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Innovation Martlesham Launches Competition in association with Ipswich Borough Council, BT and UCS

January 18, 2016

** NOW CLOSED **

How the Internet of Things Can Be Used As An Innovative Framework To Attract People To Places ?

Innovation Martlesham in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, BT and University Campus Suffolk are inviting Innovators and existing companies to demonstrate how the ideas that are coming out of the Internet of Things can offer a town such as Ipswich potential solutions to the challenge of attracting people from the surrounding areas.

The core of the competition is to demonstrate how the Internet of Things can exploit the various data sets Ipswich Borough Council has access to such as: real time transport information, businesses, attractions, retail outlets, parking, visitor feedback, etc. The final objective being enhanced support to local businesses by driving footfall; improving customer engagement and experience; while encouraging sustainable growth.

Those chosen as winners will :

  • Be offered six months membership of the well-respected Innovation Martlesham Incubator, that offers free workspace and subsidised comms.
  • Be located at Innovation Martlesham, Adastral Park, home of  BT’s global research and engineering headquarters, the central hub for BT’s innovation and technology teams worldwide, and with a high tech ICT community of entrepreneurs and companies.
  • Be offered six months business support from Innovation Martlesham (IM), Ipswich Borough Council (IBC), BT and UCS. It will include access to knowledge and expertise including research, technology, marketing and professional services at IBC.
  • Be featured on the IM website and in e-newsletters.
  • Receive invitations to IM’s networking programme.
  • Have access to the same ICT cluster Adastral Park facilities such as; parking, restaurant, coffee lounge, gym etc.

Implementable Solutions are invited to the following problem statement from Ipswich Borough Council:  (by the end of the 6 month Incubation Period implementable solutions must be able to be demonstrated).

PROBLEM STATEMENT

How can the Internet of Things be used as an innovative framework to attract people to places ?

The core of the competition is to demonstrate how the Internet of Things can exploit the various data sets Ipswich Borough Council has access to such as: real time transport information, businesses, attractions, retail outlets, parking, visitor feedback, etc. The final objective being enhanced support to local businesses by driving footfall; improving customer engagement and experience; while encouraging sustainable growth.

Click here for more details and background to the Problem Statement

Judging Criteria

  • Fit with the problem statement – will it deliver significant benefit?
  • Does the solution offer: Originality, Creativity and Innovation?
  • Competitive position i.e. understanding the market, user value proposition, the team’s experience, knowledge, skills,etc
  • Impact for UK councils budgets including financial viability of whole life implementation of the product.

Click here for the Innovation Martlesham Competition Terms Conditions

Click here to apply (NOW CLOSED)

Competition Entry Period:  18th January 2016 and 4th March 2016

Closing Date is 4th March 2016

Shortlist Notification to be made: by 15th March 2016

Presentations to Judging Panel will be held at Adastral Park on:-

24th March 2016 between 10am – 1pm

For further information please contact Jim Milne

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