspiring and riveting speakers have included Sarvajna Dwivedi – Co-founder, Pearl Therapeutics (acquired by Astra Zeneca for over $1.2B), Arnie Bellini – Founder and CEO at ConnectWise, Desh Deshpande of Cascade and Sycamore Networks, and Farooq Kathwri – CEO of Ethan Allen.

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Suhas Apte – President
Email: president@tampa.tie.org
Raj Rajendran – Executive Director
Email: ed@tampa.tie.org
tampa.tie.org

Drexel University – A Long History of Innovation

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Drexel university - street scene

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

DREXEL UNIVERSITY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF INNOVATION. FROM ITS FOUNDING IN 1891, FINANCIER AND PHILANTHROPIST ANTHONY J. DREXEL SET OUT TO CREATE A SCHOOL THAT WOULD PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR SKILLED JOBS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

He was equally adamant that the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, as it was initially named, would be open to women and men of all races and creeds – a radical idea at the time considering women would not be allowed to vote for another 29 years and civil rights legislation was 75 years away.

From there, the university has remained on the cutting edge. Two Drexel engineering students patented the barcode in 1952. This invention revolutionized inventory management and shipping for nearly every industry, paving the way for the rise of Amazon, FedEx, Walmart and many other innovative companies

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In the 1960s, alumnus Paul Baran developed technology for computer networking that became essential to the creation of the internet. Walter Golaski, an engineering graduate, was a developer of the first artificial blood vessel replacement. Also, David H. Geiger, an architect and engineering graduate, invented the air-support fabric roof system used in many dome stadiums today.

Drexel embraced the computer age in 1983, becoming the first university to require all entering students to have a microcomputer. By 2000, Drexel was the first major university to operate a fully wireless campus indoors and out. Two years later, the university became the first to offer a mobile web portal for students.

In September 2017, all incoming freshmen were the first in the country to receive a backpack with a fabric-based coding system that links to an app that can relay customized information to anyone who scans it. Drexel is the new home for the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center, a collaboration with the Defense Department dedicated to commercializing functional fabrics that can see, hear, communicate and generate and store energy.

Drexel university - Bossone Engineering Lab
Drexel university campus

Such innovation is why U.S. News and World Report ranked Drexel 25th on the list of “Most Innovative Schools.” Drexel is also ranked 49th in the country for the most utility patents. Drexel’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is the nation’s first freestanding school dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship.

As a world-class comprehensive research university, Drexel’s research activities result in more than $110 million in annual expenditures for sponsored projects. In 2013, the university created Drexel Ventures, which provides seed funding, incubation support and technology transfer with the goal of spurring technological advancements with real-world applications.

In 2016, Drexel announced a partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust to create Schuylkill Yards, a $3.5 billion development of an “innovation neighborhood” on 14 acres in University City that will include classrooms, research laboratories, entrepreneurial space, corporate offices, hospitality venues, residential and retail space and open public space. The ground was broken in November on a 1.3-acre public park at the corner of 30th and Market streets. The planned development over 20 years is expected to create a hub for innovation in the city and was recently featured in The New York Times.

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As the university continues to evolve, it remains true to its core. The cornerstone of the university is its cooperative education program that offers students work experience – often paid – at leading companies like Amazon, Boeing, Comcast and Vanguard. The co-op program will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 and is more valued than ever before as it prepares students for successful careers in today’s fast-paced economy.

Co-op is one reason why banners fly on the Drexel campus emblazoned with the bold message, “Ambition Can’t Wait.”

* All photos by Halkin Mason Photography.

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Contact: Keith Orris
Phone number: 215-571-4463
Address: 3141 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
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Cyber Florida – at the University of South Florida

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Cyber Florida - Cybersecurity Conference 2017
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ELEVATOR PITCH

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity, also known as Cyber Florida, is a statefunded organization dedicated to positioning Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education and workforce development; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community outreach. Hosted at the University of South Florida, Cyber Florida works with all 12 State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions as well as industry, government and defense to build partnerships and develop programs that grow and strengthen Florida’s cybersecurity industry.

OUR STORY

Cyber Florida was formally established as the Florida Center for Cybersecurity through Florida Statute 1004.444 in July 2014, hosted by the University of South Florida for the benefit of the entire SUS and the state. Led by Director Sri Sridharan, a seasoned expert and entrepreneur, the goals of the center are to assist in the creation of jobs, enhance the existing workforce, act as a cooperative facilitator between industry and higher education, seek out partnerships with major military installations, and attract cybersecurity companies to the state.

