|Shocker New Venture winner using tech to connect flight instructors, student pilots
|Good Flight has emerged as the winner of Wichita State University’s weeks-long Shocker New Venture Competition.
As the winner, Good Flight won $10,000. Led by WSU graduate student Georg Schirmer, Good Flight is working to incorporate smartphone and tablet technology into the field of pilot training.
The competition is sponsored by WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and concluded Friday. Six teams were invited to participate in last week’s final round competition.
The competition is designed…
|Envision partnership aimed at helping visually impaired access mass transit
|Envision has formed a partnership with California-based Gimbal Inc. to develop applications and services to improve accessibility to mass transit networks for the visually impaired.
Enivision is a nonprofit organization that provides employment opportunities and services to the visually impaired. Gimbal develops location-based mobile technologies and solutions.
Together, the two organizations want to work with transit authorities to develop “beacon networks” that could be used to help people…
|Exclusive: Pixius Communications acquires LowenIT
|Pixius Communications has acquired Hutchinson-based LowenIT.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale closed Thursday.
With the acquisition, Pixius, which provides high-speed wireless networks to mostly rural areas of Kansas and Missouri, added seven employees.
Of that, four will office in Wichita, and three will continue to office in Hutchinson. Pixius is located in downtown Wichita at 301 N. St. Francis.
LowenIT’s Wichita office, which opened in 2012 at 622 E. Douglas, closed Thursday.
|AT&T expands Business Fiber Internet service to Wichita
|AT&T rolled out its Business Fiber high-speed Internet service in about 160 more markets, including Wichita, on Thursday.
The company says the service is available at more than 500 business locations in Wichita that are operating in AT&T Fiber Ready buildings. Landlords have to work with AT&T to make their buildings AT&T Fiber Ready, a process that involves inviting an AT&T technician to install equipment and connect the building to a primary AT&T fiber line.
AT&T has a feature on its websit e…
|Garmin navigates to headquarters expansion in Kansas
|Navigation technology firm Garmin Ltd. won't have to travel far to its new larger headquarters.
The Kansas City Business Journal reports the company has decided to keep its current 56-acre headquarters campus in Olathe and expand to an adjacent plot of land.
Garmin has about 3,500 full-time employees in Olathe.
|TechFlash events April 28-May 12: What’s happening in Wichita in technology, entrepreneurship
|Here’s a roundup of technology and entrepreneurship events coming up in Wichita in the next two weeks.
Some events may require purchasing tickets or registering in advance, so be sure to visit the “Details” link for any you want to attend.
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April 28 - Taking Care of Business: Listening That Leads to Change
A workshop on how listening has helped organizations and community-based efforts move their business…
|Kansas girls can engineer, program robots thanks to this Girl Scouts troop
|When Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts, visited Wichita earlier this month, innovation was one of her biggest talking points.
At all levels, Girl Scouts is working to incorporate more technology and to encourage more girls to get involved with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Allison Wright didn’t have to be told.
Wright, an aerospace engineer at Spirit AeroSystems, has led since 2009 a special-interest Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland troop called Robo Troop.
|Wichita State creating center to study technology consumption
|The Applied Technology Acceleration Institute at Wichita State University will spin out one of its centers to create a stand-alone department.
The yet-to-be named-center will focus on how technology is consumed, not created. Tonya Witherspoon will lead the new department.
The university is working with Social Networking Technology as a partner to provide applied learning opportunities for students.
The company developed the website passfail.com, a web-based platform that aggregates business and…
|Here's your chance to try out for 'Shark Tank'
|Wichita-area entrepreneurs who have dreamed of appearing on “Shark Tank” have a nearby opportunity next week.
The ABC show is holding a open casting call in Oklahoma City on Monday.
Participants will be asked to do a 1-minute pitch for their business, product or idea in front of a member of the casting team. That’s similar to what entrepreneurs do before investors on the show itself.
Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a chance to pitch. Numbered wristbands will be distributed between…
|Days after veto, Uber expands to four more Kansas cities
|Uber Technologies began offering rides in Lawrence, Manhattan, Leavenworth and Topeka on Thursday, just a few days after threatening to leave the state because of a bill approved by the Kansas Legislature.
The bill was vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week.
Uber and its competitors, such as Lyft, use apps to connect ride seekers with independent contractors who provide transportation using their private vehicles.
Among other things, the Kansas bill would have set requirements for the…