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Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


No. 289: Einstein raps, inventors unite, LIJ expands and why flying taxis are closer than you thought

Slice of life: Welcome to March 14, dear readers, not quite the Ides of March (that’s tomorrow) but still a significant anniversary for mathematicians. The 426th, to be precise, of Ultimate Pi Day, which at precisely 6:53 a.m. on this date in 1592 marked the longest correspondence between the date and the opening digits of the infinite mathematical constant pi (3.141592653…) since the introduction of the Julian calendar. From cotton to Led: American inventor Eli…


LICA techs up for 2018’s first Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke File comes the Long Island Capital Alliance, which is turning to a tried-and-true topic for its first 2018 Capital Forum. Known to champion software makers, digital engineers, next-gen tinkerers and other startups with high-tech ambitions, LICA has chosen to present a Technology Capital Forum as its first inventor-meets-investor breakfast networker of the New Year, a March 9 affair featuring numerous early-stage entrepreneurs and their breakthrough…


Tomorrow’s health tech to shine at LICA Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Another intriguing combination of presenters and panelists marks the next Capital Forum on the Long Island Capital Alliance’s schedule, this one focused on the lifeblood of the Island’s innovation economy. Following a June networker centered around cybersecurity startups and a March pitch-a-thon spotlighting early-stage technology firms, the latest Capital Forum returns to healthcare, a Long Island socioeconomic cornerstone that has naturally become a go-to theme for LICA and its (roughly) quarterly…


Suffolk: Something co-working at Wyandanch Rising

By GREGORY ZELLER // The retail side of the Wyandanch Rising redevelopment project isn’t ascending as quickly as the residential side – but the imbalance has created a unique workforce-development opportunity, and Suffolk County is looking to pounce. The county on Friday applied to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for funding to open a technology-focused co-working operation in the Town of Babylon’s ambitious Wyandanch redevelopment project, a smart growth-fueled, mixed-use remaking of 142…


LICA seeks healthcare heroes for next forum

Fresh from its successful June 9 Cybersecurity Capital Forum, the Long Island Capital Alliance has put out the call for its next inventors-meet-investors networker, this focused on one of Long Island’s most active verticals: healthcare. The nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization is accepting business-plan applications through July 21 from early-stage healthcare companies interested in pitching at the Healthcare Capital Forum, scheduled for Sept. 27 at RXR Executive Park in Melville. Like other LICA forums, the…


LICA selects personnel for cybersecurity mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // An impressive collection of speakers, panelists and presenters will pump up the Long Island Capital Alliance’s next Capital Forum. The alliance, a nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization, hosts the quarterly (roughly) Capital Forums to allow principals from carefully vetted early-stage companies to present eight-minute pitches to an audience of potential investors, with an esteemed group of judges weighing in on the presentations. Forums are often focused on technology and healthcare enterprises;…


LISTnet’s bursting Ballpark adds new office

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re cramming them into the Digital Ballpark, the Long Island Software & Technology Network’s price-controlled Plainview co-working space. Currently juggling about 20 full-time residents, the Ballpark – a joint project with Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Infosys International, which owns the building at 100 Terminal Drive – is expanding. With more professional clients interested in the co-working facility’s private offices, shared spaces and tech-friendly…


By any other name, 2017 LISA winners rock tech

The Long Island Software & Technology Network has named its 2017 LISA award-winners. The acronym changes yearly now. Known for years as the “Long Island Software Awards,” LISTnet in 2016 changed the wording behind LISA to the “Long Island Slugger Awards,” and has changed it up again for 2017: LISA now stands for “Long Island SummIT Awards,” according to a statement from the Plainview-based Software & Technology Network. Whatever you call them, the LISAs –…


Artzt, other famous faces headline LICA card

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance is uniting the past, present and future of the Island tech scene. The alliance has announced the lineup for its March 10 Technology Capital Forum, the latest of LICA’s quarterly breakfast networkers for innovators and investors. From the keynote speaker to the panelists to the companies pitching the audience of potential stakehorses, the guest list is packed with familiar faces – including some of the biggest…


LI Capital Alliance, LISTnet make it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two regional business-development groups with parallel ambitions – and a history of collaborative partnerships – have officially joined forces. The Long Island Capital Alliance, self-billed as Long Island’s “leading nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization,” has announced a “strategic partnership” with the Long Island Software & Technology Network, longtime advocate of the LI tech sector. The partnership is meant to bolster LICA’s connectivity with that rapidly evolving sector and avail LISTnet-connected companies –…


Following crash course, ParqMi shifts into drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // A software startup determined to help you find a parking space is hitting the gas. Fresh off a three-month stint at StartFast, the mentorship-driven “venture accelerator” in Syracuse, ParqMi – brainchild of Hofstra University graduates Stanley Schvartsberg, Jacqueline Hsu and Thomas Georgiades – is back on Long Island and shifting into gear. While perfecting its camera-and-app technology for finding open spaces in crowded public lots and parking garages, the new resident…


Tech showcase, video VCs: pop goes the startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With an updated database, a first-ever VC pitch and new iOS and Android apps incorporating a host of innovative functionalities, it’s fair to say the brains behind connectivity technology ObviPop aren’t taking the summer off. In fact, cofounders Brett Hayden Cohen and Christopher Migliorini, who incorporated Plainview-based ObviPop LLC in spring 2015, have been putting in extra time this summer. Among their additional assignments: preparing for the inaugural technology showcase at LISTnet’s…


LISTnet’s Digital Ballpark making its pitch

LISTnet has begun marketing its Plainview co-working facility, which includes offices, desk space and – grab it now – one executive suite with wet bar and private bathroom. Dubbed the Digital Ballpark, the space is a joint project with Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Infosys International, which owns the building. Thanks to the CEWIT partnership, tenants may participate in the state’s Hot Spot program, which gives tax breaks…


LISTnet to premier tech showcase program

LISTnet wants to make sure nobody gets lost in the shuffle. With Long Island wading deeper into an innovation economy, new tech and biotech enterprises form with regularity. But not every one of those startups arrives with fanfare or is fully recognized for its successes, even those launched by entrepreneurs who’ve enjoyed past fanfare and success – and the Long Island Software & Technology Network wants to give credit where it’s due. So LISTnet is…