The top 10 entries in NASA iTech’s latest call for ideas have been selected and the innovators behind those ideas are invited to participate as finalists in the NASA iTech Forum. NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA's challenges agencywide.

The top 10 finalists’ presentations are scheduled on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the culmination of the NASA iTech Forum, which will be held at Canon U.S.A., Inc. in Melville, New York. Representatives from NASA, other federal agencies, industry, the investment community, and others from across the U.S. will be on hand as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.

“NASA iTech is an innovation incubator that brings together the right people to the right place and time, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their technologies as a future commercial market product solution for both Earth and NASA,” said Kira Blackwell, program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The entrepreneurs who participate in NASA iTech are required to address both terrestrial and extraterrestrial challenges, providing the opportunity for the government to easily become a future ’off the shelf’ consumer.”

Leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders will evaluate the most promising ideas submitted in the following focus areas: Augmented Reality Advancement, Medical Breakthrough, and X-Factor Innovation. The X-Factor Innovation category allows for entries that may not fit within a specific focus area, but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.                            

Teams representing the top three entries­ selected at the end of the forum will receive special recognition during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on Feb. 1 and will be available for press opportunities after the awards are announced.

“Over the last 12 months, many of the top 18 companies that have participated in NASA iTech have reported to have raised more than $50 million in private investments to further develop their technologies,” said Blackwell. 

Registration for the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum is now open at Media interested in covering the Forum should contact Gina Anderson at by Jan. 21 to preregister.

The top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

BioVirtua - San Francisco      

Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois      

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Germfalcon - Los Angeles

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough        

H2 Energy Now - Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves            

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation 

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies - Los Angeles         

Innovation: Augmented Voyage        

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement  

iFirst Medical Technologies - Honolulu

Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

Million Concepts - Lemont, Pennsylvania

Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

New Frontier Aerospace - Livermore, California

Innovation: Affordable, Powered Recovery for Small Launch Vehicles

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Rice Technology - Milwaukee

Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor - Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation             

Somatic Labs - Phoenix

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.                                      

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:


Timothy Allen

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.



Gina Anderson

NASA Headquarters, Washington