Winner revealed

Congratulations Datu YogaBrata

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.

2016 Grand Prize Winner

The ‘Virtual Trackside Experience’ takes race fans globally, by way of virtual reality, to unprecedented areas at the track. The live panoramic 360-degree visuals are captured by multiple agents, roaming the circuit with wearable VR equipment. Fans have the freedom to be in control of what they want to see, when they want to view it.

The Challenges

2016 Re-Cap.

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 which delivers a live broadcast of panoramic 360-degree video, from areas around the track. That allows Formula 1 fans, around the world, to experience through virtual reality headsets.
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Challenge 1 Film
Challenge 1 Brief

Challenge 2 - Now Closed

- Virtual Operations Solution

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Benjamin van Caspel (Australia)
This solution allows remote F1 engineering teams to observe more, analyse deeper and act faster through an augmented reality interface. The interface becomes part of the environment and utilises a user’s spatial awareness to communicate information quickly.
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Leire Apraiz Elcoroiribe & Marco Einöder (Spain)
By taking advantage of the image detection and immersion capabilities of virtual reality, augmented reality and wearable technologies, this solution enables an integrated and holistic view point of various factors during a Grand Prix.
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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).
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Challenge 2 Film
Challenge 2 Brief
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team invited entrants to design a virtual and/or augmented reality solution which would allow engineer's both on and off the track to work better as an integrated virtual unit.
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Meet The Judges

For the 2016 campaign we brought back your esteemed judging panel, you can hear what they have to say about the evolution of technology in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton

Martin Brundle

Paddy Lowe

John Morrison

Mehul Kapadia

David Coulthard

The Partners

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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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