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Gigabit City’ ideas to be reviewed at Thursday event

Kansas City November 9, 2011 by Michael Stacy Only 19 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

The Brainzooming Group will publicly unveil the report from the Building the Gigabit City brainstorming session at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kansas City's Central Library (14 West 10th St.), where the initial brainstorming session was held on Oct. 3.

The objective at last month's meeting was to come up with as many ideas as possible for how Google Fiber could be leveraged in areas such as schools, medicine, libraries, the urban core, suburban living and culture. Gigabit City generated more than 1,000 ideas, touching on everything from elementary schools to elder care. That night, a sampling of the concepts that originated in the session was presented in a public forum at the Central Library.

On Thursday, the whole community is invited to review the results from that brainstorming session. Brainzooming's Mike Brown, along with leaders from the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC), will present an overview of the Gigabit City results in conjunction with the release of the first Gigabit City recap document to the public. The project's organizers say they hope that, with the release of all the results from the first brainstorming session, all Kansas Citians can take part in shaping how Google Fiber will impact their lives and their communities.

SMCKC will also announce its Give Us a Gig! initiative, designed to help the Gigabit City ideas excite the imagination of communities and neighborhoods throughout the Kansas Cities. The initiative will educate area residents about how emerging technologies like social media and Google Fiber can help transform their communities. Give Us a Gig! will also provide resources, including a "virtual toolkit," to empower neighborhoods throughout the metro to tell the story about how gigabit speed can benefit them.

The Gigabity City initiative was established with a mission of laying a framework of ideas on which businesses and individuals can develop opportunities on the social web within the Kansas City community. 

A full report will be available for download after Thursday. Admission to the event is free, and you can visit the event's registration page to sign up. In the meantime, brush up on the initiative by checking the Gigabit City blog and viewing additional coverage of the Oct. 3 event below, from Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

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