Lloyd Reshard, a research engineer and technology consultant, was a part of two of the twenty teams selected as finalists of the 2014 Innovation Awards and one of three winners of a $60,000 Microsoft software subscription. The awards, presented by Space Florida, Innovation Coast and the Florida Small Business Development Center, recognize creative business plans that promote cutting-edge products and services for the marketplace. Reshard, owner of Pivotal Data Technologies, is a partner in Cognitive Big Data Systems, a partnership of four companies that develop tools to make sense of structured and unstructured data instantly, and Culenda, a partnership of three companies using artificial intelligence to optimize restaurant operations in order to better understand the customers’ taste preferences.
Along with Five Sisters Blues Café owner, Cecil Johnson, and Creativity Machine® inventor, Dr. Stephen Thaler, Reshard developed the Culenda application to deliver menus that anticipate a customer’s food preferences and eating habits. Additionally, Reshard and Thaler partnered with Jibril Suilaman, CEO of Pay Cell Systems, and Vercell Vance, CEO of Alpha Data Corporation, to form Cognitive Big Data Systems. “With this partnership, we can attack large amounts of data with smaller computing platforms,” Reshard said. “This not only makes efficient use of technology, it also saves the end-user money.”
Over $215,000 in cash and technology prizes was awarded at the awards held November 6 – 7 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front.