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2014 Best Places to Work and Most Valuable Employee Awards

nou Systems, Inc. was nominated for the 2014 Best Places to Work in Huntsville award.  There were a total of 322 nominees, and we were informed nou Systems made the cut to the list of 72 contenders (one of 23 in the Small Business category).  Ultimately, there are 3 company and 3 individual awards in each company size category.  As contenders, nou Systems attended the award event and invited Laura Burt and Heinrich DuBose-Schmitt to attend as both were selected by their peers as the company’s Most Valuable Employee (MVE) nominees.  That is quite an honor for both of them.

We are thrilled to announce that Heinrich won the MVE award.  Heinrich is a great asset to the team, and we appreciate all of his handwork and dedication to being a great team-wide resource.

2015 Small Business of the Year Award

nou Systems, Inc. was selected as the 2015 Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County in the Government Contracting: Technology category. The Small Business Awards Celebration is held yearly and celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of local small businesses, nonprofits and young professionals.

 

This year the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County celebrated 30 years of supporting and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding attributes. The 2015 awards celebration was held on Sept. 11, 2015 at the VBC North Hall. This celebration brings together over 800 of the community’s leading small businesses, entrepreneurs, young professionals and non-profits, as well as the leadership of Huntsville/Madison County.

Monkey Madness competes at Asia Pacific Invitational in Sydney, Australia

On July 4-6, 2013, Monkey Madness, a nou Systems, Inc. sponsored team from Huntsville, Alabama, competed in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Asia Pacific Invitational robotics competition held at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. 20 teams from around the world were invited to this event, including teams from Taiwan, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and the United States.

Monkey Madness once again represented their school, city, and state well by earning the following awards:

  • Inspire Award – 2nd place; Best team in all judging categories
  • Finalist Alliance Captain – 2nd place in the robot performance portion of the competition
  • Connect Award Winner – 1st place; Team who reached out to community to promote STEM and FTC and to advance their own learning

In addition, they were nominated in all judging categories except one.

Finally, they are the World Record holders for the highest score achieved this competition season which began last September. Their high score was 1028. The previous record was 660. You can see in the attached picture that the game designers did not anticipate such a high score.

The full award list for the Asia Pacific Invitational is at: http://firstaustralia.org/node/63.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for high school students based on a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. Robots are limited to 18 inches per side and are remotely controlled on a 12 by 12 foot playing field. This season, 2500 teams from around the world competed in FTC. If anyone would like more information on FTC, please visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Team Monkey Madness Wins World Championship Robotics Competition

25,000 spectators. 10,000 students. Over 2,500 teams. 36 states. 17 countries. 1 common goal — to win the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Championship title.

On April 24-27, Monkey Madness, a nou Systems, Inc. sponsored team from Huntsville, Alabama, competed in and won the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship held in St. Louis. 128 state and national championship teams out of over 2500 teams world-wide were invited to compete at the World Championship, with 26 teams representing Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Taiwan, and the remainder of the teams representing the United States.

Designed as a head-to-head competition, FTC challenges students to design, build and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The object of the game was to score the highest number of points by placing plastic rings on the pegs of a center rack, earning extra points for special weighted rings.

Throughout the qualifying rounds, Monkey Madness was randomly assigned to partner with other teams. Their greatest challenge was learning to communicate and think strategically with new partners every match, some of which required a translator. Despite the challenge, Monkey Madness and its teammates were able to quickly strategize and collaborate as a single alliance.

After eight qualifying rounds and hours of preparation, the entire season and competition boiled down to a final match that lasted two minutes and thirty seconds. The team’s hard work and dedication after nine months and 400 hours of designing, building, and programming paid off in the end.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for high school students based on a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. Robots are limited to 18 inches per side and are remotely controlled on a 12 by 12 foot playing field. If anyone would like more information on FTC, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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