With an army of developers, engineers, architects, and clever tinkerers working within the Watson IoT organization and across IBM, we thought it would be interesting to see some applications our broader team could come up with if we ran an IoT Gadget Contest. We kicked off the competition earlier this with the intent of unleashing makers across IBM and in our labs, asking them to produce a fun and engaging Internet of Things device. There were few rules around the contest and some judging criteria, but the goal was to produce a working device that was both fun and engaging.
Gadget Entries From Across the Business
The entries were wildly varied and innovative. We had teams from around the world sign up for the contest and begin their journeys. This was a part time, off-hour, effort, so it’s great to think how engaging some of the entries were that only took off-hour effort to build. Nineteen teams completed their projects and entered into our first round of judging. We recruited ten judges from around the company and asked them each to do a deep dive into four randomly selected entries. From there we narrowed it down to the top three projects. The neat bit about this was that several finalists came from organizations outside of the Watson IoT group. The Internet of Things really does touch every part of IBM’s business now.
Variety Is the Spice of Life
I think the best way to share the innovation and creativity inspired by this contest is to show the results. Here is a look at the winners of the IBM Watson IoT Gadget Contest.
Mbot Emotion Robot
Hallway Health Helper
Hopefully these videos inspire you to create some cool IoT gadgets of your own. It’s surprisingly easy to get started, so take a moment and find out how you can bring your ideas to life.