Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking to create your startup in IoT space? Are you serious about solving an industry problem for the connected world?
Collidathon is a business and technology hackathon aimed at solving existing or future business challenges utilizing IoT as technology platform in some of the key disruptive areas.
5 Challenges – 2 Weekends – 100s of Hackers
And we are serious about creating STARTUPS!
WE WANT TO CREATE AND FUND STARTUPS!
For us the goals of this Collidathon are simple:
- to bring together diverse group of developers, data scientists, makers, business analysts, university students, and visionaries to collaborate and explore the next generation of connected devices to identify and solve major industry problems;
- to sponsor a few winning ideas/solutions with investment dollars to create a viable startup (deliver marketable solutions);
We have identified 5 distinct IoT challenge areas where we are looking for solutions:
Challenge #1: Smart City and Intelligent Environments Challenge
- Scenario #1 – Public Safety: City wants to monitor pedestrian traffic in public parks with an alert when someone enters the park during nighttime hours for public safety officer to investigate. Furthermore, City wants to implement vehicle detection and video capture in specific parking areas.
- Scenario #2 – Waste Management: City waste & recycling collection is inefficient due to regular routes/collection where many bins are not full.
- Scenario #3 – Utility: City water meters are enabled with wireless technology and are read by dispatching vehicles to the area with wireless readers. City wants to add wireless devices to automate collection of meter data and eliminate vehicle cost.
- Scenario #4 – Public Safety: The city will replace smoke detector batteries free of charge for residents and businesses upon request and is looking for a solution that would notify the department automatically when a battery is low/dead.
- Scenario #5: General: Solve an existing or future challenge that any city would use to create a better quality of life for the citizens or efficiency for the municipality by leveraging ubiquitous connectivity, connected sensors, big data and analytics. Create a solution that introduces tremendous new capabilities such as the ability to remotely monitor, manage and control devices; and create new insights and actionable information from massive streams of real-time data.
Challenge #2: Connected Car/ Transport/ Geospatial Challenge
- Solve an existing or future challenge that creates a great self optimization, operation, maintenance and connectivity environment for drivers using onboard sensors and internet connectivity.
- Possibly look at the scenario of how the connected car of the future will be its own ‘bank’ by leveraging micro-payment interfaces. What services will be necessary in this environment to enhance the overall user experience?
Challenge #3: Smart Buildings Challenge
Offices and commercial spaces are undergoing a smart transformation by connecting and linking HVAC, lighting, environmental sensors, security and safety equipment, along with external inputs such as the smart grid and weather. User-driven and automated business processes can now leverage real-time IoT information from people, systems and devices to maximize resource efficiency, reduce cost and risk, and increase visibility across all operations.
- Scenario #1: Indoor Asset Location: A company has a need to track where all assets with a value greater than a defined threshold are located in the building to improve utilization, manage cost and minimize loss.
- Scenario #2: Intelligent Lighting & HVAC: A building manager wants to improve occupant safety & comfort and reduce cost with intelligent lighting and HVAC.
- Scenario #3: Indoor Air Quality: A building manager wants to monitor air quality in a building including temperature, humidity, quantity of oxygen, presence of chemicals and other contaminants, and the quality of outdoor air brought inside to enhance occupant comfort and safety.
- Scenario #4: Noise: Building Management wants to improve occupant safety & comfort with by monitoring noise levels and implementing changes to reduce the level of noise.
- Scenario #5: General: Solve an existing or future challenge for retail, multifamily,commercial office or industrial buildings using IoT-enabled solutions to make building performance more efficient. Use sensor-generated data to enhance building user experience.
Challenge #4: Enterprise and Industrial IoT Challenge
It has been projected that IoT revolution will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, transportation, agriculture and other industrial sectors of the economy. The disruption will come from new value creation made possible by massive volumes of data from connected products.
- Scenario #1: Machine Auto Diagnosis: A manufacturing plant needs to monitor machines to identify those that need maintenance or are approaching failure.
- Scenario #2: Monitoring Temperature In An Industrial Space: A medical facility needs to monitor the temperature of an area with sensitive merchandise—like a pharmaceutical plant or a medical fridge—for compliance and energy efficiency.
- Scenario #3: Indoor Asset Location: A company has a need to track where inventory and supplies are located through automated asset tracking to improve service, reduce cost and minimize loss.
- Scenario #4:Connecting into Existing RS232/RS485 MODBUS & PROFIBUS Networks: An Industrial plant that uses older equipment that has legacy industrial wireline protocols to gather data and monitor machines needs a low cost solution to “listen in” on the legacy wireline connections without replacing them to report out through another channel.
- Scenario #5: Fleet Management: A company has a need to track a fleet of vehicles in order to improve efficiency, reduce cost and increase safety.
- Scenario #6: General: Solve an existing or future challenge that will vastly improve operational efficiency (e.g. improved uptime, asset utilization) through predictive maintenance and remote management.
- Additional areas of interest are:
– Agriculture – Law – Retail – Industrial – Manufacturing – Financial Services
Challenge #5: Blockchain enabled IoT Platform/ Solution Challenge
As blockchains and sidechains proliferate, there are several important implications for the Internet of Things and the development of Smart Systems.
- Scenario #1: Create a platform that enables users to control access to their data for their IoT devices using Ericsson Blockchain Signage Network.
- Scenario #2: Create a low-power mesh network for data collection and asset monitoring, without requiring a cloud or central network authority.
