Coral Springs, FL – On Friday, February 21, the City hosted the third annual Innovate Downtown event, sponsored by the Coral Springs CRA and Figgers Wireless Communications, Inc. The event kicked-off with a presentation by keynote speaker Lillian Roberts, CEO and Founder of Xendoo. Lillian spoke about the importance of technology and innovation for small businesses and shared her own story of her road to success as an entrepreneur. 
“This city provides a wealth of opportunity for businesses, which is why we are so proud to host events like Innovate Downtown as a place for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and receive genuine feedback directly from the consumer and our community,” says Kristi Bartlett, Director of Economic Development.

Event host, Deputy City Manager and Chief Innovation Officer, Bob Curnow, introduced the Innovation Showcase judges – Lillian Roberts, Cindy Brief, Aimee Tarte and Caitlin Gardner – and welcomed five local creators to present their innovations.

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Judges listened to five presentations and received additional feedback through Q&A before selecting Vitruvian VDR, a virtual dressing room software, as the Innovate Downtown winner. With just two pictures, the software creates a realistic avatar that captures each user’s unique shape and simulates how garments will look on them. The proprietary algorithms can mimic users exact body shape by measuring all body points. It also simulates fabric behavior to see how clothes fit one’s shape.

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The following night at Unplugged, a music, food and arts festival, the participants had the opportunity to showcase their inventions to attendees – and the public were able to vote on the “crowd favorite.”

Attendees at Unplugged selected LED Accents as the “crowd favorite.” LED Accents provides bicycle riders with a fun and safe feature by illuminating bikes with waterproof LED lighting and a mounted control that allows the rider to select 16 colors and four different modes. All wires are installed internally to protect them from damage.

Vitruvian VDR received $2,000 and LED Accents received a 55-inch TV – both prizes were courtesy of Figgers Wireless Communications, Inc.

The additional creators included businesses and inventions from:

Congratulations to each of the participants at Innovate Downtown. The City of Coral Springs is proud to offer solutions and a showcase for businesses and start-ups to present their innovative ideas.