June 02, 2015

Innovation Challenge Winners Demonstrate SDN Applications to Secure and Simplify Networks


Extreme Networks, in partnership with US Ignite, is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Extreme Networks SDN Innovation Challenge.

Out of nine finalists, and an amazing selection of entry proposals, the judging panel awarded prizes to the top three teams for applications that leveraged the Extreme Networks SDN platform to best drive innovation. The projects from all of the finalists will be made into complete and working SDN applications. The awards were presented yesterday, June 1st, in Washington D.C., at the NIST and US Ignite event, the Global City Teams Challenge, an initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment.


Winning Teams:

First Place:
Team DSM from University of California, Irvine with their entry “SDN Supported Edge Computing for Cloud Based IoT Service”
Second Place:
Team MarTech from Marquette University with their entry “Educational Network Emulator”
Third Place:
Team FlowGuard from Arizona State University and Clemson University with their entry “Building Robust Firewalls for Software-Defined Networks”


In June 2014, Extreme Networks announced the first ever Extreme SDN Innovation Challenge. Extreme Networks is committed to leading the market transformation towards a new era of networks in collaboration with the open source community. Software Defined Networking is not only a new paradigm on how to design, build and operate open and standards-based networks, it also provides the ability to develop and deploy new applications and networks services transforming the entire networking industry.

SDN is the perfect basis to provide innovative applications and services in conjunction with the network as the Innovation Challenge projects demonstrate, particularly for smart cities and IoT. Over the past year Extreme Networks has been working with US Ignite to mentor, support, and challenge these students to develop innovative application platforms based on SDN. The three winning projects, created by teams of next generation computer scientists and engineers, bring value to our smart cities.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 SDN Innovation Challenge!

For a full list of the finalists and descriptions of their projects click here.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next SDN Innovation Challenge…coming soon!

About The Contributor:
Markus NispelVice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation

Markus Nispel is the Vice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation at Extreme Networks. Working closely together with key customers his focus is the strategic solution development across all technologies provided by Extreme. In his previous role he was responsible as the Chief Technology Strategist and VP Solutions Architecture for the Enterasys Networks solutions portfolio and strategy, namely NAC Network Access Control, SDN Software Defined Networks, DCM Data Center Management, MDM Mobile Device Management Integration, OneFabric, OneFabric Connect and OneFabric Data Center as well as the network management strategy. This position is tied to his previous role in Enterasys as Director Technology Marketing and as a member of the Office of the CTO. In addition to this role he advises key accounts on a worldwide basis in strategic network decisions. Before its activity for Enterasys Markus Nispel was active as system Engineer at Cabletron Systems. Markus Nispel studied at the university of applied sciences in Dieburg and graduaded 1996 as Dipl. – Engineer for communications technology. He collected first professional experience at E-Plus Mobile Communications within the group of network optimization of their DCS cellular mobile network.

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