Hackathon seeks IoT ideas to change the future of health and transport

There’s still time to join an Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon which aims to generate brilliant ideas for the future of transport, smart cities, and healthcare.

IoTUK Challenger South is a two day hack event organised by IoT UK in association with Cambridge Hack. It will see SMEs and start-ups will pitch IoT-based solutions to four challenges set in the fields of transport, smart cities and health.

Pitches will be assessed by a panel of judges and winners will receive prizes including a cash award of £1,000, automatic entry into a city-wide trial, and ongoing support and mentoring to bring their ideas to fruition.

Taking place at the Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park, the 2018 IoTUK Challenger events will set SMEs and start-ups challenges in the arenas of transport, smart cities and health, harnessing the power of IoT to find effective solutions. The challenges will be set by partner organisations who want to leverage the knowledge and skills of the UK’s SME and start-up community. The challenges are as follows:

Cambridge Science Park

The Smart Bench Challenge – Design a smart bench to monitor, measure and change behaviour or environment. Click here for more details.

Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Eastern Area Health Services Network

The Elderly Care Challenge – Improve proactive care for the elderly, with a particular focus on falls.  Click here for more details.

Smart Cambridge

  1. The Movement Measurement Challenge – Improve the collection, measurement and use of commuter and other movement data.  Click here for more details.
  2. The Sustainable Transport Challenge – Achieving a move to more sustainable transport and behavioural change in Cambridge passenger transport.  Click here for more details.

This two day event gives companies taking part the opportunity to create solutions to real-world problems. SMEs can develop those ideas over the course of the event to a point where they will be pitched to a panel of judges and winners announced.

Challenge owners are looking for genuinely effective and innovative ideas which will help them with the problems they face.

  • Automatic inclusion as a city-wide trial participant is offered for the winner of the Movement Measurement Challenge.
  • Cash prize of £1000
  • A variety of support and mentoring will be given to the best ideas coming out of the event
  • SMEs and start-ups taking part will achieve visibility and exposure for their companies with large players
  • There is potential for running trials or testing prototypes with specific challenge owners.
  • SMEs will get the opportunity to network effectively over two days with peers, with the challenge owner companies, and with the judges, mentors and subject matter experts on hand.

Each challenge owner has committed to having at least two members of staff at the event for support, assistance and further information or clarification on the challenge that you might need.

Organisers are looking for SMEs and start-up businesses working in IoT whose ideas, services and products have the potential to transform the future of transport, smart cities, and health.

The challenge takes place on Monday September 17 and Tuesday, September 18. The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday, September 6, so you’d better be quick if you want to get involved.

To enter, click here.