Experiment with Innovation and Emerging Technologies with the Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

“We were able to surface new opportunities and concept a 2.0 version of a product in an incredibly short time frame with a nimble, diverse team of multi-disciplinary students.” Michael Grall, CEO, AfibAlert

Companies looking to explore and identify innovative uses for emerging technologies have a new opportunity in January 2020 with the Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID).

“We are excited to collaborate with HyperX, a new multi-disciplinary student organization that provides opportunities for rapid learning about real world applications for emerging technologies such as AI, AR / VR, Blockchain, and IoT,” says Kevin Ponto, Director of the Emerging Tech Hub. “Companies who nominate ideas or technologies will benefit from rapid problem-solving with curated teams of students, identifying new use cases for emerging technologies and developing a competitive talent engagement strategy.”

HyperX is a student-run organization at the University of Wisconsin with the goal of creating a space for students to explore innovation and emerging technologies. Students from across campus representing engineering, computer science, business, design, ethnography and other fields are welcome to participate. The org collaborates with faculty and staff across disciplines in the Emerging Tech Hub and companies who bring challenges and problems to solve.

Holos, an AR/VR startup in the Madison area, is an example of one of those companies. “We’ve had interns with us in the past, but more likely than not, they do not have any experience with the hardware, libraries, and paradigms that we work with before joining us,” says Tyler Waite, Co-Founder and COO of Holos. “Being able to give students exposure to these technologies before an internship with us is an incredibly valuable for us because it allows us to vet talent and it enables potential candidates to dive right in and have an immediate impact when they join Holos as an intern, and, ideally, a future employee.”

Digital Health, AgTech, Sports Innovation, and Transportation and Mobility are some of the use cases that will be represented this spring. Companies interested in taking part in hackathons, providing a challenge or technology to explore, new product to test, or project for students to work on in the Hub can contact info@hyperinnovation.com.

HyperX is a student-run organization sponsored by Hyper Innovation and the Emerging Tech Hub at WID.

Hyper Innovation
Hyper Innovation is a corporate innovation agency that works with global brands to harness disruptive strategies through turnkey access to high-performing strategic and development teams and co-innovation with other companies, startups, and universities. Hyper Innovation identifies new business models and innovative applications for AI, VR/AR, IoT, Blockchain and other technologies across industries including Sports Tech, Transportation and Mobility, and Digital Health. hyperinnovation.com

Emerging Tech Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
The Emerging Technologies Hub is a new hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), which aims to create a nexus for research and resources related to novel technologies. The hub provides a space for experimentation and exploration of new technologies engaging interdisciplinary teams of researchers and students. The Hub is uniquely positioned to offer a “free zone” for students to explore their own ideas and partner with companies to bring deep technical capabilities and engagement with multi-disciplinary faculty and students.. wid.wisc.edu.

Carrie Rhoads