ROUND ONE FINALISTS:
Below are the Ten Finalist teams chosen to advance to Round Two:
1. Pano VR Collaborative 360 Media Explorer
PanoVR is an immersive collaborative viewer for 360 media content which allows multiple users to interact with and experience content at the same time while performing collaborative video analytical tasks. When multiple users connect to the conference, they enter into the same stream of footage and are given information about where others users are looking. We integrate situational awareness, video annotation and interpersonal communication tools to the immersive video experience.
2. Future of Content Creation & Production
An over-the-top (OTT) production studio capable of creating, producing, and broadcasting content to an ever-increasing audience of digital consumers who crave content, not scheduled and formatted by cable companies, but available to them at their whim.
Gigabit speed internet allows this type of production entity to produce and distribute both real time and produced content from virtually anywhere.
3. Digital Threshold
New internet content systems and social media are proliferating, as well as Internet-of-Things platforms, providing a confusing array of overwhelming options and choices, not to mention opening people up to new security risks. The Digital Threshold will be a cloud service that acts like a combination of firewall and concierge, providing security, simplifying both distributing and receiving digital content, and providing a consistent UI for home automation and other common tasks.
4. Persistent Video Portal
A realtime, casual, persistent video solution to the problems of distributed team collaboration. Persistent Video Portal takes team mates from across the world and puts them in the next room. With teammates always nearby, Issues don't have time to grow, problems don't have time to compound, and solutions can be hashed out in realtime.
Gigabit Ethernet enables secure, high quality audio and video, to support a new kind of collaboration and communication across remote locations.
5. Open Data Collaboration Platform
Open data initiatives promise to liberate data isolated in local government data stores but most of these programs are tackled independently without the benefit of collective thought and innovation. We believe a centralized and common collaboration platform that hosts open data, metadata cross-walking, and applications will facilitate community supported application development, standardization, code sharing, and regional data views across borders. This regional sharing will allow staff and community to focus on refinement of existing applications and new innovation rather than replicating standard solutions independently and yield a higher return on investment.
6. Smarter City Intersections for All
Our intersections are smart in a way to orderly route traffic and pedestrians using light signals subject to adherence. But these intersections have the potential to be smarter by telling us themselves how safe they are during different times of the day. As members of the Machine Learning Group based out of Davidson, the team recognizes that technology that can make our cars smarter, can also make our intersections smarter and safer for all in a smart city.
7. Smart City Parking
An organized alternative to the mayhem of busy city centers. A scalable IoT infrastructure allowing users to know where they can park, providing directions in real-time to available, public or private, on/off-street parking. Features include: Route optimization, and vehicle-sensing to convey parking vacancy. Public and private parking space owners have access to manage the availability, logistics, and payment aspects of parking spaces. The sensor based, cloud enabled platform will inform parkers of available convenient parking options, in real-time. An app will provide users with the ability to easily pay for parking spaces and dynamically update their parking needs also in real time.
8. Bridge Digital Divide to Underserved
Provide gigabit, or near gigabit, internet access to apartment complexes and neighborhoods that are unable to get that level of service currently. We also use up to 10% of are revenue to provide low to no cost high speed access to underdeveloped neighborhoods. By providing fast access to homes that can not currently afford an internet connection, but have a child who is part of the One Device Per child program we can increase opportunities with access to more information.
9. Smart City, The Doorway to a Smart Home
A simple platform to bridge the divide between cities, municipalities and its residents. With ever expanding services provided by municipalities, the home IoT devices are best suited to bring these services to one single platform and provide citizens with answers and solutions to their every day needs.
10. Real-Time Online Music Creation
We're giving millions of music artist around the globe access to create with each other from two different locations in real time.
Gigabit fiber, city-wide networks, big data and IoT
We're looking for next generation smart, connected applications that leverage advanced networks to solve the problems of Smart Cities.
North Carolina’s US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities challenge is LIVE.
Simple proposals to build a "proof of concept" or a minimum viable product.
Do you have an idea that demonstrates the value of innovation or technology utilizing next generation gigabit speed networks?
Security, Video, AR/VR, Real Time Collaboration, Software Defined Networks are just a few concepts.
Create, Design and Engineer the Future
Smart Gigabit Communities
Industry leaders and municipalities from across the state will challenge the most innovative, creative and brightest developers, designers, data scientists, coders and civic hackers to outline and to pitch their ideas for a chance to win one of two $19,000 prizes. This event will be produced with the support and partnership of US Ignite and the National Science Foundation.