COLLEGE STATION – The TEEX Product Development Center (PDC) is hosting
the first Under Fire | Response Innovation Showdown on March 8-9 at the
Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University.
The two-day event will
include workshops and speakers on the first day, a keynote by Dallas’ Deputy Chief
of Police Mike Coleman (retired) and 6-minute speed pitches from 20 companies
with innovative public safety technologies for first responders. The 20
companies, from 12 states, completed an application process and met strict
criteria to earn a spot in the competition.
“The focus of the event is on technologies that are targeted to
providing first responders with a way to complete their tasks faster, more
efficiently and/or safer,” said PDC Manager Caleb Holt.
Ten finalists will be selected on March 8 to advance to the
second day and compete for the top cash prizes. Those 10 companies will have 30
minutes to demonstrate their technologies between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Disaster
City® and/or RELLIS Campus on March 9. A lunch address by Dr. Robin Murphy, Director
of the Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory at Texas A&M, will be
followed by an awards ceremony at 2 p.m.
The public is invited to participate in the pitch night,
beginning at 5 p.m. on March 8, in the MSC Ballroom 2300. There is no charge to
participate in the pitch night. Reserve
The full conference fee is $75. Find a schedule and registration
information on the TEEX
About the TEEX Product Development Center
The Product Development Center, a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, helps manufacturers, product developers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses move products from an idea or concept to the global marketplace. The Center serves as a gateway to the engineering expertise, experienced market analysts, laboratories, and real-world facilities of The Texas A&M University System in order to ensure a product or technology stays on the path to commercialization. Using the proven process of THINK | BUILD | SELL, the PDC helps companies develop methodologies, recruit subject-matter experts, assess partnerships, and test and evaluate their products. The Center also offers TEEX TESTED, a third-party, unbiased testing and validation that a technology performs reliably in real-world conditions. teexpdc.com