Participation is obviously a key driver behind the open innovation concept. In this sense I would like to point all the machine-to-machine communication (M2M) enthusiasts amongst you (and everybody else of course!) to a very interesting idea contest that my department at RWTH Aachen co-hosts together with Deutsche Telekom, Deloitte, and Hyve.
To foster the development of ideas, innovation, and trends in the area of M2M* a consortium of four partners, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, HYVE and RWTH-TIM has launched the open innovation platform “ideabird.com”. The objective is to generate ideas and identify future trends in this growing area of the communication industry.
The first contest is focusing on topics regarding finding and following things, persons and animals to make future life easier and more convenient.
The contest intends to create awareness for the positive effects that M2M applications can have for life, work and society and to stimulate innovation across industries. By gathering opinions and ideas from a broad base of creative participants and challenging them with a scientific point of view, future fields of research within this area will be identified.
The contest organizers will award prizes of USD 10,000.- to the three contestants with the best ideas and the invitation to an innovation workshop together with RWTH Aachen University and HYVE. In addition, participants get to share, cooperate and give/receive feedback on their ideas with some of the most creative people from around the globe, including a selection of acknowledged experts who are either members of the contest organizers or come from other external partner enterprises.
After a short registration at the contest webpage you can submit your ideas for the “find & follow idea contest”. The community and a team of renowned experts explore, discuss, evaluate and subsequently develop those ideas together.
At the end of the contest (submissions have to be in latest until April 10, 2012) a jury of experts from different fields and backgrounds will evaluate the submissions and name the winners of the contest.
See the contest webpage for much more detailed information on the process and an open forum where submitted ideas and concepts can be viewed and discussed!
* Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication refers to a technology that allows devices to communicate with each other. M2M is a future mega trend of the communication industry. M2M has multiple applications that currently exist, such as digital signage, telematics, or tracking & tracing.However, the numerous application areas for M2M solutions and services are yet to be developed or adopted by the market.
This open innovation contest focuses on tracking and tracing of persons, animals, or goods. Potential solutions and services can be created based on two existing, ready-to-use technologies: location based services (locating the device within the mobile network (GSM)) on the one hand and GPS plus GSM on the other hand, which is using the satellite network for localization and the mobile network for information exchange. For more detailed information about the technology, continue reading "Technological Background".