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DHS S&T to Showcase New Tech for First Responders

Release Date: 
September 15, 2015

For Immediate Release
DHS Science & Technology Press Office
Contact: John Verrico, (202) 254-2385

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will hold a demonstration day in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to showcase a wide range of innovative technologies discovered through its first accelerator program, EMERGE.

Started in March 2015 in partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology, the EMERGE accelerator pilot program sought innovative solutions in the area of wearable technologies—such as body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, and integrated voice and data communications embedded in a responder’s gear—to help the Responder of the Future save lives and carry out their mission.

EMERGE participants will demonstrate their technology concepts and prototypes to the investor community and industry at the EMERGE Demo Day. The event will feature innovative technologies such as mouth guards that use bone conduction technology for communication, devices for sensory impaired users that can help first responders locate people in challenging environments, a triage language translator for patients to communicate with first responders, and protective gloves with embedded equipment controls to remotely operate devices.

WHAT:     EMERGE Demo Day: “Putting innovative solutions into the hands of First Responders.”

WHO:       DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers
                  Center for Innovative Technology CEO Pete Jobse
                  Tech Wildcatters CEO and Managing Partner Gabriella Draney Zielke
                  TechNexus CEO and Founder Terry Howerton,
                  San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White
                  San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr
                  And more than a dozen entrepreneur and small-business innovators

WHEN:     1:00-5:00 PM PDT, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WHERE:   Galvanize - The Modern Tech Campus
                  44 Tehama St.
                  San Francisco

To learn more about the EMERGE Accelerator program, visit www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/accelerator. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @dhsscitech, #TechEMERGE.

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