PTS's thirteenth innovation competition paves the way for innovative web solutions

03/05/2016

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority's (PTS) new innovation competition is now accepting submissions. The theme this time around is "Best in the business". Businesses and other organisations can win up to SEK 1.7 million per project. The aim is to produce accessible and appealing websites at the cutting edge of technology.

"With this competition, we want to show that you can get better results by focusing on the users and their multi-faceted needs when you design new solutions or websites. The internet is a huge source of information and an infinite arena for digital possibilities. This means that we have great opportunities for finding smart solutions that meet individual needs," says Catarina Wretman, Deputy Director-General at PTS.

A chance to be the best in the business

In this competition, PTS is looking for projects that contribute to developing accessible, cutting-edge websites with the aid of information and communications technology and an innovative approach..

An innovative approach allows designers to find solutions that make websites function better for the full spectrum of existing users. However, such solutions are currently quite rare and the field is open for those who want to become the best.

Applications should be based on the web design guidelines collected at webbriktlinjer.se.

The solutions can make it easier for everyone, regardless of their functional ability, but are to be specifically targeted at people with some form of disability.  PTS is specifically interested in services produced in line with the concept 'Design for All', which provides guidelines for how to develop products and services that can be used by as many people as possible.

Financing, courses, support and expert help included

The competition begins on 03 May 2016 and applications must be received by 15 June 2016 at the latest. At the end of the application period, PTS will evaluate all of the applications and make a first selection. Those who are selected will come and present their idea in front of an expert panel consisting of representatives from industry, the public sector, academia, the technology sector, innovators and users.

The applications chosen by the expert panel and PTS have to complete a pilot study document. After evaluating the pilot studies, PTS decides which projects are granted funding.

In addition to the prize money of up to SEK 1.7 million per winner, PTS is also offering courses in business modelling and launching. Each winner also has a contact at PTS who is familiar with the project and committed to helping it move forward.

Since 2010, PTS has organised eleven competitions and financed 108 projects. The winners of competition number twelve, on the theme of 'Active leisure time' will be announced in May 2016, and the winners of the thirteenth competition will be announced in December 2016.
 
For more information:
web: www.pts.se/innovation
e-mail: innovation@pts.se
PTS contact telephone number for the innovation competition: +46 8-678 55 52

Press and communications manager for the innovation competition:
Charlotte Aleman, telephone: +46 8-644 56 93, e-mail: charlotte.aleman@pts.se