Challenge-4 of the ITU Telecom Young Innovators Competition is in partnership with the IEE IoT Initiative. This may involve methods for spreading or expanding access to existing technology such as near field communication, sensors, RFID or QR codes in emerging or developing countries. It might involve application of IoT technology to issues and fields of particular interest to emerging or developing economies, such as agriculture, water management, transportation, or predicting the outbreak of disease. Ideas on an “Intranet of Things” – local networks of IoT devices functioning on a smaller scale to serve a concrete social purpose – are particularly welcome is a co-creation challenge calling for applicants to submit ideas and to discuss, exchange views and contribute collaboratively.
The ideas with the greatest potential will be developed into concepts under the guidance of expert facilitators over the dedicated crowdsourcing platform at https://ideas.itu.int
. Experts from the IEEE IoT Initiative, ITU and other prominent partners currently working on IoT will conduct online facilitation.
Two winners of the Challenge will attend ITU Telecom World 2014 to pitch ideas before industry and government leaders, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win up to USD 5000 in seed funding.
The deadline for submission is 3 November at 23:59 CET (22:59 UTC).