[This is part 7 of an 8-part series profiling the short-listed Finalists – Ed]
Over the past five years of the Digital Challenge, Innovation has always been a strong theme. In 2015 the contenders for this award once again demonstrate a diversity of imaginative responses to emergent needs.
The scale of each Challenge and Achievement is relatively easy to quantify but the judges must also assess each Solution by considering its degree of innovation, and ask how each project is differentiated from the general tide of progress.
The six 2015 Shortlisted Finalists are:
- British Gas Connected Homes with the My Energy Live – a smartphone application.
- Dorchester Collection with eShop – adding bitcoin payments to the online shopping experience.
- DVLA with an Integrated Enquiries Platform (IEP) – the alternative to a Driving Licence paper counterpart – easing, for example, admin for car rentals.
- Glasgow City Council with their Future Cities Demonstrator project – paving the way to smarter cities.
- Kemuri with Wellbeing Monitor – a smart power socket with multiple sensors to allow remote activity monitoring for carers.
- Northamptonshire County Council with Development Infrastructure and Funding for ‘INV-ENT’ (innovation & Enterprise) project.
Which of these projects will be judged to have the potential to make a real difference?
The independent judging panel will review all the shortlisted contenders during September. The winner will be announced at a dinner in the House of Lords following the NextGen 15 event on November 5th.
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