Health and Wellness
Mobile and wireless technologies have led to new and exciting innovation in building better health solutions. Entries in this category can relate to fitness and nutrition, as well as disease prevention, management, and treatment. They can empower patients, improve health care delivery and result in cost reductions, better use of data, or more effective communications. With a focus on well-being, this category encompasses the sphere of building healthy lives through developing habits that promote physical, mental, and emotional resilience. It applies to all life stages, from the development of children to aging well, and includes improving accessibility for those with disabilities. It can involve new approaches or new insights to improving health. Alternately, the innovation can be in extending existing approaches to those who can’t currently access them due to cost or other barriers. Entries in this category should focus on new or re-imagined solutions, and might address areas as diverse as chronic disease (e.g. diabetes) management; Health IT interoperability; analytics and decision support for quality, to name a few.
Smart Cities and IoT (Internet of Things)
The Smart Cities and IoT category focuses on shaping resilient and sustainable communities and improving the quality of life for its residents. Entries in this category include innovative technology and data solutions for individuals, communities, businesses, and government organizations that address inclusion, engagement, safety, efficiency, utility, policy, resilience, or response. While some entries may be geared towards integration of controls, sensors, analytics, and communication with physical objects, others might promote community engagement in new ways.
Arts and Culture
Engaging and empowering creation can flourish at the intersection of art and technology. Entries in this category can relate to the experience of making, sharing, or expanding the experience of arts and culture in all forms. This category can encompass new interpretations of what art is or innovative ways to create or understand it. It can extend to ways that art has the power to expand understanding in other spheres of endeavor by making them more visual, more emotive, more visceral, etc. It could make the production or experience of art more inclusive or demonstrate its power to enrich the lives of individuals and the fabric of community. Technology impacts our culture in fundamental ways. The challenge for CIC participants is to come up with projects that do so in ways that are beneficial and intentional.
Sports and Fan Experience
This category encompasses innovations that benefit the amateur or professional athlete, the experience of fans, the sports industry, and the world of eSports. Entries focused on athletes could relate to improving performance, learning new skills, preventing injury, or other aspects of participating in their sport. Entries that enhance the fan experience could be directed to the fans themselves or to the sports industry. Innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the sports industry or the large and growing eSports fan base and industry would be welcome. Entries could also focus on expanding access, by lowering financial or other barriers to participation.