IoT for Greener Cities Challenge

IoT for Greener Cities Challenge

Smart solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of houses, buildings and transport in our cities!

IoT technologies to decarbonise cities

Start racking your brains to find new innovative solutions!

Many citizens and city councils want to do something tangible to tackle climate change and improve local air quality. By taking part in this challenge, you can do something worthwhile for our planet by providing new, digital and smart solutions that use the Internet of Things and other IT innovations to reduce the environmental footprint of our cities.

This is the second ‘Decarbonathon’ Challenge after the successful first edition that took place last winter. This saw 230 teams from all over the world compete in the wake of COP21 to find new solutions to reducing CO2 emissions in cities. A follow-up initiative is presented here in which you are given the opportunity to take part in the Internet of Things Challenge for Greener Cities!

As one of the 15 finalist teams, you will have access to coaching by a team of experts (from the different partners) and the opportunity to pitch your idea in front of experts and a range of European companies and public stakeholders, including the European Union and the World Economic Forum. All three winners will have the opportunity to present their project during the ENGIE Innovation Week in June 2017 and get their project incubated ‘on-line’. This challenge also gives you the chance to win €10,000 worth of prizes.


Follow the challenge news on Twitter @IoT4GreenCities

Choose a theme:

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Households

To reduce the environmental footprint of housing – IoT for Households. For more information, please click here.

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Buildings

To reduce the environmental footprint of buildings – Data-Based Solutions for Energy-Efficient Buildings. For more information, please click here.

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Mobility

To reduce the environmental footprint of city transport and mobility – Sustainable Mobility in an Urban Environment. For more information, please click here.

Your mission

Decarbonise cities

You are a start-up founder? A student with a great idea? An innovative project holder? Everyone can offer innovative solutions to limit global warming, especially by reducing CO2 emissions in cities. Why not you?

We are looking for innovative uses for the Internet of Things to help reduce our cities’ environmental footprint.

You are free to submit, in teams of 1 to 5 people, innovative ideas to improve or imagine any solution and business model based on the Internet of Things in cities to reduce the environmental footprint of their citizen and activities. Give free reign to your imagination and put forward an innovative and relevant project.

As a first step, please complete the short presentation file that you can find in the ‘guidelines’ tab and in your participation space. If you are selected as one of the 15 finalists, coaches will be available to help you prepare the file for the presentation to the prestigious jury members.

The on-line expansion and coaching phase will give the finalist teams access to a team of experts from the different challenge partners. During this period, the finalist teams can discuss any technical or business related challenges they have with this team of experts. This coaching phase aims at further developing the team’s solution and in particular assist in replying to the five criteria (see Guidelines) that will be used by the jury in their evaluation on the 16th of May.

There is no time to waste, so rise up to the challenge and join or create a team!

Timeline  

On-line incubation & Visibility

The on-line incubation prize runs for 6 months after the challenge. During this period the three winning teams are in contact with a team of experts from the different challenge partners. This contact will ensure a diffusion of the winning idea within the partner’s organization as well as its external network. On top, it will allow the team to continue the coaching phase ie. discuss any technical or business related challenges they face with the team of experts.

Many rewards and opportunities

After the final, the three best teams will not only return home with prizes, but also benefit from amazing opportunities !

  • Best teams

    Visibility @VivaTech
  • Best teams

    On-line Incubation & Visibility
  • 1st

    First Place of each category

    An Android watch
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    First Place - Household

    An energy monitor
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    First Place - Building

    Air Analyzer
  • 1st

    First Place - Mobility

    Nomad Solar Panel
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Visibility @VivaTech

After the final, the three best teams will not only return home with prizes, but also benefit from amazing opportunities! Among them the chance to pitch @VivaTech Paris mid-June with the best in class startups!

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On-line Incubation & Visibility

As one of the winning teams, you will have the opportunity to benefit from on-line incubation & visibility. You will present your project during the ENGIE Innovation Week and get it incubated on-line. 

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1st

An Android watch

Every member of the winning team of each category wins an Android watch (worth 300€) and special gift according to his/her category.

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1st

An energy monitor

Each team member of the winning team in the Household category will win an energy monitor Smappee (worth 230€).

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1st

Air Analyzer

Each team member of the winning team in the Building category will win an Air Analyzer (worth 200€).

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1st

Nomad Solar Panel

Each team member of the winning team in the Mobility category will win a Nomad Solar Panel  (worth 180€).

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15 - 16MAY

Grand Finale at ENGIE Headquarter in Brussels

On the agenda – pitches from finalists, award ceremony, and celebrations