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Industrial Internet Consortium launches series of challenges

The Industrial Internet Consortium has launched a series of “IoT Challenges” aimed at solving real problems and advancing the validation of industrial internet applications and solutions.

The current Challenges are co-organized with the Trusted IoT Alliance.

In an interview with Robotics and Automation News, Dr Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC, provides an overview and some insights into what the IIC is and what it does. (See video below.)

In these Challenges, architects and solution providers will compete to design industrial internet solutions that address high-profile, real-world problems.

The Challenges will be conducted over a period of several months, culminating in the announcement of winners selected by a jury.

They will be open to vendors, organizations, teams and individuals worldwide. Prizes for winners include a live customer proof of concept.

The Challenges represent an excellent opportunity for end users to address a complex technology challenge that they have not yet resolved as they adopt the industrial internet within their business models and processes.

The Challenges will create interest around emerging use cases and value chains in the industrial internet. The intent is to draw attention to industry IoT challenges and solutions and to help bring products to market.


The IIC is currently designing two challenges and supporting a third that is already under way.

  • Smart Logistics Challenge – open now;
  • Smart Building Challenge – open now; and
  • Smart Construction Challenge: a winner for Round 1 of the Challenge will be announced on May 15; and this is offered by IIC members Bosch and TÜV SÜD.

The IIC is inviting companies with a Challenge concept to contact the organization to explore the possibilities.

The launch of each Challenge will be announced at the IIC website and the guidelines and entry form will be found on the respective pages at that time.