Active Transportation Counter Pitch

Let’s create a low cost active transportation counter. Bring a team to the Utah Ignite and Bike Utah Pitch Session. These counters will be used to make Utah a more fun and safe place to walk and bike.

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(Part of this challenge is funded by the National Science Foundation through a grant to US Ignite)

Active Transportation Counter Pitch Application

  • Due Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Time: TBD
  • Application Form: Apply Here
Kickoff Event

  • Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Silicon Slopes, 2600 Executive Pkwy, Lehi, UT 84043

Reverse Pitch Details

Award: Up to $10,000. (Funds are provided by US Ignite, under the National Science Foundation, and Bike Utah).

Process: The initial kickoff for the event will be on January 18th via online meeting. The Active Transportation Counter challenge will be presented to the tech & entrepreneur community. The tech & entrepreneur community will be given a limited amount of time (2 months) to come up with their solutions and submit final applications, based on the counter requirements and other criteria we provide at the kickoff. Up to three competing groups will be chosen as finalists. The finalists will then be given the tools and resources to create prototypes of their submissions. Applications will be reviewed by US Ignite, Bike Utah, and other event sponsors.

Why Active Transportation Counters?

The existing active transportation counter market has not been able to provide a price point that allows for widespread implementation. Comprehensive active transportation count data is necessary to make the case for, and best support biking and walking infrastructure. Many transportation budget decisions are made based on the measured demand. In many cases pedestrians and cyclists are underrepresented due to a lack of viable ways to measure their activity.  Keeping the price down is key to installing the counters at scale.

Existing counters can cost as much as $15,000. The goal of the competition will be to create a counter that retails at less than $1,000. Priority features include ease of installation, minimal maintenance requirements, remote count and diagnostic data updates.

The End Product Must Have a Gigabit Application

What is a Gigabit Application?

A gigabit application or service should make a significant impact in education (including workforce development), healthcare, transportation, public safety, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, or have other direct visible impact that will be widely appreciated by Utah citizens.

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 about 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.”

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.”

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