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Are driverless cars safe? California's regulators weigh issues
California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.
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We put Pizza Hut's new menu to the taste test
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Christmas decorations that could kill you
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Wichita State business plan competition kicks off
A prize pool worth more than $30,000 is up for grabs as Wichita State University kicks off its annual Shocker New Venture Competition. Put on by WSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, the competition encourages students to work toward commercializing new venture ideas. During the competition, students will develop a business plan for their idea and make a pitch to investors. The competition gives students a real-world application to put entrepreneurial principles into practice. The competition is…
Tinkering, building, messing up are encouraged at Exploration Place’s new Creator Space
Kids don't have to look far to find a screen to engage with or software to play with. But amid all that technology, something is lost, says Jason Cox, chief technical officer at Cox Machine and vice chairman of the board at Sedgwick County's Exploration Place museum. "We've lost our connection to the physical world," he said Friday morning at the unveiling of Exploration Place's new Creator Space. "Kids have more screen time and less time building with their hands." Hands-on building is what Creator…
High Touch COO David Oles leaves to become AgVantis CEO
David Oles has gone to work for another technology company in Wichita. Oles recently left High Touch Technologies, where he spent two years as its vice president and chief operating officer and five years with the company overall, to become CEO of AgVantis Inc. There, Oles is replacing Tom Stegman, who is retiring at year's end. AgVantis is located in the Farm Credit Bank Building at 245 N. Waco and provides technology and financial accounting services to Farm Credit Associations in California,…
Wichita State secures $3.75M for ‘maker space’ within its innovation campus
Wichita State University's effort to create a "maker space" within its planned innovation campus is receiving a big boost, thanks to Koch Industries Inc. and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. A total of $3.75 million will be used to create a space that will help business opportunities be commercialized. The space, which will be part of WSU's Experiential Engineering building, will be membership-based and will provide access to equipment, training and shared work spaces. The $3.75 million is the…
Business partnership helps Augusta kindergartner land GoPro mini sprint sponsorship (Video)
Dalton Turpin's favorite sprint car driver is Shane Stewart. Stewart, an Oklahoma native, drives a car with the GoPro logo splashed all over it. Now Dalton, the 6-year-old son of PK Companies CEO Kevin Turpin, is winning awards while racing a mini sprint car just like Stewart's. Kevin Turpin says a relationship between PK Companies and GoPro, maker of a tiny, mountable, high-frame-rate camera, helped him land a racing sponsorship for his son. PK's work includes developing technology for the inspection…
Concergent-affiliated MDC Anywhere launches to provide customized micro-data centers
After completing a custom data center expansion that earned the company a new client, Concergent is looking to do more with customized data centers. CEO Dan Reisig says Concergent and some investors are jointly launching a new company, MDC Anywhere. The MDC stands for "micro-data center." MDC will share Concergent's staff, which has grown to include 22 employees in Wichita, up from 11 about a year ago. The idea behind MDC Anywhere is to offer "extreme flexibility" to clients when it comes to data…
High Touch acquires majority stake in Canada’s Decision Software
Wichita's High Touch Technologies has purchased a 51 percent stake in enterprise software firm Decision Software. Decision Software, based in Toronto, Canada, is the developer of Decision Builder, a suite of enterprise resource planning software products. President Kevin Anderson says the software is flexible, allowing various companies to pick and choose the features they need, but it's particularly well suited for small and medium-sized businesses in manufacturing, distribution and services.…
High Touch buys Overland Park tech company
High Tough Technologies on Thursday announced that it has acquired Overland Park-based Entire Computer Solutions in a move that will expand its footprint in the Kansas City market. Terms of the purchase were not released. The new buy follows on the heels of Wichita-based High Touch's recent purchase of Computer Upgrade in Lee Summit, Mo. Scott Rauth, managing principal for Entire Computer Solutions, will remain in a leadership role and will now oversee High Touch's two offices in the area.
STEM mentoring gets $50,000 award from Wichita Community Foundation
A STEM mentoring program led by Wichita State University has received $50,000 from the Wichita Community Foundation. The money, which comes from the Knight Foundation Fund, will be used to help recruit mentors in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. WSU said in a press release that the grant will be focused on finding mentors for youth groups that are under-represented in STEM fields. The STEM program, called STEMpact202, is made up of a collation of more than 30 community…
Startup Weekend winner RentRep engaged in Global Startup Battle
The winner of Wichita's recent Startup Weekend event, RentRep, is now competing on an international level. The local upstart, which is still under development, is engaged in the Global Startup Battle, an international competition for winners of several hundred Startup Weekend-style events that occurred Nov. 13 to 15 and Nov. 21 to 23. Winners from those events are soliciting votes through Wednesday at The top vote-getters will be ranked by a panel of judges. RentRep is…

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