What Can Gig WiFi Do For Nelson?

Nelson wins Smart Cities comp!

Congratulations to Nelson for winning the Facebook Smart Cities competition – claiming an extra 200,000 Gigapoints and scoring a piece of community street art from internationally acclaimed artist, Askew.

Click on the link above to view Nelson’s winning entry.

Sliding into second place, Porirua has scored 100,000 Gigapoints and its first mini-competition placing thanks to a delightful video about the benefits of GigaWiFi in education. A great effort from a town that has demonstrated great community spirit and dedication to Gigatown since the start.

Wanaka continues to stake its claim to the top of the leader board – achieving third place and an additional 50,000 Gigapoints with its cheeky adventure video showcasing how GigaWiFi can help create movie magic through superfast file transfers.

Nelson’s win sees the middle of middle earth romp up the leader board into 2nd place. Set to Händel’s invigorating Hallelujah Chorus, the judging panel said the video scored high for demonstrating true understanding of how GigaWiFi can transform the town.

The independent judging panel, led by Chattanooga Smart Cities expert Sheldon Grizzle, was very impressed by the creative uses for ubiquitous GigaWiFi in the various cities throughout New Zealand.

Sheldon said: “There is a clear understanding of the impact that this kind of connectivity can, and will, have in communities. We have high hopes for the citizens of New Zealand and we look forward to seeing how the various industry sectors leverage this new asset.”

On behalf of the judging panel and the team at Chorus, we want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Facebook Smart Cities competition, and for helping educate New Zealanders on the potential of GigaWiFi to transform how we live, work and play. To check out all the video entries in the Facebook Smart Cities competition, jump on Facebook and type #GigaSmart into the search box.

Smart cities are all the rave around the world at the moment – and for good reason! By now most of you will know all about how fibre has transformed Chattanooga’s economy, but for those who need a refresher, this clip from CBS is a great place to start.

And remember, there is still time to score your town points with our Smart Cities GigaQuiz – login and enjoy!

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