The twelfth PTS innovation competition wants to contribute to more active and rewarding leisure time

24/11/2015

The new National Post and Telecom Agency's (PTS) Innovation Competition is now underway, with the theme "Active leisure time." Companies and other organisations have the chance to win up to SEK 1.7 million per project. The aim is to make it easier and more enjoyable to practise various leisure activities. The activities included may be physical, social or mental activities.

"PTS is working to increase communication opportunities for everyone, regardless of their functional capacity, namely to contribute to a fulfilling life on equal terms. And part of having a fulfilling life includes having active and meaningful leisure time. We believe that innovative digital solutions can improve this further and therefore we have chosen this as the theme for our latest innovation competition," says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Innovative solutions are needed

In this competition, PTS is looking for projects which increase the possibilities for a more active and meaningful leisure time for everyone, with the help of information and communication technologies.

Leisure time is a big part of people's lives, but if you have a disability, it can sometimes be difficult to exercise and take part in certain activities on equal terms.

The solution may include facilitating:

  • the time before the actual activity, for example finding different activities and planning for them
  • participating in and implementing the activity 
  • the time after the activity, when it may be beneficial to be able to share opinions and other information with others.

It may also involve creating completely new activities that everyone, with or without a disability, is able to take part in. The technology is there, but there are few solutions. 

The solutions may make things easier for everyone, regardless of their functional capacity, but should specifically work for people with a disability.  PTS would like to see services produced according to the Design for All concept, which provides guidelines for how to develop products and services so that they can be used by as many people as possible.

Money, courses, support and expertise are included

The competition starts on 3 November 2015, and applications must be received by 16 December 2015 at the latest. After this PTS will evaluate all of the applications and make an initial decision. Those who are selected will be able to come and present their idea to a council of experts composed of representatives from industry, the public sector, academia, the technology industry, as well as innovators and users.

The applications selected by the council of experts and PTS will complete a pilot study. Once PTS has evaluated the pilot studies, the authorities will decide which project will receive financing and the opportunity to contribute to a more active and rewarding leisure time.

In addition to the prize money, which amounts to a maximum of SEK 1.7 million per winner, PTS will also offer courses in business modelling and launches. Each winner will also have a contact person at PTS who is competent and committed to helping the project in the future.

Since the first Innovation for all competition in 2010, PTS has completed ten competitions and financed 105 projects. In December, the winners of the 11th competition with the theme "Smarter e-commerce" will be announced, and the newly announced twelfth competition will announce its final winner in May 2016.


For more information:
web: www.pts.se/innovation
e-mail: innovation@pts.se
Telephone: +46 (0)8 678 55 52