May 20th is shaping up to be an "invent-filled" day at the Augusta Civic Center where you will find not only Maine companies but also highly respected inventors showcasing their new technologies at the first annual MaineTech 2003 tradeshow. Attendees can expect to meet companies from each of the state's seven targeted industries: advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine sciences, biotechnology, composites, environmental technology, information technology, and precision manufacturing. Throughout the day various companies will be spotlighted and provided the opportunity to introduce their company, products and latest inventions. Some of the inventions and products will be unveiled for the first time to the general public -- a great opportunity for potential clients and investors alike.
We are thrilled to have inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen as our featured keynote speaker. His inventions include a portable dialysis machine, the INDEPENDENCE™ IBOT™ Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid capable of climbing stairs, navigating rough terrain, raising the user to eye-level with a standing person and the Segway™ Human Transporter (HT), a self-balancing, personal transportation device that's designed to operate in the pedestrian environment. Kamen is President of DEKA Research and Development Corporation, Chairman of Segway LLC and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, see www.usfirst.org). Dean is the recipient of the 2000 National Medal of Technology, the 2002 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation and 2002 Ralph Coats Roe Medal.
In keeping with the "inventive" spirit of the day, MaineTech will also feature an Inventors' Center. Centrally located on the exhibit floor will be some of Maine's best independent inventors and the most recent fruits of their labor on display direct from the lab. Attendees will have the opportunity and pleasure in speaking with the inventors to learn about their inspirations.
If you are affiliated with service providers such as banks, accounting firms, attorneys, state and regional business assistance groups you won't want to miss connecting with these emerging technology companies so come early and stay late. MaineTech has also invited researchers from higher education and non-profit labs to present the latest developments in several technology areas providing attendees with some of the most recent cutting-edge developments in various technology sectors.
The Lincoln Room at the Civic Center will be the focus of several SBIR presentations and the place where businesses can meet one-on-one with service providers and federal agency program managers. Presentations are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. for Homeland Defense and at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for SBIR federal program managers. The SBIR program provides grants to small businesses to do federal research and development. To register for the event and additional information please visit our website at www.mainetechshow.com.
MaineTech 2003 is hosted by the Maine Technology Consortium led by the University of Maine in partnership with the Applied Technology Development Centers, Maine Technology Institute, Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, University of Southern Maine, Maine Patent Program and Market Development Center. The National Science Foundation EPSCoR program is the primary sponsor.