Wearable technologies are becoming more prominent and useful every day. Start-ups and big companies alike are jumping on the wearable technologies bandwagon by announcing or releasing wearable devices. Who hasn’t heard about Google Glass, Apple’s plans to “explore” the wearable tech market, or seen the smart watches from Pebble? The potential for wearable computers and small electronic devices is huge, and considered to have at least as much impact as the Internet had.
For the fifth time, since June 1st, the WT Innovation World Cup is looking for the best and most innovative new wearable solutions. Contestants can submit their product or solution for free until November 30th, 2013 in the categories: Sports & Fitness, Healthcare & Wellness, Security & Prevention, and Gaming & Lifestyle. This year, for the first time, the WT Innovation World Cup also established two special categories: “blukii® App 2.0”, sponsored by C.Schneider—New Solutions, and “Smart Textiles”, sponsored by AiQ Smart Clothing.
In addition to title sponsor STMicroelectronics, the WT Innovation World Cup is supported by preferred technology partner Texas Instruments (TI), sponsor VARTA Microbattery, as well as an international network of innovative technology regions, alliances, and trade shows including Wearable Technologies AG, Continua Health Alliance, Cluster 55, Medica, ISPO Munich, Taitra, Comm4Innov, and the development agency Team Côte d’Azur. STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and C.Schneider-New Solutions also provide software development kits at a discount of up to 100 %.
You have a great idea for a wearable tech, an app, a small device, etc.? You might even already have a prototype. Take the chance to win and submit your solution at innovationworldcup.com. The competition kicked-off June 1st and will be open to all participants until November 30th 2013.
Every submission will be assessed and judged by an international team of industry experts according to predetermined criteria, including, but not only, level of innovation, marketability, and usability. Finalists and special category winners will also have the opportunity to present their solutions at the awards ceremony during the WT Conference at ISPO Munich in January 2014. The overall winner and WT Innovator of the Year will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
The WT Innovation World Cup will be promoted during the Smart World Events as well as through marketing channels of Wearable Technologies, sponsors and partners. Besides bringing finalists together with potential business partners and provide them with valuable contacts, these activities will increase media awareness for wearable technologies.