Telecommunications company Tele2 has provided the first open low-power, wide-area (LWPA) network in Sweden, in the city of Gothenburg. Now the Tele2 IoT Challenge is asking the question that’s on many people’s minds: “LWPA networks exist. What do we do with them?” The contest management encourages everyone—from major corporations to startups to students—to brainstorm great uses for this new technology. And there’s money, mentoring, and more at stake.
About the Tele2 IoT Challenge
The Tele2 IoT Challenge, which will take place in Gothenburg, will give participants the chance to experiment with an LWPA network and compete to see who can come up with the best ideas for using the technology to improve people’s lives.
Since registration opened on January 12, potential participants have been creating application videos designed to give the jury a quick, concise explanation of how their idea would work, including:
- What problem the solution will solve
- Who their customers or end-users will be, and how the solution will challenge the status quo and improve people’s lives or companies’ operations
- How the solution can be monetized and what its growth potential is
- How the solution is different than others like it
- How realistic the idea is and whether it’s feasible to implement it with today’s technology
Participants selected for the challenge will gather in Gothenburg in early February to meet experts, join workshops, and receive their “dev.kit.” Solutions must be completed and submitted by March 15, and the winners will be announced on March 29. This innovation contest is like data on the IoT—it moves fast!
As the organizers point out, everyone who participates is a winner, in that they get to experiment on the LPWA network and test their ideas. However, there are also more tangible prizes. The first place winner will receive:
- 50,000 Swedish Krona ($5,712)
- 1 day of consulting from Tele2 IoT on business development and tech
- 1 year free usage of 1,000 devices on the LPWA network
- 5 SIMs from Tele2 IoT with 20 MB usage for 1 year
- LoRa indoor Station from Kerlink enabling a standalone LoRa/LPWA network, at a value of 14.000 Swedish Krona (support not included)
What Will They Do with the IoT?
Before you know it, virtually every electronic device on the planet will be able to communicate with every other. At Skild, we’re eager to learn what that will mean for the humans that use them. We’ll be watching this contest software with great interest.