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Ario is One of Two Winners at NATO Innovation Challenge in Paris, France

Ario LLC, an augmented reality startup company based at the ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk, was one of the two winners of the recent NATO Innovation Challenge.

Ario was among 10 finalists for the two prizes. Joseph Weaver, the CEO, pitched from Old Dominion's Strome Entrepreneurial Center, while the other teams pitched at at L'ecole Militaire in Paris, France.

The challenge centered around a fictional scenario in which NATO forces are deployed to a small, landlocked country to help respond to an outbreak of an unknown disease. The challenge called for solutions that addressed topics such as data filtering and fusing, visualization and predictive analysis.

The NATO Innovation Hub, a virtual and physical collaborative platform led by Allied Command Transformation (ACT), is located at Old Dominion, which is the hub's primary partner. Other partners that collaborated with NATO on the challenge included the French Ministry of Defense, GICAT (the French Land and Air-land Defence and Security Industry Association), the French National School of Cognitics (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique) at Bordeaux, and the German Cyber Innovation Hub.

Ario's team will fly to Berlin in the fall to showcase its technology at the NATO Industry Forum and to explore collaboration opportunities with the German Cyber Innovation Hub.

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