More about the five finalists' innovative ideas below:
• CytoDel (Philip Band, CEO)
A Biopharmaceutical company that produces recombinant derivatives of botulinum neurotoxin (Tier 1 biodefense threat).
• goTenna (Daniela Perdomo, co-CEO)
Designs and develops technologies for off-grid and decentralized communications. goTenna devices pair with smartphones and, through intelligent mobile ad hoc networking protocols, enable users to send texts and share locations on a peer-to-peer basis, foregoing the need for centralized communications infrastructure of any kind.
• O2-O2 (Dan Bowden, CEO)
Designers of a “no skin contact” mask that uses clean, filtered air to protect the user. This is achieved by directing air behind an engineered face shield creating a positive air pressure differential in front of the face.
• Strongarm Tech (Sean Petterson, CEO)
Creating ergonomic solutions for the everyday worker. They aim to provide materials handling companies with technology that increases worker safety, satisfaction and productivity.
• Z-Control (Matt Tyson, Founder)
Z-Control is used to track the location and floor number of firefighters and the surrounding conditions.
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