In 2013, the IPSO Alliance debuted IPSO CHALLENGE, a contest for innovators around the globe to design and showcase the latest real world uses of IP-enabled technology. Entrants were initially asked to submit a proposal for a product, design or application and, once selected as a semi-finalist, to submit a working prototype that was tested by a panel of distinguished judges and IPSO members in Helsinki, Finland. To add to the challenge, semi-finalists had only 6 weeks to perfect their designs, document and videotape instructions for the set up and use of their prototype, and send it to Finland. Three finalists were then flown to Chicago, IL to present their prototypes at Sensors Expo, where prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 were awarded center stage in front of a wide audience of technology industry specialists. Finalists and semi-finalists alike received invaluable international exposure through IPSO’s recognition of their innovative designs. Each of the three companies has gone on to develop and promote their products using their prize money and the connections they made from participating in the challenge.
JUDGES: Nicholas Ashworth, Cooper Industries; Geoff Mulligan, Proto6; Tom Herbst, Silver Spring Networks; Yoshihiro Ohba, Toshiba; Matt Gillmore, Itron; Jari Aarko, Ericsson; Jan Höller, Ericsson, Niclas Krantz, Ericsson; Anton Pfefferseder, Bosch; Zach Shelby, Sensinode: Patrick Wetterwald, Cisco; Markus Isomaki, Nokia; Szymon Fedor, UTRC-I; Mike Coop, Greenwave Reality; Sokwoo Rhee, Millenial Net; Mary Miller, Sigma Designs; Pete St. Pierre, Oracle.
IPSO CHALLENGE was designed to both promote and contribute to the development of the Internet of Things. The competition seeks innovative concepts in interfaces, interactions, and applications that showcase the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) in sensor/control and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications enabling the IoT.
The Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance is a global forum including many Fortune 500 high tech companies and noted industry leaders. IPSO serves as a thought leader across the board for communities seeking to establish the Internet Protocol (IP) as the network for the connection of Smart Objects. The IPSO Alliance provides a foundation for industry growth by providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of IP and its role in the Internet of Things. IPSO Alliance membership is open to any organization supporting an IP-based approach to connecting smart objects.