The fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library’s downtown branch is the official offsite public viewing venue to watch the entire GIGTANK Demo Day via live stream inside Chattanooga's only gig-powered maker space on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Through a partnership with CO.LAB, WTCI, and Engage 3D, the fourth floor is streaming the entire day of guest speakers, premiere performances and next generation business pitches live from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Demo Day 2013 features tech startups and specialists pitching ideas to VCs, angel investors, strategic partners and community leaders. Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, will be interviewed by U.S. Ignite Executive Director, Bill Wallace; and groundbreaking technologies will be demoed by GIGTANK partners, including Alcatel-Lucent's ng Connect Program and winners of the Mozilla Ignite Challenge.
“We are delighted the library can offer public access to the marvels and innovations of the GIGTANK Demo Day,” said Nate Hill, Chattanooga Public Library’s assistant director of technology and digital initiatives. “The next generation of entrepreneurs are learning to read, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills at their own pace, on their own time, and on their own terms at the Chattanooga Public Library. The Demo Day will be an inspiration for all in attendance.”
During the live stream public viewing event, the library staff will also be demonstrating the power of the Chattanooga Public Library's next-generation services including opportunities to experience new maker tools and technologies, early literacy learning stations, teen tech projects, as well as the latest tricks and tips to rock genealogy research and personal digitization projects using state-of-the-art high resolution flatbed scanners.
"The Chattanooga Public Library has shown incredible support for our city's entrepreneurial spirit. We're thrilled that they are hosting a live stream viewing of Demo Day on The 4th Floor," said Sheldon Grizzle, founder of The Company Lab. "Seating at the Chattanooga Theatre Center is limited to invitees, so this is a great option for Chattanoogans who want to watch the big event."
A highlight of Demo Day includes the premiere of Lucid Streaming, an experimental 3D arts performance piece incubated on the fourth floor with the developers at Chattanooga-based nonprofit Engage 3D and local multi-disciplinary artist, Tim Hinck.
Lucid Streaming is an intermedia-arts and technology project that integrates a public dance performance with gesture control, 3D-mapping, gigabit capabilities, and video projection. Created by Mr. Hinck with technical direction by Engage 3D, it is a marriage of art and technology and a critique of the viewer’s interaction with contemporary art. The performance will occur in two sites simultaneously with dancers and videos interacting across performance sites, an innovation made possible by Chattanooga’s gigabit internet connectivity.
"Building this gesture-control software was certainly a unique challenge for our team of developers. It's been a remarkable opportunity to bridge the worlds of art and technology through collaboration with Tim Hinck," Engage 3D managing director, Bill Brock said.
This epic day will be fully caffeinated by the Chattanooga Public Library's own Shush Cafe. No tickets or reservations are needed to attend this public live stream viewing event.