INNOVATE® Georgia

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About INNOVATE® Georgia

Introducing INNOVATE® Georgia: A Chronicle of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nestled in the heart of the United States, Georgia radiates a vibrant spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. We are thrilled to unveil the inaugural edition of INNOVATE® Georgia, an ode to the resounding ingenuity that shapes the state’s innovation landscape. As an illustrious addition to our esteemed Innovations of the World series, this book serves as a captivating gateway to explore the dynamic realm where Georgia’s pioneering essence flourishes.

From the bustling metropolises of Atlanta to the serene countryside, INNOVATE® Georgia embarks on a journey through the narratives that define the state’s innovation saga. Within these pages, you’ll encounter the architects of change, the thought leaders who defy conventions, and the trailblazers who have solidified Georgia’s standing as a nexus of innovation and entrepreneurship.

This anthology commemorates Georgia’s remarkable ability to infuse innovation into every facet of its identity. It unveils the visionaries and innovators who have orchestrated groundbreaking advancements across a spectrum of industries, from technology to healthcare and beyond. Each narrative encapsulates the determination and tenacity that have become synonymous with Georgia’s innovative landscape.

As a chapter within the revered Innovations of the World series, INNOVATE® Georgia is a testament to the state’s unwavering spirit of progress. It encapsulates Georgia’s knack for embracing change, its resilience in the face of challenges, and its dedication to carving new pathways. This volume stands as a salute to the luminaries who have elevated Georgia’s status on the global stage, fostering an environment where innovation flourishes and creativity knows no limits.

Within these pages, you are invited to embark on a journey that traverses Georgia’s landscapes—both geographical and intellectual. It unveils the brilliance that has propelled Georgia forward, from its historical roots to the frontiers of the future. As you delve into the narratives, you’ll witness how Georgia’s visionary minds have transformed adversity into opportunity, cultivating an ecosystem where innovation thrives and creativity blooms.

Join us as we shine a spotlight on the architects of innovation—those who have shaped Georgia’s trajectory and propelled it toward a future defined by brilliance. INNOVATE® Georgia beckons you to delve into a world where tradition intertwines with innovation, where the past merges with the present, and where Georgia’s vibrant spirit propels it into a future illuminated by ingenious accomplishments. Step into the captivating realm of Georgian innovation!

The Publisher

Glen Edwards

Glen Edwards was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and served in the United States Marine Corps Services. For the next 10 years, Glen worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Philadelphia, counseling underprivileged children in North and West Philadelphia. In 1983, Glen left the court and went to work... click to read more

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UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

INNOVATING TOMORROW: UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA’S CUTTING-EDGE APPROACH TO EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Nestled in the heart of Georgia, the University of West Georgia (UWG) stands as a beacon of innovation and research, setting the stage for a future in which creativity and entrepreneurial spirit thrive. As the seventh-largest public university in the state, UWG is not just an institution of higher learning;...

SLALOM

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE: SLALOM’S PURSUIT OF A BETTER TOMORROW FOR ALL

Better tomorrows, together. That’s the future that Slalom, a next generation professional services company, is striving to build with its customers. For Slalom, better tomorrows are found at the intersection of business, technology, and humanity. This might mean developing a data hub that accelerates research for childhood brain cancer, launching...

SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY WORKS (STW)

AND THEIR FLAGSHIP PRODUCT, ZEUS2Q:

System Technology Works, based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is a pioneering research and product development company focused on transforming the educational landscape through the development of humanoid robots like the Zeus2Q. Founded by Luis Guzman, STW aims to revolutionize the way we interact with and program artificial intelligence (AI) and...

ACKERMAN & CO

A BOLD APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT

Just two miles southwest of Downtown Atlanta is a sprawling collection of buildings formerly known as “Warehouse Row.” In the 1950s and 1960s, the warehouse buildings were developed to serve as a distribution hub for area grocery stores. Today, the buildings have been transformed into something much different. In the...

CORESITE

EMPOWERING A MORE CONNECTED FUTURE

CoreSite probably is a part of your life today. As a colocation data center provider, CoreSite and its partners deliver services that shape how we live, work and play, creating the “intersection of interconnection” that helps empower modern digital life. CoreSite started in 2001 as CRG West, a portfolio company...

CMII GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

UNLEASHING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

At the heart of Georgia State University lies the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII), a beacon of innovation and creativity in the bustling landscape of Georgia’s entertainment and creative economy. Established with the vision to empower students to carve successful careers in the creative industry, CMII stands as a pivotal...

QTS

THE BACKBONE OF OUR MODERN ECONOMY

QTS Data Centers is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint with over two gigawatts of critical power capacity under customer contract in North America and Europe. Part of the Blackstone portfolio, QTS delivers secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading...

HANNIBAL AI

ANCIENT TACTICS, DIGITALFRONTIERS: HANNIBAL AI’S MODERN CONQUEST

In the relentless march of technology, where change is the only constant, Hannibal AI provides real experience in artificial intelligence. The company understands the terrain of tomorrow, navigating the evolving landscape with the agility and foresight of its namesake, Hannibal Barca. Like Hannibal’s legendary campaigns against the Roman Republic, Hannibal...

