IoTUK Challenger South hack and pitch


IoTUK Challenger South

Cambridge Hack have been appointed by the Digital Catapult to design and run IoTUK Challenger South hack and pitch event.  We’ll start at lunchtime on Monday the 17th of September 2018 and conclude in the afternoon of Tuesday 18th.

Who Are We Looking For?

We’re looking for SMEs and start-up businesses working in IoT whose ideas, services and products have the potential to transform the future of transport, smart cities, and health.

What Is It?

IoTUK Challenger South is a one and a half day hack and pitch event where SMEs and start-ups will pitch IoT-based solutions to address four challenges set in the fields of transport, smart cities and health. Pitches will be assessed by a panel of judges, with prizes including cash of £1,000, automatic entry in a city-wide trial and ongoing support for the best ideas.

IoTUK, powered by Digital Catapult, is a nationwide programme designed to advance the UK’s global leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) and accelerate the UK’s IoT capability.

What Are The Challenges?

The 2018 IoTUK Challenger events will set SMEs and start-ups challenges in the arenas of transport, smart cities and health, harnessing the power of IoT to find effective solutions. The challenges will be set by partner organisations who want to leverage the knowledge and skills of the UK’s SME and start-up community. We are delighted that our Challenges for IoTUK Challenger South are:

The Smart Bench Challenge

Design a smart bench to monitor, measure and change behaviour or environment. The Challenge Owner is Cambridge Science Park.  Click here for more details on the Challenge.


The Elderly Care Challenge

Improve proactive care for the elderly, with a particular focus on falls. The Challenge Owners are Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN)Click here for more details on the Challenge.



The Movement Measurement Challenge

Improve the collection, measurement and use of commuter and other movement data. The Challenge Owner is Smart CambridgeClick here for more details on the Challenge.




The Sustainable Transport Challenge

Achieving a move to more sustainable transport and behavioural change in Cambridge passenger transport. The Challenge Owner is Smart CambridgeClick here for more details on the Challenge.




This event gives companies taking part the opportunity to create ideas for solutions to real-world problems. SMES can develop those ideas over the course of the event to a point where they will be pitched to a panel of judges and winners announced.

Why Enter?

The challenge owners are looking for genuinely effective and innovative ideas which will help them with the problems they face.
• A cash prize is up for grabs
• A variety of support and mentoring will be given to the best ideas coming out of the event
Automatic inclusion as a city-wide trial participant is offered for the winner of the Movement Measurement Challenge.

SMEs and start-ups taking part in IoTUK Challenger South will achieve visibility and exposure for their companies with large players when they hack and pitch their products and ideas. There is also the potential for running trials or testing prototypes with specific challenge owners. SMEs will get the opportunity to network effectively over the two days with peers, with the challenge owner companies, and with the judges, mentors and subject matter experts on hand. Each challenge owner has committed to having at least two members of staff at the event for support, assistance and further information or clarification on the challenge that you might need.

The challenge owners will consider all ideas, and are keen to provide further support to help with development of promising solutions to their problems. Support may come in the form of a trial, cash prize or mentoring.

Location and Date

The Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge.  Monday and Tuesday September 17th and 18th, 2018.

Thanks to the Bradfield Centre for hosting us!  

Apply Now!

Join the UK’s leading IoT small businesses by applying now at the Digital Catapult website.