The Internet of Things (IoT) Grant

University of Washington Bothell           Microsoft

The Internet of Things (IoT) Grant

Industry analysts estimate that over 20 billion devices (Gartner) will get connected to the internet by 2020.  This Internet of Things (IoT) is creating new use cases, applications, and research opportunities across a connected set of users, things, and cloud services. From automation to wearables, IoT will impact every aspect of our lives.

The University of Washington Bothell in partnership with Microsoft Corporation is happy to announce a student grant to create solutions using the Internet of Things.

Teams Announced!

We are pleased to announce the teams that have been selected by the University of Washington Bothell/Microsoft Internet of Things Grant committee. We want to thank all the teams that submitted proposals. We were impressed with the number of submissions and appreciate the effort and planning each team put in to their proposals.

Grant Awarded Teams

Each team will receive:

  • Up to $10,000 for hardware, sensors, and platforms
  • A paid student position for each member of the four (4) person team to work on their research for the duration of the contest.

Campus Award - Campus Innovators

Campus Innovators Team Photo

Laura Valiente, Kyle Burney, Frank Kidd and Armin Haghi

Excerpt from their proposal: "When this challenge was first proposed, the first obvious thing that came to our minds (and probably everyone else’s) was to solve the parking situation by setting up a series of sensors around the parking areas. While we were planning out how we would go about doing this, we started to see a much larger range of possibilities. ... We are going to use the idea of setting up a series of data collecting sensors, but instead of focusing on just the parking areas, we are going to expand to cover the entire school in order to build a framework which allows the students of UWB to be able to create these problem solving applications/web services themselves. ... One example of the possibilities could be a web application using data collected from motion and sound amplitude sensors set up at various study areas throughout the school which will display which areas that are the least crowded or most quiet throughout the day on a heat map. This web application will make it possible for students who need to focus on their studying with the least amount of distraction to be able to find exactly where they will be able to accomplish this."

International Award - Smart Grid

Smart Grid Team Photo

Kiran Gurajala, Molly Herbert, Alex Lee, and Justin Diekhans

Excerpt from their proposal: "We are hoping to make load shedding in many developing nations a more efficient and just process. When Load Shedding is applied to an area, it tends to disconnect a greater part of the grid then required as it must remove whole sections rather then individual devices. Furthermore, this practice unevenly effects the most impoverished communities of the area, establishing a fundamental impediment in the growth and development of the area. By making the process more egalitarian and removing random individual electrical devices with the use of a monitoring box between the target device and the wall outlet, we can help break the cycle and remove the handicap from these communities providing them with the ability to prosper and grow."

Honorable Mention Grants:

In addition to the main awards the committee awarded three (3) honorable mention awards.

Each honorable mention team received:

  • $100 gift card to the Microsoft Store for each member of the four (4) person team.

Best Proposal - Reign Makerz

Reign Makerz Team Photo

Yu Wang, Steve Ionescu, Erika Springer and Pavel Krivopustov

Significance - Beat On

Beat On Team Photo

Utku Mert, Avantika Sriram, Deepika Pethaperumal, and Galen Deal

All Star - Om

Om Team Photo

Shiven Chawla, Aytul Arisoy, Hasit Mistry, and Nat Henderson-Cox

Complete judging rules and criteria can be found here