More than 100 proposals from around the world have already been submitted to the M2M Challenge 2012. And there’s still time to submit your M2M application idea - you could win USD 5,000 and help shape the future of business and society.

In a Networked Society of more than 50 billion connected devices there will be no limitations on the connectivity between machines. By helping us to live and work smarter, M2M applications have the potential to transform every sector of business and society.

The inaugural M2M Challenge aims to unlock the imagination of developers, entrepreneurs and those working for businesses of all sizes involved in the M2M ecosystem, regardless of where they are in the world.

The concept is simple: submit a solution in any of the five competition categories that would improve business though innovative use of M2M connectivity. The categories are:

  • energy
  • security
  • healthcare
  • mobility (auto and transport)
  • consumer electronics and more.

The prize winners will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013. Winners and other selected entrants will have the chance to network with thought leaders and key influencers in M2M development, and will be promoted internationally through the marketing channels of the competition’s sponsors and partners.

Ericsson, together with Swisscom, is a title sponsor of the M2M Challenge. Miguel Blockstrand, Head of Ericsson’s Product Line Device Communications, says that the number of entries so far shows the huge potential of M2M applications – and that there is room for even more ideas.

"There are fabulous M2M application ideas out there that can make their mark on business and society. This competition can help innovators to turn their vision into reality.

"Ericsson is dedicated to enhancing the M2M ecosystem. Applications are a crucial element of that ecosystem, alongside high-quality and dependable connectivity. That’s why we are committed to this competition and the long-term success of the M2M market."

Teams have until December 31, 2012, to submit their ideas. Further details can be found on the M2M Challenge website.