Utah Ignite Smart Air (Gigabit Solutions) Reverse Pitch Sponsors

Date of Event

  • Date: Kickoff Event will be Thursday, March 1st, 2018. Final Event with winners will be in April possibly during the annual GOED Economic Development Summit.
  • Location: Silicon Slopes, 2600 Executive Pkwy, Lehi, UT 84043

Requestor with Contact Information

Utah Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite and the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking matching funds for the Reverse Pitch. View Reverse Pitches from other states. Contact Peter Jay, Technical Leader for Utah Ignite at UtahIgnite@gmail.com.

Amount of Sponsorship

See details in table below.

Description and History of the Event or Program

About Utah Ignite

Utah Ignite is a partnership between the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce and US Ignite, a program under the National Science Foundation. Utah Ignite is one of 25 Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) throughout the United States.

“US Ignite spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities, including cities, rural areas, regions, and states. The nonprofit organization helps to accelerate new wired and wireless networking advances from research to prototype to full-scale smart community and interconnected national deployments.” (See US-Ignite.com).

Utah Ignite is also an important part of the Utah Smart City Eco-System. As a Gigabit Community, Utah Ignite Exists to Find the New Light Bulbs for the Internet Age. “Electricity is history. Today we face the next-generation infrastructure: gigabit networks. Global visionaries here in Utah see the need for these communication networks, even as they struggle to explain the “light bulb” that will make it plain why a super-fast Internet network is as necessary as running water and a universal electric grid.” (See https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628860/Utah-Ignite-exists-to-find-new-light-bulbs-for-the-Internet-age.html).

About Smart Air (Gigabit Solutions) Reverse Pitch

Utah has some of the worst air quality in the country. The Utah Legislature has attempted to pass legislation to deal with air quality issues. It is hard to know how to deal with it, when the cause is not definitively known because of a lack of effective monitoring at a micro-level in real time.

Utah Ignite proposes that we solve Utah’s air quality monitoring and management issues in real time at a more micro or neighborhood level with gigabit speed technologies. The solutions we find may include system level monitoring with sensors distributed over fiber networks across a city, several cities, or statewide, with ground based sensors and/or sensors in the air; new types of sensors may be developed or proposed (including video sensors analyzing air quality with different wavelengths in the light spectrum, or high definition video that can zoom in on areas where sensors pick up increases in air pollutants); there may be different types of sensors to detect different types of particulate pollution; big data analytics and processing will be required to analyze sensor data; and a dash board will be needed with real time video and data. There also may be differences in sensors or approaches for urban or rural areas and in mountains or valleys.

Why Sponsor This Event and/or Program

Air quality can have a significant impact on health and the economy. Once air quality is being monitored at a micro level in real time then local, state, and federal governments, along with businesses and citizens can take more effective steps to change behaviors and improve air quality. Your sponsorship can facilitate the development of new technologies that lead to better air quality monitoring, gigabit technology, and better air quality in Utah, all of which can spur economic growth. You or your organization will be listed as a sponsor and can speak at Utah Ignite events.

Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that better air quality improves the economy, the positive economic impact of clean air is greater than the cost for compliance; clean air protects many Americans from pollution-related health problems; public health safe-guards encourage technology investments; and environmental technology and services is a large and growing U.S. Industry. (See https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/clean-air-act-and-economy)

A peer-reviewed 2011 EPA study found that, in 2010 alone, reductions in fine particle pollution and ozone pollution achieved by the EPA Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: 1) Avoided more than 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction), millions of cases of respiratory problems such as acute bronchitis and asthma attacks, and 86,000 hospital admissions. 2) Prevented 13 million lost workdays, improving worker productivity which contributes to a stronger economy. 3) Kept kids healthy and in school, avoiding 3.2 million lost school days due to respiratory illness and other diseases caused or exacerbated by air pollution. (See https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/clean-air-act-and-economy)

The correlation between air pollution and health issues has long been recognized in Utah. A 1991 study showed increases in cancer and heart disease likely caused by air pollution. (https://www.deseretnews.com/article/146383/POLLUTION-RELATED-DEATHS-IN-UTAH-COUNTY-LIKELY-UNDERESTIMATED-U–RESEARCHER-SAYS.html). In the 1980s, Utah saw a direct correlation between Geneva Steel being open, health issues, and hospital visits. http://itepsrv1.itep.nau.edu/itep_course_downloads/NTF/2014_AnacortesWA/May15_pm/Pope_AQHealth.pdf

Audience Demographics for Event or Program.

The Utah Technology and Entrepreneur Community. The Utah Environmental Community. The Utah Economic Development Community.

There are many groups in Utah looking at Utah’s air quality problem, including universities, companies, cities, state government, chambers of commerce and other private organization. Utah Ignite will advocate/promote a gigabit solution that requires many sensors, including gigabit speed sensors, and big data.

Sponsorship Levels Available

The Utah Ignite Smart Air (Gigabit Solutions) Reverse Pitch has three sponsorship levels, including $5k, $3k, and $1k.

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsor Benefits $5,000 $3,000 $1,000
Promote your company to Utah’s Tech Community and Improve Utah’s Air Quality X X X
Sponsor logo on Reverse Pitch marketing (website, emails) X X X
Preview cutting-edge technology solutions in air quality X X X
Judge the Reverse Pitch public event X X X
Join the Utah Ignite Smart Gigabit Community (SGC) X X X
Sponsor logo on materials and presentations to the US Ignite National Committee and 25 Smart Gigabit Communities 2018 X X X
Sponsor logo on ALL Utah Ignite marketing in 2018

(website, emails, etc)

X X
Participate as a judge for additional Utah Ignite Business Competitions in 2018 X
Customize your sponsorship X

Kick-Off Event Presenters Will Include

Presenters Will Include:

Glenn Ricart. Glenn helps run the Annual National Smart Cities Conference. He implemented the first Inter-net interconnection point (the FIX in College Park, Maryland) and was recognized for this achievement by being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013. He also implemented the first institution-wide TCP/IP (Internet) network in 1983 using low-cost PDP-11 routers (“Fuzballs”) with software devised at the University of Maryland. Glenn was principal investigator of SURAnet, the first regional TCP/IP (Internet) network of academic and commercial institutions.

We are also considering asking the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to say some things about Utah’s air quality and environment.

Sponsors will have an opportunity to present.

Post-event evaluation process.

The initial kickoff for the event will be on March 1st at the Silicon Slopes office. The Air Quality Monitoring problems and challenges will be presented to the tech & entrepreneur community. The tech & entrepreneur community will have a month to forty-five days to come up with their solutions and submit final applications, based on the gigabit requirements and other criteria we provide. Applications will be reviewed by US Ignite and event sponsors. Two teams will be selected to receive award funding. The award will include the $20k from US Ignite, plus matching funds from several sponsors up to $40k.

Existing sponsors or other major partners

Monetary: US Ignite/National Science Foundation – $20,000 in funding, (we have several other organizations/companies looking at sponsoring as well)

In-Kind: (Space, Consulting, Time, Equipment, etc.): Utah Valley University Business Resource Center, Silicon Slopes, Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, Grow Utah Ventures, Governors Office of Economic Development

View US Ignite Reverse Pitches from other states here: https://www.us-ignite.org/smart-gigabit-communities/reverse-pitch/

Current Sponsors

US IgniteLehi Area Chamber of Commerce