CONSTRUCTION CHECK

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATING

In the bustling landscape of the construction industry, a new player has emerged with a vision to revolutionize the way professionals estimate costs. Construction Check, founded in Atlanta, Georgia, by Leanda Thomas, the former CEO of Project Cost Solutions, Inc., is poised to become the leading platform for construction cost...

SPLITIT

REVOLUTIONIZING INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS

In a world dominated by ever-evolving financial technology, Splitit emerged as a beacon of innovation, ushering in a new era of responsible shopping. While the ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ (BNPL) industry surged forward, Splitit stood out as a trailblazer, transforming the landscape through their merchant-branded Installments-as-a-Service platform. Their mission was...

IMPROVING

MODERN DIGITAL SERVICES

The Backstory.Founded in 2005 in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta, then Innovative Architects latched on to the maturing Microsoft Gold Partnership Program as the core of our service offerings. We would become known in that technology community for doing the hard stuff: Commerce Server integration, BizTalk implementation, SharePoint before it...

DC BLOX

PIONEERING THE SOUTHEAST DIGITAL FRONTIER

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the Southeastern United States, DC BLOX has positioned itself as a linchpin in the accelerating digital transformation that is sweeping across industries. The urgency of this transformation is underscored by several key factors, each playing a crucial role in shaping the digital future of...

WHEEL DATA STRATEGIES

STEERING ANALYTICS TOWARDS SOCIAL AND BUSINESS IMPACT

Executives and knowledge workers in corporate America view the world through the lens of their company’s products, services, and their profitability. Successful corporations adopt focused product development strategies that align with their corporate objectives and deliver projects using planned resources and expertise. Dr. Priya Sarathy, founder of Wheel Data Strategies...

STABLE KERNEL

CULTIVATING CURIOSITY: THE LEARNING CULTURE BEHIND STABLE KERNEL’S WORLD-CLASS INNOVATIONS

There’s a reason why, every day, millions of people rely on technology developed by Stable Kernel. Over the past decade, while the tech world churned like river rapids, Stable Kernel has been steadily navigating the currents, charting a thoughtful and deliberate course— cultivating a work environment that fosters productivity and...

OGEECHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

GREAT THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Despite being one of the smallest technical colleges in the state, Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) has carved out a significant niche in the educational landscape of Georgia, standing as a beacon of technical education and workforce development. Under the forward-thinking leadership of Lori Durden, the college’s president since 2016, OTC...

EMORY

FOSTERING INNOVATION FOR A DATA AND TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN WORLD

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is a top-20 ranked business school. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is a top-ranked driving force for change. In a vibrant global city, it prepares the future’s brightest minds principled leaders who believe in equitable business practices, constant innovation, and the critical intersection of business...

THE CITY OF ALPHARETTA

THE SUBTLE RISE OF A TECH HUB

Situated between bustling downtown Atlanta and the tranquil the North Georgia mountains, the City of Alpharetta is emerging as a notable example of how a community can quietly yet effectively embrace innovation and growth. This story isn’t about rapid expansion or high-profile advancements; it’s a tale of how Alpharetta has...

7FACTOR

BUILDING GOOD THINGS RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME, TAKES THOUGHTFUL INTENTION.

7Factor Software was founded on human-centric principles held fiercely true at every step in their work to design, develop, deploy, and maintain well-engineered software solutions for tech-forward enterprises and ambitious start-ups with great ideas and a commitment to quality. They tackle their clients’ most unique problems, empowering them to seize...

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY

WE ARE COMMITTED TO INFUSING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY-WE ARE COMMITTED TO INFUSING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS. A 10-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY WITH 195 YEARS OF HISTORYAs the state’s flagship health sciences and medical research university, home of the state’s Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, and one of...

SOUTHERN COMPANY

BUILDING THE FUTURE OF ENERGY

Plant Vogtle, co-owned and operated by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power, is the largest producer of carbon-free energy in the United States. Southern Company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers and communities, through its electric utilities in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a...

UNVEILING VITAL4

EMPOWERING THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL CRIME PREVENTION

In the realm of financial systems, where the complexities of global transactions intertwine with the risks of criminal activity, one company stands tall in the fight against financial crime: Vital4. Since its inception in 2016, Vital4 has embarked on an extraordinary journey of innovation at the nexus of technology and...

HERMEUS

IMAGINE: NEW YORK TO LONDON IN 90 MINUTES

Hermeus is an Atlanta-based aerospace startup on a mission to revolutionize air travel with hypersonic aircraft. These planes will fly five times the speed of sound – turning a seven-hour trip from New York to London into a short 90-minute flight. Traveling at these speeds effectively shrinks the size of...

AZALEA HEALTH

COMMITTED TO IMPROVING CARE IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

Azalea Health delivers electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management (RCM), and integrated telehealth solutions for rural community practices and hospitals, especially those focused on underserved populations. EHR systems unify clinical documentation and practice management software to seamlessly handle charting, scheduling, billing, and patient engagement. Azalea helps healthcare providers improve...

UCB

USING TECHNOLOGY TO HELP PEOPLE LIVING WITH SEVERE DISEASE

UCB PRIORITIZES PATIENT VALUE, FOSTERING A CARING CULTURE SHAPED BY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. EMPHASIZING TECH-DRIVEN INNOVATION AND HUMAN-CENTRIC HEALTHCARE, WE LEVERAGE AI AND DIGITAL STRATEGIES TO ADVANCE PATIENT CARE.. At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living...

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