UNCASVILLE — The Connecticut Technology Council will hold its 2011 IT Summit at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center on Saturday, November 29.

The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature keynote addresses, topical discussions, presentations and networking opportunities.

Gene Alvarez, vice president of Gartner Research will provide a keynote address in the morning, while Chuck Pagano, executive vice president of technology at ESPN, will speak in the afternoon.

Morning and afternoon sessions will feature discussions on “Big Data,” social media, IT leadership, cloud application development, workplace technology and CIO leadership.

 EAST HARTFORD — The Connecticut Technology Council seeks nominees for its Marcum Tech Top 40 awards program. To be eligible companies need to have been in business for at least four years and have minimum fourth-year revenues of at least $3 million. Forty companies will be presented in six technology verticals with one overall winner in each of six categories: software, IT Services, new media/Internet/telecom, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and energy/environmental technology (including green technologies). The 2011 Tech Top 40 Awards Gala & Technology Showcase
will take place September 27 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford. Visit ct.org for particulars.

 New iPhone app matches ‘lazy’ with ‘unemployed’

 

 

 

AirRun, a new iPhone app that is described by its creator as “perfect for New Haven residents who are either lazy or unemployed,” launched last month with support for New Haven and other Connecticut cities.

 

 

The creation of an eponymous Chicago tech firm, AirRun is the first of a new generation of social media applications that enable peer-to-peer (P2P) commerce. The company compares it to Napster, allowed perfect strangers to exchange music online. That was a P2P music service. This is a P2P commerce service.

 

 

The idea is that if you want anything, you hop on your iPhone and place a request via AirRun. Maybe you want somebody to bring you a Snickers bar. Maybe you want somebody to come and mow your lawn. In addition to defining the task, you also note how much you are willing to pay for somebody to perform the service for you.

 

 

 

In AirRun parlance, you are a Seeker — a person who is seeking somebody to do something for them. Once your request is posted, anybody in your area who wants to do the job for the price you've offered can let you know that they are willing and ready to do it. Those folks are called Runners — they make money by running errands or doing similar chores.

 

It's all localized — a New Haven Seeker's jobs are seen only by New Haven Runners. The service uses the advanced geolocation features of the iPhone to facilitate local commerce between and among individuals. In the past, you needed to know somebody who you could call to do something for you. Now, you just put an AirRun request out and it magically happens as soon as you select a Runner.

 

 

The company touts the rather dizzying variety of person-to-person (P2P) ecommerce tasks that people have requested via AirRun. Some recent AirRun requests from around the country: “Get in line for me at the DMV”; “Beginners Ukulele Lesson”; “Help me get rid of snakes”; “Change grandma's diaper”; “Help Me Get a Date with Kobe Bryant”; and “Come to Our Office and Sing Happy Birthday to Kim.”

 

 

With the service just transitioning from an early beta program to being up and running in New Haven, the trick for AirRun now is to attract a critical mass of local Seekers and Runners.

 

 

By matching up lazy Seekers (some prefer to call themselves "efficient" or "time-constrained") with unemployed Runners, the founders believe they may kill two birds with one stone. “It's early days for P2P commerce,” says AirRun spokesperson Andrew Cross, “but there's huge potential for this new way of doing business and for AirRun's location-based community job hub.”

 

 

Learn more about the service at airrun.com.

 


STAMFORD — Institutional equity research, sales and trading firm MKM Partners has named Daniel Berenbaum as new executive director in its equity research department to cover semiconductor companies. He will be based in MKM’s Stamford headquarters.

 

Berenbaum has followed the semiconductor industry since 2006, having recently served as director of research at Auriga USA. He also has worked in technical and management roles at Applied Materials and spent five years as a nuclear power trained surface line officer for the U.S. Navy. He has published several technical papers and holds a U.S. patent.

 

 SHELTON — Medical technology company Sectra will deliver its Web-based RIS (Radiology Information Systems) to Suffolk MRI of Smithtown, N.Y. to “increase efficiency and service to radiology patients and referrers.”

The RIS will be integrated in Suffolk’s existing Sectra PAC machines providing embedded voice recognition to speed up report turnaround time while reducing paper use and manual processes. The RIS will also bring online ordering and report access for referring physicians.

“[Sectra] spent a lot of time onsite learning how we do things, and determined that we can reduce our workflow steps from 48 to 20 by utilizing their RIS,” Suffolk chief technologist and PAC RIS administrator Frederick Severino said.

Sectra will also develop a bi-directional interface from its RIS to Suffolk MRI’s billing system, and it also will migrate seven years of data from the PAC machines into the RIS.

