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Problem solving with real-time data: GR on the road to become a Smart City

When cities launch initiatives to take advantage of that data and that technology, they are considered Smart Cities and Smart Cities are poised to solve big problems. Find out why Grand Rapids is primed to become a Smart City and what that can mean for the city and its residents in the first a two-part feature about Smart Cities.

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Technology transforms the hospitality industry in Grand Rapids

It takes more than just a celebrity chef and a few honeymoon suites to make truly memorable hotel. Behind the scenes, there's a world of integrated data, targeted messaging, and technologies that allow guests to customize their experience and actually make it more like home.

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Gateway to creation: GR's Maker Movement gives space & tools to bring inventors' ideas to life

For independent inventors, it can be difficult accessing the necessary space and tools to make their ideas become a reality. Here in Grand Rapids, however, older and newer groups alike are providing 'makerspaces' for these individuals throughout the city, and GR is increasingly proving to be fertile ground for our city's inventors, designers and tinkerers.

Lindsay Mikita, Christy Ennis-Kloote and Karen VanHouten.

UIX: Ladies That UX rallies women at the forefront of design and technology in West Michigan

Women are overwhelmingly outnumbered by men in the computing workforce. To foster support in a world that can often feel isolating, local female design leaders from companies like Visualhero, Atomic Object, Amway, and Infor are banding together as part of a group called Ladies That UX. 

FTiot

Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

Becky Vandenbout

Don't let them call you sweetheart: Women entrepreneurs break the glass ceiling in West Michigan

These West Michigan  women are kicking butt and taking names. As business owners and entrepreneurs in male-dominated fields, they're proving there's no glass ceiling that can't be shattered.

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UIX: Young tech engineers program the future in 2016 Atomic Games

Atomic Object is helping young minds experiment with new ideas and methods in the annual Atomic Games, where college students build artificially intelligent systems that can learn and master board games.

FTgrmade

Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

When it comes to products changing the state, country and world, West Michigan should not be overlooked. This area is a hub for an incredibly diverse group of companies that have their sights set on success, and their efforts are making the globe more environmentally friendly, a better place for those battling mental health issues, increasingly delicious, and an all-around more interesting place to be.

Glenn and Juanita Ellis

Making it in GR: Despite gains for entrepreneurs of color, inclusiveness remains a work in progress

Even though minority-owned businesses in Grand Rapids have grown in number in recent years and organizations like Spring GR have arrived on the scene to support startups in underserved communities, entrepreneurs of color continue to face distinct challenges and longer odds, especially in the capital-intensive high-tech sector.

Devices on the internet.

UIX Blog: Finding us on the map(s)

We discuss maps and ways to categorize data so much on this blog, it's only reasonable that we ask ourselves where we fit on that map. But even before that question is answered, what map should we use?

Bryant Zimmerman

UIX: Bryant Zimmerman pairs global expertise with community education

For Bryant Zimmerman, part of running a global communications company means being passionate about local education.

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UIX: radi8er has a new way to listen to the sound of the city

Jim Czerew and Rob Anthony are going to change the way people discover new music and engage their community. Their digital music project radi8er is a platform for local artists to gain exposure, list shows, and define the sound of their own city. At the same time, listeners have access to all their local music scene has to offer, as well as the option to explore the sounds of other cities, all from one spot. 

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Grand Rapids' Appropos leads wholesale business into the Amazon age

Even as online retailers dominate the business-to-customer retail market with intuitive software and data-based marketing tools, business-to-business wholesale transactions still tend to wallow in clunky, outdated software systems. Grand Rapids-based Appropos is on the scene as an early responder, working to help big names in the footwear industry reimagine the way they deal with retailers.

FTcarbon

Raising a glass to greener beer: Former GR Current director helps craft brewers cut carbon emissions

Reclamation of carbon emissions is a topic of intense interest for beer breweries and other producers of alcohol, but until now, solutions for craft brewers and smaller operations have been limited. Grand Rapids entrepreneur and former GR Current director Dr. Stanley Samuel is on a mission to change that with his new startup and its innovative carbon sequestration technology.

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Drug-free relief for chronic pain sufferers, thanks to a wearable device and its app

Atomic Object designed the new app for Quell, a wearable, Bluetooth-compatible and FDA-approved pain relief device that stimulates sensory nerves in the leg, triggering the body’s natural pain-relief mechanisms.
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