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March 17th, 2015

March 17th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Southern Series Will Elevate Nashville’s Tech Profile
The Tennessean
When Launch Tennessee decided to reorganize and expand our signature conference, 36|86, we knew we’d need to do more than just add some speakers and panels. Much more. That’s why we have created the Southern Series, three events leading up to 36|86 that will showcase the region’s most promising early-stage companies. Held in Atlanta, Ga.; Arlington, Va.; and Columbia, S.C., the Southern Series will celebrate regional start-ups by choosing 10 to pitch at each event. Up to four of those will then double down on their pitching prowess at 36|86, with the winner walking away with $36,000 and other prizes.

SXSW Start-up Snapshot: Shoes Built by iPhones and 3D Printers (Feetz)
Washington Post
We’re live in Austin this week, and every day, we’ll introduce you to one of the most outside-the-box finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition – the premier start-up showcase at the annual South by Southwest festival.

This Sweet Music Maker Does Pretty Much Everything (Artiphon)
WIRED
Remember Bert from Mary Poppins? The fun-loving, rhyme-happy street musician who played solo but sounded like a big band ensemble, thanks to his full-body suit of instruments? He was a hit back then, but if he were around today, odds are his jerry-rigged contraption would be replaced with some slicker, smaller technology. He might, in fact, be interested in an Artiphon Instrument 1. The device, which looks like a digitized guitar neck, can produce music that sounds like a guitar, or a violin, or a piano, or a drum machine…or a synthesizer, or a ukulele, and so on, all at once, thanks to a pressure-sensitive interface that can control software instruments via MIDI. It’s meant to be a new breed of expressive digital instrument.

Unum’s Tech Night Invites Kids to Take ‘Marshmallow Challenge’
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Coding is all the rage these days. But when Unum opened the doors of its downtown Chattanooga office complex Monday to high school students for its seventh annual Tech Night, officials at the insurance giant weren’t aiming to attract students who already know how to code, or write the instructions that computers follow. “That’s not who we’re targeting,” said Michael Weiss, manager of Unum’s innovation center. “The goal of Tech Night is to target kids who may have aptitude for an IT job, but not the interest.”

Update: FinTech Accelerator Initiative in Nashville + Tennessee
Venture Nashville Connections
Fintech Nashville at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on Feb. 13 featured an executive panel that seemed to galvanize an audience of roughly 120, and set the stage for cultivation of the FinTech sector in Tennessee.

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