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First winners announced in F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize

05 Aug 2014

Tata Communications is delighted to announce the winners of Challenge 1 of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize.

In a ground breaking initiative, Tata Communications, along with Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, launched a trailblazing contest to award a Grand Prize of USD $50,000 to a winning individual or team that was able to successfully answer one of three Challenges.

Challenge 1 centred around Formula One Management’s live data feeds and sought to add visual suspense and excitement to the F1 audience experience by asking entrants to demonstrate new and insightful information that can be derived from Formula One Management’s live data feeds, and create a new visual package from this information.

Competition was fierce with a huge number of entries submitted by teams and individuals around the world. We’re now happy to reveal that an extensive and stringent judging process has resulted in the two following winners:

Winning Entry 1: Individual entrant Chris Thelwell from the UK

Winning Entry 2: Team entrants Ben Lambert, Will Horner-Glister, Mike Albers and Fabian Birgfeld from the UK

Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications said: “We are incredibly pleased with the wide ranging responses from across the globe and so impressed with the quality of the entries we received for this first challenge, which gave creative minds an opportunity to apply their passion and imagination in the quest to bring innovation and bold thinking to Formula One Management’s data screen challenge. Judging was a challenge in itself, but ultimately, both the winning entries stood out for the way they pushed the boundaries of technology and design innovation in this fast-paced sport.

“Congratulations to Chris and Ben, Will, Mike and Fabian and thanks to all the F1 fans who took the time to submit an entry. We look forward to the next two challenges, with the second one going live on 3rd September.”

Both winners will be taking in the sights and smells of the glamorous Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015 (Dates to be confirmed), and will also qualify for the shortlist of six winners leading up to the Grand Prize of USD $50,000.

Don’t forget that you still have a chance of winning the Grand Prize AND a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, by entering Challenge 2 or Challenge 3.

Challenge 2 launches 3rd September 2014 and Challenge 3 on 29th October 2014.