July 14, 2016
The tech industry has many ways of disrupting from the inside – whether it’s with competitions used to raise awareness to those underrepresented in the industry, or with programs to help guide marginalized entrepreneurs through the beginning phases of their startups. But that’s not the only ways that entrepreneurs can be supported.
Z-Wave Alliance, an organization that works to “open consortium of leading global companies deploying smart home and business tech”, has announced the launch of their quarterly competition, Z-Waves Labs. As Z-Wave Alliance writes in an announcement about the competition:
“The quarterly competition, sponsored by the Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, is open to any startup or entrepreneur who wants to integrate the Z-Wave wireless platform into their IoT offering.”
Launching from late May until November 14th, the competition will and is open to global applicants that “can submit their product or service concept or plan aimed at IoT markets such as residential, commercial, automotive, healthcare, security, energy and aging”. Winners receive access to the Z-Wave ecosystem, partners to work with, resources, and IoT-ready developer tools to turn their innovative idea into reality. Z-Wave Labs winners this round will have a chance to be featured in their newly designed booth at CES 2017.
As previous competition winners have gone on to disrupt their industries with new innovations, it’s important that competitions like this exist to make space for emerging entrepreneurs and startups to bring their products to the forefront. And that will do more to disrupt the industry from the inside.
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