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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

 

NASA iTech is a unique initiative to find innovative ideas that address critical problems here on Earth that also hold great potential to solve critical technology challenges in future space exploration.

Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, other government organizations – or others who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

Finalists from across the U.S. have represented 20 of their most promising innovative technologies at the NASA iTech Forum during Cycles 1 and 2.

Cycle 3 is now in progress, with semifinalist entries being evaluated to select ten finalists in challenge focus areas including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Advancement, Autonomy, High Performance Computing, Medical Breakthrough and more. The top 10 finalists will be announced Dec. 18, 2017.

Congratulations to our Top 25 Cycle 3 Semifinalists!


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NASA iTech Cycle 3 Top 25 Semifinalists Announced


Want to know more about NASA iTech?

 Visit the "ABOUT" link at the top of this page to learn more about the benefits of participating in NASA iTech.

Even though the "Call for Papers" for Cycle 3 is closed, you can find out other ways to get involved in Cycle 3 by signing up for the latest news and information at the button below.


 
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Cycle 3 Timeline


NASA iTech Cycle 3 Timeline

Cycle 3 Timeline


NASA iTech Cycle 3 Timeline

Thank you to all who have submitted entries for NASA iTech Cycle 3.

The Call for White Papers closed on October 20 and all eligible entries are now being evaluated.

NASA iTech Cycle 3 Finalists will be announced on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Proposed Timeline - Subject to Change

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Why NASA iTech?

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Why NASA iTech?

Continual innovation – from outside the space industry as well as within – promises to make future spaceflight more cost effective, more reliable and safer than merely relying on current technology.

Innovative ideas and technologies that could enhance future space exploration missions may already exist at various stages of development. Whether these technologies are located at small companies, university labs or other locations, it's important to find them and support their development.

Some innovations and technologies necessary for further exploration of space may not yet exist. By participating in NASA iTech, universities, small businesses and inventors that have adjacent technologies will reveal opportunities to re-vector collaborative resources to mature these technologies for humankind's next greatest mission beyond Earth orbit.

Here's a brief look at NASA iTech and the innovations presented by the most recent winners as we celebrated Cycle 2 and moved to Cycle 3.


NASA iTech brings notable benefits for innovators who submit their ideas:

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Connections

All eligible white papers submitted are reviewed by a panel of NASA iTech experts. The top 25 white papers submitted for Cycle 3 are recognized by NASA iTech as semifinalists and are moving forward for further evaluation by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist.

The top 10 finalists will be announced Dec. 18, 2017. These innovators will presented to agency and space industry leaders at the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum which is planned to be held in New York City on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

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Mentorship

At the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum, which is planned to be held at Canon U.S.A. in Melville, NY, a team of expert coaches will help the top ten innovators sharpen their pitches to prepare for their presentations to NASA and space industry senior leadership Workshops are planned for the finalists on Jan. 29 and 30 with final presentations slated for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

The top three solutions for Cycle 3 will be selected and recognized in an awards ceremony at the culmination of the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum.

Winners continue to be mentored after the forum to help ensure success in bringing their innovation to market.

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Recognition

The top ten innovators for Cycle 3 will be invited to present their concepts in person to NASA leaders, industry partners, subject matter experts, and space investors.

Past winners have also participated in prestigious events, such as serving on innovation-themed panels at the Space Technology & Investment Forum in San Francisco, California and the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The forum provides a direct pipeline to NASA and industry personnel as well as increased visibility and access to potential investors.


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The Space Show


NASA iTech Featured on "The Space Show"

The Space Show


NASA iTech Featured on "The Space Show"

The NASA iTech initiative was recently featured on "The Space Show."

Monday, October 23, 2017, Broadcast #3004

NASA iTech Program Executive, Kira Blackwell talks with host Dr. David Livingston about what makes NASA iTech a unique government initiative. We learn how inventors, investors, and NASA work together to find and nurture innovative technical solutions to challenges that face long-duration space exploration while also solving problems here on Earth.

Find it at http://www.thespaceshow.com/show/23-oct-2017/broadcast-3004-kira-blackwell

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NASA iTech Cycle 2 Winners Featured at ST&IF 2017


NASA iTech Winners at the Space Technology & Investment Forum

NASA iTech Cycle 2 Winners Featured at ST&IF 2017


NASA iTech Winners at the Space Technology & Investment Forum

NASA iTech Cycle 2 Winners were recently featured as panelists at the Space & Technology Investment Forum in San Francisco, California.

NASA iTech Program Executive, Kira Blackwell hosted the panel, “NASA iTech as a Model for Stimulating Innovation.”

Panelists included NASA iTech Cycle 2 winners Sean Caffey, Co-Founder and Chairman, Context AI; Hadi Ghasemi, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston; Peter Kim, Vice President, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

Other experts on the panel included, Francisco Cruz, CBRN Consequence Management Advisory Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Jose Ocasio-Christian; Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners, LLC; and Harry Partridge, Center Chief Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center offered their unique perspectives on the value of the collaborative NASA iTech initiative for inventors, government, investors and space industry leaders. See the full panel session in the video below.