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Award Winners from the US-Ignite 2014 Application Summit!

We are pleased to announce winners from the application and demo US-Ignite Summit that took place at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, CA earlier this summer. Read on about our innovative award winners!

Best App Expo: Proactive Sense

Foresite Health Monitoring System’s advanced monitoring technology analyzes in-depth data to accurately predict and prevent health issues such as falls, heart problems, depression, strokes, respiratory problems, urinary tract infections and more.

Team: George Chronis and Jeff Roper, Proactive Sense

Best App in Health: Fitnet

Fitness trainers and their clients benefit by having increased access to quality interactions via the convenience of online. Increases the success rate of the client and income of the trainer. Trainers can scale to serve more people by using data tools and removing the logistics of travel.

Team: Bob Summers, Nate Dicken, Daniel Burgess, Dr. Kevin Hill

Best App in Energy: Secure WAMS

Utilities and ISOs all across the US are currently installing hundreds of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) under the Department of Energy's smart grid investment grants. Once these PMUs start communicating massive volumes of data from one part of the grid to another, cyber-security will become an imperative issue. The application will show how these PMU data can be handled intelligently in real-time using distributed algorithms such that even if there is any attempt of a malicious attack the underlying communication architecture can reconfigure its routing principles and bypass the immediate impact of the attack.

Team: North Carolina State University, Aranya Chakrabortty, Yufeng Xin

Best App in Public Safety: Cyber Security as a Service

Law enforcement can adopt this technology to essentially walk into a search warrant anywhere there is a gig connection and have a remote expert preview and capture data from the machine in question. Imagine having a "Forensic Operations Center" for local/state/federal law enforcement staffed with experts who can respond to multiple agencies at a given moment. No need to have a team of highly trained experts at the scene of the crime, you only need to train your first responders to do a specific process which helps automate the process.

Team: Jonathan Rajewski at Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation

Best App in Education: Augmented Reality for Improved Training of First Responders

Firefighter and first-responder training methods have remained virtually unchanged for decades despite the emergence of new technologies. This is due in large part to the risk that a new technology may be prone to malfunction or incur a high learning curve that impedes its effective use. However, the tools being developed would co-exist with and enhance existing training methods, rather than replace them.

Team: Michael Sterle-Contala, Jeremy Cooperstock, Alok Sharma, and Jeff Blum, McGill University

Most Likely to Have a Big Impact: Virtual World Framework

Distributed shared learning and educational assessment environment for STEM subjects based on Collaborative Real-Time Interactive Simulation. Educators are easily able to create shared real-time interactive simulations for self-education, educational assessment, and learning. They make deep and precise educational assessment based on student interaction with simulation. And they provide shared and mentored learning, both educator-to-student and student-to-student, across continental distances. Adaptive learning, as simulations are able to react to students' strengths and weaknesses in real time, closing the loop between error and correction.

Team: Rick McGeer, Rob Chadwick, David Smith, Niky Riga, Glenn Ricart, Robert Krahn, and Dan Ingalls

Best Use of SDN: ParaDrop

The concept of edge computing is to allow various services to run as close to client devices as possible. Paradrop enables developers to easily deploy their services in home gateways in a secure, isolated,and robust environment providing home users with improved experience. Many examples are from the Internet of Things with services include i) home automation and sensing for improved energy efficiency, ii) home security services, and iii) improved real time media streaming.

Team: Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Best Use of Locavore Infrastructure: THRIVE

Timely Health Indicators using Remote sensing & Innovation for the Vitality of the Environment Prevention is better than a cure, so a timely alert could preclude a trip to the ER for the 25 Million Americans who have Asthma. This technology could benefit all people with environmentally triggered health conditions and supply forecasts for ER and walk in clinic managers.

Team: David Larry, University of Texas at Dallas and York Eggleston, Machine Data Learning

Best Use of Advanced Wireless: Drone-carried On-demand WiFi Networks

Drone-carried On-demand WiFi Networks In situations where information infrastructure such as commercial cellular network and cable link are destroyed or not available, the drone-carried on-demand WiFi networks will provide robust and high-bandwidth Internet access, which is critical for rescue missions for coordination, information dissemination, and the connection of emergency zones to the outside.

Team: Shengli Fu, Yan Wan, Yixin Gu, and Vardhman Sheth, University of North Texas

Thanks to all the amazing app demos and teams for joining us in Sunnyvale!