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The audience listens to presentations at the demo night for 48Hour Launch Chattanooga, where hopeful entrepreneurs give a pitch for their business ideas at Track 29.

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48Hour Launch schedule

Co.Lab and Mozilla Foundation have partnered for the eighth annual 48Hour Launch, Sept. 9-11, in Chattanooga.

Pitch night, seeking help from locals, is at 6 p.m., Sept. 9, at Edney Innovation Center.

Demo Night is at 6 p.m., Sept. 11, at The Church on Main.

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 29.

Mozilla Foundation has partnered with The Company Lab to host 48Hour Launch, the startup competition that helped Quickcue get going.

The weekend-long event, Sept. 9-11, will focus on the Internet of Things, or IoT. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 29.

As the competition's name implies, teams will have two days — 48 hours — to turn business concepts into viable business models or prototypes. Preference will be given to concepts that involve learning.

Two teams will win cash prizes and packages of free business services. The first-place winner will get $1,200, and the second-place winner will get $800. Separately, at least one team will get a spot in Co.Lab's GigTank accelerator program this fall. Also, two people will win free trips to MozFest in London in October.

In addition to co-hosting the event, Mozilla Foundation will provide 48Hour Launch participants with devices that support IoT development. It's also bringing 10 mentors from Mozilla to join teams and lend expertise "to this intersection of IoT, gigabit and learning," said Katie Hendrix, a portfolio manager with Gigabit Hive Chattanooga, part of the Mozilla Foundation. "Mozilla also hopes to share our commitment to open-source practices, web literacy and digital inclusion."

A nonprofit organization based in California, Mozilla Foundation describes itself as promoting openness, innovation and participation on the internet. It has partnered with Co.Lab before. Most recently, Mozilla teamed up with Co.Lab, also a nonprofit organization, to run an eight-week roundtable series to support its Gigabit Community Fund grantees. That program, which includes the National Science Foundation and US Ignite, invests in projects that use gigabit technology to enhance learning.

"We love working with Co.Lab," Hendrix said. "They bring great local expertise and experience to our national programs."

Mozilla approached Co.Lab about partnering on the event, Co.Lab spokeswoman Tia Capps said, "which makes sense since both of our organizations are working to stimulate application development around advanced broadband networks."

What's more, Mozilla has "an increasing interest in the Internet of Things, as connected devices really are shaping the future of the web," Hendrix said.

The Internet of Things allows everyday technological devices to securely communicate with each other, in order to make life more efficient.

"48Hour Launch: IoT Edition" will begin Friday, Sept. 9, with pitches at 6 p.m. That's when teams will present their ideas and request help from locals who have skills to help move the startup concepts forward. Members of the public will be able to work with teams that evening and through the weekend. Co.Lab says collaboration is a critical element of the competition.

Pitches and project development take place at the Edney Innovation Center. Then, the experience will culminate with a demo night at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at The Church on Main, where participants will debut their work and a panel of judges will announce the winners.

Established in 2009, 48Hour Launch has evolved into one of the area's leading events for new startup collaboration. The program has helped 65 projects, which raised a combined $4.3 million in capital, according to Co.Lab. The competition launched Quickcue, a guest-management platform that OpenTable reportedly bought for $11.5 million in 2013. The UNFoundation, Society of Work and Chatype also have come out of the event.

Mozilla plans to provide flight, hotel and registration for those it chooses to send to MozFest. That event brings together makers, educators, developers and designers from around the globe to explore the future of the open web.

"The festival is production-centered and will be a great place for two individuals from a winning team to advance their IoT concept and to meet new collaborators," said Lindsay Frost, program director for Gigabit Hive. Contact Mitra Malek at mmalek@timesfreepress.com or www.mitramalek.com.

48-Hour Launch schedule Co.Lab and Mozilla Foundation have partnered for the eighth annual 48Hour Launch, Sept. 9-11, in Chattanooga. ' Pitch night, seeking help from locals, is at 6 p.m, Sept. 9, at Edney Innovation Center. ' Demo Night is at 6 p.m., Sept. 11, at Church on Main. ' Applications are being accepted through Aug. 29.

Contact Mitra Malek at mmalek@timesfreepress.com or www.mitramalek.com.

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