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For immediate release:
Aug. 7, 2017
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Charles Purma III, Communications and Technology Management Department, (512) 974-5644
 

City of Austin Announces GigaTECHs App Competition Finalists

11 finalists have been selected to move forward in the competition. Two will be selected to receive seed funding during the final pitch event on Aug. 31.

Media: If you would like an interview with one of the judges, a finalist or City staff, please contact the media contact above and we can arrange an interview.

The top 11 finalists have been announced in the City of Austin’s GigaTECHs App Competition. A panel of judges will select two applications to receive seed money during a final pitch event Aug. 31.

The competition, which kicked off in early June at the ATX Hack for Change, will award $38,000 in seed funding to support the development of two next-generation applications focused on opportunities in local transportation, education, clean energy, health, and public safety. The competition received 26 outstanding entries, and these top 11 finalists will be featured in the final pitches on Aug. 31 at Capital Factory: The final event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St., Suite 1600. Capital Factory is donating the space for the community initiative. The event is free and open to the public, but the City is asking for people to RSVP. Those who are interested in attending can RSVP here.

The two winning applications, selected by a panel of judges at the final pitch event, will be showcased with select cities across the United States participating in the U.S Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program.
 
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.

Several participants in the GigaTECHs competition also are grantees of Mozilla's National Science Foundation-supported Gigabit Community Fund. This collaboration illustrates the City's efforts to partner both locally and nationally as a means to maximize investment opportunities to share gigabit innovations with smart, connected cities across the United States.
 
Learn more about the GigaTECHs competition at https://herox.com/GigaTECHSATX.
 
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