IoT SA University Challenge

SqwidNet, in collaboration with Sigfox, is proud to announce the introduction of a new technology competition for South African universities and other tertiary institutions, a nationwide challenge for students.

It is a nationwide program for university students and academics.

We’re challenging you to create innovative projects focused on building technical solutions that take advantage of SqwidNet/Sigfox’s global Low Power Wide Area network (LPWAN), by providing smart solutions in addressing South Africa’s (and the world’s) socio-economic problems through the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Do you have what it takes to use inovation, inventiveness and technology to tackle some of thse issues?

Then you should enter the challenge!

The winning entry from a South African university or other tertiary institution team stands to win cash prizes for the team, for their institution faculty.

We want to see smart solutions that tackle real-world problems and concerns such as:
  • Unemployment

  • The need for Good Health and Well-Being for people

  • The Water crisis

  • Quality Education

  • Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

SqwidNet,Sigfox is moving the world forward through its global low-power wide area network and rich ecosystem of expert partners.

We are digitizing the physical world through connecting things, creating value and enabling innovation, We want to know if university teams can make a difference by implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to real social problems.

So we’re challenging all South African tertiary education students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to take part in the largest virtual hackathon ever attempted in South Africa. We want students to think about how technology can change lives, save resources or just fix things that are broken.

What is the challenge?

Come up with a solutions to help solve any of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the Sigfox technology.

Terms and Conditions: IoT SA University Challenge

By entering, you understand and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions of the IoT SA University Challenge 2020, administered by SqwidNet (Pty) Ltd. (SqwidNet)

The sponsor and administrator of this competition is SqwidNet (Pty) Ltd.

  1. Eligibility

The Hackathon is open to the following target participants:

Student teams: Registered undergraduate and post-graduate students at any of the institutes of higher learning within South Africa

  1.  Participation

Participants are required to work in teams of a minimum of two people. It is suggested that the team comprise of members of different faculties/schools/departments if possible.

In order to participate, teams will require broadband access and equipment to allow them to join web-based conferences. All meet-ups will be undertaken virtually using web tools.

Phase 1:Entry

Participants should enter via http://www.sqwidnet.com/iot-sa-challenge

Extensive background information on Sigfox Low Power Internet of Things solutions is provided, and entrants are expected to provide an entry proposal that includes:

  1. Team details
  2. A social problem that will be addressed via the implementation of IoT sensors.
  3. A brief description of the approach to solve the problem.

Each team may submit multiple proposals for consideration, but only a single entry per team will proceed to Phase 2.

The proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. The social value of the solution – i.e. will it make a difference?
  2. The practicability of the proposed solution i.e. Is the solution practical? is it cost-effective? Is it scalable?

The closing date for entries is:  29 May 2020

Finalists will be selected to proceed to the challenge portion of the competition by the judging panel and entrants will be notified via email by 20 August 2019.

Phase 1: Challenge

Entrants whose proposals are selected will receive Sigfox development kits in order to create a working prototype of their solution.

The kit consists:

  1. An Arduino SigFox development board
  2. Sponsored subscription to SqwidNet’s SigFox IoT network

A kick-off web conference will be held on 09 June 2020. Additional information and background will be supplied, and there will be a full Q&A with the competition mentors.

During the development stage, competitor teams will have access to mentors from SqwidNet and Sigfox via email and bi-weekly calls in order to resolve technical issues.

Final judging of the challenge is to take place on 14 August 2020, and winners will be announced.

  1. Prizes and Awards:

SqwidNet will, at its absolute discretion, appoint a judging panel and entries will be judged as per the criteria defined above.

1st prize: R20000  split between the entrants and the school/faculty of their tertiary institution.

Intellectual property

All submissions remain the intellectual property of the team concerned, but the sponsors and administrators take no responsibility for securing that right. Entrants, by entering the competition, indicate that they are aware that their solutions are likely to be made public.  The Sponsors reserve the right to publicise competition information, and this includes team details, details of the problem investigated, as well as the technical solution offered.

Privacy

Personal information will be collected when you register on for the competition. Registration requires that participants supply their name, student identification, and contact information.

The information you submit will be used to confirm your eligibility. Once registered, participants may receive periodic communications relating to the challenge.

Names, photographs and biographical information of entrants may be used in marketing and communication materials by the sponsors and administrators, particularly for marketing purposes of SqwidNet.

Personal and contact information of entrants will only be shared with third parties to the extent that this is required for administration of the competition.

By registering for the challenge, you agree to and acknowledge these terms.

Marketing and publicity

Participants agree that the sponsors may use the title of their entry, their name, photographs and details of their expertise in promotional or marketing material.

Participants agree that they will direct media enquiries or any enquiries from anyone looking to publish information about the challenge to SqwidNet.

Participants understand that they may be requested to undertake media interviews in relation to the Challenge

Changes to the terms and conditions

SqwidNet reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be communicated to entrants.

A kick-off web conference will be held on 09 June 2020. Additional information and background will be supplied, and there will be a full Q&A with the competition mentors.

During the development stage, competitor teams will have access to mentors from SqwidNet and Sigfox via email and bi-weekly calls in order to resolve technical issues.

Final judging of the challenge is to take place on 14 August 2020, and winners will be announced.

Prizes and Awards

SqwidNet will, at its absolute discretion, appoint a judging panel and entries will be judged as per the criteria defined above.

1st Prize: R20 000 split between the entrants and the school/faculty of their tertiary institution.