 WINDSOR LOCKS — Hamilton Sundstrand was one of four recipients of Bombardier Aerospace’s 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Award, with the company’s Puerto Rico facility being one of eight award winners for Supplier Excellence (BASE). Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The Social Responsibility award evaluated suppliers on six criteria: effective governing, valuing employees, building responsible products, operating sustainably, engaging suppliers, and acting as a responsible citizen.

The BASE award was given to the Puerto Rico facility’s Electronics Operations for achieving fact-based standards of high quality, delivery and competitiveness in 2010.

Hamilton Sundstrand provides systems for a variety of Bombardier’s aircraft programs, including the Challenger, Global, CRJ and CSeries aircrafts.

“This recognition … validates our efforts as a company to excel in meeting or exceeding our customers’ needs while conducting our business in a socially responsible and sustainable way,”

said Hamilton Sundstrand President David Gitlin.

 NEW HAVEN — BeCaid, LLC, a Yale spinoff working on brain development programs that are tied to physical exercise, is the latest member of Connecticut Innovations Inc.’s CTech@Science Park incubator.

BeCaid’s first product is designed to improve the learning ability of elementary school children and to help in identifying and treating ADHD in children through computer games that incorporate physical exercises with cognitive functions. The difficulty level of the games is adjusted to capability of the child, and corrective messaging and online error diagnostics for the child and teacher are provided.

CTech@Science Park is a 4,000-square-foot facility with nine early-stage information technology and medical device businesses.

 

 HARTFORD – The University of Connecticut’s Steven Suib received the 2011 Connecticut Medal of Science for his work in the fields of catalysis and materials science over the past 30 years. 

Suib is head of UConn’s chemistry department and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. His work involves synthesis of novel porous semiconductors used to make new chemicals for use in lithium batteries and oil spills, among other applications. He and his team are investigating ways reduce greenhouse gases and develop alternative energy sources using carbon dioxide, itself a greenhouse gas.

His team is also working with VeruTEK Technologies Inc., to clean up contaminated industrial and commercial properties and landfills using microemulsion catalysis that converts hazardous compounds into harmless materials. He also is researching synthesis of high temperature ceramic fiber composites used for aircraft engine parts.

He has collaborated with companies such as United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Olin, Yardney Technical Products, Pfizer and others.

The Connecticut Medal of Science is the state’s highest honor for scientists and engineers. Suib is the award’s sixth recipient.

 HARTFORD — Illinois-based online encyclopedia and reference guide Juggle.com has given Hartford.gov its Top Local Government Website Award, citing its use of Web technology to provide overviews of local programs and businesses in the community, and its easy access to usable information.

Juggle.com editors evaluated government Web sites on functionality and usability, timely content, access to e-government services and technological innovation.

“Popularity within our site changes in accordance with seasonal demands,” Hartford communications director Sarah Barr said. “If it is tax time, the finance pages are the most used. If it is back to school, Hartford.gov is the go-to portal to get to our school system’s Web site. We highlight parking bans, so if there is a  snowstorm, we are an outlet for that information as well.”

Hartford’s spotlight at Juggle is located at juggle.com/hartford-connecticut-top-city-government-website.

 Cox Communications is now offering wireless mobile phone service in Connecticut this month as part of its bundled services, which include cable television, Internet and landline telephone service.

Three Cox Wireless Solution stores opened in Manchester, Meriden and Enfield this month that sell mobile phone handsets, contracts and other services.

Cox will offer two-year mobile phone contracts started at about $30 per month, and will provide cash back for unused minutes up to $20 per month.

“Our primary audience is our existing customer base,” spokeswoman Amy Quinn said. Those who have at least one service with Cox are eligible for the bundle benefit. Those who add wireless service to their bundle will be eligible for upgrades to their cable television, Internet or home phone services.

“One of the reasons cable companies are jumping into the wireless market is because of 4G data capabilities, and video is a key driver,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of the market research firm NPD Group.

According to industry reports, Cox will use CDMA technology and its own wireless spectrum covering 76 percent of its wireline services area. It will use Sprint/Nextel’s networks on a roaming agreement for the rest of the coverage.

Cox is the first cable provider to launch wireless phone services, which debuted last year in California, Nebraska and Virginia. Along with Connecticut, the company is also launching service in Providence, R.I., and Cleveland.

 BETHEL — Bethel-based Bite-Lite has debuted mosquito-repelling candles that use new "Cloak & Scatter" technology developed by Bedoukian Research Inc. of Danbury. The candles were debuted at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

Bite-Lite’s candles use a proprietary blend of essential oils designed to attack mosquito sensors and hide human users from insects the same way animals in the wild use natural scents to attack or deter pests. The company intends the candles to be a natural alternative to chemical or Citronella mosquito repellant methods.

Bite-Lite candles will be sold in stores and through its website, bite-lite.com.