Nomorobo's Aaron Foss

Maker’s markt set for LaunchPad Huntington

BY GREGORY ZELLER LaunchPad Huntington has landed a $15,000 grant from Albany’s Workforce Development Institute to build out a 3D maker space prototyping facility. The grant covers the cost of a cutting machine, a dedicated computer loaded with CAD drawing software and a desktop-sized 3D printer, all being purchased now. The space should be up and running by late May, according to Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington’s director. “This is a really significant 21st century opportunity…

Keith Cooper and Todd Brice of SlipFinder

SlipFinder: The nautical Airbnb

BY GREGORY ZELLER Keith Cooper’s goal is not immodest: He’s looking to forever change the recreational boating world as we know it. The way the Long Island native and his partner, Amityville High School chum Todd Brice, see it, boaters have plenty of options – digital included – for reserving transient boat slips away from their home ports. But they mostly involve advance planning, which according to Cooper sails in the face of recreational boating’s…

ALI director Mark lesko

Accelerate releases startups report

Accelerate Long Island released its much-anticipated technology startups report this week, taking the first comprehensive look at the region’s emerging innovation economy. Regional economic development officials have long supported technology as the anchor of a post-defense Long Island economy, but the effort has never fully taken hold. Now, with the Regional Economic  Development Council at the fore, and with such new programs as the state’s Start-Up NY effort, the dream of a future Tech Island…