Free Gigafibre up for grabs


Two free two-year gigafibre plans are up for grabs through “Grab a Gig,” a regional competition put on by the Nelson Digital Futures Society and Chorus.

“Grab a Gig” is seeking applicants with creative, digitally-forward ideas that can be implemented with gigafibre, an internet connection up to 80 times faster than standard ADSL that can download a movie in a second.

The competition opened this morning and is looking for projects that contribute to the region’s growing digital momentum by fostering:

  • Digitally-forward thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Exposure to the opportunities provided by gigafibre

Entries close at 12 am on November 15 and culminate in a Dragon’s Den style pitch where the top 10 applicants will pitch their ideas to a judging panel and audience. The pitch night is on December 2, at INNOVATE on the NMIT Campus.

“Grab a Gig” is another partnership between Chorus and the Nelson Digital Future Society (NDFS). It follows on the successful Gigatown competition where Nelson was one of the five finalists to become the first town in New Zealand to be given 1Gbps internet connectivity throughout the city.

NDFS Chairman, Simon Gutschlag says he is delighted to work again with Chorus.

“Gigatown showed what a connected and savvy community we are. We’ve been talking to Chorus since the competition about new projects to showcase Nelson Tasman’s growing digital reputation.  We love the idea of Grab a Gig, which is open to any business, community organisation or individual that has a great innovative idea that they think would benefit our region.”

“While we recognise that fibre is less widely available in Tasman, we want to encourage all interested parties in Tasman and Nelson to think about that great idea they’ve been toying with. And, if the event is successful, we hope we’ll get the opportunity to repeat it as fibre becomes more widely available across the region.”

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