Did you know . . .

  • there are currently about 2 connected devices for every human being on the planet?
  • more than 99 percent of things in the physical world are still not connected to the Internet?
  • analysts are predicting the world will reach 50 billion connected devices by 2020?

All over the world, sensors, smart objects, and other devices are connecting through the reach and power of the Internet.   Manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems– are also being connected through the power of the Internet.

And they’re dynamically generating, analyzing, and communicating intelligence to increase operational efficiency, visibility and control, power new business models, and improve quality of life.

Connecting the unconnected is the Internet of Things (IoT) and there is a lot of work to be done!

Accelerate the Adoption of IoT

As an entrepreneur, you can contribute to the growth and evolution of the Internet of Things!  You can help change the world….. by inventing things, building things and solving problems. But that’s only part of the equation.  Inventing and developing products and solutions is one thing – marketing is another.  How do you market your idea?  How do you get your business off the ground?  How do you get in front of the right people, at the right time, with the right connections to provide mentoring, partnership and even possible investment opportunities?

The Cisco IoT Innovation Grand Challenge is your answer!

The Cisco IoT Innovation Grand Challenge is a once-in-life-time opportunity for you to join a community of entrepreneurs and early start-ups to share your thoughts and ideas, leave comments and build relationships.  It is your chance to submit an entry for a killer idea, application or product and compete with your peers to share $250,000 US in prize money that can be used to jumpstart new and existing businesses contributing to the Internet of Things industry.

Six finalists will be invited to the 2014 Internet of Things World Forum, an exclusive annual event that will be held in Chicago, October 14-16.  The finalists will have an opportunity to demonstrate their innovations on the convention show floor and to pitch their ideas to the best and brightest thinkers, practitioners, and innovators in the industry.  Three final winners will be announced at the IoT World Forum on center stage!

Ready to Cash-in on IoT?

Simply enter the Cisco IoT Innovation Grand Challenge for a chance to compete for cash awards and an invitation to the IoT World Forum in Chicago. But hurry!  Submissions close July 1, 2014.


Roberto De La Mora

Sr. Director, Internet of Things Products and Solutions Marketing

Internet of Things