It's time to set Burlington's symmetric gigabit network ablaze! Join us for a weekend of futuristic fun and a chance to build the gigabit apps of tomorrow.

You’ll have the opportunity to team up with talented startups & tech companies, developers & designers, students & entrepreneurs, thinkers & doers.

We’ll hack with 4 gigabit communities across the country and connect over BBQ & broadband, telepresence robots & video wormholes, remote music jam sessions & much more.

Finally, you’ll get to advance apps for entertainment, education, telemedicine, and more for the benefit of Burlington and Vermont. Experts & resources from US Ignite, Mozilla, and Orange will help turn your gigabit ideas into reality. Come hack with us!

Signing up is a two-step process: 

REGISTER: Whether you have an application concept in mind or not, please register on ChallengePost now (click the blue button to the right), and join us for one of the weekly calls leading up to the event.

JOIN THE WEEKLY CALLS: We encourage participants to join one or more of the weekly calls every Thursday from 2pm - 3pm  EST starting on April 9. Calls are open to the public and will be held on April 9, 16, 23, and 30. Call-in number: (202) 847-5176 (no password required).




6PM: Dinner

6:30PM: Welcome from Bill Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite

Overview and schedule of events

7:00-8:30PM: Pitches/Team formation


9AM to 9PM: Hack hack hack play play hack hack hack play (plus see demos from KC’s Virtual Reality Sandbox)

All meals provided, starting with Breakfast at 9AM


9AM to Noon: Breakfast and hacking

Noon: Enjoy BBQ flown in from KC

2:30 – 4:00PM: BTV Demos and awards

4:00- 5:00PM: Cross-city National Demos from BTV, KC, Chattanooga, Charlotte, and San Francisco



GigHacks is open to everyone!

Developers, designers, dreamers & doers who want to advance their applications with gigabit networks



Create a functionning software application of hardware hack that leverages the features of gigabit networks

Features of gigabit:

  • Abundant bandwidth
  • Low-latency
  • Symmetry (upload/Download)
  • High quality of service

Hackathon Sponsors


Will be Announced

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Click “Register” to access the submission form and start your draft early.
  2. Create a working app that meets the requirements above, or update an existing app.
  3. Create a demonstration video and take some screenshots of your app.
  4. Provide a way for us to access your app for testing.
  5. Submit!


Will be Announced

Will be Announced

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How will this application benefit people and society?
  • Innovation
    How strong is the intellectual merit of the idea? How innovative is the use of next-gen technologies?
  • Story
    How compelling is the story for users?

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