Tech Wildcatters’ Emerge Accelerator brings innovation to Department of Homeland Security

Tech Wildcatters and the Center for Innovative Technology, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, unveiled four unique startups who intend to put life-changing products into the hands of first responders at their Emerge Accelerator Dallas demo day on Thursday, August 20.

The Emerge program was born out of a commission from the Department of Homeland Security. There was a need to provide innovative solutions to the millions of First Responders across the country and the fast-paced and agile world of technology startup accelerators was a perfect match.

“It reaches a community that we would have trouble reaching through our normal communications channels,” Craig Chambers, an official with the Department of Homeland Security said.

Government projects and their usual method of doing business isn’t always the most interesting and exciting to the people the government actually wants to do business with, he added. So the idea was born to create an opportunity for accelerators to drive the innovation. 

“Instead of waiting for them to come to us, we figured out ways to come to them. How are people reaching the emerging technology community—it’s through social media, it’s through accelerators, it’s through challenge competitions,” Chambers added. 

The event began with a panel of partners which included NASA, Wearable World, TEEX, and the Center for Innovative Technology. Switching things up from their previous pitch day festivities at the American Airlines Center, Tech Wildcatters created an intimate, interactive party atmosphere for Emerge’s demo day at Life in Deep Ellum. There were live demos from SensorSphere and MindTalk and hands-on exhibits from NASA. Drizly provided the libations that kept the party feeling alive and well while Printed Threads did live screenprints on t-shirts.

“This is an experiment. We think based on today—the indications are good,” Chambers concluded. 

Presenting Startups

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MindTalk: an early-stage internet of things communications company specializing in bone conduction hardware that allows users to hear through their teeth and jaw bone.

LanguageMAPS: is building a family of products on the mobile platform to solve the language barrier. The 1st Minute mobile app helps First Responders understand and triage patients that speak a different language.

SensorSphere: a wi-fi connected robotic ball with environmental monitoring sensors. First Responders can drive this robotic ball into dangerous situations and gather situational awareness while far from the scene.

CyberTimez: creates innovative solutions using the latest wearable and Internet of Things technologies to solve real problems in real people’s lives.

The startups from the Emerge program will also host a demo day in San Francisco on September 23. You can catch MindTalk and 1st Minute App present at Dallas New Tech tomorrow night. 

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