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Smart Gigabit Communities Program Awards $80k to Promote Local Application Development

US Ignite is pleased to announce the proposals accepted as part of our recent round of Application Development Awards announced opened for submission in August of 2018. The Application Development Awards provide up to ten thousand dollars in funding per proposal submitted and accepted from one of our Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC). This round of awards a total of eighty thousand dollars to improve community impacts and support local application developers, adding to previous rounds that have created a total of three hundred thousand dollars of investments in the development of local gigabit applications and services. Leaders in each of our Smart Gigabit Communities worked with development teams to identify the most promising gigabit applications in their regions. These awards are provided with generous support from the National Science Foundation through their ongoing support for the advancement of next-generation networks. Congratulations to each of the development teams and their communities.

Educational Equity VR Phase II (Eugene-Springfield, OR) - Provides a virtual training environment for educators helps to overcome bias in the classroom.

Gigabots Live Sessions and iOS expansion (Eugene-Springfield, OR) - Further expansion of the successful Gigabots program, an educational platform in robotics programming for children. This award adds additional classrooms and iOS Features to the successful Smart Gigabit Communities program.

Culture Caravan (Eugene-Springfield, OR) - Creation of high bandwidth and ultra HD quality mobile kiosks that allow communities to interact, creating mobile cultural experiences and exchanges within, or between communities.

Automated Live Video Prioritization System for Public Safety (Lafayette, LA) - Creating a dynamic quality of service control interface for the CrisisEye SGC application, so public safety officials can target the most important video feeds at the highest quality across the network in on demand, during times of emergency.

Network Collaborative Exploration of Earth Sciences Datasets (Lafayette, LA) - Building on the success of the successful SGC VR framework Kvasir-VR, this creates a three-dimensional experience for students and researchers to visualize live data from earth sciences in a collaborative VR environment.

ParaHealth Body Motion Sensing System (Madison, WI) - Provides real-time and accurate analytics of body motions in your own home, enabling high quality remote physical therapy, daily rehabilitation monitoring and more.

Sparkki (Utah Ignite) - Provides an easy to use collaborative VR Educational environment that can be deployed to classrooms, allows students and instructors to interact in real time, in a flexible and customizable learning environment.

Advanced Virtual Presence Network (Utah Ignite) - Provides a high capacity multi-user VR environment of up to 40 users to collaborate interactively.

Congratulations again to each of the communities and teams.