- Scenario #3: General: Solve an existing or future challenge where blockchain technology could provide a way to track the unique history of an individual device by recording a ledger of data exchanges between it and other devices, web services, and human users
Anyone can apply and join us during the first weekend. After the initial pitch (on Day 1), teams will be formed (if not already) and judges will finalize the list of ideas/teams we want to take thru the Collidathon event. You will have plenty of opportunity to refine your idea and/or join a team.
The event will be split across two weekends to allow for business model creation and analysis to take place first before the technology is developed. We will take you thru the journey of creating the business model to understand why you should or shouldn’t work on this idea with extensive mentoring and coaching…a very important exercise many developers and entrepreneurs forget to work on, or have never been taught about.
We will be providing the teams with:
- Food and drinks (as much as we can 🙂 )
- Development platforms to support creation of an end-to-end solution
- Expert business and financial planning assistance
- Technology experts onsite to facilitate development
- Evaluation of the solutions by industry experts
- Prizes for the winning solution(s)
- Ongoing support to bring the solutions to market for winning teams
Plus, we will have plenty of hardware and kits available.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND ELIGIBILITY:
Whether you are a developer, designer, scientist, tinkerer, maker, project manager, or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. We want you to bring your ideas, skills, passion and open mind. We will help you with creating a business model (why you should solve this problem) as well as give you tools to create a viable solution. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your skills are needed!
The Collidathon is open to participants over the age of 18 who are registered and are able to attend the Collidathon in-person. Additionally, the following are not eligible to be participants:
- Individuals directly involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Collidathon, and any member of their immediate family or household;
- Any individual involved in judging or awarding prizes;
- Any individual or organization whose participation in the Collidathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Organizer, a real or apparent conflict of interest.
By participating in the Collidation, you agree to the Collidathon Code of Conduct & Participant Agreement found HERE.
– Saturday, January 21st (9AM – 5PM)
* Team Pitches (1st Round)
* Final Team Formation
* Sponsor Challenges and Business Reviews
* Technology Partner Breakout Sessions: Technology/ API/ Framework/ Platform/ SDK tutorials
– Sunday, January 22nd (9AM – 5PM):
* Business Model Creation & Review
* Competitive Analysis
* Market Segmentation
* Breakout Technology & Business Mentoring Sessions (if required)
– Friday, January 27th (5PM – 9PM)
* Team Pitches (2nd Round)
* Hacking/ Coding begins
* Mentoring Sessions
– Saturday, January 28th (9AM – 5PM)
* Hacking/ Coding continues
* Mentoring Sessions
– Sunday, January 29th (9AM – 5PM)
* Hacking/ Coding continues
* Mentoring Sessions
* Submission Deadlines
* Demo Begins
* Judge Deliberation
* Closing/After Party
WE SUPPLY…LIST OF HARDWARE, SENSORS, CONNECTIVITY AND SOFTWARE PLATFORMS
The following criteria will be used by judges to evaluate the winners. This should help participants understand how they’ll be judged.
- Awesomeness/Originality – 30%
- Is this a known industry problem and how creative, inventive or novel is the solution?
- Effective/Scalable – 30%
- How effective is the solution in achieving the challenge objectives, and how scalable is it?
- Teamwork – 20%
- How well did the team come together to execute the solution?
- Usability/UX – 10%
- How well defined & thought through is the user engagement?
- Demo – 10%
- Quality of demo presentation to judges.
- Collide Village Challenge– Up to three (3) teams will be offered a spot in Collide Village Incubation Program, a 2-month business and customer development process including design thinking, product innovation, go-to-market strategy and traction model, valued at $20,000.
- Hackathon/Intel Prize: $100 in Amazon gift card to the winning team.
- Who can attend?
- Everyone who has a desire to start a company and would like to be an entrepreneur is WELCOME! This hackathon is not only for creators, but for people with strong business and marketing backgrounds as well. Startups are not formed with just hackers, tinkers and creators. They require people with diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to create winning teams that include developers, data scientists, makers, hackers, business analysts, university students (including CS, Engineering, Business & MBA), and visionaries.
- Why is this a two week hackathon?
- Most hackathons are social events and at the end of the two-day event, almost all ideas will dissipate. The key goal for Collidathon is to create a few fundable startups at the end of the event. For this, we need to help entrepreneurs to understand customer validation and business model creation. Basically, teams need to determine if this a problem worth solving and why anyone would pay for such a product/service before they go out and build it.
- How big are teams?
- Teams are composed of 2-4 people. You CAN NOT do it alone.
- What if I don’t have teammates?
- During the first week, we will ask all the idea presenters to come and give a 1-minute pitch. After that, we will have scheduled time where people can form teams. This will be a great opportunity for you to join an idea/team that you would like to be a part of.
- What should I bring?
- – Your laptop, cell phones, chargers along with any specific hardware tools or sensors needed for your project.
- – We will provide you with workspace, environment, partner’s development platforms, SDKs, APIs and expert business and technical experts.
- – Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things are not permitted at the event.
- What’s the cost to participate in this event?
- – Collidathon is 100% free for everyone! This includes WiFi, food and drinks. We only ask that you bring a strong passion and desire to be successful and put your 100% effort during these two weeks.
- – Note that this is being hosted and sponsored by some of the successful individuals, key members, mentors and entities of the startup community. Everyone is willing to give their times to help you craft a winning idea and guide you to success so please be sincere and have fun working on your idea.
- Can we bring a project we have been working on for a while?
- Yes! We are accepting solutions in at ideation/concept and early MVP stage. No full blown product companies or companies looking for market traction. Any company with revenue will not be accepted.
- What kind of hardware will you have?
- Details of this coming soon….
- Where will it be held?
- We are finalizing the location and will be announcing it soon.