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GigaTECHs App Competition

Seeking next-gen applications that focus on opportunities in local transportation, education, clean energy, health and public safety. Read Overview...
$38,000
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Austin area civic-minded app developers and entrepreneurs are invited to compete in the City of Austin’s GigaTECHs Competition. The competition is part of a broader nationwide initiative, led by D.C-based U.S Ignite, to encourage next-generation Gigabit Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. Competitors will have the opportunity to win $38,000 in prize money to seed and support the development of applications that focus on opportunities in local transportation, education, clean energy, health and safety (TECHs). The prize money is made possible by U.S Ignite and the City of Austin’s Communications and Technology Management Department.

The City of Austin is excited to announce the winning teams from its GigaTECHs App Competition: Just in Time VR and Kiwi Compute.
 

 

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US Ignite and City of Austin announce GigaTECHs App Competition Winners

Sept. 20, 2017, noon PDT by Happiness Kisoso

The City of Austin is excited to announce the winning teams from its GigaTECHs App Competition: Just in Time VR and Kiwi Compute.

Each winning team will receive $19,000 in seed money to further develop their applications. The teams also will be showcased with select cities across the United States participating in the Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program.

  • Just In Time VR uses virtual reality to train emergency service providers for large-scale disasters.
  • Kiwi Compute is developing a free application to teach middle schoolers how to use the programming language Python.

Additionally, US Ignite has offered a full scholarship to a third finalist, BloxMob, to take its FastTrac Tech Venture program -- a 24-hour, 8-week video conference course about the latest concepts in market analysis and business planning. BloxMob is an app-development platform targeted toward students and teens to promote STEM concepts and skills without requiring knowing how to code.

"These Austin area civic-minded app developers and entrepreneurs blew the judges away with their solid solutions," said Charles Purma III, a manager in the City's Communications and Technology Management department.
 

The panel of judges, including members of US Ignite, City of Austin, Latinitas, and Experimental Civics, chose the winning entries from 11 finalists, based on how well they exemplified the following app entry requirements:

  • The overall local impact this app is likely to make in one or more of the focus areas: Transportation, Education, Clean energy, Health and Safety.
  • How likely the proposed app is to be developed and deployed by December 2017.
  • How well the proposed app aligns with Austin’s Smart Cities Roadmap/Strategy.
  • How scalable the proposed app is to other Smart Gigabit Communities.
  • How well the proposed app leverages the high-bandwidth, low-latency technology of gigabit internet.
  • How well the proposed app offers accessibility, inclusion, and/or direct benefit to the technologically underserved communities in Austin.
  • The financial viability of the proposed app’s business model.
  • The overall quality of the pitch and/or app demonstration.

"We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the US Ignite and City of Austin’s GigaTECHs App Competition and helped make it a success," Purma said. 

In case you missed it, you can view a recap of the GigTECHs App finalists and the pitch night Aug. 31. Click here to view photos from the event.

The City of Austin’s GigaTECHs Competition is part of a broader nationwide initiative, led by D.C-based U.S Ignite, to encourage next-generation Gigabit Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. The GigaTECHs Competition is made possible through a collaboration among the City of Austin’s Communications and Technology Management Department, the Office of Innovation, and the Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs Department. The prize money is made possible by U.S Ignite and the City of Austin’s Communications and Technology Management Department.

Join us tommorrow, The City of Austin will have a news conference from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the City Hall news conference room to answer questions about the competition and its winners. Representatives from both winning teams, as well as City staff from CTM, will be available for questions.

Thank you to all who made this competition a success. 


GigaTECHs App Competition Finalists' Pitches and Demonstrations

Sept. 8, 2017, 8:08 a.m. PDT by Happiness Kisoso

Experience the magic from the Aug. 31 final pitches and demonstrations event, and stay tuned for our announcement of the winners!

