Telecom network maker Nokia launched its Open Innovation Challenge, focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) for public safety, connected automotive, industry 4.0, digital health, utilities, security and smart cities.
Nokia and Nokia Growth Partners, which announced a U$350 million fund for investments in IoT companies, are organizing the program.
Bell Labs Consulting recently predicted that the number of IoT connected devices is expected to top 46 billion by 2020. All these connected devices will drive diverse IoT use cases including smart cities that will be more sustainable; smarter and faster healthcare and public safety applications that will save lives; and more responsive and intuitive smart grid networks.
The Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2016 is a call for the next big ideas and new business models for these exciting IoT domains. During the challenge, entries will be assessed by Nokia and industry experts for their innovation, impact and business potential.
The winners will be able to join Nokia’s Innovation Accelerator Program to incubate their ideas within Nokia,access Nokia’s global market and network with investors. In addition, the top three teams will share incubation prize money of up to 100,000 euros.
Submissions will be accepted between June 6 and August 15, after which they will be assessed and the top fifteen teams will be invited to a two-day concept development workshop with Nokia experts in Paris in October.
The final judging and the awards ceremony will be held right after the workshop. The Nokia Open Innovation Challenge is open to all innovators, start ups, organizations, academia and individuals across the world who are developing the technologies of the future to improve lives and able to demonstrate a working prototype for their idea.
Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer for Nokia, said: “For innovators and start ups, it is a great opportunity to tap Nokia’s global presence and meet venture firms to see how we can work together to build tomorrow’s technologies that will help save lives, improve our environment and make our lives better.”
At Mobile World Congress 2016, Nokia outlined its approach for leading the development of next-generation 5G and IoT technologies which includes a diversified portfolio of applications, platforms, security solutions, connectivity solutions and services across numerous industry verticals. IoT use cases are paving the way for the adoption of future technologies like 5G.