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Cutting-edge technology for a better world

19 July 2018

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The Infinity Lab – better world innovation challenge 2018

Can your business create opportunities for others?

We are proud to announce the finalists of for this Better World innovation challenge. We are running a special people’s choice award via the medium of Twitter. To vote for your favourite just tweet your support and include the #tag below.

Ally Smart Care  #BTBWAllySmartCare
Audio based monitoring and analytics solution for people with chronic conditions, uses edge based AI to profile symptoms and behaviour to monitor wellbeing for individuals and families.

Birdie Care  #BTBWBirdie
Birdie’s integrated telecare solution aims to replace paperwork for care agencies and help ensure the safety of the elderly 24/7 through a care companion app also available to families and relatives. 

Fall Guard #BTBWFallguard
A non-wearable listening solution for the infirm that detects falls and sends real-time alerts to carers. Also uses speech recognition to raise alarm.

Tlero  #BTBWTlero
Mental health and wellbeing solution help companies improve their employee wellbeing (B2B), with a non-diagnostic symptoms checker to tailor content to each user.

Trust Elevate/Veripass #BTBWVeripass
The Veripass solution verifies the claims of parent-child relationships as mandated by GDPR regulation. Enables make purchases and downloads with parental consent.

Virtue/Lookback #BTBWVirtue
LookBack is a mobile VR platform that can be used to conduct Reminiscence Therapy in a flexible and affordable way. 

Voiceitt #BTBWVoiceitt
Voicett provide the world's first speech recognition system for individuals with impaired and difficult to understand speech.

Voxos #BTBWVoxos
Smartglasses that use bone conduction technology to transfer sound to the user's brain resulting in safer consumption of audio content in the workplace and at home. 

Voting will close at 10am UK time on 26 July 2018.

What’s going on?

We’re looking for start-ups and small companies who have the passion – and the technology – to make life better for others.

Can your technology help us give opportunities to those who might not usually have the chance to take them?

You might have a way to help single parents juggle childcare with their education, or a service that helps disabled people get more involved in the activities they love. Maybe your technology means retirees can continue to flex their minds by working part-time. Perhaps your data-driven product allows someone with mental health issues to find some relief.

If your solution uses data and analytics, that would be great. But don’t worry if it doesn’t.

However you help, we want to hear from you.

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What’s in it for me?

Enter the Infinity Lab challenge and if you win:

  • You’ll get the opportunity to trial your product or service with our employees and customer base. And you’ll be backed by one of the country’s biggest brands.
  • We’ll offer you six months’ support with access to some of our best people and resources. And if everything goes well that could be just the start.
  • From our partners at TechHub you’ll also get a six-month flexible membership at their London office– so you’ll have access to workspaces in the heart of Tech City and you’ll be invited to loads of can’t-miss industry events.
  • Oh – and there’s the small matter of a £10,000 prize for your company too. 

Just look at previous competition winners like Seenit. The London-based company won our 2016 competition and is now a part of BT Sport's Premier League Tonight show. Seenit allows viewers to upload their reactions to live TV coverage of sport and become part of the action. You can find out more about the company and other past competition winners.

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What’s happening when?

Here’s what to expect if you enter:

8 May – 18 June
This is the entry period. Register your interest for the competition and then complete the application form. Then send it to us along with a short video outlining your product or service.

26 June
We’ll read your applications and watch your videos. And we’ll place the best ones in a shortlist.

2 – 6 July
If you’ve made the shortlist, we’ll chat to you and try to understand what makes you tick.

11 July
Finalists will be announced.

26 July
You’ll head to the BT Tower to pitch to our judging panel. You’ll need to prepare a short presentation and be ready to field questions about your technology. We’ll then announce the winner.

Who’s judging?

Simon Wingrove
Director of Strategy and Incubation, BT

Katherine Ainley
MD of Better World, BT

Candice Cross
Group Head of Diversity & Inclusive Culture, BT 

Any questions?

You can get in touch with our team at infinitylab@bt.com.