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Stride project announces Internet of Things developer contest

Posted on: Tuesday 21st of January 2014

The Technology Strategy Board funded Smart Transport Internet of Things Data Ecosystem (Stride) project is opening up its new and ground breaking Internet of Things data set on BT’s Information Hub to developers from all walks of life – from students to software companies. The project team is holding a developer contest which runs until Sunday March 9.

Developers are invited to use the data on the Stride Developer’s Portal plus any other Open Data, to develop innovative and compelling transport applications. There is a winning cash prize of £750 and a runner-up cash prize of £250. In addition, the winning team will receive two free tickets, worth £1,800, to Ctrl-Shift’s Personal Information Economy 2014 event on March 20 in London where the contest winners will also be announced as part of the session on Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.

The developer contest is a key milestone for the Stride project which Ctrl-Shift has been working on with project lead BT and partners Cambridge University, Dartt and Aimes Grid Services since March 2013. Over this period we have worked closely with our corporate and public sector stakeholders (including Councils, transport and logistics companies, coach companies and the Port of Felixstowe) enabling them to share data with the Information Hub understanding the business case for doing so. We have enhanced the Information Hub’s technical capabilities and network centric services to reduce the technical and legal barriers to sharing and exploiting information for both providers and users. Now with this longitudinal developer contest, and also our other forthcoming day-long hackathon events, we are looking forward to seeing the potential for innovative, commercial apps enabled by Stride and which extend our aspirations beyond the apps the project team has already been hard at work creating. There are now over 50 different data sources on the Information Hub – both Open Data and commercial data with its associated Terms and Conditions regarding sharing and use.

To apply for the contest developers need to register their interest by signing up at the portal. The project team are not expecting the winning entries to be launched as commercial applications within the timeframe of the contest, but we are hoping for compelling demonstrators with commercial potential. Judging will take place in two stages. In the first stage, the Stride project team will produce a shortlist of submissions.  An external panel of judges for the competition will then select the final winner and runner up. The Judges will award marks out of ten for each of the following three categories: utility; innovation; and execution. The formal terms and conditions about the competition are also on the contest page.