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IDEAS Strategic Partner Wins Innovation Award

IDEAS Strategic Partner Wins Innovation Award

IDEAS strategic partner, Photon-X, was honored during the annual Schwartz Tech Awards, hosted by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission as part of Orlando Tech Week. Photon-X was recognized as the Regional Innovator for 2014. Photon-X relocated to Osceola County in 2013, in order to become a part of the growing and thriving high-tech cluster in the Central Florida region. IDEAS is a strategic partner of Photon-X and was instrumental in bringing the company to Florida.

The team at Photon-X has developed a series of advanced sensors that power the future of visual computing, with unique single lens 3D capability, and the capture of valuable analytics. Throughout its 14 years, the company has worked closely on mission critical government projects. “By relocating to Central Florida and in teaming with IDEAS”, commented Blair Barbour, CEO of Photon-X, “we are now a part of a creative and technology center of excellence that is helping us transform from a technology company into full spectrum solutions company.”

“Our integrated business strategy is differentiating us from other companies,” commented Phil Ruggieri CEO of IDEAS. “We combine the power of advanced technology at Photon-X, and the value of innovative design at IDEAS, to deliver high value business solutions to clients in multiple industries.”

Both companies have been recognized as Schwartz award winners. In 2010, IDEAS won for its innovative Learning product “TeacherStudio”. Bob Allen, IDEAS Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer added, “Orlando is a crossroads of the planet. Already known for tourism, Central Florida is also a world class business center. We are excited about integrating solutions with Photon-X and bringing personalized and immersive experiences to clients across the globe with new solutions for location based entertainment, healthcare and enterprise level brand activation.”

Allen, Barbour and Ruggieri are alumni of large companies including Disney, Boeing and IBM and transitioned into entrepreneurial rolls over 12 years ago. Ruggieri commented, “It’s about creating truly differentiated value for customers, and here in Orlando our business model is thriving. Customers in government, healthcare, entertainment, and large-scale enterprise across multiple verticals are now engaged. With our business friendly public and private sector partnerships, Central Florida is the place to be for 21st century business.”

About Photon-X: Photon-X is an imaging technology company focused on Spatial Phase Imaging (SPI) research and core products. Formed in 1999 as a company solely focused on research and development of optical products, services and solutions, Photon-X staff consists of technologists and engineers providing technical expertise in a variety of areas including optics, imaging, sensors, photonics, physics and computer science. Photon-X has experience designing and developing complex electro-optical systems, state-of-the-art sensors, photonics and 3D image processing applications within both the military and commercial sectors. For more visit

About IDEAS: Located in downtown Orlando, IDEAS is a media and experience design company using the central premise that powerful stories create powerful experiences. IDEAS creates products for healthcaregovernmententerprise, and entertainment clients worldwide as well as creating its own intellectual property. The team at IDEAS has more than 400 years aggregate experience in concept development, experience design, branding, training, and media production, and mobile development. For more about IDEAS visit

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