As part of the IC Tomorrow programme on 3 February at the Academy of Medical Sciences, Portland Place, London, eighteen contest finalists will be pitching their ideas intended to solve six challenges laid down by Innovate UK in its Intelligent Data Insights Contest.
Up to £35,000 is up for grabs for the most innovative digital ideas for solving challenges set in the areas artificial intelligence, data analysis and sensors across the themes of education, finance, advertising, sustainability and travel.
Entries closed on 17 December. However, each category winner will be judged at the open-to-the-public grand finale by experts from challenge partner companies: IBM Watson, Carnival Corporation, London City Airport, Office of National Statistics, Barclays and NMP with Bathstore.
Each winner will be awarded up to £35,000 to develop and trial their solution and will benefit from promotion, support and advice from the challenge partners.
The event is open to public to find out about the finalists ideas and make useful contacts with companies already judged to have submitted the most innovative digital ideas in each category.
Two transport related challenges
As we reported in advance of the competition briefing, two of the six challenges are transport related.
Challenge 2 is on Marine travel problem detection, and involves a partnership with Carnival Corporation. Carnival Maritime is the Marine Operations Unit of the Costa Group, Europe’s leading cruise company.
Challenge 3 is titled Connected airport and involves partnership with London City Airport.
The airport was the base for one of eight Internet of Things Clusters, resulting from the Innovate UK Internet of Things ecosystem demonstrator Competition For Demonstrator Funding In October 2012. Led by LivingPlanIT, the project proposed an ‘Internet of Things’ cluster and demonstrator based around London City Airport, built on the Living PlanIT Urban Operating System. LivingPlanIT projects that airports replicating its model could gain efficiencies of at least 20% in passenger and equipment handling, and 30% retail capacity improvements at peak times.
In addition, Challenge 5, is on Automotive asset management, in partnership with Barclays. Barclays promotes itself as a ‘trusted voice’ within the automotive sector, offering its clients research reports and trade dinners where industry peers come together to discuss the latest issues and innovations.