GigabitDCx Reverse Pitch Competition Focuses On Gigabit App Solutions in Mobility, Environment, Inclusion

The DC Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) invites area application developers and entrepreneurs to compete in GigabitDCx – a public competition that will focus on the development of next-generation, high-performance applications in the areas of mobility and transportation that will run on 5G wireless networks.

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 win one of two final awards.

Three main focus areas are suggested:

  • City mobility solutions – how can gigabit technologies enhance the way we move people and inform intelligent decisions in mobility and streetscape planning?;
  • Environmental solutions – seeking 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; and,
  • Inclusion matters – how technology can be used to support an inclusive environment that makes the lives of everyone in DC better and ensures no one is left behind.

The competition started on Oct. 13, with semi-finalists to be announced on Nov. 15. The two final award winners, who will split $34,000 in prize money, will be announced in February 2019.

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.  Developer resources and space is made possible by WeWork Labs, a host partner for GigabitDCx.