Outstanding news–our team’s work was featured on the White House Blog! Here’s an informative letter from our Team Leader, Professor George Bunch Adams III of Purdue University, describing our project’s reception at the recent US Ignite App Challenge:

Dear Team,

Thank you so very much for your part in our winning Mozilla Ignite Challenge team.  Our work was presented both on stage and in the exhibits room.  It is featured on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog.  And we were one of the four top-funded teams of the Challenge.

Many Summit attendees spent time at our exhibit.  There was interest in technical aspects by faculty from Northern Illinois University, Kent State University, and The University of Kansas; in use from the American Legion, Windy City Software Defined Radio, and Broadband Illinois; in protocol development from representatives of Motorola, Cisco, Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks; and for our work’s relevance to the future of software defined networking, from the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development.

Glenn Ricart, US Ignite Founder and CTO, and Bill Wallace, US Ignite Executive Director, were quite touched to receive a 3D-printed US Ignite logo that Mike Howland was inspired to make.  Kudos.

Our success in the Challenge and at the App Summit is also a beginning.  I expect an announcement soon about the next phase of Mozilla Ignite.  I know we would all like to see our concept realized in code controlling a network that is then used by us and any App that needs reliable communication.  US Ignite wants that as well and says there will be opportunities to demonstrate new progress at events in December and next June.  Stay tuned.

It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with all of you.  Thank you.


George B. Adams III, Ph.D.
Director, ManufacturingHUB.org
Purdue University

US Ignite App Summit Poster
US Ignite App Summit Poster (PDF)

US Ignite logo by OmNom Project

The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of the FCC “Gigabit City Challenge.” The resolution specifically recognizes cities like San Leandro, CA, which have taken the initiative to implement their own local gigabit-speed networks (like Lit San Leandro). From this story:

Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced that on Monday, at its annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Gigabit City Challenge” (PDF), an initiative calling for at least one gigabit community in all 50 states by 2015 in order to accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds. The resolution, supported by nearly 200 mayors from across the country, specifically recognizes cities such as “San Leandro, California [which] have taken the initiative to implement their own local gigabit-speed networks.” Gigabit communities spur innovators to create new businesses and industries, spark connectivity among citizens and services, incentivize investment in high-tech industries, and create jobs.

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes that gigabit-speed broadband is creating new businesses and jobs and serving as a catalyst for greater investment and creativity in communities across the nation,” stated Mayor Cassidy. “Lit San Leandro, our gigabit network, is helping transform San Leandro into a center of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area.” (snip)

Text of the full resolution is included in the story. If you’re on Facebook, you can follow our Mayor Cassidy for this and future updates.