Middle Bit: Igor Wins IoT World’s ‘COVID-19 Innovation’ Award

West Des Moines-based Igor has won the IoT World COVID-19 Innovation Award for the firm’s Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution.The award recognizes companies that demonstrate true innovation in notable ways to adapt to COVID-19.

Nexos Intelligent Disinfection leverages UVC disinfecting lighting with smart building controls to disinfect spaces safely. It is turn-key, allowing for rapid deployment in healthcare, office, school, data center and many other environments. The solution kit provides instant, low-maintenance and automated disinfection via a modular IoT platform.

Winners were announced on August 12 during the IoT World Virtual Event. Igor was one of three IoT World finalists, including Carrier and Zyfra.

Iowa receives $26.2 million in emergency education relief to expand broadband access

$26.2 million is now available to districts, nonpublic schools, and colleges and universities primarily to increase internet connectivity for students for the 2020-21 school year.

Using the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, authorized under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, $19.3 million in awards will go to all 327 school districts and nonpublic schools.The remaining $6.9 million will be earmarked for public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities.

The education department will send the awards directly to districts, which may use them to lease hotspots, provide a discount on broadband internet service or loan devices to qualifying households. The award amount for each district is based on the estimated number of households that lack internet access or struggle to afford it. Allocations are based on a survey the state conducted in June as well as information from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The $6.9 million earmarked for public and private colleges and universities may be spent to improve connectivity for students or provide professional development for faculty in online instruction. It will require an application to the department.

PI515 Code Jam Fundraiser

PI515 is hosting a code jam fundraiser that will take place virtually on September 18th at 5pm.

Participants of the code jam will write code and pledge to donate based on their accomplishments. Any individual or organization is welcome to participate. Individuals with little or no code experience are encouraged to participate and grow their knowledge base.

If you are interested in participating in the PI515 Code Jam or would like more information please send an email to tech@pi515.org.