DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer



Propose and build apps that advance DC in the areas of city mobility and the environment through the use of gigabit-speed internet.

Challenge Overview

The Pitch

The DC Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) invites area application developers and entrepreneurs to compete in the Gigabit DC Challenge (GigabitDCx). DC seeks next-generation, high-performance applications that advance opportunity and solutions in the focus areas of city mobility and the environment.

GigabitDCx is a two-phased, reverse pitch competition in which competitors will submit proposals to develop and demonstrate gigabit app solutions in the described focus areas. 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. 

  • Phase 1: Up to six (6) finalists will be invited to advanced to phase 2.
  • Phase 2: Up to two (2) awardees splitting $34,000 in award funds.

Competitors will have access to mentors and subject matter experts to advise and answer questions throughout the process. Proposals can focus on one or both challenge areas. 


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.  

City Mobility Solutions

Mobility is the lifeblood of every city and has a direct link to factors such as quality of life, economic development and prosperity, as well as, equity and inclusion. For mobility in the District to be successful, it must be high-performing, resilient, and accessible.  How then, can gigabit technologies enhance the way we move people and inform intelligent decisions in mobility and streetscape planning?

Example solutions may include:

  • Traffic Safety
    Solutions that make District streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, including capabilities such as incident recognition and alerting systems for any form of mobility (in line with DC Vision Zero goals).
  • Traffic Management
    Solutions providing visibility, understanding, and alerting of traffic abnormalities—such as unexpected traffic congestion or an unusual amount of foot traffic in a section of the city—that require immediate city agency response.
  • Promoting Multi-Modal Options
    Solutions providing visibility of modal options to residents, commuters, and visitors, especially more environmentally friendly options (walking, biking, public transit, etc.).


Environmental Solutions

The District of Columbia is committed to improve and protect the natural resources of the city as well as residents’ and visitors’ health and safety. The District seeks innovative and inclusive gigabit solutions that enhance its ability to reach the goals of Sustainable DC, Climate Ready DCClean Energy DC, and the District’s Resilient DC initiative.

Example solutions may include:

  • Air Quality Sensing
    Solutions providing actionable insights using urban air quality data; enhanced enforcement capabilities of air quality regulations; or alert systems that better inform residents and visitors on health-related air quality factors.
  • Water Quantity and Quality Sensing
    Solutions providing monitoring, measuring, and alerting on District waterways. This capability could help inform District environmental, planning, and public safety response agencies with real-time information such as water quality and rising levels (especially in flood plain areas).
  • Smart Building Sensing
    Solutions enhancing building energy and other efficiencies in support of the District's Clean Energy plan and the mission of BuildSmart DC.
  • Smart Waste Diversion 
    In an effort to advance the goals of Zero Waste DC and the Office of the Clean City, solutions could enable residents and visitors to quickly locate waste, compost and recycling options based on location through gamification and reward incentives.

Inclusion Matters

Through GigabitDCx, OCTO seeks to foster the growth of DC’s technology innovation community and strengthen DC as a smart city. However, success isn’t just measured in how we leverage gigabit technology, but in how we use technology to support an inclusive environment that makes the lives of everyone in DC better and ensures no one is left behind.


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GigabitDCx is led by the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in coordination with the SmarterDC initiative. Award funding is made available through DC’s partnership with US Ignite, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on spurring the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities around the country and world.  Developer resources and space is made possible by WeWork Labs, a host partner for GigabitDCx. StateScoop is the official media partner for GigabitDCx.

