New U.S. Program for Student-Led Broadband Innovations
Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and US CTO Aneesh Chopra, are asking for input on a new initiative to spur student-led innovation around next-generation broadband networks. From the Office of Science and Technology Policy:
” Although it’s impossible to predict what the next generation of applications will be, universities, companies, and students could work together under such an initiative, which would serve as a sort of “Petri dish” where new ideas could incubate and grow.
The initiative could have a number of elements, including:
- Campus-based incubators for the development of broadband applications, with access to high-speed networks, cutting-edge peripherals, software development kits, and cloud computing services.
- Relevant courses that encourage multidisciplinary teams of students to design and develop broadband applications.
- Competitions that recognize compelling applications developed by students. Some existing competitions that could serve as models include Google’s Android Developer Challenge, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, and the FCC-Knight Foundation’s “Apps for Inclusion” competition. ”