Mozilla Ignite App Development Contest | Apps from future


Mozilla Ignite Apps From The Future

Mozilla Ignite is an open app development challenge hosted by Mozilla and the National Science Foundation as part of the US Ignite initiative.

Problem Statement 

Imagine and build apps related to education, healthcare, public safety, clean energy, transportation, workforce development, and advanced manufacturing, that could make use of ultra fast next generation networks. Imagine the internet is ultra fast may be 1 gigabit per second, think How would you take advantage of deeply programmable, sliceable networks? How would you leverage speeds up to 250 times faster than today’s?

About The event 

The event is divided into 4 rounds –

  • Brainstorming Round – Idea submission
  • Development Round 1 (Oct. 4 – 25)
  • Development Round 2 (Nov. 8 – Dec. 19)
  • Development Round 3 (Jan. 16 – Mar 27)

The first round ie, Brain Storming round is already over and best ideas were selected, but you can still join the contest in the second round. Still developers can submit completely new proposals, but Mozilla and the NSF are also looking for developers to build prototypes of these winning ideas.

Here are the winning ideas:
  • Real-Time Emergency Response Observation and Supervision Jeremy Cooperstock, Shared Reality Lab, McGill University This app saves lives. The goal: arm firefighters, rescue workers and first-responders with powerful new real-time data and communications. Combining live, high-quality video from multiple feeds with real-time sensor data — like heat and smoke levels — could dramatically improve decision-making and coordination.
  • Real-time 3D Interactive Telepresence Andor Salga, Seneca College, author of XBPointStream A giant leap beyond video-conferencing. This app proposes using 3D Kinect sensors for two-way, three-dimensional “tele-presence,” allowing doctors to gain a real-time views of their patients, or let teachers to teach remote classes in 3D.
  • Remote Process Control Using a Reliable, Real-Time Protocol George Adams, Purdue University Reliable, super-fast remote control. Gigabit networks can provide new ways of controlling processes from afar, allowing engineers, artists, and experimenters to remotely control advanced manufacturing processes like 3D printing — regardless of how close they are to the means of production.
  • Long-Term Monitoring and Crisis Management System Amr Ali, Biomedical Engineer and Dmitri Boulanov, Software Engineer, Boston University 2010 Ubiquitous sensors plus high-speed networks can revolutionize healthcare. This app would allow you and your doctor to aggregate and analyze your health data in realtime, detecting and preventing potential crises before they occur.
  • High Quality Open Source Web Conferencing Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton Combining high-speed networks with new web standards like HTML5 and WebRTC. The result: a robust remote classroom experience and high-quality education for any student equipped with a simple web browser, no matter where they’re located.
  • Kinect Health 3D Bob Summers, graduate of Virginia Tech and MIT Helping users get in shape with peers — from the convenience of their living rooms, using real-time 3D scans of participants plus high-speed computing resources in the cloud to monitor and share their progress over time.
  • Smart Streets for Smart Cars Eric Endlich and Julian Valencia, EndlichStudios Cars are getting smarter, so why shouldn’t streets? From traffic lights that dynamically respond to changes in traffic, to street lamps that automatically dim to save energy, to roads that communicate real-time traffic updates and emergency broadcasts to drivers.
  • The Rashomon Project: “Multi-Perspective Chronology” Camille Crittenden, Data and Democracy Initiative at CITRIS, UC BerkeleyUsing social video improve our understanding of complex events. Rashomon would allow visitors to study an event from multiple perspectives, zooming in on particular moments to examine sequences in detail.

Mozilla is offering an additional $485,000 for the development rounds. Winners will also receive additional funding and access to the NSF’s Global Environment for Network Innovation test-bed network. So apply for the contest on or before October 25, 2012


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