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52°North Student Innovation Challenge 2017

Bridging IoT and Sensor Web Applications

Innovation is a driving force for the development of our economy. It is based on new, creative ideas, on applicable and implementable concepts and on generating new technologies and applications. However, a novel idea becomes an innovation only if it meets societal demands and unfolds its use in practice. It must address a certain market niche, i.e. have market relevance, or help e.g. a particular organization to improve its business.

With this in mind, the 52°North Student Innovation Challenge stimulates students to generate and implement innovative ideas and concepts for a specific topic in the GeoIT domain. The challenge acknowledges and rewards creative and innovative minds.

This year’s student innovation challenge addresses the topic of exploring the link between IoT and Sensor Web technology. Potential projects comprise:

  • IoT clients for feeding data from sensors into Sensor Web infrastructures
  • Processing and analysis of observation streams (event streams)
  • Integration of heterogeneous IoT data sources by means of Sensor Web and Semantic Web technologies

52°North invites students of Geoinformatics, Informatics or related fields to submit a proposal which outlines the project idea, emphasizes its innovative quality and convincingly describes its feasibility, practical use and market relevance, as well as expected outcome. The top three proposals are then invited to implement a proof-of-concept. In the case of successful completion of the projects (including a proof-of-concept) the following awards will be granted:

  • 1st prize: 2000,- EUR
  • 2nd prize: 1000,- EUR
  • 3rd prize: 500,- EUR

The winners will present their project results at the Geospatial Sensor Webs Conference 2017. They can also receive reimbursement of travel costs up to 1000,- EUR.

Applications must be submitted no later than May 7, 2017 May 29, 2017, via email to

52°North Initiative
Ms. Ann Hitchcock
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