The installation of Google Fiber's ultra-high-speed network in Kansas City is well underway.
But what will it mean to area citizens on a day-to-day, practical level?
That question will be addressed in an all-day event, Building the Gigabit City 2.0, on Thursday, February 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event explores the future of hyper-fast Internet applications and the innovations being spurred by its implementation here.
Activities take place throughout the library and include an app development competition, demonstrations of gigabit products (including a software lending service being developed by the Library), and networking opportunities using the Library's own gigabit connection which will be available free for community use.
In addition, the second floor of the Central Library will honor Digital Learning Day from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Geared toward youth, parents, and educators, this is an opportunity to experience many digital learning possibilities in one location. Among them are a CodorDojo hosted by Women in Technology; Microsoft Store training for Kodu (a free coding software platform); digital storytelling; and Little Bits and Arduino kits from Science City for on-site interactive learning.
Building the Gigabit City 2.0 is presented in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation -- a non-profit organization promoting openness, innovation, and participation on the Internet - and KC Digital Drive.
Admission to this event is free. A 6 p.m. reception concludes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.