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IoTUK Boost Competition: People and their Environments (Two-day workshop)

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17th - 18th February 2016

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Accelerate your Internet of Things (IoT) product or service from idea stage to a robust and fundable proposition

  • Up to 20 companies will be selected to attend an intensive two-day workshop in Glasgow.
  • Up to five companies will win one month of incubation support and mentoring.

This competition is organised by CENSIS, the Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, in conjunction with The Data Lab and The University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Ventures. It is funded by IoTUK, a national programme designed to amplify the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) capability and opportunities.


Our theme is ‘People and their Environments’ and we are working with ‘problem owners’ including the Scottish Cities Alliance to identify challenge statements.

Challenge Statements

We anticipate that we will be looking for new product and service ideas in areas such as:


  1. The closing date for completed applications will be 6 January 2016 at 12 noon. *NB – The closing date has been extended to 11 Jan 2016 at 12 noon*
  2. Up to 20 selected companies will be invited to a two-day workshop in Glasgow on 17-18 February 2016, with an informal dinner on 17 February.
  3. Companies will be informed if their application has been successful application on 13 January 2016. *NB – Applicants will be informed on 18 January 2016*
  4. At the workshop, attendees will pitch their ideas to a judging panel. Up to five companies will be chosen at the end of the second day as winners of a one month incubation and mentoring support package.
  5. The one month incubation and mentoring support package will take place in spring 2016.

Two-day Workshop

Should you be successful in your application, you will be invited to a two-day workshop in Glasgow. Team members from CENSIS, The Data Lab and Informatics Ventures will be in attendance to work with you, as will representatives from the problem holder companies. If you are selected, we will provide more guidance on what to expect at the workshop. In general, you will be able to spend time improving and fleshing out your idea, working out how it will look, how it will be deployed, what it will cost etc. The workshop will be intensive and hands-on. We would suggest a maximum of two people from your company to attend.

Workshop Pitch

On the afternoon of Day 2 at the workshop, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of approximately five judges.

In your pitch, we need to see that your idea:

  • Is a genuine commercial opportunity;
  • addresses an identifiable need;
  • has a market that will buy the product; and
  • can be developed as an affordable solution.

One month incubation and mentoring period

Should you be successful in being chosen for the one month incubation, you will benefit from a supported programme of activity, working with the relevant problem owner, CENSIS, The Data Lab and Informatics Ventures. The objective of the one month support period is to assist you in developing and demonstrating a commercial solution.  This will also open up valuable linkages for your company in accessing other programmes.

Further information

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