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Mayor Bowser and OCTO Announce #GigabitDCx Semi-Finalists

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Public Competition Challenges Innovators to Develop Gigabit-Speed Applications that Advance Solutions in Areas of City Mobility and the Environment

Washington, DC -- Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) are pleased to announce six semifinalists from the DC area and abroad — students, planners, engineers and data analysts— who will advance to phase 2 in the Gigabit DC Challenge (GigabitDCx). GigabitDCx is a two-phased public challenge in which competitors submit proposals to develop and demonstrate gigabit app solutions in the areas of city mobility and the environment.

Launched October 13, 2018, GigabitDCx attracted over 100 innovators and received 21 submissions. Semi-finalists will now advance their concepts and build prototypes of their proposed solutions for a chance to receive or split up to $34,000 in award funds.

The semi-finalists selected are:

  • Mark Sussman and Daniel Schep for How’s My Driving DC? Mobile App, a crowdsourcing solution for pinpointing DC’s most habitually dangerous drivers. (Washington, DC)
  • George Washington University’s Transportation Team for Road Vision, Keeping an Eye on Traffic, an information sharing app that translates video feeds from different sources into traffic mobility and safety information. (Washington, DC)
  • Kenneth Walton’s 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. (Washington, DC)
  • Dorin Munteanu and Radu Motisan with uRADMonitor, and their real-time Environmental Monitoring Network aimed at collecting and storing urban air quality data through a modern, cost effective and easy to deploy technology. (Washington, DC)
  • Sunny Sanwar’s Team (Dynamhex) created a Data-layer for Inclusive Climate Goals & Progress, on top of which smart-city visualization platforms are created. Using machine learning, it empowers stakeholders to inclusively and affordably meet the DC Climate & Energy Action Plan. (Kansas)
  • Andrew Kamal and his Underwater Wireless Sensory Network that can track information about our waterways with a noiseless signal. (Michigan)

Semifinalists will demonstrate their solutions live in front of judges, District leaders and the general public 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the WeWork at 80 M Street SE.

In addition to the award funds, finalists will enjoy a 25 percent discount on any WeWork Labs or physical office membership to WeWork at 80 M St SE up to three months. Additionally, finalists will have the opportunity to work with the Bowser Administration to beta-test their solutions.

The award funding for GigabitDCx is made available through the Bowser Administration’s partnership with US Ignite and the Smart Gigabit Communities program. Follow the challenge at: herox.com/gigabitDCx.