Internet of Things
Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica and Motorola Solutions invites students and professionals (in teams of at most 3 people) to present their Internet of Things (IoT-based) ideas under the following critical concepts:
1. Public safety (police, fire, health, security and services)
2. Utilities : Electricity distribution, water and wastewater
3. Energy, including Oil and Gas
4. Emergency Preparedness/Response: Natural disaster warning systems and
The teams are expected to submit a write-up of an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that incorporates a prototype description of a sensing system that can remotely transmit data using different connectivity mechanisms such as two-way radio, GSM networks and Bluetooth as well as any other connectivity method. The teams will select the open platforms they feel comfortable using and transmitting the data to.
The deadline of submission of these ideas is June 13th. The teams with outstanding ideas will be selected to participate in the Digital Radio – IoT Ideation Event that will be held on June 22nd. In this event, the teams will do an oral presentation of their submitted ideas to a panel of corporates and academicians. A set of successful teams at this stage will be selected again. Tokens for participants and awards to the winning teams will be given after this event. The winning teams will then be marched with Motorola Solutions value-add-resellers to initiate a 90-day period of incubation that will see these teams’ ideas nurtured into businesses as well as trained to work with the relevant technology.
After this period, an assessment will be carried out to determine the most outstanding team(s) that will be attending Motorola Solutions’ participation in the first dedicated Mission Critical Communications Industry Event in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2017.
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Five hundred billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2030!
Things like wells, cars, watches, refrigerators, and more will be connected to the Internet for the first time so that they can transmit and receive information. Digitization is about connecting people and things to the Internet so that the information those connections provide can be used to improve processes and decision making.
With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT), good ideas can make a difference more quickly than ever before by driving economic development and helping people solve some of our most
Who Should Enter?
This challenge is open to students or recent alumni from any college or university. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here .
Areas of impact could include, but are not limited to:
- local industry/economic development
- critical human needs (food, water, shelter, and disaster relief)
- economic empowerment/financial inclusion
Digital Technologies that enable these innovations may include, but are not limited to:
- connected/smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy)
- connected transportation
- big data
- cloud computing
We are awarding $300,000 to support Global Problem Solvers. Click here to read more about the prizes.
- March 30 2017: Applications Open
- May 30 2017: Applications Close
- June 12, 2017: Finalists announced
- June 12,-28th 2017: Peoples Choice Voting
- June 29: Winners Announced
Why you should participate?
- Huge cash infusion to develop your company or solution
- Global recognition and publicity for your company or solution
- Looks great on a resume or in a prospectus to potential funders
- Review by Cisco technology experts and high profile judges
- Peer and industry validation for your solution
Digitize. Do More Good.
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Internet of things is a new trend that is believed to be one of the drivers of application development for the near future. It is the concept that everyday objects can be connected to each other transferring and receiving data, without a human-to-human or human-to–computer interaction. The IBM CSC team at Strathmore University together with @iLabAfrica hosted the first ever Internet of things codeathon on the 23rd May 2014. The competition marked the end of a two weeks training where a team of IBM experts trained developers and students in the Safaricom Academy on next generation application development. Students used technologies such as Node Red and BlueMix to develop internet of things applications, which involved the use of sensor and embedded devices.
Amazing concepts and applications were showcased by the students, who spent an entire day developing concepts and applications based on the Internet of Things concept. The theme of the competition was “Using Internet of Things to make Africa a Safer Place”. From using drones to send surveillance data to control rooms, to using sensors that send data on the water levels in a dam for purposes of informing irrigation projects, the students displayed impressive innovations that could have a great impact when implemented in solving some of Africa’s greatest challenges.
The students had only 3 minutes to present their concepts and applications in an elevator-pitch fashion. At the end of the presentations, the applications were judged by a team of experts from IBM and @iLabAfrica and the best three applications were recognized and awarded with cool hardware gadgets that included sensors and embedded devices. All the participants were also awarded certificates for attending the intensive course on next generation application development.
@iLabAfrica received a drone from the IBM team on behalf of Strathmore University to be used for Next Generation Application Development training. IBM and Strathmore University are engaged in talks of how to make the next generation training undertaken at @iLabAfrica sustainable to benefit more students and developers in the future.