Guided by a nationally recognized Board of Advisors with former Director of National Intelligence Vice Adm. (Ret.) Mike McConnell as chair, Cyber Florida first focused on enhancing Florida’s cybersecurity talent pipeline to meet the overwhelming demand for cyber professionals. The center created a platform for collaboration among the 12 SUS institutions by establishing the SUS Cybersecurity Advisory Council and acts as a liaison with private industry to ensure academic programs align with industry needs. Additionally, Cyber Florida has invested more than $1.4 million to help fund 24 of these new programs through its Capacity Building Award Program. With Cyber Florida’s support, the SUS has expanded academic programs specific to cybersecurity from a handful in 2014 to more than 40 as of 2018, with several hundred graduates and thousands more enrolled.

Cyber Florida - the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

And because the hands-on-keyboard experience is such a vital component of a successful cybersecurity educational program, Cyber Florida launched the Florida CyberHub in January 2018. This virtuallearning lab provides a cyber range, secure sandbox, capture-the-flag, course catalog, and desktop-as-aservice to facilitate and enhance cyber education and research initiatives throughout the state.

The center also has laid the foundation for a robust research ecosystem in Florida through the Collaborative Seed Award Program, which funds research projects led by investigators from at least two SUS institutions. Cyber Florida has invested more than $2.3 million in 44 cybersecurity research projects led by 65 researchers so far, and these projects are highlighted at an annual Research Symposium where both scholars and practitioners can explore the cutting-edge research being done at Florida’s universities.

In tandem with these initiatives and others, Cyber Florida has continued to grow its signature event year after year, the annual conference. Each year, the Florida Cyber Conference connects hundreds of cybersecurity stakeholders from students, educators and policymakers to CISOs, hands-on practitioners, and members of the defense and law enforcement communities. Held in Tampa each October and coming up on its fifth year, Florida Cyber Conference has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular and valuable industry events for Florida’s cybersecurity community.

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ISA7020
Tampa, FL, 33620
Email: info@cyberflorida.org
facebook: floridacyber
linkedin/twitter: @CyberSecurityFL
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FIVE Labs – Medical Device Technology Development & Education

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FIVE Labs is an organization that is at the intersection of medical device technology development and the education of surgeons and healthcare professionals.

FIVE Labs office building
In 2014, FIVE Labs retrofitted existing office building in the Westshore area to create a state-of-the-art surgical training lab and conference center.
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Our Story

FIVE Labs was founded as an extension of the educational mission of the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE). FIVE Labs was designed to provide environments specific to learning and practicing with new surgical technologies. There’s a learning curve associated with any new technology but in the medical device field, the stakes are high. New medical technologies are often quite sophisticated, and some require training even for experienced surgeons. Ultimately, our goal is to reduce complications and improve patient outcomes by conducting these trainings.

In addition to the training environments, FIVE Labs works with medical device companies, design surgeons, and engineers to develop new technologies. Using the latest software and onsite 3D printing and machining capabilities, we can quickly create and test working prototypes. This allows for rapid development and vetting of medical devices.

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Derek Pupello Founder and CEO of FIVE Labs
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FIVE Labs - Tampa Room
FIVE Labs - Surgical training Lab
The surgical training lab can accommodate up to 30 surgical stations and over 100 people.

Milestones

Nearly 5,000 healthcare professionals have been to an event at our facility since the opening of FIVE Labs in 2015. World-renowned physicians from across the U.S. and the world have served as faculty and taught the next generation of surgeons at our facility. Additionally, since 2015, we have had 14 patents issued for technologies developed in partnership with surgeon collaborators right here in Tampa Bay.

Joe Leonard
Lab Director
Christopher Griffin
Lab Supervisor

Lexi Betances
Phone: 813-545-9734
4115 W Spruce St., Tampa, FL 33607
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Orange Technical College – Changing Lives Through Education Since 1933

Orange Technical College - Exterior Mid Florida

ORANGE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION SINCE 1933.

Orange Technical College - Exterior Mid Florida
Orange Technical College - Interior Mid Florida
Orange Technical College – Mid Florida Campus is home to the Launch Site and “Big Mo”, one of the largest motion capture studios on the east coast.

Since 1933, Orange County Public Schools has been making history and changing lives through education by providing career and technical training for tens of thousands in Central Florida.

 Offering innovative programs at multiple technical college campuses, as well as numerous community learning centers and district schools, Orange Technical College continues to grow and evolve, always focused on improving the lives of students and positively impacting workforce needs and economic development in the region.

