Barcelona 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017

5d. Best Wearable Mobile Technology

The next phase in smart, wearable, connected mobile devices is on the way. From the early success of fitness bands, watches, sports cameras and glasses, today’s wearable tech market is taking on new embedded shapes and forms, and is morphing into in new sectors with new applications for work and play.

To many, this sector is still in its infancy. This category provides a platform for the segment to showcase dynamic innovation and technology progress, from new technologies for fashion, textiles and fibre to data capture, virtual reality, and other game-changing devices and applications set to transform the healthcare, enterprise, and consumer industries as well as many other segments. The realm of possibilities for this sector continues to be potentially endless. Indeed, leading analysts predict that the wearable technology market could increase by an astonishing tenfold over the next three to five years.

2016 Winner

Wellbeing Digital Ltd for ActivHearts

Entry Deadlines & Key Dates

The Deadline for entries is Wednesday 23rd November 2016
The Shortlist will be published in late January 2017
Winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 27th February – 2nd March 2017

Process

Below you will find information on eligibility, criteria, supporting materials as well as the questions that you will be asked on the entry form.

Please also refer to the Rules of Entry and frequently asked questions sections for additional information. To begin your entry, click the ‘Enter Here’ button, and complete the registration information. Once underway, you can save, return to and amend your entry at any time until you formally submit.

The judges will review and score your entry on the basis of the information that you provide in answer to the questions, so please be as accurate and succinct as possible.

Note on The Importance of Video as part of your entry: While you can also add supporting materials in the form of documents, pictures and presentations within the entry form, a short video (of maximum 3 minutes) linked to your submission will help our judges significantly, in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and partner, client or user benefits.

Eligibility

This award is open to all organisations in and supporting the mobile based wearable technology eco-system with connectivity through wearable devices, materials, applications and services. It is for submissions that have been launched, live, implemented or operating and available during and up to year end 2016. The subject of the entry must utilise, support, deploy or are accessible via mobile technologies based on open industry standards.

Below are some examples of organisations and entities that this category could be appropriate for, however due to the nature of this sector, it is by no means exhaustive. We very much welcome entries from partnerships or a combination of these entities.

  • Device manufacturers
  • Textile and Material manufacturers
  • Fashion and Clothing brands
  • Vertical sector players in health, agriculture, and other enterprise sectors
  • Consumer & enterprise electronics equipment manufacturers
  • Machine to Machine (M2M) OEMs
  • Mobile network operators
  • Chipset & module manufacturers
  • Embedded component chain & System integrators

Examples

  • Wearable tracking & fitness devices & apps
  • Sensors, cameras & other attachments
  • Clothing, textiles & fibres
  • Glasses, badges, watches etc.
  • Sportswear & equipment

Criteria

The judges will be looking at how well entries meet the key criteria, as follows:

  • Wearability (weight, comfort, portability, orientation, convenience etc.)
  • Innovation in terms of functionality, mobile technologies deployed
  • Reliability (quality, durability, battery life – if appropriate etc.)
  • User experience (ease of use, multi-functionality, likely to catch the imagination, battery life, comfort, serviceability, app connectivity etc.)
  • Sustainability of business models and market potential
  • App & service support
  • Evidence of user take up and market success
  • Regard for privacy & appropriate regulatory concerns
  • Value for money
  • Products devices, applications or services that have been launched, operating and available during 2016.

Supporting Materials

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You can submit additional materials to support your entry through direct upload on the entry form. Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:

  • A link to one x 3 minute (maximum) video
  • Up to three x 1 page documents (word, pdf, ppt) with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • Up to three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video on the entry form (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English subtitles.

Other supporting information Documents can include data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry.

Preview of Entry Form Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions, (Please note the maximum text length for your answers including spaces are shown in brackets below):

  1. What is the brand or name of your Best Wearable Mobile Technology entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards publicity and materials. (approx. 25 words)
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations? (approx. 25 words)
  3. Please describe simply what it is, how it works and what need it is intended to fulfil, as accurately and simply as possible. (approx. 100 words)
  4. Please confirm that the subject of the entry was deployed, or will be, in “live” service or implemented and available on the market for clients, customers, organisations or end users to buy or access during and up to to year end 2016, and in which markets or countries? (approx. 100 words)
  5. Please confirm that your entry utilises, supports, deploys or is accessible through mobile (cellular) technologies based on open industry standards? (approx. 100 words)
  6. Please describe the specifics of why it is genuinely innovative? What is new or unique about the entry, and what are the key factors that make it special from a mobile connectivity perspective?  (approx. 250 words)
  7. What are the main benefits for users? Include here elements of how it is simple, reliable and easy to set up (out of the box) for users, as well as good value. (approx. 250 words)
  8. Why is it special from a ‘wearable’ perspective e.g. weight, comfort, durability, convenience and/ or other factors such as product life-cycle?  (approx. 250 words)
  9. How has the product used mobile attributes in its development and explain why this has enhanced the wearable experience? (approx. 250 words)
  10. Is the technology environmentally sustainable? Have components been sourced ethically? (approx. 250 words)
  11. What is the business model as well as the market potential you foresee? (approx. 250 words)
  12. Are there any concerns about privacy or regulation around this entry’s use, if so, please explain how these issues are addressed? (approx. 250 words)
  13. What evidence of market success can you demonstrate? (approx. 250 words)