Montana’s Headwaters Hub

Headwaters Tech Hub

Montana’s Headwaters Hub

The Headwaters Hub, led by Accelerate Montana, aims to become a global leader in smart, autonomous, photonic remote sensing technologies. This Tech Hub will leverage regional assets—including a concentration of photonics companies and its diverse geographic landscape—to integrate remote sensing systems with advances in embedded processors with built-in artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. In doing so, this western Montana consortium seeks to develop and deploy smart photonic sensing systems coupled with autonomous systems to address critical defense, resource management, and disaster prevention needs.

The Headwaters Hub will capitalize on the region’s existing commitment to market-driven innovation—and status as home to dozens of photonics companies—to overcome barriers to the advancement and broad adoption of autonomous technologies in critical use areas that are vital to the United States’ economic and national security.

The Montana Headwaters Tech Hub Consortium has received formal designation as a Regional Technology & Innovation Hub from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The Montana Headwaters Tech Hub will develop smart photonic sensing systems that can be deployed in autonomous systems and applied to critical defense, resource management, and disaster prevention applications.

Through nine component projects, we will partner with key organizations around the state to develop the photonics industry in our state. We will provide support for all aspects of the industry, from research and development, workforce training, and venture studios to launch new firms. With our support, we believe that Montana can become a global leader in this industry, creating an economic driver for the region.

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