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In an effort to encourage technological innovation that advances our sport, USPA held its technology development contest in conjunction with its exhibit at the Parachute Industry Association Symposium in Reno, Nevada, February 27 - March 3, 2023. USPA's Skydiving Technology Advancement Roundup (STAR) competition, co-sponsored by Merit, is a collaborative effort to spotlight and support new technological innovation that benefits skydiving in some way. Nine finalists had the opportunity to demonstrate their products live and remotely at USPA's exhibit booth, competing for a cash prize and attention from potential investors. In addition to the overall winner chosen by the judging panel, USPA also awarded two Honorable Mention awards and a People's Choice. Check out the winners!


The winner and the recipient of the cash prize sponsored by Merit was awarded to Doug Hendrix for  Jump Run Assist!

Honorable Mentions

Judging was tough this year, and the difference in points between the top finalists was literally half points! As a result, two honorable mentions were awarded:
Arthur Amarra, AON2 Ltd.- Project Obsidian
Nathan Henry, Henry Engineering - Mobile TCAS

People's Choice

Tal Swicegood - Coach Jump

Other Submissions

Entries were strong this year, so check out the others who did not win the contest, but might be a fit for you!

Anton Nikitsiuk - SkydiverPal
Majed Abouhatab, P.E. - KBR
Andrea Vu & Mark Costello, Earthly Dynamics LLC - Dropmate
Ryan Albashian - PaxFast Deployment Bag 
Arnon Yaar - Skylander

The 2021 USPA STAR winner and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize was awarded to Ben Lussier of ExitCountTM!

A runner-up "Honorable Mention" award went to the entry with the most points for innovation, Nathan Henry's miniaturized TCAS system for canopies. Additionally, the People's Choice was awarded to the entry with the most votes on USPA's YouTube channel. With over 1,400 views and 431 likes the winner of the People's Choice award was Smart Watch Altimeter by Ricardo Ospina from Skydive Colombia.

At the Symponsium in Dallas February 2019, USPA invited PIA attendees to come watch the presentations each afternoon, and finalists were interviewed by Skydive-TV. At the conclusion of each day's demo, the judges announced the *winner for that category. In addition, People's Choice and Sigma's Choice Awards were announced at the conclusion of Thursday's demos.

Drop Zone Tools

Tuesday, February 5, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
*Big Picture, Spot Assist
Gearpro, Jody Moore, LLC, Merit's Choice
Revl X Video System, Revl

Jumper Experience

Wednesday, February 6, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
*ColorAlti, Freefall Data Systems LLC
Skydiving 401 app, Rhythm Skydiving
Spacesuit Skydive, Earth and Space Exploration LLC, People's Choice

Safety and Training

Thursday, February 7, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
*SkydiVR, Freefall Club
Online Training Program, AUV School of Skydiving and Bodyflight
SAS Situational Awareness System, TRIPLE-S


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