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Concept Phase

My DC: Push/Pull App.
An app that allows government and citizens to interact. A push /pull system to disseminate and collect information, a municipal/social app.
by Daren Jones
Hyper Local Content for Local DC Communities
Hyper local content sharing based on your proximity to any signal your phone can detect to improve city-wide communications.
by LifeTagger
GIGABIT ETHERNET: From 100 to 1,000 Mbps
The installed base for Ethernet ranges from PCs and servers to print- ers, test equipment, telephone switches
by shadi hawwash
Virtual Tourstist Robot & Dockless Scooter tender
Remote controlled robots that allow visitors to tour DCs monuments, parks and museums. System also delivers and removes dockless scooters.
by Crystal Clear Automation
Smart Cities
world is facing increasing urbanization while,simultaneously, major cities have become a magnet for talent and a driver of economic growth.
by Soso Basem
Crowd sourced traffic optimizing app
Mobile app uses deep learning to provide optimal routes based on real-time data from each phone. Also tool for traffic planning.
by Crystal Clear Automation
Smooth Operator
App that addresses potholes and rough or uneven roads found within the District of Columbia. Use GSP, vibrations and sharp wheel movement.
by Jerald White
Road Vision - Keeping an Eye on Traffic
Road vision is an information sharing app that translates video feeds from different sources into traffic mobility and safety information.
by Road Vision
The rise of the Gigabit City
We’re in the middle of a digital revolution. Across the UK, the rise of new technologies and cloud services are radically transforming
by Shahinaz Basem
Live-Trak: Manage Your DC Commute More Efficiently
Live-Trak app allows DC commuters to post transit info thru texts & pics, add funds to SmarTrip cards and get real-time transportation info.
by Clearly Innovative Inc
See the Unseen!
uRADMonitor is aimed at collecting and storing urban air quality data through a modern, cost effective and easy to deploy technology.
by uRADMonitor/ Environmental Monitoring Network
Flight Time a air/land traffic control
A open mobile application for all transportation industry through ai that is interconnected to autonomous cars
by Richard Balauro
How’s My Driving DC? Mobile App
The “How’s My Driving DC? Mobile App” is a crowdsourcing solution for pinpointing DC’s most habitually dangerous drivers
by Mark Sussman's team
Bike Valet Management App
Our app makes managing a bike valet easy and efficient. It texts the user a claim ID, and keeps track of everyone that's checked in.
by Jonathan Weidman
A system named SoundNet is proposed, a computer network to measure noise levels in real time. Live demo http://www.eden-earth.org:9000/
by Pedro Vicente
Underwater Wireless Sensory Networks
Underwater Wireless networks that can track information about our ocean with a noiseless signal
by Andrew Kamal's team
Open Science Platform
An Open Science Platform would be a place for researchers and citizen scientists to integrate and map data sets from multiple APIs.
by Mary Wagner
Corner BOI (Curbside Public Health)
A Patient navigator that fosters empowerment, informs and enhance the ability of patients to make decisions that lead to better medical care
by Kenneth Walton
An app to improve bus locational awareness for the customers.
by Jim
Block Texting in Cars Near Crowded Intersections
App to capture traffic density and signal light timing data from city sources & individual GPS phone data to block texting in high traffic.
by Don DuRousseau
Data-layer for inclusive climate goals & progress
Smart-city visualization platform using machine learning to empower and meet DC Climate & Energy Action Plan, inclusively and affordably
by Sunny Sanwar's team
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Prototype Phase

Global Environmental Monitoring Network
uRADMonitor - an IoT solution established for the purpose of measuring and accelerating the implementation of safe and secure environment.
by uRADMonitor/ Environmental Monitoring Network
Road Vision - Keeping an Eye on Traffic
Road vision is an information sharing app that translates video feeds from different sources into traffic mobility and safety information.
by Road Vision
Underwater Wireless Networks
Track information about our oceans utilizing "noiseless" underwater wireless signals
by Andrew Kamal's team
How's My Driving App
The How’s My Driving app harnesses the collective power of DC road users to make our streets safer for all.
by Mark Sussman's team
CornerBOI Telehealth Kiosk
The concept compares the health of the most vulnerable citizens in a micro environment to the health of that micro-environment itself.
by Kenneth Walton
Dynamhex | Track climate change goals and actions
Dynamhex informs and enhances the ability of district residents to make decisions that lead to fulfillment of DC clean energy plan targets
by Sunny Sanwar's team
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