On behalf of the City of Austin, we'd like to thank all competitors who submitted an entry into the GigaTECHs App Competition. The entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and focus on social impact are key ingredients that make Austin a great place to live and innovate, and the entries we recieved definitely exemplified those qualities.
We'd also like to thank our judges who spent several hours this week reviewing submissions and providing valuable feedback. Thank you all!
GigaTECHS App Competition Finalists
Out of 26 outstanding entries, 11 have been selected as finalists (listed in alphabetical order):
These finalists are invited to demonstrate their applications during an in-person event at Capital Factory on August 31st. This event will be free and open to the public. Additional information about the final event will be shared soon. Finalists should continue working on their application proposals and prototypes over the next 5 weeks leading up to the final pitches. Two finalists will be selected to receive seed funding after competiting at this final pitch event.
Feedback and Ongoing Opportunities for Competitors
Several judges offered written feedback on entries and that feedback is available to project champions upon request. If you'd like to receive feedback on your entry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, all competitors should consider participating in ongoing opportunities to advance their ideas, like the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund supports pilots of gigabit technologies and associated curricula that show the impact of next-generation networks on learning. The deadline to apply for these funds is August 1. Learn more and apply here.
Here are some other oranizations and networks, to name just a few of many, that you should consider staying involved with to keep up-to-date with future opportunities:
Thank you again, and congratulations to the selected finalists. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Lance McNeill, MBA, MPAff
Community Engagement Consultant
City of Austin