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GigHacks- National Gigabit Hackathon

Friday, May 1 2015 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Facilitators: Alan Fitzpatrick, DC74, and James Stewart, Detailed Block
DC74 Data Centers 3101 International Airport Drive #400 Charlotte, NC 28208

Try the Gigabit Experience Early

Charlotte is teaming up with Kansas City, San Francisco, Chattanooga, and Burlington, VT, for a multi-city Gigabit Experience on May 1-3, 2015, called GigHacks.

This multi-city Gigabit Hackathon will be held in Charlotte on May 1-3 at DC74 new Gigabit Studio. The Charlotte Observer wrote a story about it here.

The Host Sponsor is DC74 Data Centers, which is near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Community Sponsors are Charlotte Hearts Gigabit and BIG.

We’re inviting the greater North/South Carolina community to participate in this event. It’s free and open to anyone who wants to work with Gigabit Internet speed. Interested individuals can get more information and register here: http://gighacks-cl.challengepost.com/

How it works: It works a bit like a startup weekend. Friday night people pitch their ideas of applications that leverage a full Gigabit Internet connection. Others join the leader to form teams, which work with their application Sat/Sun. If you already have a full team that's OK too. We plan to have the room available Friday night (May 1) from 5 - 8 pm, Sat 9 am - 7 pm, and Sunday noon - 7 pm.

Judging: We have 4 accomplished judges who will review the projects on Sunday afternoon. The best group from NC will be on the video call with the other cities around 5:30 pm. It's a great opportunity for national exposure.

Judging criteria:

  • Impact - How will this application benefit people and society?
  • Innovation - How strong is the intellectual merit of the idea? How innovative is the use of next-gen technologies?
  • Story - How compelling is the story for users?

Example apps: One of the participants plans to work with very large data files (cancer genomes) to perform analysis. The Gigabit connection allows the data transfer to happen so much faster. Another participant is going to be working with uploading large video files. Some other applications that would be easy to do for the weekend are uploading 200 photos at once, downloading an HD movie in just a few minutes, and online gaming to test the bandwidth. Software developers that want to try their app on a Gigabit connection are welcome to do so - virtual reality apps, gaming apps, video apps, etc.

Other Ideas:

  • An idea for an education oriented project could be a real time multi-person video class. Once students have access to a Gigabit at their home it becomes possible to have two-way, many-to-many video classes where all the students are live with their remote instructor.
  • Playing music with people from other cities via MusicianLink. Set up a MusicianLink jamlink box and a few musical instruments to experience jamming with someone far away. KC and SF are interested in participating with people in Charlotte.

These are just some thoughts of what can be done, and we're sure you can come up with many more ideas. Let us know if you want to discuss your idea! If you don't have an idea come out anyway. You can join one of the other teams on their project.

Participants can come in and out during the weekend and don't have to be here the whole time.

We'd appreciate help in spreading the word, and hopefully having an awesome project to show to the national stage. Please register to attend, and let us know if you have any questions: info@charlotteheartsgigabit.com.

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