F1 offers $50,000 prize to enhance live race data

2014 F1 season

Timing screen, Abu Dhabi, 2011A $50,000 (£29,000) prize is being offered for the best new solution to presenting live data from F1 races.

The F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize is seeking new ways to present the information during F1 races on the Official F1 app, F1 website and to F1 teams, media and Paddock Club guests.

The prize is the first of three challenges being offered by Tata Communications and Formula One Management.

Entries will be judged by a panel including Lewis Hamilton, Martin Brundle and Mercedes executive director for technical Paddy Lowe.

Formula One Management’s chief technology officer John Morrison, who will also judge the competition, explained what they hope to gain from the competition. “We are looking for a mechanism to choose specific parameters, produce the calculations and display this information in an exciting and innovative way.”

“Obviously a mechanism to continuously update this information as the race weekend unfolds is a major part of the challenge.”

“It is undoubtedly the case that a wealth of predictive information about proposed race strategy and current car performance can be derived from the session timing information,” he added.

Entries to the competition can be found on the Tata Communications website.

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56 comments on F1 offers $50,000 prize to enhance live race data

  1. Francorchamps (@francorchamps17) said on 2nd July 2014, 15:15

    This skill-based Contest is open to legal residents of the
    following countries who are at least 18 old, or the age of
    majority in the jurisdiction where they reside, whichever
    is older, at the time of entry: Australia, Brazil, Canada
    (excluding Quebec), Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India,
    Norway, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and
    the United States.

    Why? :(

  2. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 2nd July 2014, 16:00

    I seem to be living in wrong country: “This skill-based Contest is open to legal residents of the following countries /…/: Australia, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ”

    12 countries – truly international contest :)

  3. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 2nd July 2014, 16:24

    A countdown to when DRS and Double Points disappears.

  4. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 2nd July 2014, 16:26

    Create a Github page of the app and put a link on the app to it for skilled users to post patches.

  5. arowan (@arowan) said on 2nd July 2014, 16:27

    They should just open up their timing API. Developers like myself would create something cool just for the fun of it.

    • I really like this idea.
      I don’t know if you have looked at the supplied data sets in the competition, but they seem like pretty straight forward XML data.

  6. frogster said on 2nd July 2014, 18:51

    It’s worth $100k if the app contains a special abby dabby feature

  7. Patrick Boyle (@patrickboyle) said on 2nd July 2014, 19:17

    This is hilarious. The same year they shut down F1LT, they offer a $50K prize to do exactly what that app did.

  8. Fixy (@fixy) said on 2nd July 2014, 21:37

    I’m sure the fans are those who know best what would be nice for us to have, but what’s the point of a “chief technology officer” if he has his job done by others? He, or his subordinates, should be the ones who come up with the ideas and implement them.

  9. Paul said on 3rd July 2014, 7:54

    I am confused what do they actually want here? do you need to be a coder? do they want an app designed with all supporting code?

  10. Estesark (@estesark) said on 3rd July 2014, 12:04

    Interesting: you don’t actually have to program anything to enter the competition, just write up to 1000 words and include a few supporting documents, e.g. graphical mock-ups. That makes the entry threshold quite low. I wonder if we could make a team of F1 Fanatic members and use our combined expertise to put together a strong entry?

    Unfortunately, we’ve only got two weeks to do everything from start to finish. I can put together some graphics and I think I can write fairly well, but coming up with the ideas is obviously the most difficult part. I’m also quite busy with work over the next fortnight, so someone else should probably take charge of the project. Anyone interested?

  11. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 3rd July 2014, 12:05

    To all of those who criticised it as a way to get people to work for free, if you read the details, the winner of the competition to improve the live data may not even win $50,000 but is simply ‘in with a chance’ to win $50,000!

    The winner of one of the three challenges will then be selected by the judging panel as the grand prizewinner.

    In other words even if you come up with the best design and it’s picked by FOM you could end up with a prize worth considerably less than $50,000 (like a trip to Monace GP 2015). It does seem like a very cheap trick.

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