Examples of the Types of Technologies We’re Looking For

10G is the broadband network of the future that will deliver internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second, with the power and capacity to support whatever comes next.

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LIVE

How will an advanced broadband network change the way we live?
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WORK

How will an advanced broadband network improve the way we work?
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LEARN

What will an advanced broadband network mean for education?
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PLAY

How will the future affect the way we play?
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What is 10G?

10G is the broadband network of the future that will deliver internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second, with the power and capacity to support whatever the future holds. 10G will offer speeds ten times faster than the fastest internet currently available. Think of all the technologies that have become possible since the days of dial up! The improved reliability, security, speed and latency of the 10G network mean that the future is just around the corner.

What Does That Mean?

Unlike mobile wireless networks where the “G” stands for “Generation,” the “G” in 10G refers to gigabits. In 1995, internet speeds were limited at 145 megabits per second (mbps). There are one thousand megabits in a gigabit. 10G will significantly improve internet speed, reliability, latency and security. Fast, reliable internet is what makes many technologies function and keeps us all connected. With faster internet speeds, more incredible technologies will be possible. Bottom line, 10G will make the future work.

What Will a 10G Network Provide?

The 10G network will provide reliability, security, speed and low latency. Reliability ensures a stable internet connection regardless of the number of devices connected. Security means that you can always be sure your data is safe. Speed means that data can be delivered to the end user faster, making even more immersive experiences available. Low latency means these experiences will be seamless, without lag.

Who is a Good Fit for The Challenge?

You might be a good fit for The Challenge if you’re:

  • You are a legal resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), age 18 or older.
  • You have a vision for the future and the technology that will make it happen.
  • Your technology would use 1G to 10G internet as a foundation.
  • You are a technology company in the “incubator” stage and are looking for funding.
  • You are a student, professor or class at a university looking to challenge yourself to innovate for the future.
  • You are an innovator, a maker or someone who is working on the next big thing in your garage.

What Are the Categories?

There are four categories: LIVE, WORK, LEARN and PLAY.

Live Icon: Heart MonitorThe LIVE category, judged in part by Mayo Clinic, focuses on technologies that will improve healthcare.

 

Work Icon: LaptopThe WORK category, judged by Corning, focuses on technologies that can make us more productive professionals.

 

Learn Icon: DesktopThe LEARN category, judged in part by Zoom, centers on technologies that make education easier and more effective.

 

Play Icon: Wii interactive game controllerThe PLAY category highlights technologies that will make entertainment more immersive.

Who Decides the Winners?

The contest has four categories: live, work, learn and play. One winner will be chosen for each category as well as a Grand Prize Winner and a People’s Choice Winner. The category winners will be narrowed down by industry experts for that category. From there, business leaders will choose a winner for each category as well as the Grand Prize Winner. The People’s Choice Award Winner will be selected by business leaders from one of the top three video submissions that best fits the 10G Challenge criteria and receives the highest number of votes on our online voting platform.

How Do I Apply?

Entering the contest is easy. To submit, fill out the application and share a 3-minute video about your technology, service or application. The final deadline to submit is July 1, 2022.

What Should My Video Include?

Your video should include:

  • What problem your technology solves
  • A description or demonstration of your solution
  • Why your technology is dependant on low latency, reliability, security and/or speed
  • How your solution impacts the way we LIVE, WORK, LEARN or PLAY

What Do Winners Receive?

Six winners will be chosen: One Grand Prize Winner, one winner in each category and a People’s Choice Winner.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $100,000 USD cash prize
  • The opportunity to present their technology at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022
  • Air transportation, conference passes and hotel expenses for two, up to $5,000 USD
  • Introduction to industry professionals at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022
  • Various publicity through CableLabs

The four category winners will receive:

  • $50,000 USD cash prize
  • The opportunity to present their technology at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022
  • Air transportation, conference passes and hotel expenses for two, up to $5,000 USD
  • Introduction to industry professionals at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022
  • Various publicity through CableLabs

The People’s Choice Winner receives:

  • $10,000 USD cash prize

Can I Submit More Than One Idea?

You may submit more than one idea. Each idea must be submitted separately, including a 3-minute video for each submission.

Can I Enter as Part of a Team?

Universities, companies and teams are all welcome to participate. All members of the team must be 18 years or older. Regardless of the number of people on your team winning submissions will only receive air transportation, hotel costs and conference passes for two people (up to $5,000 USD) to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022.

How Far Along Does My Idea Need To Be in Order To Submit for the Challenge?

You are welcome to submit even if your technology is only in the concept stage. As long as you are able to answer every question on the submission form and provide a video describing the technology, your idea will be considered.

What if Someone Else Submits the Same Idea as Me?

If two extremely similar ideas are submitted, both will be considered, regardless of which was submitted first.

Helpful Resources

Want to learn more about 10G? Check out the resources below. These are examples of the types of technologies we’re looking for.

10G Future Videos
The 10G Platform
10G Blog