The winners of the Juneau Economic Development Corporation's Innovation Summit pitch contest Jay Byam, left, and Jack Finnegan, were announced Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Centennial Hall. Byam's Anchorage company Kartorium makes 3D models for industrial products and Finnegan's Ketchikan-based Fishability Alaska has designs for a charter fishing boat that's universally accessable for people with disabilities. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

3D modeling and disabled-access boats take prizes at JEDC pitch contest

Winners awarded $1,700 and airline tickets

The winners of the Juneau Economic Development Council’s Innovation Summit’s annual pitch contest were announced Thursday.

The two winners were each awarded $1,700 and round-trip tickets with Alaska Airlines. The pitch contest — sponsored by Alaska Airlines and the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce — was held Wednesday evening and featured six contestants.

The winner of the Judge’s Prize was Jay Byam, founder and CEO of Kartorium, a software company that uses scans to create 3D environments for industrial projects. Officially Kartorium is “cloud-based digital twin platform,” Byam told the Empire. “Which doesn’t mean much to most people.”

The company uses scans done by drone fly-over or using LIDAR, Byam said, and then renders the information into 3D environments viewable on a phone or computer. The company sometimes does the scanning itself, according to Byam, but he wants to make it easy for customers to upload their own scans.

The Anchorage-based company is already operating but is looking for additional funding. Byam said he’s been able to raise $300,000 from Alaskan investors.

The winner of the People’s Choice award was Jack Finnegan with Fishability Alaska. Finnegan is a charter fishing captain and has an idea for a boat designed to be universally accessible for people with disabilities. The boat would be 34 feet and made from aluminum with a fold-down front for wheelchair access. Finnegan — who’s based in Ketchikan — said he’s been in contact with a boat-maker in Washington state but still needs to secure funding.

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