It's time to set Kansas City's gigabit network ablaze! Join us for a weekend of futuristic fun and a chance to build the gigabit apps of tomorrow.

You’ll have the opportunity to team up with talented startups & tech companies, developers & designers, students & entrepreneurs, thinkers & doers.

We’ll hack with 4 gigabit communities across the country and connect over BBQ & broadband, telepresence robots & video wormholes, remote music jam sessions & much more.

Finally, you’ll get to advance apps for entertainment, education, telemedicine, and more. Experts & resources from US Ignite, Mozilla, and Orange will help turn your gigabit ideas into reality. Come hack with us!

Special Saturday Presentation: Colin Williamson of Shinra

We'll also feature a special in-person presentation on Saturday at 12:30pm by game industry veteran Colin Williamson of Shinra Technologies, Inc. Shinra is a New York-based supercomputer gaming company that uses its patented remote rendering technology to enable the creation of bold, new gaming experiences that are not possible on any other platform. Shinra is shepherding the development of cloud games with top-tier partners, curating the best content and distributing these and other games on its platform. Following the success of its Japanese technical beta test, registration for the U.S. technical beta test will open in summer 2015 for gigabit-Internet-connected users, starting with Kansas City. At GigHacks, Colin will share how supercomputing technology is applicable to gaming and how it ties into fiber.

How to Join:

  1. Register on Eventbrite so we know you're coming.
  2. Register on ChallengePost (blue botton to the right)
  3. Post your Ideas on the Discussion tab.
  4. Attend a weekly community call - Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. through April 29 - To discuss ideas and answer questions you may have. Call-in Number: 800-707-2533 /  Password: 369 / Conference: 7667#


Still not convinced? Read more about GigHacks & KC Digital Drive's other hackathons.

AGENDA (Subject to change; Updated 4-22-15)

Friday, May 1 - 4:30-8:30pm - GigHacks Kickoff Happy Hour Reception Sponsored by Google Fiber (Open to the public - please RSVP separately if you are not participating in the hackathon)

4:30 - 6:30pm: Reception, Immersive Education Workshop, Tech Sandbox
6:30 - 8:30: Project Pitches

Saturday, May 2 - 10am - 6pm - GigHacks Hackathon Day 1 & Guest Presentations

10:00am - 12:30pm: Hack and dev
12:30 - 2:00pm: Shinra Showcase + Lunch (open to public; please RSVP if you are not participating in the hackathon)
1:30 - 6:00pm: Hack and dev
4:00-6:00pm: Virtual Reality Sandbox, feat. Google Cardboard, KC Public Library VR + Minecraft
6:00-10:00pm: Hacking after hours

Sunday, May 3 - 11:30am - 4:30pm - GigHacks Hackathon Day 2 & Demos

11:30am: Open work time
12:00pm: Jack Stack BBQ lunch provided by Google Fiber & TechWeek
1:30pm: KC Teams Present Project Updates
3:00pm: Demos and Report-outs from all GigHacks Cities

Coffee, soft drinks, lunches and snacks will be provided throughout Saturday and Sunday thanks to Google Fiber.

Available Technologies

Giroptics 360 Cameras (2)*
Revolve iPad Robots (2)* - WebRTC*
Big Bang*
Oculus Rift
Leap Motion
Google Cardboard*
High Fidelity

GigHacks is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors:

thanks, sponsors!


GigHacks is open to everyone!

Developers, designers, dreamers & doers who want to advance their applications with gigabit networks



Create a functionning software application or hardware hack that leverages the features of gigabit networks

Features of gigabit:

  • Abundant bandwidth
  • Low-latency
  • Symmetry (upload/Download)
  • High quality of service

Hackathon Sponsors


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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Click “Register” to access the submission form and start your draft early.
  2. Create a working app that meets the requirements above, or update an existing app.
  3. Create a demonstration video and take some screenshots of your app.
  4. Provide a way for us to access your app for testing.
  5. Submit!


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