Participate! Idea Contest by Deutsche Telekom on Mobile-to-Mobile Communications


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.

Find What You Like, Follow What You Love!

PartnersTo 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 “ 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.

What's in it for you?

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.

How does it work?

TimelineAfter a short registration at the contest webpagyou 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".


By | 2018-06-14T07:13:39+00:00 März 17th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, Open/User Innovation|

About the Author:

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others, Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His recent analysis of the crowdsourcing business model “Threadless” (co-authored with Susumu Ogawa), an innovative crowdsourcing business model in the fashion industry, has been elected as one of the Top-20 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review.