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BT launches Internet of Things competition

23 May 2017

IOT

BT is on the look-out for dazzling ideas around the Internet of Things (IoT).

The company is urging start-ups and SMEs with innovative IoT solutions to enter the latest BT Infinity Lab competition.

The winning company will get the opportunity to test its idea at scale and, potentially, bring it to market working alongside BT, TechHub and other partners.

The competition is aimed at start-ups and SMEs with solutions that help customers digitise their businesses – with a particular focus on operations including connected assets, buildings, vehicles, field force and supply chain.

Supporting digital transformation

The winning idea could support BT with its own digital transformation and could help BT’s Ventures business to develop and grow its IoT portfolio.

The winning entry will benefit from:

  • Access to BT’s expertise in research, innovation and engineering, as well as its commercial and marketing experience, all of which are vital when evaluating and trialling new products.
  • Six month’s flexible membership to TechHub’s global entrepreneur community, workspace and support programme.

In addition, three finalists will be invited to attend the TC3 trade mission in California in November (UK companies only).

Chris Sims, MD marketing and IoT, BT Wholesale & Ventures, said:

“IoT is a priority for BT. We already work with a wide range of partners to provide solutions in the areas of asset tracking and retail optimisation, but this competition gives us chance to meet other potential partners and talent, and really understand what other ideas may be possible to help businesses transform the way they work.

IoT is a priority

He added: “It’s about finding solutions to work in our BT Ventures business that will help organisations make, manage and distribute goods, products and services into the hands of their customers.”

Entrants are asked to submit a short video outlining their idea by the closing date of Monday 19 June. Those shortlisted will be invited to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch session held at BT Tower in London on 18July, where five judges will deliberate to find a winner. BT Tower itself hosts the highest, building mounted, IoT base station in the world, as part of the Things Connected network in London.

Full details of the competition can be found at http://www.btplc.com/btinfinitylab/IOTbusinessoperations/index.htm