Orange Silicon Valley hosts multi-city GigHacks to drive gigabit app ecosystem

Orange Silicon Valley is taking on the challenge to better understand what applications a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) connection can enable by conducting a multi-city gigabit hackathon in the United States.

Other companies that are taking part in the hackathon are US Ignite, KC Digital Drive, Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, the Chattanooga Public Library's GigLab, BTV Ignite and Charlotte Hearts Gigabit. 

Having built out its own FTTP service inside of its home country of France and other European countries, Orange said that GigHacks "was created to help kick off the gigabit age and expand the gigabit app ecosystem."

Anyone who's participating in the GigHacks hackathon is encouraged to work on projects that will illustrate the benefits of gigabit networking, such as high-level responsiveness, real-world quality resolution, symmetrical upload and download and always-on connectivity.

Set to be held in five U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Kansas City, Mo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Burlington, Vt.; and Charlotte, N.C., the event will run May 1-3. While each city will host its own unique event, Orange Silicon Valley said they'll be linked to one another via video network to support shared app development.

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