The Mozilla Ignite Challenge Calls For Future App Developers

Mozilla, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation has taken out an initiative to call all developers in an open innovation challenge to ‘build apps from the future’. Called the ‘Mozilla Ignite’ challenge, participants have time until October 25th to apply for the second round, following which there will be two additional development rounds.

Offering developers a chance to build future application, ‘Mozilla Ignite’ will focus on areas such as healthcare, education, energy, manufacturing and public safety.

The first phase of this $500,000 challenge saw two firms invitation for submission of ideas for apps that could make use of ultra-fast, next-generation networks.

Recently, Mozilla and the NSF made an announcement to uncover eight winning ideas following the launched the second phase of the program. The focus of second phase would be on putting these ideas into reality.

Let’s take a look at some of the ideas that won-

Real-Time Emergency Response Observation and Supervision  
This app was developed by Jeremy Cooperstock, Shared Reality Lab, McGill University.

This app is made to save lives.

It’s made keeping in mind arm firefighters, rescue workers and first-responders with powerful new real-time data and communications. The app combines live, high-quality video from multiple feeds with real-time sensor data such as heat and smoke levels, which could considerably develop decision-making and coordination.

Real-time 3D Interactive Telepresence
This app was developed by Andor Salga, Seneca College, author of XBPointStream.
A giant leap beyond video-conferencing.

This app suggests use of 3D Kinect sensors for two-way, 3D “tele-presence,” which lets doctors get real-time views of their patients, or let teachers to teach remote classes in 3D.

Remote Process Control Using a Reliable, Real-Time Protocol 
This app was developed by George Adams, Purdue University

Reliable, super-fast remote control.

Gigabit networks can offer latest methods of controlling processes from afar, letting engineers, artists, and experimenters to remotely control advanced manufacturing processes such as 3D printing, regardless of how close they are to the means of production.

Long-Tern Monitoring and Crisis Management System
This app was developed by Amr Ali, Biomedical Engineer and Dmitri Boulanov, Software Engineer, Boston University 2010

Ubiquitous sensors plus high-speed networks can revolutionize healthcare.

This app is designed to allow doctors and patients to combine and analyze health data in realtime, so that potential crisis is detected and prevented before it occurs.

High Quality Open Source Web Conferencing 
This app was developed by Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton 

Combining high-speed networks with new web standards like HTML5 and WebRTC.

This app resulted in a tough remote classroom experience and high-quality education for any student equipped with a simple web browser, no matter the location.

Kinect Health 3D
This app was developed by Bob Summers, graduate of Virginia Tech and MIT
Helping users get in shape with peers

This app helps users get in shape with friends right in the living rooms, using real-time 3D scans of participants plus high-speed computing resources in the cloud to monitor and share their progress over time.

Smart Streets for Smart Cars 
This app was developed by Eric Endlich and Julian Valencia, EndlichStudios

Cars are getting smarter, so why shouldn’t streets?

From traffic lights that dynamically respond to changes in traffic, to street lamps that automatically dim to save energy, to roads that communicate real-time traffic updates and emergency broadcasts to drivers.

The Rashomon Project: “Multi-Prespective Chronology”
This app was developed by Camille Crittenden, Data and Democracy Initiative at CITRIS, UC Berkeley
Using social video improve our understanding of complex events.

Rashomon would let visitors study an event from multiple perspectives, zooming in on particular moments to examine sequences in detail.

Also at this point, budding developers can still offer completely new proposals, but Mozilla and the NSF are also on a look out for developers to build prototypes of these winning ideas.

There’s still $485,000 remaining in prize, which both the firms are offering for proposals and prototypes. Winners will also get added funding and access to the NSF’s Global Environment for Network Innovation test-bed network.

Source: techcrunch.com

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