Leggett Announces Participation in the Global Cities Team Challenge

It’s been too long since we last posted and that’s because we’ve been busy getting ready for phase two of the SCALE project! Here’s the press release that went out today:

Leggett Announces Participation in the Global Cities Team Challenge

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced, as part of the Global Cities Team Challenge, that Montgomery County, Maryland and several corporate and academic partners are working together on the Challenge to explore the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and their potential public sector benefits.

IoT systems are a critical component of the growing smart-cities movement, in which communities use technology to enhance citizen services, such as improving safety, traffic management, energy efficiency, and crime reduction.

“We’re seeking to adapt to our growing populations by using mobile applications, sensors, crowd-sourcing and data analytics to better respond to our citizens’ needs,” says Leggett.

The team consists of local start-ups and premier industry partners such as IBM, SigFox, Intel Security, Twilio, Brivo Labs, N5 Sensors, BioBright and Senseware. The project also involves research institutions such as the University of California at Irvine.

The team will develop and deploy experimental technologies in real-world “test beds” and will share the knowledge learned from these experimental deployments with other jurisdictions. Montgomery County expects to add other cities and counties to the team as the Global Cities Team Challenge progresses. To facilitate the work of the team and the creation of pilot devices, Montgomery County is establishing the “Thingstitute,” a pop-up living laboratory/incubator for IoT technologies and start-ups.

The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and the White House Chief Technology Officer praised Montgomery County and its team, during an earlier phase of this project, for deploying this technology in a real-world setting in the county. Using ultra narrowband technology and mesh networks to transmit data from sensors monitoring smoke, hazardous gases, air quality, light and temperature, occupants of monitored areas are contacted via phone if a dangerous condition arises. If an “all clear” response is not received, first responders could be alerted to investigate.

One of the goals of the Global Cities Team Challenge is to build public awareness around IoT and to tap the creativity of citizens, students, and entrepreneurs. The team will hold several forums and “Make-a-thons.” During these events – similar to “hackathons” – residents, businesses, and students will create their own connected devices while receiving expert guidance.

The Global Cities Team Challenge kicks off September 29th with a workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology featuring a presentation by the Montgomery County Chief Innovation Officer, Dan Hoffman. More information about the Global Cities Team Challenge can be found at

Start-Up Opportunity: Pitch Across Maryland 3.0

StartUp Maryland!

Pitch Across Maryland 3.0 –  Get On the Bus™

Montgomery County Application Deadline:
Monday, September 15, 2014

Are you an entrepreneur ready to pitch your company? Register for your chance to film a 3-minute video pitch that will be seen online by VC, angel investors and voted on by fans around Maryland!

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host this year’s Pitch Across Maryland stops in Montgomery County on Wednesday, October 1. The morning tour will be at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) on the Universities of Shady Grove campus and the afternoon will be at UberOffices in Bethesda.

Register below if you think you have what it takes to Get On The Bus™ in Montgomery County!

Pitch Across Maryland celebrates entrepreneurship throughout Maryland. A Maryland-themed tour bus travels around the State from September 15 – October 3. At each stop, 3-minute pitches made by pre-selected startups will be filmed in the on board video studio. Qualified videos are posted online for “Fan Favorites” voting. A panel of venture capitalists and angel investors also select 8 companies with the strongest potential for growth. These companies will present at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo on November 12, 2014 at the BWI Airport Marriott where the StartUp Maryland winner is chosen.

Questions? Contact:

Stephanie Eyler

Business Development Specialist I

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development