Organizing the energy of Burlington tech ecosystem

October 29 Kickoff Event Recap

Burlington’s Tech Future – from Education to the Economy was held October 29 at Noon in Contois Auditorium at Burlington’s City Hall

It was standing room only!  Thanks to all who could make it.  Below is a link courtesy of Channel 17, to the video of the event.

We heard from:

  • Mayor Miro Weinberger
  • William Wallace, Executive Director, U.S. Ignite
  • Aaron Deacon, Executive Director, KC Digital Drive, Chattanooga, TN
  • Gary Evans, CEO (retired), Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Winona MN
  • Lev Gonick, Chief Executive Officer, OneCommunity, Cleveland, OH
  • Ken Hays, President & CEO, The Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, TN
  • Amy Kakalec & Ted Pricer,
  • Charles Miceli, Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, UVM Health Network
  • Yaw Obeng, Superintendent of Burlington Schools
  • Pascal Psame, Kardinal Microsystems
  • Lea Ann Smith, Leader, STEM Academy Leader, Essex High School

Each provided perspectives on the future of emerging technologies and the technology ecosystem in Burlington, described exciting projects undertaken in other U.S. Ignite communities as well as the possibilities for future growth as Burlington works to further expand our tech ecosystem and organize the immense energy in the greater Burlington area.

In the coming days we’ll begin to chart the course and schedule more opportunities for engagement.  Stay tuned.

US Ignite + Burlington VT = BTV Ignite

US Ignite is an independent nonprofit dedicated to fostering creation of the next generation of the Internet, sparking new business opportunities and profoundly impacting how Americans work, live, learn and play.

Burlington is an ideal US Ignite community test bed, where cutting-edge applications can be researched, developed, tested, refined, and deployed. More about US Ignite.

BTV Ignite is the name of the Burlington-US Ignite partnership. BTV Ignite encourages public, private and academic institutions to develop next generation internet applications right here in Burlington.

BTV Ignite is dedicated to aligning Burlington’s powerful gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit. 

Economy, Education, Community

BTV Ignite offers a local spin on US Ignite’s goals of accelerating U.S. leadership in the adoption of ultra-fast broadband and next-generation applications and networks.

In other cities, partnership with US Ignite has sparked sustainable economic activity. Longer term, applications developed in US Ignite cities (including Burlington) have potential for creating new categories of economic development and wealth.

Click here for a snapshot of potential economic benefits connected to BTV Ignite / US Ignite.

BTV Ignite accelerates education in Burlington’s schools, colleges and universities. These institutions are exploring cutting edge opportunities for teaching, learning, performing original research, and collaborating with other schools and organizations.

Champlain College is providing full Gigabit bandwidth for the students at the college with two gigabit connections. The first gigabit connection is for the students. The second is for the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation, promoting the economic opportunity for the development of digital forensics software and services.

UVM is developing gigpods for campus-based applications, while offering support to local non-profits and institutions.

Burlington High School is now wired with gigabit, and students and teachers are working together on potential uses for the new technology.

US Ignite is focused on developing next generation applications that have transformative public benefit.

BTV Ignite is interested in using ultrafast local networks for immediate public benefit. This includes connecting BHS, ECHO Aquarium and Science Center and Fletcher Free Library with gigabit internet. Other initiatives such as a Local Cloud will be explored medium term. Other Burlington initiatives (such as new Maker Space,) will likely benefit from BTV Ignite’s efforts.

Separate from BTV Ignite, a group called BTV Gig created a report with suggestions for how the Burlington’s community can benefit from gigabit connectivity. Check it out here.

Throughout, BTV Ignite will create deeper relationships between regional and national companies, nonprofits, foundations, universities, colleges, and government.

About US Ignite

What is US Ignite?

US Ignite promotes US leadership in developing applications and services for ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks.  US Ignite is partnering with 25 cities, and 15 commercial entities. Through these partners, US Ignite is dedicated to “fostering the creation” of 60 new applications that take advantage of ultra-fast broadband. Some of the participating partners have a head start on development, but others are only beginning to contemplate how they will contribute to the US Ignite mission.

US Ignite’s applications are focused in six areas of national priority: Education & WorkforceEnergyHealthPublic Safety,  Transportation,  and Advanced Manufacturing. 

The US Ignite Partnership is a non-profit, public-private organization. With support from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the GENI Program Office, the US Ignite Initiative will leverage the combined resources of government, research institutions, foundations, and industry to foster an innovation ecosystem for gigabit application and service development.

By serving as a coordinator and incubator of this ecosystem, US Ignite will accelerate the adoption of next-generation networks. US Ignite partners with commercial providers, communities, and research and education networks (RENs) that can offer 100MB+ broadband networks, encouraging them to create next-generation technology test beds within their service areas.

US Ignite has the ripple effect of driving new business opportunities and accelerating U.S. leadership in the adoption of ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks in communities nationwide.

Visit the US Ignite Homepage

BTV Ignite Playbook Executive Summary

After a year of work, the Plan BTV Playbook Executive Summary draft is available for viewing and comment.  Over the course of the next few months, this living draft will be finalized, along with a full plan, to guide BTV Ignite efforts during the years to come. Click here to read the Executive Summary draft.

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