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New “i6 Challenge” U.S. Grant Program to Bring Innovative Ideas to Market

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Updated for the 2011 i6 competition

i6 Green Challenge: Application Deadline: May 26, 2011

Press release [web]
Official Notice [pdf]
EDA i6 program [web]


Application Deadline: is July 15, 2010.
i6 Challenge [ website ]

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a new $12 million innovation competition, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Entrepreneurs, investors, universities, foundations, and non-profits are encouraged to participate in the i6 Challenge.

The EDA will award up to $1 million to each of six winning teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions

U.S. Department of Commerce [ press release ]
i6 Challenge FAQ [ website ]

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New U.S. Program for Student-Led Broadband Innovations

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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. ”

Read the OSTP [announcement]
Dept of Commerce [Broadband Tech Opportunities Program]