Ignite the Night ORLANDO

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About this Event

During each NASA iTech cycle, our team will be visiting various cities throughout the U.S. hosting Ignite the Night events to identify technologies that are addressing challenges on Earth and have the potential to also be a solution for NASA.


We are searching for non-government funded technologies that are addressing the following focus areas: Improve Energy Storage Density; Radiation – Protection, Mitigation, and Hardware; Power Efficient Technologies; Medical Breakthroughs; and X-Factor.


From applications received, 10 presenters will be selected and given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges that include NASA’s Center Chief Technologists, local subject matter experts, investors and local leaders.  One WINNER will be selected earning a position as one of the 25 Semifinalists for the 2019 Cycle II competition, and increasing their chance to qualify as a Top 10 Finalist for the NASA iTech Forum* in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on October 7-8.


Email robin.ford@nianet.org if you are interested in being a judge at the event


Please help spread the word and join us at Ignite the Night ORLANDO.


Kira A. Blackwell

NASA HQ - iTech Program Executive

Email: kira.a.blackwell@nasa.gov


*117 companies have participated in NASA iTech events in the past 2.5 years raising $410+ million in private investment dollars.

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When & Where

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801, Orlando, US




NASA iTech

NASA leads the way in scientific discovery of the Earth, of other worlds and of the cosmos. Advancing new technologies in aeronautics and space systems, NASA's missions expand the frontiers of human experience and allow American industry to cultivate a growing space marketplace.


COLLABORATIVE: We collaborate with private industry every day. Through NASA iTech, we reach beyond traditional partnerships into early, independent innovation. NASA iTech helps us identify the innovations we will need in the future (and the people behind them). We connect innovators with investors who can help propel them forward, and industry leaders who can partner or invest in the technologies.


INCLUSIVE: Ideas may come from independent innovators, small or large businesses, academia, even other government organizations — anyone who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.


RESPONSIBLE: NASA iTech takes a fresh approach from traditional government programs. NASA gives no government funds and takes no ownership of the intellectual property.


EFFECTIVE: Companies and innovators that have participated in NASA iTech since its inception have gone on to leverage $410 million in private investments in just 2.5 years, while NASA grows a list of technologies it may use for future missions.