"This study is one of the first of its kind in the United States and will be watched across the country.” — Kelly Cohen, University of Cincinnati
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October 20, 2020
UC to study drone economics
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Drones could soon be flying organs to recipients or providing air taxi service. That might be far off, but the University of Cincinnati is conducting an economic study that examines the viability of such tasks.
Students in UC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lab, which is a part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, will help conduct the study. The students will focus on the economic impact of drones on the region’s air mobility and unmanned air traffic control systems.
The drones will perform tasks for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative, which focuses on using advanced methods for mobility.
“This study is one of the first of its kind in the United States and will be watched across the country. Our UC UAV Team is extremely excited to participate in this important work,” said Kelly Cohen, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.
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Data driving decisions from appliance repair to brand colors
How does data keep your refrigerator from breaking down on you? Can data select the best colors for your company logo?
Hear different data-centered perspectives from two longtime collaborators - creative marketer Jenn Callahan (liveFire) and fintech veteran Julie Messer (Hornbeam Insurance) on this week’s episode of Flyover Future’s Innovators podcast. These guests have a conversation about data culture, legacy systems, and solving problems with hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville’s Future of Work Initiative and our executive producer Brian Eichenberger.
The team will broadcast from a new innovation lab called “The Sandbox,” which will also serve as a practice facility. The new varsity team emerges from a highly successful esports club, which began at NKU in 2016 and has attracted nearly 600 students. As part of the program, NKU plans to develop classes and other academic programs focused on the esports industry. It also hopes to someday offer scholarships to recruit esports student-athletes.
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1819 Innovation Hub graduation day
The University of Cincinnati’s Venture Lab at the 1819 Innovation Hub held its cohort 11 Pre-Accelerator Graduation Day on Sept. 29. The presentations were held remotely but featured each of the 16 startups.
The seven-week pre-accelerator helps budding entrepreneurs think out their ideas. On graduation day, they got to pitch to a (virtual, in this case) room of entrepreneurs-in-residence, who helped them plan and compete for additional funding.
During the graduation, entrepreneur Samantha Boch told her story. Being her family’s nurse, she helped manage her grandmother’s care during the last couple of decades of her life. This made her wonder how other families manage this care without a nurse in their family. Enter My Family Nurse, which will allow users to connect with nurse caregivers in their area to help navigate care.
Another startup, The Portable Classroom, uses AI and facial recognition to improve the remote learning experience. Isaiah Dicristoforo talked about the platform and how it can help in both high school and college settings. They are hoping to scale their business further by finding developers, investors, and conducting market research.
Click here to read about all the graduating teams.
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StartupCincy Week is back for the 4th straight year, but this year it’s going virtual. The event will happen October 27-30.
Cintrifuse Vice President of External Communications Eric Weissmann said that since the event is virtual the content will be more disciplined and focused. Instead of holding as many events as possible, the days will be focused on specific content areas or “content tracks.”
The first day, Tuesday, includes the annual Cintrifuse meeting in the morning, with the afternoon focused on Supply Chain Management.
Wednesday’s content track is Growth, presented by Main Street Ventures, and will feature entrepreneurs and founders who have scaled their businesses even during uncertain times.
The final day will be HealthTech in the morning, sponsored by CincyTech. The afternoon session will be “Making the Leap,” geared toward entrepreneurs still thinking about starting a business. This session will be sponsored by Queen City Angels.
The grants total $5 million and are part of PayPal’s commitment of $530 million to Black-owned businesses. Mortar plans on using the grants to help support Black entrepreneurs.
“MORTAR will use the grant to support our entrepreneurship training and support programs for Black entrepreneurs here in Cincinnati and throughout the Midwest,” said Mortar Development Manager Vic Mullins.
The grants are meant to help those in Black- and minority-owned communities and to fight for economic and financial equality. Mortar is the only recipient in Ohio.
“MORTAR is thrilled to partner with an amazing organization like PayPal,” Mullins said. “PayPal has long provided an essential e-commerce service to entrepreneurs and to be chosen as a beneficiary of this grant means that we can continue to help the dreamers and doers become successful business owners.”
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Have you checked your "Cincy-Q" recently?
In 1976, the Reds became the first and only team to have a perfect postseason since the League Championship Series was started in 1969. Who was the World Series MVP that year?
In 1936, this two-story Tudor-Revival house was built in Green Township on the West Side. It still boasts the original, hand-painted rathskeller murals by Mathias Noheimer that celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage. What’s the name of this house and who was the original owner?
The Bengals have not won a Playoff game since 1991. Fans think this is because of a curse. What incident do they think brought on the curse?