Orange Technical College (OTC) is home to an array of affordable career certificate training programs, equipping students with the skills and credentials needed for employment in growing industries impacted by technology: 3D Animation, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Augmented Reality, Machining, Welding and Modeling, Simulation and Training and more.

With the help of industry partners like the National Center for Simulation, OTC has created state-of-the-art learning environments like the ‘Launch Site’ – a dedicated MS&T facility that houses a collection of simulation, animation and cinema programs designed to prepare students for careers as designers, programmers and motion-capture technicians.

Welding at the Orange Technical College - Westside Campus.
Welding at the Orange Technical College - Westside Campus.
Digital Video Production at the Orange Technical College - Orlando Campus.

Offering students world-class facilities and over 60 career certificate programs, Orange Technical College delivers an exciting opportunity for students. Inexpensive tuition rates, industry-trained instructors and innovative classroom environments ensure graduates of OTC programs are prepared for the world of work.

Articulation agreements and partnerships with local and state colleges are also allowing more students than ever to engage in numerous career paths across high-skill, high-wage technical industries. Technical education is a powerful catalyst for students heading into the workplace, but can also bring enormous value to those students looking to pursue a traditional college path.

These local agreements allow students to easily transition from a career and technical program at any Orange Technical College campus to a college credit-based course at partnering institutions, or vice-versa if a student so chooses. Innovation in a region can take many forms, including the development of programs like these to establish and fortify the educational ecosystem in Central Florida to benefit students at all learning levels.

As a not-for-profit entity and a part of one of the largest school districts in the country, Orange Technical College is held accountable to the highest standards of quality and rigor. While the programs offered at OTC campuses have shifted dramatically over time, in an effort to match relevant training with existing industry needs, the college’s goal remains: changing lives through education.

Orange Technical College - Little Mo
The Launch Site is also home to “Little Mo”, another fully functioning motion capture studio.
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Phone: 407-317-3212
445 W Amelia St, Orlando, FL 32801
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www.orangetechcollege.net

Project Transition USA – Keep Transitioning Service Members in Tampa Bay

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PROJECT TRANSITION USA

HELP US KEEP MORE OF OUR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS HERE IN TAMPA BAY!

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THE CHALLENGE
It’s sad but true – LinkedIn is the #1 employment and professional networking tool in the civilian world, but it’s virtually unknown to our transitioning U.S. military troops!

Although many of our U.S. troops have high-level technical and leadership skills, they know very few civilians. Business networking is a new concept, so they have great difficulty discovering where their skills will best fit in.

OUR SOLUTION
Project Transition USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the only organization that focuses on teaching our U.S. military heroes how to use LinkedIn to form new alliances and find their next mission – a meaningful and rewarding civilian career!

We were the first to conduct a LinkedIn Job Search Workshop for active duty troops and families on any U.S. military base worldwide on November 16, 2012, at MacDill AFB.

Since then over 2,500 transitioning troops have successfully completed our free monthly training on MacDill, and our Tampa Bay Business Community has benefited dramatically as a result.

Veteran success stories abound with local employers such as Amazon, PwC, ConnectWise, and Moffit Cancer Center – while many other attendees have found employment with more distant companies such as Disney and Tesla.

OUR NEW VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The goal of this new program is to provide advanced, one-on-one training to transitioning U.S. military and their spouses from MacDill AFB, who want to stay in Tampa Bay. Many of our workshop attendees who are nearing retirement need more training than our monthly, 7-hour LinkedIn training can provide!

PROJECT TRANSITION USA - Veterans Teaching Veterans
PROJECT TRANSITION USA - Nancy Laine

NANCY LAINE, CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

OUR ROOTS
Project Transition USA was co-founded by Nancy Laine, daughter of an Army Chaplain. An expert LinkedIN trainer for over 10 years, she began teaching LinkedIN to the military after being asked to do so by military leaders who had struggled during their own transition.

OUR VISION
We intend to expand our paid team of “Veterans Training Veterans”!

PROJECT TRANSITION USA - synapse innovation summit helping veterans

TESTIMONIALS FROM MACDILL AFB GRADS:

“I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am now if I wasn’t so active on LinkedIn – it’s a powerful tool that works! I networked with folks currently in the position I was interested in, and that’s what led me to getting noticed by Amazon.”– Leon Snow, Amazon

“Little did I know PTUSA’s LinkedIn class on MacDill AFB would prepare me for a successful interview with Tesla! They helped me set up a professional profile that caught Tesla’s eye – and many other companies as well!” – Jarod Castenada, Tesla

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Over 2,500 have attended our MacDill AFB LinkedIN Workshop since 2012
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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donate to our 501c3 nonprofit: www.ProjectTransitionUSA.org

Simetri – Improving Human Performance

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SIMETRI

SIMETRI, INC. IS A WOMAN-OWNED, SMALL BUSINESS, DELIVERING INNOVATIVE TRAINING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE HUMAN PERFORMANCE.

