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Aptima’s First Ideation Challenge

Aptima’s First Ideation Challenge

Aptima Hosts First Annual Ideation Challenge

Woburn, MA, January 27, 2014 – Aptima, a leader in human-centered research, development, and engineering, conducted its first Annual Ideation Challenge on January 23-24, 2014, at its corporate headquarters in Woburn. Facilitated by Chief Scientist, Dr. Jared Freeman, this collaborative and competitive event offered Aptima employees the chance to team with their colleagues to conceive an innovative science and technology (S&T) concept, pitch it creatively to a jury of peers, and secure internal research and development (IRAD) funding for implementation.

Seven teams of Aptimists worked over two days on their concepts and were judged by Aptima Corporate Fellows Dr. Webb Stacy and Dr. Georgiy Levchuk, and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Fred Diedrich. Concepts ranged across a variety of domains and technologies, including improved knowledge elicitation, passive measurement of emotional states, health and fitness, smart applications, and cloud computing.

The winning team was Chris Nucci, Kenyon Riddle, Sylvain Bruni, and Monica Serrano for their mobile app for field data collection using a cheap and hardy smartwatch. They will receive IRAD funding this year for pilot research and prototype development that will demonstrate how this innovative measurement and augmentation solution can improve human performance for DoD customers.