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.
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.
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.
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:
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 DC, Clean Energy DC, and the District’s Resilient DC initiative.
Example solutions may include:
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.
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.
WeWork Labs provides the community, education, connections, and mentorship needed to help anyone take the startup path and grow. Through participation in GigabitDCx, challengers (individuals and teams) that are selected for the second phase of prototype development are invited to experience the WeWork Labs community with a free-month hot desk pass and select startup events provided by WeWork at the 80 M Street NE location. Awardees of the second phase will also enjoy a 25% discount on any WeWork Labs or physical office membership to WeWork at 80 M St SE up to three months in length.
Subject Matter Experts
Subject Matter Experts (SME) from District agencies and others involved with the challenge will be available to help guide developers and teams toward effective and innovative Gigabit solutions.
The District will host two in-person/webcast Question & Answer Check-in sessions to give participating teams the opportunity to ask subject matter experts from the following District agencies and partners for guidance.
Industry partners bring a wealth of knowledge and mentorship resources that can help participants in the development of solutions. Resources to competitors may include the following:
In general, the judges will consider the following qualifying criteria in reviewing solutions:
Example criteria definitions are outlined below. Please refer to the judging criteria pages for official scoring. The highest score is 30 points (per phase), in the event of a tie, solutions that address both challenge areas in a meaningful way may be awarded 5 bonus points.
Alignment with Challenge Area(s) and Impact
Technical Description: How Will it Work?
Financial viability and potential ROI
Digital Inclusion and Accessibility
GigabitDCx is hosted by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an agency within the District of Columbia Government, in partnership with US Ignite. To participate in this competition (“Challenge”), you must first acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to the following Terms and Conditions:
1. Submissions shall be from an individual or a team affiliated with a US-based, non-profit organization (including educational institutions) or for-profit organization.
2. Employees of the District of Columbia Government are not eligible to compete in GigabitDCx. This exclusion shall not apply to employees of educational institutions of the District of Columbia Government serving in advisory capacities.
3. Upon request, you agree to provide OCTO at least one written and/or video testimonial about the GigabitDCx and participate in at least one promotional activity associated with the District of Columbia’s Smart City initiative.
4. By accepting these Terms and Conditions, you affirm that, to your knowledge, there are no intellectual property or patent infringement violations associated with the business operation and application you are pitching in GigabitDCx.
5. If your application is selected as an awardee,
6. The distribution of any financial or in-kind award is at the sole discretion of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia has discretion to modify award amounts or to not award funds.
7. If the District of Columbia discovers that you have violated these Terms and Conditions, the District reserves the right to refuse to disburse any remaining funds and demand the return of funds previously disbursed to the awardee.
8. Any beta-testing of the application by the District of Columbia shall not be construed as a partnership, joint venture, or other commercial or employment relationship with the District of Columbia.
9. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without reference to choice of law.
10. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLATFORM OR WITH THE CHALLENGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, OR FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, COPYRIGHT, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BE LIABLE TO A PARTICIPANT IN THE CHALLENGE FOR MORE THAN FIFTY DOLLARS ($50).