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Vodafone Business &

The Next Web present:

the IoT Challenge

Unleash the Power of IoT Innovation and Shape the Future of your organisation.

Join the Vodafone Business IoT Challenge

In a fast-changing business world, the Internet of Things (IoT) offers a gateway to overcome pressing challenges, understand consumer behaviour and forge future-proof business.

Following the success of the 2018 edition, Vodafone and TNW are launching a new IoT Challenge focused on the most popular customer challenge domains. Through the collective power of major industry players, we aim to source powerful and fitting IoT solutions to address your key business challenges.

Seize the chance to pioneer innovation with Vodafone’s top IoT experts and TNW’s open innovation experts. Dive into close collaboration with a dynamic entrepreneur ecosystem and forward-looking corporations.


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Why join?

Snelle adoptie

Fast adoption of innovative solutions

During a 100-day pilot you will work together with the best solution provider to co-create an innovative solution to your challenge.

Samenwerking ecosysteem

Foster collaboration and co-creation with the ecosystem

Close the gap between you and the entrepreneur ecosystem as you engage with many IoT solution providers and five other partners. 

Realtime intelligentie en inzichten

Stay ahead with real-time intelligence and insights

Gain new insights and intelligence of the latest tech trends and
developments as you participate in collaborative challenges. 

Innovatieve samenwerkingscultuur

Spark an innovative and collaborative culture

Lead by example and inspire your colleagues and company to open doors, showcasing your results during the Demo Day.

Stap in de schijnwerpers

Step into the spotlight

Benefit from the visibility the IoT Challenge creates for your brand.

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from the ecosystem engaged



led to scaled solutions



from the ecosystem engaged



put a spotlight on all brands



represented in the global scouting campaign

“Pilot resulted in 95% success rate of FLICQ’s sensors, hence why the partnership is still ongoing.” The program was a success, as it pushed our understanding of smart sensors and their market.
Solco Reijnders - Innovation Program Manager, Damen

Challenge owner Vodafone IoT Challenge 1.0

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The programme resulted in a long term relation with Sodaq, due to their proven ability to manufacture small and powerful sensors for the recording various criminal events.
Marc Wiebes - Staf Korpsleiding, Directie Strategie & Innovatie, Politie

Challenge owner Vodafone IoT Challenge 1.0

Undagrid's contribution led to a remarkable 2 to 5 percent improvement in efficiency, a significant impact especially when considering our volume of 30.000 passengers. This translated to increased satisfaction and higher production.​
Ron Knaap - Business unit Director monitoring and response, Facilicom

Challenge owner Vodafone IoT Challenge 1.0

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Organizations we've worked with

Timeline and commitment

Challenge Shaping

Challenge Shaping

Innovation challenge guided by TNW and Vodafone Experts.

Launch Event & Kick-Off

Launch Event & Kick-Off

Start of the Vodafone IoT Challenge and Launching Event.

Partner Selection

Partner Selection

Engage with IoT solutions to select the best one for piloting.

Collaboration Shaping

Collaboration Shaping

Shape the first outline of the pilot collaboration.

100-day Pilot

100-day Pilot

100-day collaboration to shape and execute the pilot.

Demo Day

Demo Day

The ecosystem comes together to showcase achievements.

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Who is The Next Web?

TNW is a global brand that connects the tech ecosystem of startups, scale-ups, corporations, governments and investors. Through TNW’s unique all-round power house of events, media, curated spaces and innovation programs, we make a positive impact on the development of tech.

TNW Programs was established in 2017 as a business unit of TNW to help larger corporations and governments to work better with the startup ecosystem. Today, we are a full-service open innovation advisory business that has run over 250 innovation challenges for our clients, creating value across industries.

We support the companies in the Vodafone IoT Challenge by connecting them to the top startups from the global tech ecosystem and bring the program to life with the power of our media and events platform.

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