Five hundred billion. That’s the number of devices that will be connected to the Internet by 2030 according to some estimates. And that’s not just computers and smartphones. We’re talking about things like cars, home appliances, manufacturing equipment, etc. If a device is powered, it’s likely it will be “web-enabled” at some point in the not-too-distant future. Cisco is looking to promote advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) through its Cisco Innovation Challenge, which is powered by the Skild competition platform.
About the Challenge
The Cisco Innovation Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university. The competition seeks innovative ideas in a number of areas, including:
- Local industry/economic development
- Critical human needs (food, water, shelter, and disaster relief)
- Economic empowerment/financial inclusion
The innovations can involve a wide range of digital technologies, including:
- Connected/smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy)
- Connected transportation
- Big data
- Cloud computing
So, your invention can be designed to impact just about any important area of human life using just about any kind of cutting-edge technology. If you are looking for a wide open competition where you can really unleash your creativity to help others, this one may be the ticket!
Applications are being accepted now through May 30, 2017. You can get more information and submit your application here.
The Cisco Innovation Challenge will award $300,000 in prizes. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $100,000, and the First Runner Up will get $75,000. Three teams will be named Second Runners Up, and will each receive $25,000, with four Third Runners Up teams being given $10,000 each. In addition, a People’s Choice award winner will also receive $10,000.
Make a Global Difference with a Global Leader Like Cisco!
At Skild, we’re excited when any company decides to create and sponsor an innovation contest and we’re honored when they choose to use our competition management software. When the company behind a contest is a global technology leader like Cisco, it’s especially interesting to see what happens. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how participants in this challenge leverage the IoT to change the world.