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Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2019

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Do you have an Industrial Automation innovation that could change the world?

Nokia Open Innovation Challenge offers the opportunity for the bright minded companies to propose the best-in-class products and solutions within the Industrial Automation domain to international jury. The jury will then select the most advanced and innovative candidates to attend the final event in November held at Nokia headquarters. In the final event, these finalists will present their innovative products or solutions to the executive level jury who will then select the winners.​

The next generation industrial revolution will not only affect traditional industry operators, but also every single business which has requirements for automation and optimized services. These enterprises are making the leap to a new era of higher productivity and quality with the next generation of connectivity and applications. ​

NOIC is about evolution and revolution. We are looking for innovations which may already be established, but will reach new heights of interest within the industry given the right support from Nokia; or innovations which are totally new ideas and concepts, but might need some tuning to fit the requirements of potential customers. ​

Strive to have an innovative mindset. Big innovations have been done and developed when people have looked beyond the obvious. Think big and out of the box.

Process and timeline


Submission phase 1

April 29 to June 30, 2019

Do you have a product or a solution which will rock the world of Industrial Automation?

Please fill in the submission template with the requested information.

There are a number of mandatory questions which are required to be filled in to qualify for the challenge and the next round. 

All the qualified submissions will enter the Assessment round 1. 

Deadline: June 30, 2019


Assessment round 1

July 8 to August 11, 2019

Within this phase Nokia experts will assess your application and select the most promising ones for the next submission phase. 

Results announcement: by 27th of August 2019.

All participants will be informed by Nokia whether they are selected for the next phase.

Submission phase 2 - Video

August 27 to September 10, 2019

Now we have reached the phase where true competition starts.

You now have two weeks to complete a max 5-minute video presenting your company and how your product or solution makes you unique. 

There will be also a section for questions which you will receive from us. Please create your video and post it to YouTube or Vimeo with a public link so that it can be easily accessed by our executive jury.


Assessment round 2

September 16 to September 29, 2019

During this phase, experts and mentors from Nokia, Nokia Bell Labs and NGP Capital will review your video submission and online application and select the finalists.

Results announcements of the selection will be shared via your registered email address.

Results announcement: latest October 7, 2019

Selected companies: Up to six finalists


Finalists of NOIC 2019


ControlThings of Finland offers a middleware technology for recording Verifiable Audit Trails using crypto identities.


HaiLa based in Canada provides technology that enables IoT devices to hitchhike data onto ambient waves drastically reducing IoT power consumption.


MAXST of South Korea offers an augmented reality (AR) engine and visual SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping).


SaNoor of Saudi Arabia offers Laser LiFi technology to enable optical wireless communication applications with lighting infrastructures.


Wandelbots based in Germany makes it easy to program any robot by using sensor-attached smart input devices to transfer human motion to robots.

Grand final

Grand final

November 21, 2019, Nokia HQ Espoo, Finland

You have 8 minutes (5 minutes pitch & 3 minutes Q&A) to convince our executive jury. 

You will compete alongside the other finalists for a cash prize and other opportunities to work with Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs.

Pitch format: 5 minutes & 3 minute Q&A.

Results announcement: at Nokia HQ, Espoo, Finland

Winners: The executive jury will select the winner/s. The executive jury has the power of discretion to allocate the cash price to the best and the most promising companies. 


HaiLa is the winner of the 2019 Nokia Open Innovation Challenge.

Wandelbots won the 2nd place



Link to press release

Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2019 submission phase has ended.  

Thank you for Your interest!

In partnership with ngp
Operated by nokia-bell-bot