Questions & Answers – IOT/WT Innovation World Cup

Let’s answer all the open questions out there! Here are answers to the top 12 frequently asked questions about the Innovation World Cup®.

Q1: What is the IWC Series? 
With over 14 years of successful competitions, the Innovation World Cup® Series is the most established open innovation platform in IoT worldwide. Thousands of contestants from over 80 countries have taken part and for many, the Innovation World Cup® is the reason their innovation is visible to those who make a difference!

We connect the ingenuity of our techpreneurs with the potency of leading industry partners to form powerful alliances capable of transforming budding ideas into global giants. In partnership with over 45 leading regional ICT clusters all over the globe, the Innovation World Cup® Series has a significant impact for all parties involved.

Q2: Who can take part?
We welcome revolutionary Internet of Things and Wearable Technologies solutions from developers, innovative startups and researchers across the world. Eight different categories are available: Industrial | Agriculture | Transport | Healthcare | Retail | Home | City | Lifestyle |

Note: Only those submissions that have a functional prototype/proof of concept will advance in the competition, mere ideas will not be considered.

Q3: What does it cost to enter?
Nothing! Entries into the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® are completely free of charge. Just breakthrough creativity and passionate motivation are required:)

Q4: What can I win? Why would I take part?
To bring your innovation to the spotlight across the IoT & WT tech scene, win prizes worth over $500,000, connect with leading tech companies (such as STMicroelectronics, EBV Elektronik, LoRa Alliance, Gemalto, VARTA Microbattery, Cicor Group etc.), speed up your development, join international conferences as a speaker or exhibitor, and become part of the worldwide IOT/WT Innovation World Cup network. Learn more about the benefits here.

Q5: How can I register?
Simply follow the registration link, create your participant profile and fill in the submission form with all the required details.

Q6: How long will it take to complete a submission?
The whole submission process should not take you more than 30-40 minutes.

Q7: How can I sign up for a Special Prize?
To compete for the preferred special prizes answer “Yes” to the relevant questions in the submission form’s “Special Prizes” section and fill in all the required details. All European contestants are part of the EBV Elektronik‘s special prize automatically!

The winners of the special prizes will be announced at the Pitch & Award Ceremony.

Q8: How can I request a software development kits provided by the IWC Series’ partners?  
register for the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® and fill in the submission form with all the required details to have the unique opportunity to order one of the software development kits provided by the Innovation World Cup® partners.

Q9: How can I be nominated as a finalist?
Make sure that you fill in all the details on the submission form! The more in-depth and comprehensive your submission is, the higher chance you will have to be selected as a finalist!

Q10: What happens after the submission deadline?
The evaluation phase starts. Judges from world-leading tech companies will assess your application and select the most disruptive solutions. Evaluation criteria includes for example the degree of innovation, business potential and go-to-market approach.  The finalists will be then invited to join the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® Pitch and Award Ceremony to rock the stage with their project.

Q11: Who are the IWC past winners and finalists?

Many great stories have started with the Innovation World Cup®! Take, for example, SigfoxMYXYTYProGloveKizy or SADE Group who after participating in the competition went global. Or Carin and Mio Global who secured millions of fundings! All the winners can be found on our Hall of Fame.

Follow the success stories and status updates of our disruptive Techpreneurs on our website and social media (#IWCsuccess). See where they are now and how did the competition change their path to success. You could be the next!

Q12: What is the Innovation World Cup® Roadshow?
During the submission phase we organize conferences and sessions at international partner events all over the world (Europe, USA, Asia, Australia). These events include exclusive speaking and exhibition opportunities for our finalists and winners and provide occasions to learn and discuss the latest news of the IoT tech scene. All the up-coming events can be found here.

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