By: J.D. Ross
TEDxHarlem is a day-long conference that seeks to understand, celebrate and empower the informal methods of social innovation that grow organically in Harlem and throughout communities around the world.
The announcement will also provide a demonstration, utilizing Wireless Grids Corporation’s WeJay product, which is both a social radio application, and part of a student learning platform.
WiGiT’s transformative technology, 10 years in the making, has been developed through partnership of public school teachers and students, private and public universities, small and large businesses, and in cooperation with local, state, federal and international organizations.
Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lee W. McKnight, commented: “Our objective is to create virtual and physical venues for sharing in dialogue the very latest in innovative thought and transformative technology from, in, and for the Harlem community.”
McKnight also elaborated on what WiGiT is doing: “If our digital devices were truly smart, they would try to help us. Software inspiring human and machine creativity should understand what we want to do, but not bother us with technical details that our machines should take care of. Enabling creative collaborative innovation across networks and mobile devices, and time and space, is what wireless grids edgeware does. This imaginary world of smart machines helping their – even smarter and more creative owners – will soon be a Harlem reality. I can’t wait to see and learn from the innovative uses and new markets Harlem residents pioneer and inspire with their own new ideas and uses for wireless grids.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed project is led by Syracuse University and Virginia Tech, and includes more than 60 campuses, companies, and communities in its Virtual Organization. NSF grants support the distributed experimental testbed conducting research on developing open specifications for transformative wireless grids edgeware. Edgeware, a new class of software that works across edge devices developed by WiGiT and its partners, enable machine to machine communication, and people and content to machine interaction, without requiring a central server.
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms: one of which involves an earlier stage that focuses on building innovation capacity and the other involves a later stage that focuses on the acceleration of innovative research.