InnoVision Awards 2020

Jamarcus Gaston Hosting the 2020 Awards

InnoVision awards recognizes innovation in South Carolina annually through its InnoVision Awards program. Established in 1999, the awards are dedicated to the advancement of innovations and technology.

I have been honored to be a judge for these awards since 2015. It is great to be part of this program to see all the innovation coming from my home state of South Carolina. 

2016 Program Guide

This year there were 11 winners and three I want to highlight below. 

Blinktbi, Inc. won the Technology Development award for their solution to assess the blink reflex. The stimulated trigeminal nerve sends a message to the brain stem that results in the facial nerve sending a message to the eyelids to blink. That process is the blink reflex. Their technology captures and analyzes 12,000 data points. Many conditions and diseases are indicated when the blink reflex changes. Depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and concussions can all trigger a change in the blink reflex as well as central nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s.  

This year there were new categories around Covid response. The Covid-19 Response – Technology Deployment winner, Blue Eye Soft Corp is using AI to help accurate diagnosis of diseases (including Covid) through chest X-rays. They system has the capability to analyze chest X-rays in seconds with >90% accuracy. Using AI will free up time for doctors to tend to patients. This also allows for a global machine learning that would not be possible via human comparisons.  

Sustainability is a concern for everyone and if you shop online, like most, you know the waste involved in packaging. The Sustainability award winner, tForm Inc’s BubblePaper™ is a void fill solution that can also be used in consumer packaging such as bubble mailers and grocery bags. Many shippers use plastic bubbles and pillows to protect their shipment. BubblePaper™ can do this with less void fill that means a smaller box for shipping. The thermal properties of the solution allow it to be used where insulation is needed. Being made of paper, it is curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and crafted from renewable resources. If you want to learn about more about these solutions and all 11 winners, visit InnoVision Awards.  

I am proud of my home state and the technology advancements that come from the smart people who live there. South Carolina is a home for innovation and a wonderful place to call home.  

Someday soon when see concussion technology on the sideline of your favorite sport, X-rays getting reviewed in seconds, or that package coming in a smaller better insulated package, you can thank South Carolina!

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