Founded in 2009 and located in Winter Park, SIMETRI has a diverse and experienced team that includes engineers from multiple disciplines, researchers, subject matter experts and project managers. Whether in the laboratory developing new technology, working with a customer on design, conducting training or evaluating products, the company follows disciplined processes to design, produce, test, and deliver innovative technologies that are transforming the training.

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Simetri - INNOVATIVE TRAINING TECHNOLOGY

SIMETRI shapes the future by delivering innovative products and services that exceed expectations while collaborating with partners and conducting business ethically and equitably. We envision maximizing learning outcomes by delivering innovative products and services that leverage creativity and technology without limit. SIMETRI seeks to effectively educate the world by offering state of the art products and services that enhance the human experience.

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Our core capabilities focus on four areas:

INNOVATION
Research & Development

Material science research, special effects engineering, critical task analyses, and prototyping.

ENGINEERING
Training Systems & Networks

Sound processes, analyses, and integration of embedded, modular technology.

INTEGRATION
Validation & Verification

Readiness through integration, usability studies, and training effectiveness evaluation.

DELIVERING
Products & Services

Products and services to market through valuable processes and project management.

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The SIMETRI team focuses on integrity, quality, commitment and collaboration when working with customers to satisfy their needs and identify new opportunities for growth in a dynamic market. The company leverages its proven agility to respond to the needs of the market while actively pursuing opportunities to
amplify its portfolio and commercialize its intellectual property

SIMETRI, Inc. Awards:
• The 10 Fast Growing Latino Business Award in August 2017.
• Top Simulation & Training Companies list from Military Training Technology of Simulation & Training Magazine since 2012.

SIMETRI’s owner, Angela Alban has received the following awards:
• The Innovation Award at the i-4 Business Women’s Inspired Leadership Award.
• The Orlando Business Journal’s 2015 Women Who Mean Business Awards.

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SIMETRI, Inc.
7005 University Boulevard, Winter Park, Florida 32792
Phone: (321) 972-9980
facebook: SIMETRIInc | twitter: SIMETRIUS | linkedin: simetri-inc
www.simetri.us

FCDI – THE FOUNDATION OF INNOVATION

FCDI - THE FOUNDATION OF INNOVATION
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THE FOUNDATION OF INNOVATION

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THE FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY DRIVEN INNOVATION (FCDI) IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION THROUGH INSPIRING PROGRAMS, ACTIVE LEARNING AND ENGAGING HANDS-ON PROJECTS.

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FCDI’s mission is two-fold:

• To provide a training and talent pipeline for Science, Technology and Manufacturing careers in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions, with training and certification programs.

• To inspire young people to become STEM, Manufacturing and Industry leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based, diverse and inclusive programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership skills development.

The path forward is pure and simple: Collaboration in our communities – leveraging existing resources where possible, and in partnership with others, developing new avenues for success and economic impact where needed, with the conviction that we lift as we rise.

FCDI is a member of the federally created ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute, headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. FCDI works in partnership with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, SOFWERX and other fine academic and corporate partners to help build capacity in youth through STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts & Math/Manufacturing) education projects and programs. This includes the annual ROBOTICON Tampa Bay event and the development of the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC).

Seeded by an Argosy Foundation grant, AMRoC will be headquartered in Tampa Bay and will feature:

• Industry standard manufacturing equipment, including CNC, milling, lathes, drill presses, etc.

• A full-scale permanent FIRST Robotics Competition field for high school level competitions, FIRST Tech Challenge field, for middle and high school programs and FIRST LEGO League playing tables for elementary and middle school programs.

• Hardware and software to support K-12 STEAM education through:

»» Professional Development for educators including Curriculum and Standards Alignment resources, training in Diversity and Inclusion in science, technology, and manufacturing education and more
»» Programming, design and engineering classes and training for youth
»» Kit and parts loans for teams and classrooms

Through our collaborative partnerships FCDI seeks to promote higher paying skill-based careers and learning opportunities to help people move from passive consumerism to active and productive creation that helps them, and helps us all.

