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Reminder: Round One Applications To Ignite NC Due April 3

Applications to Ignite NC, a statewide competition seeking application developers or entrepreneurs who have compelling, innovative, and future-forward ideas designed for Gigabit networks usage, are due April 3.  The Ignite NC competition, which is part of the larger US Ignite competition, is being produced with the support and partnership of NC Next Generation NetworksUS Ignite and the National Science Foundation.

The Ignite NC competition is challenging the most innovative, creative and brightest engineers entrepreneurs, developers, designers, data scientists, coders and civic hackers to develop ideas for a chance to win one of two $19,000 prizes. Up to 10 winning finalist teams for North Carolina will be announced by April 11.

The North Carolina competition is being sponsored by US Ignite, North State and IBM Bluemix™.  In addition to ultra-fast gigabit Internet services in the Piedmont Triad region, North State delivers best-in-class IT and cyber-security solutions in the southeast U.S. through its Data Chambers and Stalwart subsidiaries.

North Carolina’s competition is part of US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities initiative, which is powered by a network of communities nationwide that have each committed to leverage next-generation Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing, technology-driven innovation economy. Each Smart Gigabit Community agrees to develop and share its gigabit applications with other communities in the network.

For more information, please visit: www.IgniteNC.co

About New City Ventures
We advise and assist communities, companies, institutions and organizations who want to build their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity. We deploy programs, engagement strategies, asset identification and communications to activate and grow local and regional economies by connecting fresh ideas and diverse communities with an entrepreneurial approach. www.newcityventures.net

About RiOT
RIoT represents a network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have a stake in the Internet of Things industry. Companies ranging from startups to international heavyweights meet frequently to exchange ideas, to learn new technologies, and to create new opportunities. The Internet of Things is here, and it’s growing. Our mission is to create a community that captures IoT opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. www.ncriot.org

North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation broadband networks in North Carolina. The coordinated effort is led by six municipalities and four leading research universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and businesses in the Research Triangle and Piedmont regions. NCNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our regions and state remain competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy. www.ncngn.org

About US Ignite
US Ignite nurtures the creation of next-generation applications and services that run on advanced networks to create Smart Communities throughout the world.  The organization helps to accelerate new wireless advances from research to prototype to full-scale Smart City development. Americans across the country are starting to experience transformative, next-generation applications. Simultaneously, US Ignite is identifying and driving new economic and social opportunities and accelerating the adoption of ultra-fast broadband in communities nationwide. www.usignite.org

About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

About North State
North State (OTC: NORSA) (OTC: NORSB) is a technology company focused on inspiring the Internet-driven lifestyle through high touch experiences. Its fiber-delivered, ultrafast Internet and Internet-driven applications enable residential customers and businesses to efficiently and securely take advantage of the Internet.  Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Data Chambers and Stalwart Systems, North State provides best-in-class data center colocation, customized cloud and IT solutions, managed disaster recovery services, managed security and unified communications. For more information, visit northstate.net.

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