Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Alliance tempts developers and start-ups with IoT competition

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015
The Washington, DC, based Application Developers Alliance has launched an IoT competition for developers and pre-launch startups. Organised in partnership with Ericsson and Google, the IoT (Accelerate) Berlin project aims to spur innovation in this rapidly growing market.
"IoT is experiencing substantial growth, and the opportunity for European developers and start-ups to help shape its future is clear," said Jake Ward, executive director of the alliance. “From connected cars and homes to health, wearables or big data solutions, the competition will help developers conceptualise and produce innovative products for this growing market.”
IoT (Accelerate) Berlin comes with a €20,000 prize, mentorship from industry experts and funding to attend key IoT events. The competition centres around a 48-hour programme of workshops, concept planning and an industry pitch that takes place from 27th to 29th March 2015 at the Rainmaking Loft, Berlin.
With connected devices projected to reach 50 billion by 2020, and global economic impact to top one trillion dollars, the incentives for developers to tackle the challenges emerging from IoT are large, and interest from the developer community and leading technology companies continued to grow through 2014.
"Application development is a fundamental part of the networked society enabling superior consumer experience and driving network utilisation,” said Valter D'Avino, head of Ericsson for western and central Europe. “We are very pleased to be part of this great initiative in Germany; it is a perfect opportunity to show how our vision of a networked society is coming to life."
The alliance is a non-profit global membership organisation that supports developers as creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. It promotes the continued growth of the industry and advocates on behalf of its members on public policy and industry issues.
Membership is growing and includes tens of thousands of developers and hundreds of companies including mobile app publishers, platforms, wireless carriers, hardware manufacturers, ad networks, enterprise tools and service providers.