Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Gigabit Challenge Announces Speakers: Senator Jerry Moran, Vint Cerf, Sly James, Joe Reardon, Kauffman Foundation

The Gigabit Challenge, a global business plan competition looking for entrepreneurial ideas to disrupt on the Google Fiber network, has announced its lineup of speakers, video presenters and event details for The Gigabit Challenge Finale on January 18, 2012 at the Kansas City Public Library (Country Club Plaza Branch).

The Gigabit Challenge Finale welcome address will begin promptly at 8:00 AM on January 18, 2012 with an introduction from United States Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS).  During the introduction, Moran will discuss the positive impact of Google Fiber, the importance of initiatives such as his Startup Act (announced in December of 2011 with co-sponsor Senator Mark Warner [D-VA]), and the entrepreneurial growth that Kansas City is experiencing.  

The Gigabit Challenge Finale will also feature video presentations from a number of national and local leaders.  Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and Advisory Board Member for The Gigabit Challenge, will welcome the contestants and discuss the next generations of Internet applications on Google Fiber.  Other video presenters include Mayor Sly James of Missouri, Mayor Joe Reardon of Kansas, Gigabit Challenge organizer Tyler Prochnow, and the Kauffman Foundation via their animated “sketchbook” video declaring Kansas City as the “City of Entrepreneurs”.  

To conclude The Gigabit Challenge Finale, Herb Sih of Think Big Partners will deliver a community address in which he will discuss behind-the-scenes details about Think Big Partners’ decision to host The Gigabit Challenge and exciting future initiatives.  The Gigabit Challenge Finale will close with an awards presentation where winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize, the $250,000 “Born Global” Prize and the People’s Choice Award will be announced.    A detailed schedule for the Finale can be found at

The Gigabit Challenge Finale will stream live on January 18, 2012 from 8:00AM until 5:00PM at  A number of live bloggers, social media experts and local and national media outlets will broadcast the Finale activities.  If you are interested in attending and covering The Gigabit Challenge Finale, please contact Allison Way at

To register to attend The Gigabit Challenge Finale, please visit

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