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GigHacks KC

KC Digital Drive

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

GigHacks KC

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
Full Hackathon Admission (all events) - May 1-3 Ended Free  
Kickoff Reception Only - Sponsored by Google Fiber - Friday, May 1, 4:30-6:30pm Ended Free  
Shinra Showcase & Lunch Only - Saturday, May 2, 12:30-2pm Ended Free  

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Event Details

GigHacks Multi-City Hackathon: A 3-day hack event to ignite the gigabit experience.

It's time to set Kansas City's gigabit network ablaze! Join KC Digital Drive for a weekend of futuristic fun and a chance to build the gigabit apps of tomorrow.

You’ll have the opportunity to team up with talented startups & tech companies, developers & designers, students & entrepreneurs, thinkers & doers.

We’ll hack with 4 gigabit communities across the country and connect over BBQ & broadband, telepresence robots & video wormholes, remote music jam sessions & much more. (Visit to learn more about the national event.)

You’ll get to advance apps for entertainment, education, telemedicine, gaming and more. Experts & resources from gigabit communities in San Francisco, Chattanooga, Burlington, and Charlotte, along with technologists from US Ignite and Orange will help turn your gigabit ideas into reality. 

Special Saturday Presentation: Colin Williamson of Shinra

We'll also feature a special in-person presentation on Saturday at 12:30pm by game industry veteran Colin Williamson of Shinra Technologies, Inc,. Shinra is a New York-based supercomputer gaming company that uses its patented remote rendering technology to enable the creation of bold, new gaming experiences that are not possible on any other platform. Shinra is shepherding the development of cloud games with top-tier partners, curating the best content and distributing these and other games on its platform. Following the success of its Japanese technical beta test, registration for the U.S. technical beta test will open in summer 2015 for gigabit-Internet-connected users, starting with Kansas City. At GigHacks, Colin will share how supercomputing technology is applicable to gaming and how it ties into fiber.


Hackers participating throughout the weekend do not need to get separate tickets for the Reception and Shinra lunch. 

How to Join:

  • Register on Eventbrite
  • Create a profile on ChallengePost & connect with fellow participants:
  • Attend a weekly community call - Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. through April 29 - To discuss ideas and answer questions you may have. Call-in Number: 800-707-2533 /  Password: 369 / Conference: 7667#
  • Check out projects & team formation discussion on Etherpad

AGENDA (Subject to change; Updated 4-22-15)

Friday, May 1 - 4:30-8:30pm - GigHacks Kickoff Happy Hour Reception Sponsored by Google Fiber (Open to the public - please RSVP separately)

4:30 - 6:30pm: Reception, Immersive Education Workshop, Tech Sandbox - includes wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d'oerves
6:30 - 8:30pm: Project Pitches 

Saturday, May 2 - 10am - 6pm - GigHacks Hackathon Day 1 & Guest Presentations

10:00am - 12:30pm: Hack and dev
12:30 - 2:00pm: Shinra Showcase + Lunch from Cupini's provided by Google Fiber (open to public; please RSVP)
1:30 - 6:00pm: Hack and dev
2:00-4:00pm: Virtual Reality Sandbox, feat. Google Cardboard, KC Public Library VR + Minecraft
6:00-9:00pm: Hacking after hours  

Sunday, May 3  - 11:30am - 4:30pm - GigHacks Hackathon Day 2 & Demos

11:30am: Open work time
12:00pm: Lunch from Jack Stack BBQ provided by Shinra and TechWeekKC
1:30pm: KC Teams Present in Google Fiber Space
3:00pm: Demos and Report-outs from all GigHacks Cities

Coffee, soft drinks, and snacks will be provided throughout Saturday and Sunday thanks to Google Fiber.

Available Technologies

  • Giroptics 360 Cameras (2)*
  • Revolve iPad Robots (2)*
  • - WebRTC*
  • Big Bang*
  • Oculus Rift*
  • Leap Motion
  • Google Cardboard*
  • High Fidelity


Ideas We Are Discussing

Check out our list of potential projects on ChallengePost. 


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

thanks, sponsors!

Have questions about GigHacks KC? Contact KC Digital Drive

When & Where

Google Fiber Space
1814 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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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.

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