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Big Internet of Things competition

Up to £5000 prize money for the winning team

The BITE Impact Acceleration Hub, a collaboration between UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to accelerate knowledge exchange with industry, have teamed up with ARM to launch an exciting competition with up to £5000 prize money for the winning team. A total of 10 teams comprising both undergraduates and postgraduates from across UCL Engineering are taking part bringing hardware, software, design and entrepreneurship together.

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Teams will have until the end of January to develop a proof of concept prototype and a business plan based on a technology that embraces the Internet of Things. This phrase describes the phenomenon represented by the fact that the number of devices on the Internet exceeded the number of people on the Internet in 2008, and is estimated to reach 50 billion in 2020. There is a massive engineering and business opportunity presented by this revolution. The event will cover technologies that are connecting objects like buildings, roads, household appliances and human bodies to the internet via sensors and microprocessor chips that record and transmit data such as sound waves, temperature, movement and other variables.

Teams will take part in two hackathons, one technical and one business-focused and will then have to pitch their business plans in front of a panel of judges at a Dragon's Den style event early in the new year. The winning team will win up to £5000 in the form of a convertible loan to invest in setting up a student start-up business.

ARM's CEO, Simon Segars recently launched a report on the Internet of Things which they commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to produce.