Made In Champaign County

Agents of Mayhem by Volition

Volition, the creators of Saints Row, Red Faction, FreeSpace and Summoner video game franchises, released a new video game on Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Agents of Mayhem.

 

The premise of the game:

Recruited from around the world, a group of unique and diverse Super Agents are set loose on the city of Seoul to save it from the destructive schemes of the evil supervillain organization LEGION (League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations).

Pick your choice of Agents for your squad, and swap between them on the fly in a fully open world filled with missions, activities, and secrets to uncover.

Some fun facts about Volition + Agents of Mayhem the game:

– The studio has been in Champaign for 21 years.
– There are around 200 employees at Volition, 80 of them with 10+ years of experience at the company.
– They have a combined total of 1,500 years of experience at the studio.
– Agents of Mayhem has ½ a million combinations of customizable elements (characters, weapons, skins, mods, etc.).
– Agents of Mayhem has more than 30,000 lines of voice recorded. The text (not voice) has been translated into 6 languages beyond English.
– Volition team members consumed more than 30,000 bagels in the time it took to build the engine, tools, and the Agents of Mayhem game.
– Volition had over 720 people worldwide work on the game.

The Volition team welcomed the community to celebrate the launch of the game on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 5-10 pm at One Main Plaza (1 E. Main Street) in downtown Champaign. Attendees played the new game, hung out with game developers, and enjoy Mayhem-themed food and drinks from local establishments. Agents of Mayhem character cutouts were placed at local businesses around Champaign County for the #AoMSelfie contest. View event photos here.

Learn more about the game via Smile Politely , The News-Gazette, and ChicagoInno.

 Volition is located at One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign.

RINGR

RINGR allows users to record a conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world, on any device, and have it sound like the two parties are in the same room at the same time. To date, interviews have been recorded by thousands of users in 29 countries and six continents around the world and have been heard by millions of people on networks such as ESPN and NPR.

Fun Facts

CEO Tim Sinclair is the public address voice of the Fighting Illini and Chicago Fire.

In 2015, RINGR spent six months as part of the OCEAN accelerator in Cincinnati, OH.

RINGR is currently part of Enterprise Works in the Research Park at the University of Illinois.

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Quicket Solutions

Quicket Solutions, founded by Christiaan Burner, a 2015 UIUC business school graduate, is one of the first to bring the tremendous benefits and cost savings of cloud computing technology to law enforcement. Quicket’s revolutionary electronic citation, electronic incident and crash reporting, and digital evidence management is a turnkey solution that enables digitization of information at the source of incident, real-time data sharing, fast and easy report generation, and intelligent data analytics. Quicket does away with the traditional high upfront capital expenditures associated with other legacy systems and charges a simple, straightforward monthly, pay-as-you-go subscription fee.

Fun Facts

Quicket was named the winner in Amazon’s 2015 “City on a Cloud” Innovation challenge at the New York City Technology Symposium, which featured decision makers from some of the largest cities in the United States. They were recognized as the most innovative public sector technology solution. Quicket received $25,000 as part of this award.

Christiaan launched Quicket out of his father’s basement after his sophomore year and worked there for an entire summer. For two years after, Christiaan, Akshay Singh, CTO, and the team worked from an apartment in Champaign.

Quicket’s entire original team of business and engineering students, including their CTO, Akshay, attended UIUC.

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Inprentus

Inprentus was founded in June 2012 by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign physics professor Peter Abbamonte to commercialize an innovative, dual-atomic microscope scribing technology, which is a technique for carrying out nano-scale lithography via mechanical deformation of metallic surfaces. This technology is a general purpose approach to high-precision patterning of surfaces, and is particularly suited to x-ray and EUV diffractive optics in which features must be shaped with 0.1 degree angular precision and positioned with nanometer precision over distances of tens of centimeters. X-ray diffraction gratings are used by many academic institutions, government laboratories, and Fortune 500 companies at synchrotron radiation facilities for a variety of scientific and commercial applications.

Fun Facts

The name Inprentus originates in Dutch, just like its current CEO.

They do manufacturing, not software.

Original technology dates back to Pres. Benjamin Harrison (1890) – completely redone using state of the art nano technology today by Inprentus.

Applications of their technology are used by many Fortune 500 companies.

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BioAnalytics

BioAnalytics is a biotechnology company developing the next generation of tools for protein analysis. Using a unique chemical synthesis technique, BioAnalytics modifies existing antibodies to amplify their binding strength by over 100 fold. This process results in drastic improvements in sensitivity and specificity, two of the most important factors in biological test fidelity. BioAnalytics uses this technique along with a proprietary method for simplified protein detection to develop tests with faster turnaround times, decreased variability, improved specificity, higher sensitivity, and increased capacity for multiplexing. BioAnalytics is currently focused on commercializing tests for use in academic research and pharmaceutical development, but ultimately plans on applying their technology to point-of-care medical diagnostics.

Fun Facts

Co-founders Lucas and Michael were randomly selected roommates at Bromley Hall during their freshman year at the University of Illinois.

2016 Innovation Celebration award recipient for the Student Startup Award.

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