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Ambitious high-tech BRIDG project opens doors near Kissimmee

By Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel

The ambitious high-tech research project near Kissimmee, known as BRIDG, held its official opening Thursday morning.

The hope for the project is that it will eventually attract thousands of high-paying tech jobs to an area known more for budget motels near Disney World. BRIDG is moving into its brand new 109,000-square-foot facility, the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, on the former Judge Farms property.

The facility is aimed at developing new advanced semiconductor designs for microelectronics, nano-electronics, sensors, fiber optics and photonics. Its design center will seek new electronics ideas and help make them a reality.

The project was guided by University of Central Florida and other universities, the High Tech Corridor and other private parties. UCF has been helping BRIDG pursue federal contracts that would build sensors and other photonics technology at the facility.

Read more:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-bz-osceola-bridg-opening-20170412-story.html

The Florida TechXpo Report

Local Expo Shows Off High Tech Advancements in Central Florida

By Jerry Olguin, Space Coast Tech Council director

The Florida TechXpo, a signature event of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, now in its fifth year, once again proved to be a valuable venue for more than 1,000 guests and exhibitors, as they gathered together at the Eastern Florida State College Aviation Center to share and learn about new technologies across many industry sectors.  The hangar facility at the Aviation Center was transformed into an exhibit hall for the event.

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The Space Coast Tech Council (SCTC), a program of the chamber, proved to be the catalyst for bringing in a higher concentration of technology exhibitors than seen in prior years.  The TechXpo featured 66 exhibitor booths, 20 TechMarket tables and a dozen outdoor exhibits.

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Celebrating Two Unique Decades of Achievement

“Like anything, it was an idea that needed to grow. It needed collaboration. This was a wonderful way to show what true collaboration and partnership can mean. Who knew that 20 years later it would have the kind of economic impact that it has had for our communities and the state of Florida?”

This is a quote from former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, describing the dream that later became known as the Florida High Tech Corridor.

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Generating Power for Sustainable Energy Research

Companies, communities and consumers around the globe are focusing increasingly on the need for sustainable energy solutions, and that is reflected here in The Corridor as well, where sustainable energy projects received nearly $1 million in Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP) funding last year alone.

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, boasts more than 40 patents that have led to advancements in sustainable energy technologies.  The Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida (USF) has been awarded more than $15 million in contracts and grants in the last 10 years alone, and the University of Florida has more than 30 institutes/centers involved in energy research.  With the help of local Corridor businesses, these universities are “generating” the future leaders of the Florida high tech energy landscape.

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A Colorful Solution to an Invisible Problem

Corridor-Based Company Develops Color-Changing Tape to Detect Hydrogen Gas Leaks

It’s one thing to have a great idea.  It’s another when that great idea goes on to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in innovative business venture competitions, such as the Innovation Concourse of the Southeast, Mega Watt Ventures and other programs from the Department of Energy.

That great idea is color-changing pigment materials used to detect hydrogen gas leaks.  The brainchild of a team of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and NASA-KSC, the technology is the basis for HySense Technology, based in Rockledge and founded by Nahid Mohajeri, a member of the research team.

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Florida High Tech Corridor Rivals Top Research Hubs in Patents

The Corridor Continues Growth in High Tech Research and Technology Transfer

Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Austin’s Silicon Hills—these names are widely known as some of the country’s most established areas for high tech development. But thanks to Florida’s continued growth in high tech research and commercialization, the Florida High Tech Corridor is climbing the ranks in the areas of innovation and technology to rival these household names.

One key factor in the region’s high tech growth is the number of patents granted to The Corridor’s three distinguished research universities.

According to a list released by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, The Corridor’s three research universities—the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF)—all individually ranked in the top 30 of worldwide universities granted patents in 2014.

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Florida: The Next High Tech Hub

Report Says New Advanced Manufacturing Center Could Transform Florida’s Economy

There’s something new coming to Central Florida—and it’s going to be big.  It’s going to be impressive.  And it’s going to ignite economic growth throughout the region.

Forty years ago, that “something new” was Walt Disney World.  But today, it’s the new Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC)—and it’s set to change the landscape of Central Florida.

Opening in Osceola County in 2017, FAMRC will be a high tech manufacturing hub and incubator focused on the research and development of advanced manufacturing techniques for emerging technologies.

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Specifically, the center will place particular emphasis on smart sensors, a burgeoning $80 billion industry that is expected to be worth $154 billion by 2020.  As the industry continues to blossom, smart sensors are being integrated into much of the technology we use today, including smartphones, home appliances, cars and medical devices.  But beyond developing the next generation of smart sensors, FAMRC will also help position the Florida High Tech Corridor as a recognized leader in the advanced manufacturing industry.

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