Thu September 11, 2014

Hackers to compete in civic app contest

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 5:01 am

Z80 Labs managing partner Dan Magnuszewski announcing the AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge.

A major app competition was launched on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge aims to attract technology experts from the eight counties of western New York to create smartphone applications that will improve the quality of live in the region. 

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Tue September 2, 2014

Innovation Friday August: Mini Maker Faires, energy and the internet, SharkTank for teens


In the first part of the show, we call out for all 'makers' to take part in the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in November. Co-chair Dan Schneiderman joins us to tell us about the event, and who can take part (spoiler: anyone!). Then, Xanthe Matychak from the Ithaca Generator joins us to tell us what happens at the generator (spoiler: they make stuff!). 

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Thu August 21, 2014

Makerspace will offer a place for people to tinker

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:29 am

Tony Russo, an engineer, uses tools in the new makerspace in Syracuse, set to formally open in September.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new workshop is getting ready to open in Syracuse. It’ll be a place, known as a "makerspace," for anyone to come and sculpt, cut, weld or print.

Michael Giannattasio is a sculptor and metal worker by trade, but he knows his way around a 3-D printer, too. There are a couple set up in what Giannattasio refers to as the "clean space" in an old Syracuse factory building.

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Wed August 20, 2014

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:51 am

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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Thu August 7, 2014

Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:12 pm

Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.

The Northeast UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, has spent the better part of the year waiting for the FAA's approval to begin testing remotely piloted aircraft.

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