May 28, 2015

Extreme Partners with NIST and US Ignite to Drive Smarter Cities with its SDN Innovation Challenge



NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge Festival (GCTC Fest) is quickly approaching and the Extreme team is thrilled to partner with U.S. Ignite to host our first SDN Innovation Challenge at the event. The competition is inspired by our vision for “real world SDN,” a mantra that supports 14,000 customers globally, and the GCTC Fest initiative to support the advancement of IoT in smart cities.

The SDN Innovation Challenge invites the most collaborative network of developers to submit applications that leverage SDN architecture and its interfaces to make a difference in U.S. Ignite’s areas of education, including public safety, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, transportation, e-government and clean energy. These applications will not only solve today’s complex business and IT challenges but also provide an experience not readily available on today’s commercial Internet such as:

  • Higher reliability for controlling remote vehicles, robotics, farm automation, home dialysis machines, etc.
  • Higher security for medical records or financial transactions.
  • Lower latency for applications with the ability to respond to the user in perceptually real-time.
  • Applications that use SDN to perform multi-way video distribution or multi-way sensor aggregation.

The competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts for a combined cash prize of $10,000. Additionally, GCTC Fest will host a special visit from King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and a keynote from Thomas Kalil, deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The full agenda can be found here.

Click here to register for GCTC Fest. We hope to see you there!

About The Contributor:
Derek GranathVP of Product Management

Derek has over 20 years of technology product management, marketing, and business development experience with a focus on high-performance enterprise and carrier networking systems. At Extreme Networks, he leads product strategy and the roadmap for data center, enterprise networking, and SDN platforms and solutions. Before joining Extreme, Derek held a number of senior management positions in marketing and product management at networking companies including ConSentry Networks, Woven Systems, Brocade, and Cisco Systems via the Stratacom acquisition. Derek holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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