UK government offers internet of things competition

Bee swarm - Wikimedia CommonsThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it is offering up to £10 million to UK cities and businesses for projects that show how the internet of things (IoT) will help cities.

Projects must be collaborative and be led by either a local authority or a local enterprise partnership. Projects have to include at least one council, an enterprise partner and several businesses.

All entries must involve the IoT and show benefits for citizens, the city, the environment, economic benefits and security and privacy. The entries also need to work across a number of different sectors.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said that the IoT is becoming part of everyones’ lives. “The UK technology sector is renowned for its creativity and pioneering research and development.”

The idea of the competition is to demonstrate new connections between city services and their users.

Competition entries must be submitted before 30 September 2015, with the deadline for registration on 23 September 2015. You can get more details by emailing