FCDI

National Center for Simulation – The Voice of Florida’s Modeling, Simulation and Training Industry

National Center for Simulation - Hall of Fame 2017

The National Center for Simulation

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The Orlando-based National Center for Simulation (NCS) is the voice of Florida’s Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) Industry whose vision is to be the internationally recognized leader in supporting and expanding the modeling and simulation community.

A not-for-profit trade association with government, academic and industry members operating as an open consortium, the NCS mission is to promote, protect and set the conditions to grow the $6.0 billion MS&T Industry in Florida. As an organization, NCS serves as an important link between the military, other government at all levels, MS&T industry companies, and academia engaged in research, development, and the application of simulation technology. Additionally, NCS supports advocacy/outreach & information, technology transfer, Science/Technology/Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education & workforce development and business development opportunities for its government, industry, and academic partners. NCS also serves as a bridge between the “traditional” defense simulation organizations and other simulation-related communities of interest (e.g. education, medical/healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, energy, architecture/engineering & construction, digital media, game development and entertainment). In so doing, NCS works to create synergy for the advancement of modeling and simulation by bringing together cutting-edge technologies and the industry sectors that can benefit from them.

National Center for Simulation - Thomas Baptiste

Lt. Gen, USAF (Ret)
Thomas L. Baptiste, President & CEO

National Center for Simulation - George Cheros

George E. Cheros, Chief Operating Officer

National Center for Simulation - Carla Hoskins

Carla Hoskins, Executive Assistant

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National Center for Simulation (NCS)
Partnership III
3039 Technology Parkway, Suites 212 – 215
Orlando, FL 32826
Office: 407-384-6111 | www.simulationinformation.com
@ncsinformation | www.facebook.com/ncsinformation/


ROBOTICON TAMPA BAY – STEAM POWERED SPORT FOR THE MIND!

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ROBOTICON TAMPA BAY

STEAM POWERED SPORT FOR THE MIND!

ROBOTICON TAMPA BAY

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is a high energy K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Manufacturing) showcase and FIRST Robotics Competition off-season event organized by Eureka! Factory, a Tampa company specializing in educational and creative event and program development. ROBOTICON is produced in collaboration with the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, a non-profit educational organization, in partnership with the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County, Florida, with live event coverage by PLuGHiTz Live of Largo, Florida.

The mission of ROBOTICON is to increase public awareness of and engagement in the power of hands-on, mentor-driven youth engineering and robotics programs like FIRST, and to provide participating youth with a low stress, high-quality, competitive event with opportunities for skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. The free event, which draws over 3,000 people each year, started in 2013 and had been held at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome Arena since 2016.

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay provides students and guests with an  opportunity to enjoy a full-scale FIRST Robotics Competition event featuring high school student built robots that weigh up to 120 lbs., as well as companion programs for youth in elementary through middle school. Guests can tour Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and have a chance to talk to students. Visit the Innovation Fair to enjoy STEAM demos, vendors and organizations; learn about the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) and about technical, industrial, and science careers and college opportunities.

Through ROBOTICON:
• Participating competition teams become prepared for their new season.
• New scholarship providers and team sponsors are identified
• $60,000 – $80,000 is invested into the local economy as a result of the event each year, including hotel rooms, dining, shopping, and event production.

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ROBOTICON annually features:
• FIRST Robotics Competition off-season competition
• K-12 FIRST scrimmages and program workshops
• University of South Florida Engineering Showcase
• STEAM Fair with drones, industrial robotics and more
• Science & Tech workshops

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is leveraging the private sector and the vast resources Tampa Bay already offers, to create a unique event that maximizes all our academic and business communities have to offer. Bringing industry leading experts from local businesses, startup accelerators, and the educational system together to share their talents, collaborate on ideas, and plan for the future with those who will be driving the future – students. Teams from around Tampa Bay, Florida, the nation and international teams are invited to join in the fun and learning each October in Tampa!

In 2019, ROBOTICON is also launching a new post-high school competitive robotics platform called NEXT, developed by the PLuGHiTz Corporation with Tampa Bay FIRST Alumni.

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ROBOTICON Media
Contact: Steve Willingham – Steve@WillinghamLLC.com
Parent organization: Eureka! Factory (EurekaFactory.net) in partnership
with the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FFCDI.org)
ROBOTICON on FIRST Looks: 2017 Interviews: http://plughitzlive.com/
events/54-roboticon-tampa-bay-2017.html
ROBOTICON 2017 video from USF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTev59LAEps


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