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University of Alabama to have third Innovation Day on Wednesday

The University of Alabama’s third “Innovation Day,” a showcase of new technologies developed by students and faculty and information sessions meant to help them successfully start and run a businesses, is scheduled for Wednesday on campus.

The showcase organized by the Office for Research and Economic Development is free to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 3700 of Ferguson Center. To RSVP, visit

The showcase will include explanations and demonstrations by teams of tech and business students and information sessions with UA faculty and staff as guest speakers discussing topics that will include leveraging social media, crowd funding and intellectual property.

The technology presentations include:

  • RetinaCam, a mobile camera unit using UA-based technology to capture images with the same efficiency and clarity of the human eye.
  • AI-FI, a wireless protocol with an artificial intelligence program that increases cell signal integrity, strength and reliability.
  • Detekt, a technology that uses microphones to remotely detect a potential concussion by using the acoustic waves generated of two helmets colliding.

The information sessions look at challenges that face entrepreneurs as they transition from building their inventions and technologies to selling them.

“(Intellectual property) is something no one ever really thinks of until something bad happens,” said Whitney Hough, assistant director of the UA Office for Technology Transfer.

“Most students come to us with apps and websites, and most of the time, early in the process, you don’t have something tangible, and competition is high, so how do you sell it and get known? We have a great lineup of guest speakers who’ll address these topics.”

The showcase will also feature talks by startup entrepreneurs Josh Sahib of Brewery Buddy and Jake Tyler of about their experiences.

November 30, 2015

By Ed Enoch | Staff Writer

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