A new awards initiative is looking for biometric and identity management innovations that could generate jobs in West Virginia. The program is the creation of TechConnectWV, a coalition of professionals working for technology-based economic development in the state. The new awards program will provide technical assistance grants for proposals selected for the best potential to produce new business and jobs in the state in the following amounts: first place, $15,000; second place, $10,000; and third place, $7,500. Biometrics is the science of identifying individuals through the collection of biological data such as fingerprints, facial recognition or iris scans. Identity management is a term for how humans are identified and authorized across computer networks. TechConnectWV is partnering with CSC Identity Labs of Fairmont on the program, and they expect to publish the rules for submitting commercialization proposals in early February, with letters of interest due March 1.
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