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Apr 14, 2014 1:56 PM by Dave Fields

Acadiana companies and nonprofits named INNOV8 award recipients

The 2014 INNOV8 Awards recognized three Acadiana companies and two non-profit organizations for the top innovations of the previous year.

C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana will be honored at the INNOV8 Keynote and Awards Luncheon on April 29, 2014. Author Steven Johnson will be the keynote presenter. Johnson is a leading light of today's interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against
21st-century terrorism.

2014 INNOV8 Award Recipients:

C&C Technologies - Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Project
C&C Technologies pioneered the world's first commercially operated deepwater Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for oil & gas exploration.
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HJ Adams / HIT Fitness
HIT Fitness focuses on functional movements based on agility, balance and core stability using unconventional and innovative training tools. A class unlike any other - HIT Fitness pushes clients to exceed their limitations and achieve goals - in only 45 minutes.
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R3 Sciences
Researchers in Lafayette, Louisiana, with R3 Sciences, a division of Enersciences Holdings, LLC, have successfully produced commercial grade methanol in a continuous flow pilot system using a new, novel liquid, homogenous catalytic process.

Acadiana Symphony Association - "Do-Re-ME!"
Do-Re-ME! (DRM) is a music-based, early language and literacy development program provided this year to preschoolers aged four to five years old at Truman Montessori Elementary in Lafayette Parish. The program uses music and movement to instill early language and literacy concepts in a fun and accessible way.

United Way of Acadiana - "The Leader In Me"
Based on Stephen Covey's the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, "The Leader in Me" is a school-wide process that transforms the culture of the school and instills students with the key skills that businesses and educators identified as a vital for success in the 21st century.

The luncheon will highlight INNOV8 2014, a week-long event designed to showcase, educate, connect, and inspire innovators. From April 23 to 30, venues across Lafayette will be packed with stimulating events and renowned speakers whose stories are guaranteed to stoke the innovator in all of us! Programs will range from architecture, city planning, music and culinary to healthcare, manufacturing, energy and steam punk.

Registration is now open for the event, which will be at the Cajundome Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register or for more information on INNOV8 Lafayette's events, go to INNOV8Lafayette.com or contact Bruce Conque, Vice President of Community Development, at bruce@lafchamber.org or 337-408-3653.

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