Tech Tidbits From Across New Hampshire

LEGO unveils FIRST-themed kits, NeurSciences partners with Toronto company on IT virtual marketplace ... and more

Last week at the FIRST Championship, LEGO Education and FIRST unveiled two new, exclusive LEGO sets created specifically for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League season. FIRST, an international youth not-for-profit based in New Hampshire and founded by inventor Dean Kamen, and LEGO teamed up in 1998 to create FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. with the goal to give students around the world from 6 to 16 years old a team-oriented in-school and afterschool activity to build confidence and friendly-competition spirit while also learning STEAM skills. The new sets and programs for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League season are based on the theme of architecture and are titled “Boomtown Build” and “City Shaper.” The 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League Jr. “Boomtown Build” Inspire set will reach more than 130,000 children, ages 6 to 10 from 41 countries and the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League “City Shaper: Challenge set, which includes a new competition mat, will reach more than 320,000 children, ages 9 to 16, from nearly 90 countries.

For the second year, the BAE Systems Summer STEM Scholars initiative will provide $25,000 in financial support for 10 students to attend Tech Leaders, a two-week residential section of Tech Camp for students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. BAE Systems will partner with UNH to develop the course curriculum and mentor students. Eligible students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall. Preference will be given to students from Nashua and Manchester. Tech Camp is a set of day and residential summer programs designed to increase STEM literacy for students entering grades six through 12. For more information, visit: https://ceps.unh.edu/techcamp. To inquire about scholarship assistance for Tech Leaders contact Carmela Amato-Wierda at ccaw@unh.edu.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu re-nominated Denis Goulet for a second term as the state’s chief information officer, asking Goulet to focus on using digital government tech to improve services for citizens and businesses. Goulet was appointed in 2015 by former Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. The state’s Executive Council will vote on the nomination May 1.

Hitachi Cable America Inc.‘s Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division in Manchester has developed and released its new Drybit Category 6A cable. Drybit cables are the first category cables designed for wet places and plenum spaces. Drybit Category 6A plenum-rated cable offers the same water and chemical resistance as the Drybit Category 6 cable and has enhanced electrical performance necessary to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Drybit’s unique dry core allows the building owner to safely bridge two distinct cable environments using one single cable.

Xeo Marketing & Strategic Consultancy, a Toronto-based technology marketing company, has launched its AI-powered virtual marketplace for business buyers and technology vendors in partnership with NeurSciences, a New Hampshire based AI start-up company. The platform enables business buyers to find IT services by describing their telecom, cloud or IT requirement in their own words, directing them to competitive quotes from local providers. The NeurSciences-powered AI agent matches the buyers to the service providers based on both quantitative and qualitative parameters.

Ellen Christo of Hampton Falls has joined Revision Military as head of legal and government affairs. Revision Military is currently building their new Advanced Warfighter Equipment Development Center at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. The new facility is expected to house a warfighter experience and development lab, as well as labs featuring rapid prototyping, integrated soldier systems and armor prototyping and development.

Karen Sedlar has joined the management team of Stryka Technologies LLC, a Merrimack-based developer of CorLink, a remote monitoring and control systems for commercial properties, as vice president of sales. Sedlar, who specializes in working with early-stage technology companies, will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing for the company. Stryka founder Jeff Kibbie said a publicly held real estate investment trust recently selected CorLink to monitor temperature and humidity at its properties.

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced its collaborative efforts withNetSecOPEN, a nonprofit, membership-based industry group focused on network security, to provide performance testing for theNetSecOPEN Certification Program. Unlike proprietary testing methods, NetSecOPEN aims to create open and transparent testing standards that help network operators better understand the reported performance and security of the devices they use to protect networks, such as next generation firewalls. To learn more, click here.

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