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Mozilla and NSF Announce First Round of Winners for Brainstorming Phase of Ignite Challenge

September 26th, 2012 / in awards, Research News, resources / by Kenneth Hines

As we’ve previously blogged, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have teamed up for a challenge, called “Mozilla Ignite“, which focuses on the development of apps for faster, smarter internet of the future. Apps were designed to address needs in advanced manufacturing, education and workforce technologies, emergency preparedness and public safety, healthcare technologies and clean energy and transportation. The brainstorming round completed on August 23rd which brought in over 300 ideas from the community. Mozilla announced a total of eight winners, with one grand prize award.Mozilla Ignite [credit: Mozilla Foundation]

The grand prize winner from the brainstorming round went to Jeremy Cooperstock, director of the Shared Reality Lab at McGill University in Canada. Here is the description of his idea, titled “Real-time emergency response observation and supervision“, from the Mozilla Ignite blog:

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 — plus massive computing capacity to improve decision-making and coordination.

Read the about the other winning apps on the Mozilla Ignite Blog.

The next round of the challenge is the development round, in which $85,000 will be awarded. Developers can enter the next round to help build upon one of the winners, or submit a new idea.

(Contributed by Kenneth Hines, CCC Program Associate)

Mozilla and NSF Announce First Round of Winners for Brainstorming Phase of Ignite Challenge