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Could Your Idea Ignite The Web?

Logo for US Ignite Competition

What would you do if you could change the world?

The National Science Foundation has teamed with Mozilla for US Ignite, a competition awarding prize money for showing how Next Generation networks will revolutionize healthcare, education, energy, green industries, and other areas technologies can enhance.

The US Ignite competition is about brainstorming good ideas or “apps”. When most people hear “app,” they think of something downloaded on their Android or iPhone. An app can mean any product driven by IT, including those developed with HTML5 and other technologies that power the Web. You don’t need to be a developer or technologist to participate…you just need to submit a good idea!

The contest closes on August 23. Three of the ideas submitted so far include getting better emergency medicine via high speed networks into ambulance services, providing a more comprehensive approach to ‘green’ shopping, and global-access ‘print on demand’ services.

The US Ignite competition stems from the national Ignite initiative, a consortium in which UF is a member. UFIT network engineers are part of the team bringing Next Generation Internet technologies to Gainesville. Questions about UF’s high-speed technologies may be sent to Dave Pokorney.