F1 reaches out to fans in latest crowdsourcing competition
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Posted By: James Allen  |  19 May 2015   |  11:44 am GMT  |  23 comments

F1’s crowdsourcing challenge, the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, has launched today for 2015 and once again the sport is reaching out to innovators among the fan base with two real world challenges from the sport on which they can pit their wits.

The grand prize is US$50,000, while individual winners will get to go behind the scenes on a VIP trip to this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Last year saw the launch of the F1 CIP, with three challenges posed by F1 Management and the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. This year the competition will focus on two challenges; one from each of them, with Lewis Hamilton and Paddy Lowe from Mercedes again among the judges, as well as TV’s Martin Brundle and David Coulthard.

Last year F1 CIP awarded a Grand Prize of USD $50,000 to the overall Winner and VIP trips to the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix for winners of each of the three challenges. Those prize winners will take their place in the F1 paddock this weekend and will get a behind the scenes view of technology and innovation in F1, as well as seeing the F1 drivers, the racing and the technology up close.

The winner last year provided an innovative solution to a ‘Crowd Sourcing Commentary Challenge’ the idea being that fans are encouraged to submit their ‘greatest moments’ compilation each week. This could include anything from ‘the best of Lewis Hamilton’ to ‘highlights from Belgium Grand Prix’. Searching the archive, which has already been tagged with baseline metadata, fans explore the relevant race and using the simple editing interface, find and clip their moment. The fan community along F1 VIPs will vote on the winning clips and the winners will receive merchandise, race tickets and VIP race weekends as prizes. As an extra incentive, fans will also receive free access to the F1 digital archive.

F1 CIP

The F1 CIP is a three way initiative between Formula 1 Management, Mercedes and Tata Communications, F1’s connectivity partner.

All details of the competition and how to get involved can be found on the F1 CIP website F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize while a video hosted by Lewis Hamilton (above), gives the latest news and sign up details.

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OK, so first let me go and get university degrees in computer science, networking and telecommunications and I may know enough to even think about entering a competition.

It's an interesting business model though - get hundreds of people who aren't on the payroll to do your job for you and pay only one of them by virtue of a 'prize'. That really is innovative!

2

Exactly!

3

Luddite!

4

Christ, mate, they just can't win can they? They don't talk to fans = damned. They do talk to fans = damned!

5

The issue is not of them talking to us, but listening to what we have to say. I stopped watching F1 between 2010 - 2012. Its only when Kimi came back that I was bothered to watch. The cars are boring, the races are boring, the producers keep cutting to these ultra slo mo close ups of cars in the corner, where you can only see the wheels turning, the camera angles they use now dont showcase the same sense of speed one used to get earlier, et al.

6

Steady on Wayne.....

7

I've never demanded that 'they' talk to me. I'm also being a little bit facetious.

8

Lewis' video sounds, in tone and word choice, like something the Emperor might say in Star Wars 'Join me or die!!!'. Seriously the tone of the video is a bit crazy, likes like an evil genius plotting to take over the world! I do appreciate that Lewis would not have written the script!

9

And that is going to make F1 more exciting?

Not, I think.

10

Amazing stuff!!!! Will surely sign up

11

‘We must come together to develop the technologies of the future –

Join us – before it’s too late’.

Prescient words, Lewis –

If, that is, this year’s competition focusses on innovative ways to make the racing itself more entertaining rather than simply massaging data for mass consumption. Else we’ll be having to dig deep in the ‘greatest moments’ archive for usable content.

12

This is an urgent appeal on behalf of Formula 1.

Here @ F1 we have a crisis which is turning into a tragedy.

So we're crowdsourcing- so if you have a crowd you can source for our Middle eastern desert tracks, or Germany, or just about every track other than Silverstone, please help donate the crowd so someone is watching.

Tonight, an F1 supremo may be forced to choose between buying another yacht or just leasing one until the hedge fund interest dries up. Please give generously.

Thank you.

13

I have a crowd of dandelions and daisies I can donate. Lemme get a pen and some paper so I can write the address down.....

Erm a text number?

Bums.

+1

14

Reaches out to fans? I don't remember hearing anything mentioned on the TV coverage last year.

15

Well, we might have missed something in the live coverage of the races that are not free-to-air...

16

Yes, more living in the past is really what F1 should be all about.

17

This is a joke right?

18

Lewis, I'm just embarrassed for you. Don't ever let someone talk you into something like that again

19

Very curious if this year they won't discriminate against most of Europe, Africa and Asia. Last year only a handful of Europeans and Americans could enter because of 'local legislation problems'.

20

Should be an easy comp to win, they're aren't many fans left! Between sub par TV deals and First place guaranteed every race (2 seconds a lap faster than everyone else) and all of the stupid politics/self interest screwing the sport to the ground, I've watched 2 races this year and I doubt I'll watch any more. F1 lost me this year, christ Formula E is more exciting and that's saying a lot.

21

So what's the challenge? Last year all it seemed to be was 'come up with new ways to muck about with your phone while a GP is on'. I'd rather the strategy group asked fans what they thought about making F1 better, rather than a corporate sponsor asks the fans their thoughts on some abstract irrelevancy. Either that or I'm just an old fart.

22

more proof they're wandering the forest without a compass.

23

' the idea being that fans are encouraged to submit their ‘greatest moments’ compilation each week. This could include anything from ‘the best of Lewis Hamilton’ to ‘highlights from Belgium Grand Prix’. Searching the archive, which has already been tagged with baseline metadata, fans explore the relevant race and using the simple editing interface, find and clip their moment. The fan community along F1 VIPs will vote on the winning clips and the winners will receive merchandise, race tickets and VIP race weekends as prizes. As an extra incentive, fans will also receive free access to the F1 digital archive.'
ANOTHER BORING RACE WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER. who cares to relive it. this is not a solution. if you wanted, you could do this on youtube - F1 has bigger problems. Rather join Seb's ask the fans initiative.

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