Everything You Need to Know About the SDN Innovation Challenge

Challenge Details

The objective of the Innovation Challenge is to creatively use Extreme’s SDN platform for innovation to push the envelope of Networking. These applications should make a compelling improvement in any of the US Ignite areas of interest:

  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Internet of Things
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • E-Government
  • Clean Energy

Structure of the Challenge

The Contest has been broken down into 5 phases:


Phase I – September 10, 2014: Sign-Up

Participants will sign-up for the Challenge by submitting an abstract and a 1-minute video pitch of the idea they propose to develop. Submission deadline has been extended to October 31, 2014!


Phase II – November 3 – 10, 2014: Business Value Pitch

Each team would be required to remotely pitch its idea to the Judges panel. The presentation will be scheduled over a 2 week period and will be published on October 31st, 2014. Presentations will conclude on November 10th, 2014, when the Challenge Finalists will be announced.


Phase III – December 3, 2014: Finalist Kick-Off

This is the kick-off date for the implementation phase of the Challenge. Two things will happen. Each finalist team will be paired with its Extreme Networks Technical Advisor/Mentor. The demo kit will have been created for each team to implement its idea on. Starting this date, individual demo kits will be mailed out to each team.


Phase IV – June 1, 2015: Submit Minimal Viable Product (MVP) Demo

This is a checkpoint ahead of the main event in June. The expectation is that by this checkpoint individual teams are ready with their demos of the MVP.


Phase V – June, 2015: Demo & Award Ceremony

Invited participants will showcase their final demos at the NIST/US Ignite Global Cities Teams Challenge Expo on June 1, 2015. The winners will be announced and awarded at the Expo.

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Scoring & Awards

Based on scoring by an expert panel of judges, Extreme Networks will award cash prizes to top 3 winners:


Grand Winner: $5,000


First Runner-Up: $3,000


Second Runner-Up: $2,000


The Challenge will be scored in two parts. 

  1. Part I would be scoring of the business value pitch.
  2. Part 2 would be scoring of the demos.

Help & Support

Each participating team will be paired with a Technical Advisor from Extreme Networks who will support and guide them through the process of implementing their idea. The Technical Advisor will hold regular meetings with his/her team to access progress and facilitate any help they need with technical issues.

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