Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo’s orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The Thursday event, sponsored by Centric, a not-for-profit devoted to innovation, recognizes energy and creativity in business, not-for-profits and academia. The winners follow.

— Apprentice University, the brainchild of Carmel tech entrepreneur Ron Brumbarger. Convinced college graduates were unprepared for the work force, Brumbarger offers high school and college age people apprenticeships integrating formal education, on-the-job experience and mentoring for careers.

— Artrageous with Nate, a video series for young children stressing interactive lessons in art, history and science. The episodes dwell on a renowned artist and their technique and shows the children how to use the lesson with their own art.

— Bottoms Up, an invention that speeds beer refills in cups. Made by GrinOn Industries, the cups fit Bottoms Up machines that can automatically refill more than one cup at a time.

— Anyone who has slipped a hand beneath a bathtub spout or shower head only to yank it back would appreciate Delta Faucet’s digital temperature display. The Carmel company developed LED color indicators to show different temperatures.

— Software created by hc1.com to help health care providers communicate more conveniently. The Indianapolis company won the Red Herring Top 100 Global Award in 2013.

— The Indianapolis Zoo’s new Simon Skjodt Center, which provides a creative home for orangutans, not only fascinates visitors but also offers a home for a species on the verge of extinction. The center is designed to stimulate the ape’s physical, social and intellectual abilities.

— Loxa Beauty LLC gives hair salons and stylists commissions on hair care and styling products ordered online through the Carmel-based company. Salons and stylists had been edged aside by online sales.

— Nico Corp. invented a tool to help surgeons move through natural folds and fibers of the brain. The tip of the BrainPath device is designed to minimize tissue damage.

— Fatwin, a technology of Perq LLC, helps car dealers, retailers and newspapers glean information for sales leads from contests, games and sweepstakes.

— A drone made by PrecisionHawk has 15 plug and play sensor options that aid in watching farm crops, search and rescue and surveying, among other tasks. The U.S. headquarters for the Toronto company is in Noblesville.


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