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The arrival of Gigabit Internet in Kansas City has catalyzed oodles of great discussion in our community. But when the lights go down over the whiteboard and the coffee pots have all been emptied, there are only a proud few who go home and start to really do something with the Gigabit.
Organized by KC Digital Drive, the Gigabit Workday is designed for the real-live doers, makers and believers who are building cool things with gigabit connectivity. If you are already working on gigabit apps or projects, or have the interest, talent and drive to work on ideas but maybe haven't started yet, or found the right team, this event is for you.
We at KC Digital Drive know there are a lot of great projects out there. And we want them to move into a successful 2015.
To help them speed ahead, participants will get the chance to meet with US Ignite founder and CEO Glenn Ricart. A valued KC Digital Drive resource partner, US Ignite is a NSF-supported nonprofit dedicated to advancing the progress of next-gen gigabit applications for public benefit.
Who this is for:
- Previous Hacking the Gigabit City or other hackathon teams
- Gigabit Community Fund grant recipients and applicants
- Technologists and developers who have shown an interest in next-generation applications through 1 Billion Bits or other local interest groups
- Computer science academics and students from area universities
- Other developers and self-starters with gigabit-centric projects or ideas
- Status check on current gigabit projects to determine what additional help is needed
- Identify and begin to form new projects for a multi-city hackathon, tentatively scheduled for April 2015
- Strengthen the connections between the gigabit-oriented ecosystem and the rest of the innovation and entrepreneurship activity in KC
10:00am - 4:00pm (all day): Open Working Time. Come work on your project, write code, or collaborate with others in the space. The goal for today is to find your next step -- whether that's a grant opportunity for an existing project or a project team for a new idea. Reps from US Ignite, Mozilla and KC Digital Drive will be around all day, along with others who have participated in previous events, lending insight and contributing experience to help you advance.
10:30am - 12:00pm: One-on-one 15-minute meetings with Glenn Ricart of US Ignite (by appointment). Glenn is skilled at helping identify next-gen app opportunities and translating the unique features of gigabit network benefits that can make a substantive difference in application or program design. In other words, he knows his stuff. We have six 15-minute slots built in for individual team consultation, so be sure to signify your interest when you register. (Note: Due to time restraints, not all who apply can be accommodated.)
12:00 - 1:30pm: Working lunch provided by Mozilla, featuring Gigabit/US Ignite updates. Hear updates on works in progress and upcoming events and projects locally and nationwide from US Ignite, Mozilla and others. Participating teams are welcome to give updates too (be sure to signal your interest when you register).
1:45 - 2:45pm: New Project Roundtable. Learn about opportunities to egage with new gigabit app ideas and projects for our next gigabit hackathon, including apps in transit, digital literacy, education, and telemedicine. We'll be looking for stakeholders with a problem or need and connecting them with technologists who can deliver solutions.
3:00 - 4:00pm: Milestones & Next Steps. Give a quick pitch of where you stand at the end of the day and what your next steps are.
About Registration/The Fine Print:
So that we can better manage your experience, please be sure to answer all of the questions via the Eventbrite form. The fee will be used to pay for event costs and refreshments. A catered lunch is being generously provided by the Mozilla Foundation. Not all who request time with Mr. Ricart will be accommodated.
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KC Digital Drive
KC Digital Drive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Kansas City a digital leader to secure our economic prosperity and improve the quality of life of all people in the region.