RIC20 Startup Innovation Labs Showcase 20 Tech Innovators

With a focus on emerging technologies and innovative
startups, the 2020 Retail Innovation Conference is featuring three Startup
Innovation Lab sessions that will introduce attendees to a total of 20 tech
innovators.

Startup Innovation Lab #1: 10-11 am ET, Oct. 13

Moderated by Orlando Ribas Fernandes of XnFinity-XNFY Lab, the first group of startups presenting include:

Omnichannel Fulfillment: onfleet – a last-mile delivery platform;  

Touchless Retail: SuperSmart – a validation and loss-prevention system for Scan & Go; 

Digital Commerce: Pointr – A deep location company combining indoor location intelligence with machine learning; 

Business Agility: Uncrowd – SaaS platform generates live-tracking Friction/Reward Indexes; 

Experiential Initiatives: Gravity AI  —  a MLaaS (Machine Learning as a Service) platform; and 

E-Commerce Optimization: Taste — making artificial intelligence fun and consumer-friendly, and offering a personalized shopping experience.  

Startup Innovation Lab #2, 10-11 am ET, Oct. 14

Ken Fenyo of Coresight Research will moderate tomorrow morning’s

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GSD Venture Studios Gary Fowler Launches New Accelerator GSD Labs

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 5, 2020 / Startups face a number of difficulties when trying to raise capital and expand globally. GSD Venture Studios travels the world inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships to ensure organizations grow the right way. Unlike traditional investors, they take senior operational (often co-founder) roles in these companies, capitalizing on their trusted reputation, experiences and network to drive explosive growth.

International companies typically feel locked into just one country when attempting to expand. GSD has helped many international startups with innovative products and services establish a footprint in Silicon Valley and beyond. And now they are thrilled to be announcing the launch of their premier accelerator called GSD Labs, which will focus exclusively on helping technology startups enter the US. They have designed

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Intel and Sandia National Labs Collaborate on Neuromorphic Computing

What’s New: Today, Intel Federal LLC announced a three-year agreement with Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) to explore the value of neuromorphic computing for scaled-up computational problems. Sandia will kick off its research using a 50-million neuron Loihi-based system that was delivered to its facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This work with Loihi will lay the foundation for the later phase of the collaboration, which is expected to include continued large-scale neuromorphic research on Intel’s upcoming next-generation neuromorphic architecture and the delivery of Intel’s largest neuromorphic research system to date, which could exceed more than 1 billion neurons in computational capacity.

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A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach

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How scientific leaders can enact anti-racist action in their labs

How scientific leaders can enact anti-racist action in their labs
Author Bala Chaudhary at work. Chaudhary teaches environmental science and leads a research group that studies mycorrhizas, beneficial plant-fungal symbioses, and their belowground ecology. Credit: Jamie Moncrief

A new paper provides 10 steps that principal investigators (PIs) and research group leaders can follow to help cultivate anti-racist professional and learning environments. V. Bala Chaudhary of DePaul University, Chicago, and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe of U.C. Merced present these guidelines in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology.


The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce exhibits disproportionately low racial and ethnic diversity due to a variety of factors that include bias, discrimination, and power imbalances within academia. The STEM community increasingly recognizes low representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)—especially at and above the Ph.D. level—as a significant problem. Lab leaders may be able to make considerable progress towards increased diversity by building anti-racist labs, but many lack clarity on

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Aurora Labs ramps ‘self-healing’ software with $23M from LG Technology Ventures, Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho

The automotive market is grappling with increasingly complex software systems, and in turn greater risks of glitches that can cause costly and unsafe disruptions and damage an automaker’s credibility.

Just look at today’s new cars, trucks and SUVs compared to their counterparts a decade ago. New vehicles coming off assembly lines today contain tens of millions of lines of code, a statistic that continues to rise as automakers invest more in software.

