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This event was organized by We Are Traffic.org.
The evening was full of the beautiful light of Spring, and the best of humanity was in abundance. Bicyclists from all over the Toledo area gathered for a memorial service.
from the Ride of Silence website:
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
I will soon be doing presentations about Augmented Reality and Bicycling. The first is at Rustbelt Coffee, on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30. The other presentation is part of GOBA, and will take place June 18. AR and bicycle safety is part of the presentation.
Click here for more information, as well as to see a collection of videos and links illustrating the impact AR is having on the world of bicycling.
I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.
There was! The winner was a project that solved an urgent issue for the northwestern Ohio, yet also has national and international applications. The judges awarded the $10,000 prize to CC Tronic, represented by Nida Ammar and Leo Idraikh. Their technology helps solve Lake Erie's algae bloom problem, and eventually could have worldwide applications.
Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).
Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.
Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.
The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.
Although CC Tronic won , all of the entrepreneurs gave strong presentations. No Powerpoints! And...great food and drink!
Amy O'Donnell, Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Toledo.
Phillip Lee Partner, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick
Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Steven Powell, Manager of Administrative Services and Development, City of Toledo
The event was hosted by Ocie Irons, Jumpstart's Senior Partner in Toledo.
Moths In the Attic: the interview in the Toledo City Paper was the start. The demos on the MITA website clinched it. This band is something! They were scheduled to play in Grand Rapids, making me even more excited because Grand Rapids is near Singapore. But MITA was scheduled for Grand Rapids, Ohio not Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Singapore idea is another story for another day, so I will just stop rambling and share the photographs from the day I heard the Moths.