BT Infinity Awards are looking for the best in AI talent.
Are you a talented small company or start up, with a passion for solving problems using Augmented Intelligence?
This year's BT Infinity Awards, in partnership with the Cabinet Office and TechHub, are looking to find the best digital talent in machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence.
We are looking for small companies with big ideas that can be turned into real life solutions across the public, defence or retail sectors.
The competition entry period is now closed.
There are three prizes of £10,000, plus we'll also offer you six months business support to help you develop your idea and drive it to the next level.
That's not all, our partners TechHub are offering a flex membership at their London office for six months to help you take your businesses to the next level.
How to enter
The competition entry period is now closed.
You don't need previous experience of public sector, defence or retail to enter. It's all about how you apply your thinking to the real world challenges across one or more of the following topics:
- Digital Public Services
Have you got an idea that can transform public services? It could be internal, with civil service or public sector teams. External, with citizens and service users. Or even both.
Britain's decision to Exit the European Union brings new challenges for the public sector, by creating a fresh delivery landscape and innovation opportunities to respond to new arrangements and regulatory frameworks.
Alongside these new challenges, Government is looking for innovative ways of delivering services: this competition is looking for SMEs with solutions for end to end digital transformation that genuinely disrupts traditional approaches to delivering key outcomes for citizens. Perhaps you're working in robotic process automation that improves the experiences for citizens in engaging with the public sector. Or you have developed a machine learning solution that helps personalise the experience for users and improves the effectiveness of engagement of public bodies. If your ideas can be applied to making public services better, we'd love to hear from you.
- Digital Defence Enablement
Could your idea help a commander and their staff better plan an operation? Could it help them visualise and test the impact of decisions before they act? Or even assess their manoeuvres in real time?
Today's modern army is about much more than protecting the UK, and our territories. They are there to prevent conflict around the globe and to provide assistance during large-scale emergencies or natural disasters. So planning any military operation is complex, with multiple, often conflicting priorities to consider round how resources should be moved, located and kept secure.
We're looking for way 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.
And just to let you know, before the Army invests completely in the winning concept, they'll need to fully test it first.
- Digital Retail
Could your idea better connect us with customers and make for a more personalised retail experience? Could it drive operational transformation, whether it's inventory management, warehousing or in-store analytics? Or even use online engagement to drive in-store sales?
It's probably a good idea to read the competition's terms and conditions before you enter.
What's happening when
6 February – 15 March
Entry period – we need you to complete the application form and send us a short video outlining your idea.
We'll look at all the videos and pick a shortlist of the best entries.
Shortlist announced. We'll contact you during the week of 9 April if you make the cut.
24 April – Finals and Awards ceremony at BT Tower
If you are on the shortlist we'll invite you to come and pitch your idea to our judging panel at the BT Tower. You'll need to make a short presentation and take questions from the judges.
Then, in the evening, you get the chance to see the spectacular views from the 34th floor where there will be the awards ceremony to announce the winners.
After 24 April
If you are lucky enough to win, we'll start to work with you to offer our support develop your idea. You will take up your TechHub membership and have £10,000 to spend on growing your businesses.
Managing Director, Major & Public Sector, BT (chair)
Managing Director, Research & Innovation, BT
Director, Defence, BT
Director, Purposeful Business, BT
General Sir Chris Deverell
Commander, Joint Forces Command, MoD
Chief Operating Officer, Government Digital Service
Director, Major Corporate, BT
CEO and Co-founder, TechHub
Group CIO, The Co-operative Group