OPEN GOVERNMENT OPERATING BOARD

JULY 27, 2017

PROJECTS FOR DISCUSSION

PROJECT

PURPOSE

STATUS

NEEDS

Small Cell Wireless
Rondella Hawkins, TARA

Compliance with recently passed state law regarding placement of small cell wireless nodes in public ROW

Council item set for Aug 17: to amend City Code to allow the City to protect public ROW while also complying with the regulations on small cell deployment in public ROW.

TBD

Tech Hire
Ted Lehr, CTM

Connecting residents with tech job training pipelines for workforce development.

Currently drafting research plan to coordinate among partners to achieve program goals.

TBD

US Ignite/ GigaTECHs Competition
Charles Purma, CTM

Competition among hi-bandwidth applications for on transportation, education, clean energy, health and public safety as part of US Ignite partnership.

Working with 10 finalists for Aug 31 “shark tank” event to award $38k seed fund prize for apps deployable by year end. Narrowed search for Technical Lead to ensure gigabit infrastructure among partner entities.

TBD

Data Rodeo (Big Hub Data Spoke) grant
Ted Lehr, CTM

$100-200k NSF grant solicitation to build deep analytics capability for transportation, similar to goals of USDOT grant proposal.

Advancing to next stage of proposal competition.

Pursue timeline exception for Council’s approval of grant, given aggressive deadline.

5G PAWR research grant
Ted Lehr, CTM

$25 million NSF grant solicitation to make Austin and its partner Texas communities one of four 5G PAWR research platforms

Advanced to the 2nd stage of the proposal competition. Identified the corridor and planning for deployment of technology

Signed letters of support to include in grant proposal -- due July 31


Open Government Operating Board

Project Status

July 27, 2017

Small Cell Wireless

Lead:

Rondella Hawkins, TARA Officer/ Paul Lewis, TARA Assistant Manager

Description:

Compliance with recently passed state law regarding placement of small cell wireless nodes in public ROW

Law lowered rates the City can charge for use of ROW for wireless network nodes. New fees are 1/10th compared to feeds COA negotiated with telecoms before new law. Attempt to standardize rules and fees statewide for telecoms.

Status:

Council item set for Aug 17: to amend City Code to allow the City to protect public ROW while also complying with the regulations on small cell deployment in public ROW.

The Code amendments need to be approved before SB 1004 goes into effect on September 1, 2017. Final Code amendment language will not be available until July 28, 2017

Needs/Asks:

TBD

Digital Services Discovery

Lead:

CTM, CPIO, Innovation

Description:

Research and recommend an approach to support a modern technology stack as backbone to the City's digital services

Status:

Research complete. Will deliver strategy to support a service-oriented architecture, inventory audit of digital services needs, and plans for sub-projects to test/implement strategy.

Needs/Asks:

TBD

TechHire

Lead:

Ted Lehr, CTM

Description:

Connect residents with job training pipelines for workforce development

Status:

Currently drafting research plan to coordinate among partners to achieve program goals.

Needs/Asks:

TBD

Data Rodeo (Big Hub Data Spoke) grant

Lead:

Ted Lehr, CTM

Description:

$100-200k NSF grant solicitation to build deep analytics capability for transportation, similar to goals of USDOT grant proposal

Status:

Advancing to next stage of proposal competition

Needs/Asks:

Acknowledgement that team will submit a request for Council approval to receive the grant, given aggressive timeline

5G PAWR Research Grant

Lead:

Ted Lehr, CTM

Description:

$25 million NSF grant solicitation to make Austin and its partner Texas communities one of four 5G PAWR research platforms

Status:

Advanced to the 2nd stage of the proposal competition. Identified the corridor and planning for deployment of technology

Needs/Asks:

Signed letters of support to include in grant proposal -- due July 31

US Ignite/GigaTECHs Competition

Lead:

Charles Purma, CTM

Description:

We are holding the GigaTECHs competition in order to select two next-gen applications that focus on opportunities in local transportation, education, clean energy, health and public safety as part of our commitment to our US Ignite partnership.

Status:

The competition was announced at ATX Hack 4 Change in June. Teams then had until July 16th to submit their ideas. Twenty-four projects were submitted with ten finalists selected by a panel of judges. We are now working with the ten teams to prepare them for the last part of the competition, which will be a “shark tank” event at Capital Factory on August 31 where two teams will be selected and given a portion of the $38k prize money to seed their projects with a goal of having the apps deployable by the end of the year.

We have also narrowed down our search for the Technical Lead (TL) to a final candidate who will now be approved by US Ignite. This TL will be the main point of contact with our two app teams, the City, communities of interest/practise, and US Ignite to shepherd the apps forward. They will also be responsible for working with the City, UT, US Ignite, and vendors to ensure the necessary gigabit infrastructure is in place.

Needs/Asks:

None at this time.