Kansas City Teams Up with San Francisco, Chattanooga and Burlington for GIGHACKS, a 2-day Hackathon to Ignite the Gigabit Experience.

A recent NPR story said using our current technology on a gigabit network is “like riding a bicycle on NASCAR track.”

Here at KC Digital Drive, we say it’s time to throw out the bike. We want to strap on the warp engines of tomorrow and ride the gigabit lightning into impossible futures!

That’s why we’re asking all Kansas City developers, designers, doers and dreamers to join us May 1-3, 2015, for GigHacks at the Google Fiber Space (1814 Westport Road).

GigHacks Is No Ordinary Hackathon

Thanks to our friends and co-organizers Orange, US Ignite, and the Mozilla Foundation, GigHacks will be happening simultaneously in our sister-gig cities of San Francisco, Chattanooga, and Burlington, with chances for cross-city teams to collaborate in realtime.

Picture a fully wired room full of techies like yourself surrounded by food, caffeinated beverages, robots, virtual reality goggles, live music jam sessions, and the thrill of getting to be among the first to create apps for the gigasphere.

How Do I Join GigHacks?

Developers, designers, UXers and futurists of all stripes are invited to participate. People with teams already formed and those who are looking to join as individuals are welcome.


  1. JOIN THE WEEKLY CALLS: We encourage all who are interested to join us for weekly calls every Wednesday in April from 2:30-3:30pm.  Calls are open to the public an will be held April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Phone Number: 800-707-2533 Password: 369 / Conference: 7667#
  2. REGISTER: Whether you are currently part of a team or not, go ahead and Register on ChallengePost, and join us for one of the weekly calls leading up to the event.

KC Digital Drive will announce teams and project ideas in the coming weeks.

What to Expect When You Come to GigHacks

14 teams competed in Hacking the Gigabit City

14 teams competed in Hacking the Gigabit City

GigHacks is the third in a series of hackathons presented by KC Digital Drive. At Hacking the Gigabit City in March 2013, fourteen teams tackled the challenge of creating apps for the future of ultrafast broadband. Apps including the now-established startups PlanIT Impact and were born.

Later that year, at the Gigabit Explorers Challenge (co-organized with US Ignite and Google Fiber), another round of teams delved deeper into the gig, coming up with ideas that launched even more business opportunities, including a tele-behavioral health app now in incubation at Sparklab. (Watch a video of the event.)

With GigHacks, our first hackathon in over a year, we plan to exploit newly emergent technologies as well as leverage connections to partners in other cities to bring ideas to reality in 36+ hours. Some of the general ideas on the drawing board include:

  • Virtual reality for interactive classroom education
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS) to enhance public safety and quality of life in urban environments
  • Open news media and the future of digital storytelling
  • Next-generation telehealth and mobile health apps

But when it comes to a gigabit hackathon, the sky’s the limit there are no limits.

So don’t wait for the invite via dialup. Now is the perfect time to race ahead and lend your vision and talents to the future of the ultrafast Internet!

Don’t forget to join the call on March 18 and REGISTER NOW


Further Reading

AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Demo Day

On February 3rd, KC Digital Drive hosted a demo day at the T-Mobile campus for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Heartland Developer Challenge, a year-long program to bring together entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, developers, and other creative minds with the goal of building AR applications that solve local problems. The full list of developers who presented […]

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