£15,000 prize on offer for start-ups with smart city ideas

BT Infinity Lab competition is looking for small businesses to share "innovative" ideas to help make cities more connected and efficient...

Start-ups and small businesses with ideas that could shape the creation of cities of the future – ‘smart cities’ – are being encouraged to apply for BT’s Infinity Lab SME Awards 2016: Connected Cities with a £15,000 prize on offer for the best idea.

The competition; ran in partnership with the Cabinet Office, TechHub and MK Smart, is looking to identify “innovative” ideas for future digital products and services in sectors such as employment, education, social care, and transport.

Entries will be judged across three categories; Smart City, Connected City and the Internet of Things (IoT), with the winner of each category awarded £7,500. The overall winner will receive an additional £7,500 and six months’ membership at TechHub.

Shortlisted businesses will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts including the Department of Health and Department of Transport on Tuesday 26 April at the BT Tower in London.

Ian Dalton, president of global government and health at BT Global Services, said: “This initiative aims to foster innovation and give small and medium enterprises the help they need to turn their great ideas into reality.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the entries, exploring the ideas small businesses have and using our huge technical and public sector expertise to help them play their part in creating connected cities.”

To apply for the competition, click here.

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