Google may be trying to impress Kansas City with its series of tubes and fiberoptics and whatnot, but last week, in an entrepreneurial tech contest, dubbed the Gigabit Challenge, KC came up empty.
As the Kansas City Business Journal notes, “the results of the much-anticipated entrepreneurship contest tied to Google Inc.’s to-be launched network in the Kansas Cities still may have some locals with their tails between their legs.”
Winners, as judged by a Kansas City panel, included New York’s SEIN Analytics & Asset Management and Chicago’s Kauzu. A Grandview company, Paruzia Technologies, was awarded People’s Choice honors.
As BlogKC notes, “The winning companies will ultimately have to setup at least some local presence in order to connect the network. But putting a server in a local data center is a far cry from creating new jobs or having any real impact on the technology or business community.”