The competition looks for startups with innovative digital media and production solutions
The BT Infinity Lab has announced plans to launch a competition to find promising digital entrepreneurs with ideas for innovation in sports broadcasting, with the winning idea to be potentially trialled by BT Sport.
The winner will be mentored by the Lab, and will receive six months of support from BT’s research and innovation teams as well as a six-month membership of TechHub, with access to their events and workspace.
BT Sport, which launched in 2013, is looking for "groundbreaking technology" that it can use on the channel. It has always aimed to be at the forefront of sports media innovation, and launched Europe's first ultra HD live sports channel.
BT said "Entries are encouraged to focus on aiding a sports TV viewer’s experience through technologies including apps, augmented reality, as well as innovations in studio side production."
BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey will be one of those judging the competition, and said: “I’m a massive techie; I love the latest gadgets, technology and apps. During my time as a TV presenter I’ve also seen huge changes in the technologies and innovations being used by broadcasters and I can’t wait for the next invention. So, I’m delighted to be joining up with this initiative. My advice to entrants would be aim high, but be realistic in terms of how your innovations can be used in the real world.”
Entries can be submitted here, the closing date is Sunday 6 December.