BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | May 2017
Chester Kennedy Headshot

We officially cut the ribbon to our new facility at NeoCity last month, and it continues to amaze me to see this game-changing vision become a reality.

Building on the forward momentum, our goal over the next year is to continue procurement of state-of-the-art tools and an agile workforce to ensure diverse research and development capabilities and infrastructure. With a new 100,000-square-foot office building being built adjacent to the BRIDG facility, having the space completed and ready for occupancy will be another milestone to celebrate.

We stand committed to bridging the innovation development gap and look forward to connecting innovative ideas to commercialized opportunities in sensor technology alongside our partners.

Chester Kennedy
NeoCity Ribbon Cutting, Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center
On April 13, 2017, Osceola County, the University of Central Florida (UCF), the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and leadership from across the region celebrated the official opening of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, unveiled as the Center of Neovation. Many local officials, including Dr. John Hitt, President of UCF, spoke at the ribbon cutting to a standing-room-only crowd, including attendees from across the nation. Many thanks to the visionaries, including J. Charles Gray and Harvey Massey who had the ambition and drive to transform the future of Osceola County, the Central Florida region, and the State of Florida.
NeoCity - Smart City
As Osceola County transforms pastureland into a massive high-tech interconnected ecosystem, NeoCity’s role as a Smart City is unique. Not only will technology be used to enhance livability, workability, and sustainability, but emerging and innovative technologies for collecting, communicating, and analyzing data will also be created there.

Anchored by the BRIDG facility, NeoCity provides the opportunity to incorporate smart technology and devices into the fabric of the new build environment.  For example, smart traffic sensors will be embedded in roadways to report on road conditions and congestion, and smart GPS gear will be located on buses and streetcars, allowing users to pinpoint their exact location. 

“With advances in technology occurring over the next few years, thousands of more applications for smart sensors that improve sustainability will evolve. From assisting in the conservation of water through real-time feedback and control of irrigation; to conserving energy with smart control of lighting, heating, and air conditioning; to providing early means to detect energy leaks in our homes or offices; to advanced detection of pollutants that might otherwise contaminate our air…smart sensors will be an enabler for virtually every aspect of our more sustainable Green Economy,” said Chester Kennedy, CEO of BRIDG. Read more in i4 Business magazine.
These innovations will be developed and implemented at NeoCity, where collaboration and an agile infrastructure will deliver dynamic transformational results.
BRIDG Opportunities for Students (BOS) Pilot Program
BRIDG recently initiated a pilot program offering career exploration opportunities to undergraduate and graduate-level university/college students. Selected students will gain valuable hands-on experiences working with BRIDG senior staff, scientists, engineers and technicians on cutting-edge research and development of smart sensors, optics, photonics and other advanced devices at the BRIDG facility. They will also learn about transforming manufacturing capabilities for transitioning technology into industrial sectors. Through these career opportunities, students leverage BRIDG’s unique activities and mentorship to enhance and increase professional capabilities and help clarify long-term career goals. 

With an overwhelming response to the pilot program, five students were selected. After approximately 15 weeks in the program, these students will have the opportunity to submit a detailed report on their project’s activities and outcomes, what they learned and how their education and preparation for the job market has been impacted. This includes presenting at an ‘invitation only’ symposium attended by BRIDG leadership and mentors.

Based on the results of this pilot, BRIDG hopes to increase the number of students that will be offered opportunity positions in subsequent semesters.  
Chester Kennedy Guest Speaker for East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon
Join Chester Kennedy at the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon in May. Hear from Kennedy about how BRIDG facilitates the connection between innovation and industry - bridging the innovation development gap - and is helping Florida become the destination for smart sensor innovation.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Orlando Airport

$30* Members | $40 Non-Members
*After May 8, $35 Members

Chester Kennedy Headshot
BRIDG to Exhibit at SEMICON West
BRIDG will connect with business and technology leaders, researchers, and industry analysts from across the microelectronics supply chain at SEMICON West 2017 in San Francisco, California, July 11-23, 2017. Visit us at Booth #5220. 

  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.