In order to promote innovative thinking, collaboration and some fun within the Intelligent Environment community, IE'14 participants are invited to enter a number of Challanges (with prizes and certificates). You can also propose you own challange by contacting the IE'14 Programme Chairs ( according to the following schedule:

Proposals to run a challange: 29th March 2014 OPEN
Decisions on Challenge proposals: 4th April 2014
Deadline to participate in a particular challange: set by individual organisers (see challange concerned) OPEN

A brief summary of current challenges is provided below (more detailed information can be found by following the embedded links or contacting the individual organisers). If you would like to participate in an 'IE Challange' then, n the first instance, you should contact the organisers of the Challange you are interested in (more details will be added over the coming days).

The IE'14 Challanges

1. The Intelligent Environments Challenge

This challenge is designed to encourage advances in the realization of Intelligent Environments. It will do this by presenting a set of scenarios in which contestants will be invited to use Intelligent Environment ideas to perform specific tasks in a either a smart-home or smart-classroom environment together with supporting tools, which will be provided. The competition is being organised by the AITAmI workshop but entrants from any area of IE'14 are encouraged to enter. More information on this challenge, including how to enter, is available via any of the following:

Important dates are:

  • Application deadline: 4th of April 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: TBA
  • Challenge event date: 30th of June 2014

2. 'Micro SciFi-Prototype' Challenge

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This challange from the Creative Science Foundaation in collaboration with Intel is to write a very short SciFi-Prototype (ie story), using up to 140 characters (about 25 words) that motivate a new product idea related to the IE'14 area (or to the Intel '21st Century Robot' project). Sci-Fi writer Arthur C Clarke reported that  Ernest Hemingway, at a dinner party, bet he could write a complete story in just 6 words starting, a genre of micro-fiction that we celebrate at Intelligent Environments 2014 with this invitation. The top 10 Micro-SFPs (as judged by a panel) will receive as a prize a copy of the Intel book "The Tomorrow Project Anthology" plus a miniature 3D printed ‘Jimmy's' which will be awarded to the writers of the 3 best micro-SFP relating to Intel's Jimmy crowd sourced robot. All prizes will be presented at IE'14. More information is provided on the Creative-Science 'Micro-SFP' web pages. To submit an entry, either use our CSf Twitter site or download an editable PDF version of the  IE'14 Micro-SFP Challange Entry Form which you should  submit in person at IE14, or email it to before midday (Shanghai time) on Friday the 4th of July 2014.

Important dates and information:

The results of the Micro-SFP competition are available on the Imagine'2014 website


3.The Intelligent Box Challenge


FortiTo ( invites participants to write a 2 page proposal to describe the most novel or useful research and teaching application of a BuzzBox. The BuzzBox is a desktop environment which emulates an intelligent environment, including a number of sensors and actuators. The winner of this competition (as judged by a panel) will receive a BuzzBox which will be presented at the conference. Details of the BuzzBox can be found on:

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