Two winning teams from the Red Hot Hack event, hosted in April by Red Wing Ignite, were invited to demonstrate their next-generation applications at the US Ignite Application Summit in Silicon Valley, California, held June 24-27.

“We have proven innovation can happen in rural Minnesota,” Red Wing Ignite Executive Director Neela Mollgaard said. “Red Wing Ignite can help bring innovation to reality.”

The Red Hot Hack’s overall winning team comprised Scott Josephson and Mike Gesme with their PDF Previewer. The prototype for their application has the ability to preview files in a list.

“This application can be used in many environments to increase efficiency, for example, with large CAD files in manufacturing, medical imaging and education.

“From remote health care to augmented reality for first responders, gigabit broadband will enable cities to take advantage of next-generation applications. It's exciting to share our ideas with the U.S. Ignite community, and to learn about other innovative technologies from around the country that could be adopted in our region,” said Gesme, IT director for the city of Cannon Falls. 

Winning “best idea” at this spring’s Red Hot Hack was team Babble. Its application allows instant text and speech communication between multilingual users.

The application is projected to aid in education, health care, public safety, workforce and civic engagement with its ability to learn and work with anyone anywhere.

“We’ve had a great trip to Silicon Valley.  There is a lot of exciting development happening in US Ignite cities all around the country, and we are humbled to get such great feedback and ideas for Babble,” team member Bill Bushey said.

Along with the developers, Mollgaard and Red Wing Port Authority Executive Director Randy Olson represented Red Wing Ignite during the US Ignite Summit.

“It’s been great to attend the conference.  There are new applications that will benefit Red Wing and continue to evolve our technology presence in the region and the nation,” Olson said.

The 2014 Summit was sponsored by Juniper Networks and took place at the company’s Juniper Aspiration Dome.

The event featured demonstrations, including those by the Red Wing Ignite teams, key-note speakers sharing the future of the Internet and the “next-gen community.” There also were hands-on workshops. 

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