Gigabit City Continues with 1,001 Ideas for Google Fiber in Kansas City

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For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2011
Contact: Henry Fortunato
816.701.3514
Gigabit City Continues with 1,001 Ideas for Google Fiber in Kansas City

Mike Brown, strategic innovation expert at The Brainzooming Group, presents ideas for how the Google Fiber gigabit broadband Internet service can be used to benefit Kansas City on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Earlier this year, Google announced that it would debut its new fiber-optic network in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO. Google Fiber would provide Internet access at unprecedented speeds - up to 100 times faster than normal broadband - and Kansas City would get it first. However, the announcement came with no set of instructions. It would be up to citizen innovators in Kansas City to determine how to best take advantage of the new network.

Buzz around Fiber steadily grew, and on October 3, 2011, a group of local business and nonprofit thought leaders took the initiative. Shepherded by the Social Media Club of Kansas City, these experts gathered at the Kansas City Public Library to take part in a massive brainstorming session led by The Brainzooming Group called Building the Gigabit City: Brainstorming a Google Fiber Roadmap.

Their task was to come up with as many ideas as possible for how Google Fiber could be leveraged in areas such as schools, medicine, libraries, the urban core, suburban living, and culture. GigabitCity generated more than 1,000 ideas, touching on everything from elementary schools to elder care. That night, a sampling of the concepts originating in the session was presented to a standing-room-only audience in a public forum at the Central Library.

Now the whole community is invited to review the results from the GigabitCity brainstorming session. On Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, Brown, along with leaders from the Social Media Club of Kansas City, will present an overview of the GigabitCity results in conjunction with the release of the first GigabitCity recap document to the public. The hope is that by releasing all the results from the first brainstorming session, all Kansas Citians can take part in shaping how Google Fiber will impact their lives and their communities.

In addition to unveiling the ideas themselves, the Social Media Club will also announce its Give Us a Gig! initiative, designed to help the GigabitCity ideas excite the imagination of communities and neighborhoods throughout the Kansas Cities. The initiative will educate area residents about how emerging technologies like social media and Google Fiber can help transform their communities. Give Us a Gig! will also provide resources, including a "virtual toolkit," to empower neighborhoods throughout the metro to tell the story about how gigabit speed can benefit them.

The Social Media Club is also partnering with established business-creation entities like the Kauffman Foundation and KCSourceLink to help expose the GigabitCity ideas to individuals who can turn them into action.

Admission to this event is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Media Club of Kansas City.