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IBM has partnered with 4YFN and four global
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and developers a worldwide series of Internet of
Things challenges and events designed to start
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The Partnership

IBM, 4YFN (4 Years From Now), AT&T, KPN, Rogers Communications, and Vodafone have joined forces to bring you the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament, comprised of 15 virtual Challenges, five regional Demo Days and one Grand Finale!

The joint ambition of IBM and 4YFN is to empower startup and developer communities around high-end accelerating technology, best-in-class IT infrastructure, an open culture of shared knowledge, and a strong sense of global community.

Show off your talents and help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems by developing robust Internet of Things mobile applications with IBM Bluemix and a choice of multiple APIs. If you think you’ve got what it takes you could be in with a chance of winning the opportunity to go to 4YFN 2016 in Barcelona, 22-25 February 2016 and becoming one of the global tournament winners! The Finalist Teams who make it to Barcelona will also have opportunities to meet with founders and investors, showcase their applications on stage, get access to multiple networking parties and much more!

If you think you’ve got what it takes check out the Challenge Themes, Prizes and Timeline for the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament below and follow the 3 easy steps to get started today!

Participants’ Terms and Conditions can be accessed here.

Why Participate?

  1. Access IBM Bluemix at no-charge
  2. See ideas come to life, while strengthening cloud skills
  3. Earn professional recognition and publicity
  4. Explore potential partnerships and business opportunities
  5. Obtain free mentorship from IBM and its partners
  6. Be featured on the IBM Bluemix App Gallery.
  7. Finalists – demonstrate your application on the global stage in Barcelona – on us!
  8. Join a world changing ecosystem and network with thousands of 4YFN attendees.
  9. Experience Mobile World Congress 2016.
  10. Winners – become a world champion!

3 easy steps


Register for the challenges.


Register for Bluemix before 11 Dec to get access to the APIs.


Get enabled on Bluemix, review the APIs, follow step by step instructions to start building your app—submission date: 6 January 2016!

Challenge Themes

Details of the Semi-Finalists and Finalists for each Challenge Theme can be found below – congratulations teams!!


Smart Homes and Buildings

Finalists: Beacon of Hope / Kaawo / Biolinq / InnerSpace / Hoome Studio
Semi-Finalists: TechBubble / X-Systems & X-Enterprise

Connected Travel & Transportation

Finalists: Brainstat Studio / Gruppo Innovare / Nextome / Think IT Loud / Trident
Semi-Finalists: Yanu / Numbercom / PacknTrack / BuahBatu

Smarter Healthcare

Finalists: Grindbit / CeliWat / Harmony in IoT & eHealth / Teleker / Cloud Therapy  
Semi-Finalists: Diabetizer / Let's Innovate / Indovators



  • Potential revenue from commercialization of contestants’ applications.
  • Meetings with private investors.
  • Media coverage.
  • Additional prizes!


  • Return flight to Barcelona and hotel accommodation (up to 4 nights) provided for a maximum of two members per team (worth 4,000 Euros).
  • Four free passes for 4YFN 2016 (22-24 Feb., including 1 day at Mobile World Congress on 25 Feb.) valued at €299 (worth 1,200 Euros).
  • Your own startup demo booth at 4YFN 2016, for show-casing your Tournament application (worth 2,500 Euros).
  • Fast-track to the Founders & Investors sessions with global investors.
  • Invitation to an exclusive corporate and investors' VIP dinner.
  • Pre-arranged business development meetings.
  • F6S Gold Card with over $1m worth of free deals!


All Participants

  • 50% discount on passes for entrance into 4YFN 2016 (where participant has submitted an eligible entry) - plus for the first 100 eligible submissions - up to 2 free passes per team (worth $750 / 600 Euros).
  • Free IBM Bluemix during your participation in the Tournament.



Register for the Challenges!


IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 400,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become “smarter” as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, and just completed its 22nd year of patent leadership.

4YFN is the home for the global mobile and digital startup communities and a programme of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation. 4YFN is a startup business platform aimed at connecting agents and companies of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to carry out the social transformation of startups. This is managed all year long, deploying a full set of activities aimed to invigorate the digital startup community around the world. The highlight of the programme is the 4YFN event at the Mobile World Congress, in partnership with GSMA. Together they organize the world’s most international startup event devoted to innovation in the mobile ecosystem. The next edition will take place in Barcelona from the 22-25 February 2016.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We’re helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. We offer the best global wireless coverage. We’re improving how our customers stay entertained and informed with AT&T U-verse® TV and High Speed Internet services. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T’s Mobility, Cloud, and Internet of Things solutions.

KPN Internet of Things is a business unit of KPN. Thanks to a secure and reliable network, the "Internet of Things" connects people, companies – and even entire chains to help us achieve our better future. KPN IoT delivers various types of connectivity to connect things to the internet. Examples are Machine-2-Machine and LoRa. KPN also offers complete solutions including hardware, IoT-online platform and SIM card for the various industries. In other words, KPN IoT contributes to Smart industries, examples are: Health, Smart Cities and Smart Transport & Logistics. KPN Internet of Things generates real-time data and connectivity in each business process to make a difference. In such a way that organizations and people can be more efficient and safer.

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses.

Rogers began in the Internet of Things space in the early 21st century by offering businesses wireless connectivity in devices outside of traditional mobile phones. In 2009, Rogers signed a deal for increased connectivity capabilities with IoT platform partner Jasper Wireless and in July 2012 , Rogers teamed up with eight other carriers to create the M2M World Alliance with the goal of building a global world contract for connectivity so that consumers can get over-the-air compatibility from country to country by simply managing SIM programming remotely.

For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit:

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2015, Vodafone had 449 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers.

Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet, delivering new functionality and enhanced services without the need for human intervention. Supported by more than 1,300 dedicated employees, Vodafone’s global M2M platform makes it easy for global businesses to manage centrally M2M deployments across multiple territories, with greater control and at a lower cost than previously possible. In 2015 Vodafone was named world’s best communications service provider for M2M by Analysys Mason, for the fourth year in a row

Details on the APIs made available for this Tournament can be found here.

Demo Days

Get the opportunity to pitch your app at one of five Demo Days!

Semi Finalists will be invited to attend a Demo Day to compete against each other.

Finalists will be selected at the Demo Days and invited to the Tournament Finale at 4YFN 2016 in Barcelona.

Choose your preferred Demo Day when you register for the Challenges.

28 January 2016 

Sponsored by Vodafone

19 January 2016 

Sponsored by AT&T

27 January 2016 

Sponsored by Rogers

25 January 2016 

Sponsored by Vodafone

27 January 2016 

Sponsored by KPN



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