Click here to learn more: https://storify.com/austintexasgov/meet-the-gigatechs-app-finalists


Meet the GigaTECHs App Competition Judges

Aug. 18, 2017, 1:29 p.m. PDT by Happiness Kisoso

We are incredibly excited to welcome these experienced judges to evaluate and hear the 11 finalists' pitches on August 31st at the GigaTECHs App Competition at Capital Factory. These judges will reference the judging criteria that we've posted as a resource. Because these judges are experts in their field, they'll also leverage their experience and professional judgement when making their evaluations. 

All the best to the 11 finalists! We are extremely proud of you all and eager to meet you and hear your final pitches.

 

Scott Turnbull
National Technical Lead
US Ignite

Scott is the National Technical Leader for US Ignite, leading the Smart Gigabit Communities effort backed by the National Science Foundation to promote the development of gigabit applications running on advanced networks in over 20 cities.  In addition to his work in Smart Cities, he has worked as a Technical Section Chief for joint federal-regional public safety initiatives, led efforts to create large national digital archives to preserve our most important cultural and historic materials, and headed academic software engineering teams at several major universities.  He has a strong passion for public service and the role of an open internet in  improving the lives of people everywhere and fostering economic mobility.

 

 

 

Victoria Garza 
Marketing and Development Director
Latinitas

Vicky Garza is a former journalist who has covered Austin's business community – including startups – and nonprofit community, as well as city and state government. As a communications and marketing professional, she has either worked or consulted for various companies, including a startup, a marketing agency, and a multinational technology company. She is currently the Marketing and Development Director for Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit focused on empowering Hispanic youth using media and technology which hosts an annual Startup Chica Conference. Born in Austin and raised mostly in Miami, FL, Vicky has a Bachelor's in Marketing from the University of Miami and an MBA in Global Business from St. Edward's University.

 

 

 
     

David Walsh                                                       
Austin Technical Lead
US Ignite  

A serial entrepreneur at heart, David Walsh has founded, productized, and scaled four successful companies from inception to exit. David, currently advises at Captial Factory and sits on several boards. Recently, David, co-founded Vocaly.io, Primetier.io and is the acting president for Voip Innovations.

 

 

 


Stephen Elkins
Chief Information Officer 
City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management 

Mr. Stephen Elkins serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM).  As CIO, Mr. Elkins oversees the Department's use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City's overall organization.  Mr. Elkins leads the Department's enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department.  


 

 

 

Sarah Sharif 
Founder & CEO of Experimental Civics
City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management 

Pakistani-born, British-American, and Millennial. Sarah has dabbled in biomedical engineering, nonprofit organizing to now human-centered design. Social innovation, civic technology and human impact projects are the pillars of her lifelong career. She directs ATX Hack for Change through her role in IT at St. Edward's University and is the Founder & CEO of Experimental Civics, a global consultancy focused on empowering communities through their engagement with technology.  

 

 


Finalists, do you have questions about the competition? Join us on Friday, August 18th at 2:00-3:00PM for an informal Q&A session

Aug. 16, 2017, 8:19 a.m. PDT by Happiness Kisoso

Join us for an informal Q&A session August 18th at 2:00PM – 3:00PM.

If you're unable to make it, no worries, you can review the FAQs or the Finalist Handbook and post your question in the forum. We'll respond asap.

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Register Today for The GigaTECHs App Competition on Aug. 31st!

Aug. 2, 2017, 12:45 p.m. PDT by Happiness Kisoso

It is with great pleasure to invite you to attend and register for The GigaTECHs App Competition!

We are elated with the submission entries and are thrilled to feature the top 11 finalists' pitches on Thursday, August 31st at Capital Factory during 6-9 PM.  

Join us for an evening of inspiration, networking, and stimulating dialogue where finalists will come together in-front of a panel of judges to pitch their entries in hopes to be the two selected recipients to receive seed funding.

The following finalists will be featured on August 31st (listed in alphabetical order):

We hope to see you there to celebrate the hard work the teams have accomplished.

For more information and to register please visit: https://gigatechsatx.eventbrite.com 


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