The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, has announced the opening of applications for the 2016 Z-Wave Labs competition. Launched in 2015, the Z-Wave IoT accelerator-style program gives winners with an innovative idea in IoT product or service design access to the large Z-Wave Alliance ecosystem, partners and resources as well as the Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits.
Interested startups or entrepreneurs can submit their product or service concept or plan aimed at IoT markets such as residential, commercial, automotive, healthcare, security, energy and aging in place for a chance to win over the next year. The competition is open to any startup or entrepreneur who wants to use the Z-Wave wireless platform in their IoT offering. In addition to receiving a yearlong full membership to the Z-Wave Alliance, with access to events, marketing materials, working groups and trainings, selected startups will also nab a free Z-Wave IoT ready development kit to jumpstart their product roadmap and get their IoT product to market.
New this year, the Z-Wave Alliance plans to feature some Z-Wave Labs winning entries in their newly designed booth at the Sands Expo Hall at CES 2017. Labs participants may have the chance to have their product concept featured in the booth and will be asked to submit additional materials if selected for the CES feature.
Several 2015 Z-Wave Labs winners have benefitted from the resources of the accelerator program, including Boston-based startup BeON Home. An early stage company with a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign, BeON Home submitted to the competition to explore opportunities in the security dealer market. Winning the Z-Wave IoT competition generated media interviews, garnered high-level press coverage for the company and increased awareness among consumers. Within 6 months of winning the Z-Wave Labs competition, BeON Home had their first major consumer launch. Other Labs winners include energy management startup Embue, sliding door smart lock provider PadioLok and retrofit smart blinds solution iBlinds. For more Labs winner case studies, click here.
Started in May 2015, Z-Wave Labs is a global competition designed to encourage IoT innovation on the Z-Wave platform. New winners in an IoT related industry are selected each month by the Z-Wave Labs program, including but not limited to: residential, commercial, automotive, healthcare, energy, security and aging-in-place. Winners are able to access the Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits, including the Keil PK51 Professional Developers Kit for the 8051 microcontroller family. They are also featured on the Z-Wave Labs website and on social media.
Z-Wave Labs will relaunch in May for the 2016-2017 contest year. For more details on how to enter and eligibility, please visit http://z-wavelabs.org.