The winners of the Juneau Economic Development Council’s annual Innovation Summit pitch competition were announced Thursday.
The two winners each received $1,700 and round-trip tickets with Alaska Airlines. The pitch competition – sponsored by Alaska Airlines and the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce – took place Wednesday evening and featured six candidates.
The judge’s award winner was Jay Byam, founder and CEO of Kartorium, a software company that uses scans to create 3D environments for industrial projects. Officially, Kartorium is a “cloud-based digital twin platform,” Byam told Empire. “Which doesn’t mean much to most people.”
The company uses analytics done by drone overflights or using LIDAR, Byam said, and then renders the information into 3D environments viewable on a phone or computer. The company sometimes does the scanning itself, according to Byam, but he wants to make it easy for customers to upload their own scans.
The Anchorage-based company is already operational but is seeking additional funding. Byam said he was able to raise $300,000 from investors in Alaska.
The People’s Choice winner is Jack Finnegan of Fishability Alaska. Finnegan is a charter fishing captain and has an idea for a boat designed to be universally accessible to people with disabilities. The boat would be 34 feet and made of aluminum with a folding front for wheelchair access. Finnegan – who is based in Ketchikan – said he had been in contact with a boat builder in Washington state, but still needed to find funding.
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