Originally published: September 6, 2011
Last updated: September 6, 2011 - 3:37pm
Google promises to wire Kansas City like no other place in the country. But what to do with all that rocket-fast Internet speed? A local technology start-up incubator isn't content to leave use of the 1-gigabit-per-second connections to chance. Instead, Think Big Partners is organizing the Gigabit Challenge to analyze ideas for applications of Google Fiber.
The Gigabit Challenge announced prizes totaling $200,000 in cash and services for ideas for making the best use of the super-fast hook-ups, including $100,000 worth for the best idea. “It will give you a jump start to help you with your great idea to get better, and get better faster,” said Tyler Prochnow, a founder of Think Big. The Gigabit Challenge aims to identify some of the best potential uses before the service cranks up. It seeks three- to five-page summaries of business ideas by Oct. 3, with subsequent deadlines for a winnowed field of finalists. It will announce winners in January.
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