Welcome

Welcome

Tech Wildcatters staff and volunteers greet arriving founders, investors, and guests at Emerge's first demo day.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

The spotlight

The spotlight

Omar Barlas, CEO of Sensorsphere, makes an appearance on stage.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

Pitching

Pitching

Nick Fragnito, CEO of Mindtalk Technology, gives a demo during the interactive happy hour.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

Networking

Networking

JC Garcia, an investor at Green Park & Golf, chats with Matt Schwartz at startup EasyEye.

Broad appeal

Broad appeal

Investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs from across the nation joined Tech Wildcatters and the Emerge startups.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

Visions of the future

Visions of the future

Molly Cain, executive director of Tech Wildcatters, moderates a panel with Gabriella Draney, Tech Wildcatters's CEO, Michael Interbartolo of NASA, David Ihrie of the Center for Innovative Technology, Caleb Holt of TEEX, and Kyle Ellicott of Wearable World.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

A final bow

A final bow

Emerge's first class of entrepreneurs takes the stage.

Photo: Tech Wildcatters

Innovation to help first responders stay safe and do their jobs better is the focus of the Emerge accelerator, which spent three months working out of Tech Wildcatters in Dallas this summer.

The program, which recently held its demo day, featured apps, software, and devices that could, for example, help EMTs quickly communicate with injured victims who don’t speak English or keep firefighters connected with wired mouthguards that could serve as communications systems while in a burning building and when they cannot use headsets.

While the startups primarily spent their time in Dallas, the program also included field trips to Houston at the Johnson Space Center’s NASA campus and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station, TX, which has training programs for first-responders in disaster scenarios.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the launch of Emerge through two accelerator programs this past spring with the goal of supporting the development of technology that would help first-responders such as  firefighters, police, and paramedics. The department’s Center for Innovation, which is located at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, developed and oversees the program.

The second Emerge demo day will be in San Francisco on September 23.

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763.