Relevant for our UK based members: The Knowledge Transfer Network has announced a series of briefing events for the Innovate UK competition taking place in several cities between 21st July- 29th July.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million* in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city region. This competition (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of DCMS) is part of a wider £40 million government investment in IoT announced in March 2015.
*Note: funding is only guaranteed for the 2015-16 financial year (ending 31 March 2016) and further funding is subject to decisions in the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review.
The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data, is a major area of growth and will have a transformative effect on society. Cities can use IoT to improve services for their citizens, increase quality of life and make better-informed decisions more quickly.
The aim of this demonstrator is to show how the large-scale deployment of IoT – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – can benefit citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy.
Projects must be collaborative and led by a local authority or local enterprise partnership (or an equivalent body outside England). Projects should involve at least one local authority, one local enterprise partnership and several businesses.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 13 July 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 23 September 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015.
More information can be found at: Bit.ly/iotcities
London - 21 July 2015, America Square
Edinburgh - 23 July 2015, The Scotsman
Belfast - 24 July 2015, Europa Belfast
Cardiff - 28 July 2015, Wales Millennium Centre
Birmingham - 29 July 2015, The Studio