Do you have an idea for a city-wide way of using Internet of Things (IoT) data – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – that will help benefit people living in that city, be that via an environmental, transport, healthcare or energy improvement? If so, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to invest up to £10 million in a single two-year collaborative R&D project which can prove how IoT can help a city region to improve the lot for its residents.

“The UK has the opportunity to become a world-leader in this sector, boosting the economy and creating the jobs of tomorrow”

 

You can see more about the competition in the video below:


Jonny Voon: A Lead Technologist at Innovate UK
explains the IoT cities demonstrator competition
 

Nick Appleyard, Innovate UK’s deputy director for government partnerships, says of the competition: “The Internet of Things is on the brink of connecting communities and commerce across the UK. The transformative technology will make our lives more connected, allowing us to make more informed decisions based on data and drive the productivity of companies.

“The UK has the opportunity to become a world-leader in this sector, boosting the economy and creating the jobs of tomorrow.”

Collaboration is key

The project needs to involve at least one local authority, one local enterprise partnership and several businesses. The deadline for registration is at noon on 23 September 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015. You can find possible partners to work on your project by joining the IoT cities Demonstrator group on LinkedIn or contact the Knowledge Transfer Network on digitaleconomy@ktn-uk.org

You can apply here for the Innovate UK ‘Internet of Things cities demonstrator’ or check out the other competitions being run by Innovate UK at the Innovate UK competitions page. You can also keep up with the latest news on funding competitions on Twitter @innovate_uk