To Infinity (and Beyond): The BT Awards made for Tech SMEs
If you own or manage a tech-based small business SME with an interest in augmented intelligence, there are awards made just for you: The BT Infinity Lab Awards. You could win £10,000, so don’t miss out!
Hunt for The Best in AI Talent
The BT Infinity Lab Awards, in partnership with the Cabinet Office and TechHub, aim to find the best in AI talent. They’re open to start-ups and small businesses that are working with machine learning, robotics or artificial intelligence and passionate about solving problems with these technologies. This year, they are looking for small companies with big ideas that can be turned into real life solutions across the public, defence or retail sectors.
Entrants don’t need previous experience of the public, defence or retail sectors, but do need the ability to apply their thinking to the real-world challenges in these sectors:
- Digital Public Services: The awarding body are looking for ideas that will transform public services, whether that be internal with civil service or public sector teams or external, with citizens and service users or both. Brexit will bring new challenges for the public sector, and the Government is also is looking for innovative ways of delivering services. The awarding body are looking for ‘SMEs with solutions for end to end digital transformation that genuinely disrupts traditional approaches to delivering key outcomes for citizens’.
- Digital Defence Enablement: The awarding body are looking for ways in which Augmented Intelligence can present a commander and their staff with better ways of planning an operation, graphically visualising and testing the impact of their decisions in advance and assessing in real time the impacts on forces and their manoeuvres.
- Digital Retail: The awarding body are looking for ways to better connect BT with its customers for a more personalised retail experience, or to drive operational transformation, whether it’s inventory management, warehousing or in-store analytics.
There are three prizes of £10,000 for the winners, who will also receive six months business support to help them develop their idea and a six-month flex membership at TechHub’s London office, helping them take their business to the next level.
How to Enter the BT Infinity Awards
To enter the BT Infinity Awards, you need to complete the entry form and submit a short video describing your solution and detailing how it can be applied to one of the three categories. Read the competition’s terms and conditions before you enter.
Entry is open until the 12th March 2018. You will be contacted during the week of 9th April if you’ve made the shortlist, which will be announced on the 16th April. The finals take place at the BT Tower on 24th April. As a finalist, you’ll be invited to go along and pitch your idea to the judging panel. You’ll also need to make a short presentation and take questions from the judges. The award ceremony follows in the evening.
Why not enter your AI idea and see if that £10,000 prize could be yours? Good luck!