CHAMPAIGN, IL March 3, 2015 — The annual Innovation Celebration was held on Tuesday in Champaign. Three Research Park companies came away with some hardware and a lot of pride. Cathy Singer, site manager at Yahoo!, won the Entrepreneurial Excellence Management Award; Agrible, of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, won the New Venture Award; and Rithmio, also of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, won the Student Startup Award.
For more information on the event, read this article from the News-Gazette.
Here at the Research Park, the Yahoo! staff focuses on two major projects both involving cloud computing. As a Hadoop Center of Excellence, a team of engineers works on Hadoop, an open-source software framework that allows massive data processing distributed across thousands of nodes and petabytes worth of data. Another team works on a data pipeline project that handles, aggregates and processes data generated from clicks on Yahoo!’s advertising platforms.
Agrible is a big data technology and data products company, focused on providing innovative science that farmers and ag companies can use easily every day to improve their production with cloud-based delivery systems. Products are currently sold to independent growers, soil test laboratories, crop consultants, insurance agents, commodities companies, traders, and major ag chemical companies developing seed technologies and new production methods.
Rithmio provides gesture recognition software as a platform for motion-sensing devices. Established in September 2013 at the University of Illinois, Rithmio has grown to a 7-person team with offices in Chicago and Champaign, IL. Rithmio’s gesture recognition software works with motion-sensing devices such as wearables, smartphones or connected sports equipment to learn, track and analyze motion. Brands leverage Rithmios platform to create personalized and accurate gesture-based products.