BTV Ignite is an initiative focused on using Burlington’s gigabit broadband infrastructure as a test bed and accelerator for economic, educational, and community benefit. Mike Schirling, BTV Ignite’s new executive director, sees the project as a way to “organize the energy of Burlington’s tech ecosystem.”
The Burlington project is part of US Ignite, a National Science Foundation initiative established in 2012 to work with selected communities nationwide to foster the development of next-generation applications and services made possible by high-speed gigabit networks.
Mike will discuss the goals and opportunities for BTV Ignite and the vision for the initiative to help make the Burlington area a thriving regional tech ecosystem that can attract new start-ups and entrepreneurs and benefit established tech-centric businesses. He’ll talk about and welcome ideas for its success, how other cities have benefited from US Ignite, opportunities arising from Burlington’s participation in a $6 million National Science Foundation next-generation Internet grant, and partnerships with area organizations, including the Vermont Technology Alliance.
The event includes provided lunch.
- Noon - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch & Networking
- 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Announcements & Introductions
- 12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Presentation, Discussion, Q & A
About the Speaker
Mike Schirling is the executive director of BTV Ignite, an organization focused on Burlington’s gigabit network capability to create a tech ecosystem and economy. He served as chief of police for the City of Burlington since 2008, managing a department of approximately 170 employees. He held a number of positions in the department since joining in 1992. While with the department, he helped create Internet and cybercrimes capability, started the digital forensics program at Champlain College, and developed a digital information and reporting system for the police department that is now used by dozens of other law enforcement agencies in Vermont.
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