We Heart STL: Tech
The rise of tech in STL is unstoppable. Here, we pay tribute to those making it happen.
Best Lifestyle Inventions: Wondermento
First Betsy Fore invented a Fit-Bit-like device and paired app for pudgy pooches. Next up is Wonder-Wool, knitting needles that vibrate if you drop a stitch while knitting a pattern from the paired app. But Fore’s tech has a human heart: It brings people together, whether in a dog park or a knitting circle.
Best Global Impact: Cancer Goggles
Step one: Inject glowing dye into cells. Step two: Wear Dr. Samuel Achilefu’s night-vision-inspired “cancer goggles.” Step three: Get out the cancerous tissue; leave the good stuff. Bonus: Different types of goggles and price points are in the works, meaning patients in both STL and developing nations could soon benefit from better surgeries.
Best Talent Development: LaunchCode
LaunchCode bridges the gap between unemployment and the exponential need for programmers by fast-tracking driven adults who might not have traditional qualifications. Nine in 10 LaunchCoders have been offered full-time positions at their company with an average salary of $50,000.
Best Tech Meet-Ups: Venture Café Gathering
Employees from the Cortex Innovation District’s startups and the general public can gather weekly for a night to network and swap ideas over a beer or two alongside scheduled talks about the development of movements in their infancy, like stARTup STL.
Best Wearable Tech: Hyde
Pat Hughes’ improvement to cumbersome lifevests? Make them smaller, lighter and sleeker for maximum movement. Already a hit at trade shows, they’ll debut on the market this summer.