Charlotte techies to partake in multi-city hackathon

A group of Charlotte techies is taking part in a multi-city gigabit hackathon early next month to develop applications using Gigabit Internet.

Charlotte Hearts Gigabit, a group that supports high-speed Internet deployment in Charlotte, is one of five organizations across the U.S. partnering with Orange Silicon Valley at GigHacks, a first-of-its-kind tech competition that runs May 1-3.

The event will be held at DC74 Data Centers, which is near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and will focus on projects that “leverage Gigabit technology” such as cancer genome analysis, unstructured data analysis and visualization, video collaboration, energy innovation and civic engagement.

Other hackathons will be held in San Francisco; Kansas City, Mo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Burlington, Vt. Each city will host its own event, though they’ll all be linked to one another through a video network to support shared app development.

“GigHacks was created to support students, developers, designers, and gigabit-enthusiasts who want to build advanced applications that will define the future of healthcare, gaming, education, entertainment and more,” Georges Nahon, CEO of Orange Silicon Valley, said in a statement.

Charlotte Hearts Gigabit is one of the groups that has supported Google Fiber’s foray into the Charlotte market, which the tech giant announced earlier this year. Other cities getting the super-fast Internet network include Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta and Nashville. The company hasn’t provided a timeline for when the network will be designed and built, though it has urged customers to be patient as planning gets underway.

Where basic broadband typically generates speeds of about 10 to 20 megabits per second, Google Fiber promises 1,000 megabits – or 1 gigabit – per second.

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