After a successful trial of wifi in the grandstands at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, F1 is looking to branch out towards the next innovation that will enhance the trackside experience for fans at each Grand Prix.
And for the person who comes up with a winning solution, not only is there a $50,000 grand prize, there is also a bonus prize – for one of the winners of Challenge 2 – of a chance to work alongside the Formula 1 technical team at a Grand Prix of the winner’s choice for a unique behind-the-scenes experience. In total six winners will travel to the F1 season finale at Abu Dhabi
Today F1 launched the second challenge in the 2017 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, the annual crowdsourcing challenge which asks tech savvy fans to propose solutions to real world problems. The FCIP is a three way initiative between F1, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Tata Communications, F1’s official connectivity partner.
JA on F1 readers have a great track record in this competition, with several winners in the last few years from all around the world, from among our readership.
This year’s FCIP is themed around the Internet of Things and mobile technologies; exploring how the trackside experience could be made more captivating for fans through cutting-edge IoT-enabled mobile apps and real-time data analytics.
“We want to see how through IoT solutions we could enhance the F1 racing experience for the millions of fans who attend the Grands Prix all over the world – from before they even arrive at the track till the end of the race weekend,” said John Morrison, Chief Technical Officer of Formula 1. “Through a mobile app connected to sensors at the track, fans could tune into customised live video feeds based on their favourite team or driver, take part in live polls and synchronised cheering, and interact more seamlessly with other fans on social media. Fans’ emotions could also be tracked to create aggregate emotion charts on large displays at the circuit, creating a more interactive, immersive and thrilling race experience.”
IoT technologies are set to revolutionize the way sports fans interact with the action – and with each other – at sporting venues, with real time interactivity among the fans and between the fans and the sports venue.
A full brief for the second challenge can be downloaded from the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize website. The closing date for this challenge is August 2nd 2017.
FCIP Judges 2017
James Allison – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Technical director
Martin Brundle – F1 commentator for Sky Sports F1
Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications.
Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, Formula 1