The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched its second IPTV Application Challenge, inviting individuals, small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporations to submit innovative IPTV solutions designed to improve social welfare through services in fields such as e-health, e-government, e-learning, ICT accessibility and all aspects of Smart Living.
There are two categories for the awards – individual/SME and corporate – with a cash prize of US$ 3,000 up for grabs in the individual/SME category. Winners will be announced at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai this November.
The winning and most promising applications will be showcased at this and subsequent ITU events, maximising global visibility and attracting investment in their development.
Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, commented: “ITU’s IPTV standards are providing secure end-to-end solutions for broadcasters and service providers around the world. These application challenges are a proven platform to drive innovative use of the medium and tapping into the minds of engineers around the world. I look forward to some excellent results.”
Challenge participants are required to develop applications running over either:
• Recommendation ITU-T H.761 Nested context language (NCL) and Ginga-NCL for IPTV services, or;
• Recommendation ITU-T H.762 Lightweight interactive multimedia environment (LIME) for IPTV services
Entrants will be able to register for the challenge from June 15th to August 15th, and submissions will be open from August 13th to September 7th.
More information is available here.