Got an Idea for a Red Hot Hack Project?

We’re getting closer and people are getting excited for the Red Hot Hack. If you have an idea you want to pitch for the event – let us know. You are welcome to pitch your idea as a comment or check out the Red Hot Hack Event Page and post your idea there. Saturday morning at the Red Hot Hack all attendees will be invited to pitch their ideas – but previewing them in advance might help attract support and/or initiate conversation that hones the idea and makes it even better before the event even starts.

We encourage you to pitch early and often!

We suspect that not all ideas pitched will become projects at the event. Attendees are welcome to select the projects that most interest them so some good ideas get shelved for later. That being said, we’re also happy to support a team of one. So even if it becomes a solo journey, we invite you to join us!

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Red Hot Hack Agenda is now online - Great time to register!

We just posted the Red Hot Hack Agenda on the website. I’ll paste it below too to save you a link. Also we’re making a big push to get people to sign up soon – mostly for the food count. So if you think you might attend please let us know and register!

Fri, April 25th   

  • 6:30 p.m. - Networking / Drinks and Appetizers
  • 7:15 p.m. - Glen Ricart, Founder of US Ignite, “What does next generation technology look like?
  • The building will be available to start coding…

Sat., April 26th

  • 9:00 a.m. - Networking over Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Project Pitches
  • 10:30 a.m. - Team Finalization & Coding Begins
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 3:30 p.m. - Check-In and Snack Break
  • 6:00 p.m. - BBQ Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m. - Brew Crawl (Red Wing Brewery, Kellys, Players, Jimmy & Port) and/or Coding continues through the night!
  • 10:00 p.m. - More snacks / treats

Sun, April 27th

  • 9:00 a.m. - breakfast
  • 12:00-2:00 p.m. - Show off what you got !  Application Demo Presentation

Red Hot Hack is interested in business ideas too

RHHlogo-300pxWe love the idea of coding for good and civic coding. We encourage and embrace civic coders and innovators! We invite you to join us with your best business and entrepreneurial ideas too. Our goals are to spur innovation in all sectors. And we’re going to have some notable business leaders, entrepreneurs and funders around to see what’s bubbling up. Our Goals for the Weekend

Inspire applications focused on education, public safety, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy and transportation. Draw from your passion to create a better way.

  • Create projects and applications that make use of our Gigabit broadband!
  • Respect progress at any stage. We understand that projects have a start, middle and end and that doesn’t always fit into a weekend. So please come with your freshly conceived ideas, your lifelong pursuit or your nearly finished project. Or come prepared to jump into a joint project.
  • Value all skills. Can’t code? That’s OK we need people who can write and organize and have experience knowing what works and what doesn’t.
  • Have fun and build relationships inside, outside and around Red Wing.

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First Hack event? Wondering if it’s for you? It is!

RHHlogo-300pxThe short answer? If you have a desire to use technology to innovate – this if for you! The longer answers, depending on scenario…

I have an idea – Bring your ideas to the Red Hot Hack. It’s a great opportunity to work with colleagues (new or established) on an idea at any stage of development. Your new team can help you flesh out an approach or even help you decide if it’s an idea worth pursuing.

I have a team – Bring ‘em to the Red Hot Hack. Maybe you have an idea. Maybe you have a project your been working on for a while. Maybe you’re looking for new ideas. We can provide the space, the technology, the quiet. We can even provide some outside support in the form of event mentors and colleagues from other teams.

I have skills and/or time - Bring ‘em to the Red Hot Hack. Recognize that hack events aren’t just for coders and geeks. If you can write, organize, present, manage a project or even cheer people on, your skills will find a place. We’ll have people who are glad to put your to work for the weekend. (Heck maybe you’ll make a connection that will lead to a job beyond Sunday!)

Saturday morning attendees will get an opportunity to pitch their ideas and attendees will get an opportunity to choose the ideas they want to pursue. So there’s room for everyone at the tables!

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Red Hot Hack – less than one month away – sign up today

RHHlogo-300pxIt’s hard to believe the Red Hot Hack – Red Wing’s upcoming event for coder and innovators - is coming up in one month. We’ve been working behind the scenes to get everything ready and we’re hoping to share all of the exciting details with you in the upcoming weeks. Today we’re going to start with the logistics… When:

  • April 25: Network, brainstorm,  drinks and appetizers (optional evening event) Glenn Ricart will be talking about what next generation technology looks like (unconfirmed)
  • April 26: Hack, Innovate, Get it Done (some fun planned at night!)
  • April 27: Show us what you’ve got


Red Wing Ignite 419 Bush Street Red Wing, MN 55066


  • The event is free!
  • Meals are provided (Friday night happy hour, Saturday all meals and Sunday breakfast, lunch)
  • Lodging available at a discounted rate at the Historic St. James Hotel
  • Teams and winners promoted regionally and nationally
  • There will be awards presented

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HBC Wins Innovation In Customer Experience Calix Award

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. was honored to receive the Innovation in Customer Experience award at the 10th Annual Calix User Group Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28th, 2013. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. HBC is committed to providing not only innovative technology, but also an exemplary customer experience.” Dan Pecarina, HBC president and CEO. “HBC is continuing to expand local community events and regional sports coverage along with local personalized care for all of our customers.”

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After Broadband, Then What? The Real Work Begins


By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist I find myself writing more often about the challenges of getting broadband installed – financing it, building consensus, partnering with the private sector. The goal, as has been written many times, is create a foundation for economic growth.

But even after broadband is installed, economic growth doesn’t just happen automatically. It has to be nurtured. That’s the challenge that cities, regions, and countries have to be aware of. The work doesn’t stop once broadband transmissions start.

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Introducing Red Wing Ignite

Red Wing MN

US Ignite fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. By engaging diverse public and private leaders, we “ignite” the development and deployment of new apps with profound impact on how Americans work, live, learn and play.

Specifically, our applications are focused in six areas of national priority:

  • Education & Workforce
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Our organization is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with original inspiration from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, and our deeply experienced team is responsible for convening US Ignite partners in industry, academia and government to identify and share best practices and resources.

As transformative, next-generation applications begin to be experienced by Americans across the country, US Ignite has the ripple effect of driving new business opportunities and accelerating U.S. leadership in the adoption of ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks in communities nationwide.

Over the next five years, the ecosystem created by US Ignite will deliver:

60 next-generation applications 200 community test beds where applications can be researched, developed, tested, refined, and deployed A new forum for collaboration between an array of diverse partners

And we can’t do it without you.

To join US Ignite as a developer, entrepreneur, university, or industry partner – or for more information about our work – please contact Joe.Kochan [at] us-ignite [dot] org.