K-State innovators recognized at Ingenuity Central

Compiled from articles by K-State Olathe Marketing and Communications.

K-State Olathe recently launched Ingenuity Central, an event serving as a hub for cross-pollination of inventive ideas among different industry sectors. (Photo: Tommy Theis)

K-State Olathe recently served as a catalyst in bringing together Kansas City's most innovative visionaries through an event called Ingenuity Central.

Approximately 300 business executives, educators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and local and state leaders participated in Ingenuity Central, which featured the work of 22 corporate partners and 10 K-State researchers. 

Designed as a hub for cross-pollination of inventive ideas among different industry sectors, Ingenuity Central showcased exhibits highlighting diverse companies ranging from Garmin and Aratana Therapeutics to Red Dirt and PepGel. In addition, K-State research displays illustrated innovations ranging from new ways to fight cancer to potential new uses of unmanned aerial systems.

"Ingenuity Central created a unique environment for business, education, government and community to leverage cross-industry concepts, stimulate relationships and promote further innovation and business growth," said Prema Arasu, K-State Olathe CEO and vice provost. "As a campus committed to regional needs, we wanted to facilitate collaborations on new business ideas and new product concepts as a result of this event. Based on the great feedback from attendees, we hope to make this an annual event."

Prema Arasu is K-State Olathe's CEO and vice provost. (Photo: David Mayes)

Innovations highlighted during the day-long event included: ‌

• Technology for recycling wastewater to drinkable water by Bio-Microbics.

• 3-D gaming immersive environments to understand how decisions are made for geospatial awareness‌ and recognition by K-State’s Brent Chamberlain.

• Secure, password-free mobile device user authentication by EyeVerify.

• Early detection of lung and thyroid cancers through a blood test by K-State’s Stefan Bossman and Deryl Troyer.

• Interactive telematics technology that allows farmers/growers to manage data from their fields and machines by John Deere.

• Activity monitors through a smart chip on a collar by FitBark, and much more.

"Several MRIGlobal staff participated and I believe we all came away feeling that it was a good and positive event," said John S. Stanley, vice president of emerging programs at MRIGlobal. "We have several follow-ups from companies that we met as well as renewing our efforts and initiatives for collaborative programs with KSU."

Check out the 22 corporations highlighted at 2015 Ingenuity Award Winners. Learn more about the K-State researchers at K-State Innovators.


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