Northern Essex Community College, together with theGreater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Haverhill Horizons Hardware Challenge, hosted the city’s first conference on open innovation March 20. Pictured at the event, Merrimack Valley Open Innovation Conference, is Francisco Aguilar, CEO of Bounce Imaging, as he talks and shows his product in his right hand. The high-tech orb signals danger before first reponders make their move.
Runner-up in the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge was Energy Harvesters which is producing the Walking Charger, a device that allows users to charge the batteries in their mobile electronics devices just by walking. Here, Co-founder and CEO of Energy Harvesters LLC demonstrates the technology at the Merrimack Valley Open Innovation Conference.
More than 50 local business and educational leaders, community activists, and residents gathered at Northern Essex Community College to learn about uniting Merrimack Valley partners, such as start-ups and students, universities, investors, elected officials, and well-established companies. Here, presenters share information about the Walking Charger.
Sven A. Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said: “To succeed, a region needs a critical mass of entrepreneurs and talented workers, a strong education network, and collaborative business practices and tools, as well as access to capital resources and local and global markets.’’
Pictured: Jon Fredrickson, vice president at InnoCentive as he addresses the crowd.