The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and partners, invites local developers, engineers and innovators to think about how the future of public safety and public health technology will benefit from 5G.
From virtual command centers to augmented reality training simulations; drone-assisted disaster response to AI health screening, the next-generation of broadband will empower first responders, health professionals and community organizations to deliver vital services faster, securely and equitably.
DCx is a two-phased, reverse pitch competition in which competitors will submit proposed proof-of-concepts to develop and demonstrate gigabit app solutions that address public safety and/or public health challenges. In phase two, semi-finalists will advance their concepts and build prototypes of proposed solutions for a chance to receive one of two final awards.
Competitors will have access to engineer mentors and subject matter experts to advise and answer questions throughout the process. Proposals can focus on one or both challenge areas.
We want to ensure that we are solving real problems and are doing so with equity and accessibility in mind. DC values an inclusive environment that makes the lives of everyone in DC better and ensures no one is left behind.
What is a Gigabit Application?
With the emergence of gigabit services to the home and 5G wireless networks, capabilities enabled by such speed will rapidly become more main-stream. A next-generation or “gigabit” application is a high-performance application that leverage the power of gigabit-speed networks to address real-world challenges. Gigabit applications often rely on complex interactions of Internet of Things/cyber-physical systems and local cloud computing to enable the efficient processing of big data and low-latency response time.
Potential DCx Solutions
The award funding for DCx is made available through DC’s partnership with US Ignite and the Smart Gigabit Communities program funded by the National Science Foundation.
Your proof of concept will be judged on:
5G Technical Requirements
This is a gigabit challenge after all. Your 5G enabled solution could show:
Before you submit, please consider the following:
For teams chosen to advance to the second phase an optional working event/build day will be offered at the Verizon 5G lab at the Alley in DC if there is enough demand. Please fill out the pre-registration form by July 15 form to help us gauge interest in such a resource.
Semi-Finalists: Up to four (4) selected will split up to $14,500