This upward trend has created risks for automakers; it’s also opened up opportunity for burgeoning startups like Aurora Labs, which developed a platform that can spot problems with software in cars and fix it on the fly. The company is now preparing to ramp up operations, even beyond automotive, as software takes a central role in shared mobility, cities and homes.

Aurora Labs developed a platform designed to detect and predict problems and then fix any issues in

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Intel teams up with Lightbits Labs to maximize data center profitability

Intel and Lightbits Labs have entered into a strategic collaboration to improve the performance and profitability of data centers. 

On Tuesday, the chip giant said both parties will develop disaggregated storage solutions suitable for data centers; in particular, systems that will reduce total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) issues caused by stranded disk capacity and performance problems. 

TCO variables can include energy usage, cooling requirements, location, and the choice of equipment. Cost-reducing investments in the data center usually pursued relate to reducing waste, labor time, and reclaiming or recovering stranded disk capacity — allocated but unused storage that would otherwise not be available for use by applications. 

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Intel and Lightbits Labs will work together to co-engineer technical solutions designed to reduce stranded disk volumes as well as launch go-to-market initiatives. 

The companies will investigate how merged designs — utilizing Intel’s hardware

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Elliptic Labs Onboards New Smartphone Customer and Signs Software License Agreement – Press Release

OSLO, Norway–(Business Wire)–Elliptic Labs announced today that it has signed a software licensing agreement for its INNER BEAUTY® AI Virtual Proximity Sensor™. The smartphone manufacturer chose INNER BEAUTY for two smartphone models as the enabling factor behind the device’s full-screen and clean design.

“Elliptic Labs is seeing strong momentum as our technology continues to be included in many new phones with new customers,” said Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs.

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Elliptic Labs is headquartered in Norway with presence in the USA, China, South-Korea, and Japan. Founded in 2006 as a research spin-off from Norway’s Oslo University, it is now a global enterprise targeting the smartphone, laptop, IoT, and automotive markets. The Company’s patented AI software combines ultrasound and sensor-fusion algorithms to deliver intuitive 3D gesture, proximity and presence sensing experiences. Its scalable AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform creates software-only sensors that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and already deployed

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French virus testing labs under strain amid resurgent demand

France’s COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of a public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil

ARGENTEUIL, France — France’s COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil.

Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with escalating demand.

“Since Aug. 15, we’re seeing a constant increase in the

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Cloud Communications Platform, Melrose Labs to Protect Businesses from Fraud with New Technology Partnership

Melrose Labs has partnered with Phronesis Technologies to reassure businesses that customers are who they say they are

Following the launch of its voice and messaging services earlier this year, Melrose Labs’ new partnership will see the platform develop new identity verification services that will protect businesses and improve customer engagement.

The new offerings will also enhance Melrose Labs’ existing Identity and Location, and One-Time Password (OTP) services.

When SMS is used to deliver a one-time password to a user, there is a risk that the message could be intercepted. With these new services, businesses will be able to identify SIM swapping and deny the use of OTP to prevent fraudulent use of a user’s account. Mark Hay, CEO of Melrose Labs says:

“Identity verification is essential to reducing fraudulent activity and is a key part of ensuring secure and trustworthy customer engagements in online transactions. Our new partnership with

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XIFIN Executives Expect 15% Increase in Fall COVID-19 Testing Volumes; Seeing Regional Labs Pick Up Overflow from Larger, National Players

Company highlights key factors expected to impact Q4 COVID-19 testing during UBS analyst event

COVID-19 has impacted diagnostic volumes, mix and reimbursement for a variety of diagnostic providers. As the nation transitions into fall, new challenges will arise for the laboratory industry as students go back to school and flu season hits its peak. XIFIN CEO Lâle White and Kyle Fetter, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Diagnostic Services, recently joined healthcare analysts from UBS for an audio conference to discuss the key factors that will impact COVID testing volumes heading into the fall, analyze activity across its customer lab networks, and provide an update on payor reimbursement activity.

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“Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostic labs nationwide continue to see high testing volumes. Early implementation of rapid diagnostics testing could positively impact overall testing

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