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.
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.