NASA iTech, along with the University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering Department is promoting an upcoming Ignite the Night technology “Shark Tank” event in Chicago, February 1, 2019. The event will be held at TechNexus, 20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL 60606 from 6:00-8:30pm CST. NASA iTech is a program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate that works in collaboration with The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in support of the Agency’s Mission. This collaborative effort identifies and fosters innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA’s challenges agency-wide.
In Chicago, ten tech startup companies will have the opportunity to “fast pitch” their Focus Area innovations to an audience and panel of judges. This high energy event connects brands and organizations to the movers and shakers of our space industry. The top presenter selected by a panel of NASA and industry judges will earn a position among 25 top ideas gathered from around the nation. These companies will be further evaluated by NASA’s chief technologists and will have a chance to be matched with interested investors to move the innovation forward to commercial markets.
Students are encouraged to prepare their innovative ideas and submit them for consideration on the following website: nationalinstituteofaerospace.org/nianet/form129/index.html. University of Illinois students will have an opportunity to meet and talk directly with the NASA Centers’ Chief Technologists immediately prior to the event in Chicago. The evening will also afford students with the opportunity to interact with aerospace and technology industry leaders who are serving as judges for Ignite the Night. Registration to attend the event may be submitted to eventbrite.com/e/ignite-the-night-chicago-tickets-50498462260. Early registration is encouraged, as the venue will have limited capacity for the evening.
The event will be live-streamed on livestream.com/NASAiTech/Ignite-the-Night-Chicago. NASA iTech is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only and is subject to all current International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) guidelines. For additional information see the NASAitech.com website or contact Aerospace Engineering Prof. Michael Lembeck.