Countdown to Austin


Our Judges have deliberated. The results are in.

6 finalists move onward to the 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX to meet the judges where only one Grand Prize Winner will win the
F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize.

Season 3

What is the F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize?

In 2016, after two previous successful seasons, we entered into our third season of the competition.

In the latest edition of the competition, Tata Communications and its partners, Formula One Management and The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team, came together to promote and reward connectivity innovation.

Our campaign invited fans and innovators from across the globe to submit ideas in how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality within Formula 1 racing, could enhance the fan experience, as well as, bring engineers from all over the world together using this new technology. In previous years the judges have recognized and acknowledged the growing strength in the entries submitted, this year far exceeded all expectations.

The Prize


For each of the two challenges, our panel of judges will select three winners. The six overall winners will win a trip to Austin, TX to meet the judges at the 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX for the Grand Finale where the $50,000 Grand Prize winner of the 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize will be revealed.

The Challenges

2016 Re-Cap.

Grand Prize Winner

Challenge 1 - Now Closed

Formula One Management
- Virtual Fan Experience Solution

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James Gough and Rich Pilsbury (United Kingdom)
A near-live immersive virtual reality and augmented reality experience for motorsport fans around the World to enjoy an in-circuit experience from the comfort of their homes.
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Paul Clarke (Australia)
An immersive event experience, presented through modern mobility and virtual reality devices, providing a visceral and engaging Grand Prix experience to fans across the world.
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Datu YogaBrata (Singapore)
A solution of delivering the live broadcast of panoramic 360-degree video via VR Headsets to the Formula One fans around the world.
View Entry

Challenge 1 Film
Challenge 1 Brief

Challenge 2 - Now Closed

- Virtual Operations Solution

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Benjamin van Caspel (Australia)
Allowing remote F1 engineering teams to observe more, analyse deeper and act faster through an Augmented Reality (AR) interface. AR allows the interface to be a part of the environment and can utilise a user’s spatial awareness to communicate information more quickly.

Leire Apraiz Elcoroiribe & Marco Einöder (Spain)
By taking advantage of the image detection and immersion capabilities of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and wearable technologies, the solution enables an integrated and holistic view point of various factors during a Grand Prix.

Tom Blockley & Richard Howells (United Kingdom)
This solution offers improved collaboration within a mixed reality environment to extend the technology and communication within the core group of engineers by centralizing and streamlining operations, communicating all channels through an interactive Virtual Race Centre (VRC).

Challenge 2 Film
Challenge 2 Brief
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team are inviting entrants to design a VR/AR solution which allows engineer's both on and off the track to work better as an integrated virtual unit.
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Terms & Conditions

Meet The Judges

A huge thanks to this year's judging panel for their insight on the evolution of technology in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton

Martin Brundle

Paddy Lowe

John Morrison

Mehul Kapadia

David Coulthard

The Partners

Click a partner below to reveal more information.

Formula One Management

Formula One World Championship Limited has the exclusive right to commercialise the FIA Formula One World Championship along with its affiliates within the Formula One Group, including Formula One Management Limited. It commercially exploits the FIA Formula One World Championship, including through the production, management and exploitation of media content in all forms.


Tata Communications

Tata Communications is the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1® enabling the sport to seamlessly reach out to its tens of millions of fans across the globe. Tata Communications is also the Official Connectivity Supplier to The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team, providing three times faster connectivity to the team. Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.



With a heritage dating back to 1934, The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team is the contemporary expression of the long and distinguished history that Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed in the top echelons of motorsport. Today the team’s operations are headquartered at two technology campuses in the UK. The race team is based in Brackley, Northants, and the team’s engines are designed and built by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in nearby Brixworth.


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