Formula 1 is running a major new initiative this year called the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize to crowdsource ideas for some real world situations and the first of the three challenges has been announced today.
The competition, backed by Tata Communications, Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, is looking is to encourage F1 fans who want to get closer to the sport and engage in some behind the scenes real world F1 issues. The ultimate prize is a cash award of $50,000 and there are further prizes, which will see the winners go behind the scenes at next year’s Monaco Grands Prix.
The second challenge will be announced before the Italian GP in September and the third before the US Grand Prix in November.
The first challenge, announced today, is to demonstrate new and insightful information that can be derived from Formula One Management’s live data feeds – including the timing pages – and to propose how this new information could be visually packaged in order to add suspense and excitement to the audience experience.
As we have a very tech savvy audience here on JA on F1, no doubt a number of readers will want to get involved. Check out all the details and the T&Cs of the competition on the official website https://prize.tatacommunications.com/home
According to the organisers, the intention is “to inspire entrants to creatively apply analytical and information technology solutions to enhance entertainment and insight into the sport. The challenge provides the scope for entrants to not only define the data form, but also visualise it for application in any form, ranging from TV graphics to an additional data page to complement the information that is currently presented by Formula One Management to F1® teams, the media, guests of the Formula One Paddock Club and the consumers via Formula1.com and the Official F1 app. ”
The judging panel, comprises FOM’s Chief Technical Officer, John Morrison, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Executive Director (Technical), Paddy Lowe; Tata Communications’ Managing Director of F1 Business, Mehul Kapadia and F1 commentator Martin Brundle.
The challenge will require entrants to demonstrate both their creative flair and technical knowledge in their submission and provide a compelling vision.
Formula One Management’s timing information screens introduced in the
early 80s were initially exclusively available at trackside and fed to officials
and team personnel via a radio frequency distribution system. With the
advent of newer technologies, the distribution of the timing information has
become far more extensive being available in data form to the F1 teams and
broadcasters, and more recently, via Formula1.com and the Official F1 App.
The Formula One Management Data Screen Challenge is to propose what
new and insightful information can be derived from the sample data set
provided and, as a second element to the challenge, show how this insight
can be delivered visually to add suspense and excitement to the audience
The display parameters for your proposals should span traditional rendering
through a web browser interface with additional consideration to format
information design for use in tablet application.
Proposals should address the following six key criteria that will provide the
basis for the judges’ decision-making:-
1. Innovation & Creativity
Judges will give clear preference to submissions that clearly show
innovative thought and creative application. Innovation will be particularly
considered in instances where new technical solutions are proposed;
evaluation of creativity will be less reliant on new solutions but rather on
the adaptation and reformatting of existing solutions to provide a new user
2. Technical Content
The technical dimension of your submission should demonstrate a clear
understanding of the technical architecture required to deliver the proposed
solution. While only headline detail is required, applications should
reference any proprietary technologies used and outline the function and
specification of any bespoke development
3. Quality of material and input
Due regard will be given to the quality of each submission, the clarity and
presentation of concepts and the degree to which objectives are clearly
stated and met in both written and visual materials. In addition, evidence of
underlying research to validate concepts will also be rewarded
4. Originality of solution
One of the key criteria for the F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize is
to demonstrate original thought that has the potential to deliver a
transformative experience for the sport’s audiences. This is the single
most important criterion in the evaluation of your submission and an explicit
statement of originality is strongly encouraged
5. Feasibility of solution
Judges will make a viability assessment of each submission and applicants
are encouraged to clearly outline the feasibility case from a technical
perspective for their concept (no statement of financial viability is required)
6. Understanding of the challenge and proposed solution
Conformity to the brief is essential and applicants are reminded that any
content that falls outside of the stipulated challenge requirements cannot be
The current visual format for the timing screen is shown below
The sample dataset provided by Formula One Management includes
Practice 1, Qualifying and race data, and contains the following elements:
- Car number
- Driver’s name
- Fastest lap time
- Gap to the leader’s fastest lap time
- Sector 1 time for the current lap
- Sector 2 time for the current lap
- Sector 3 time for the current lap
- Number of laps
Submissions must exclusively be based on these parameters using the
sample dataset provided on the Official Website.