The finalists have been revealed for the first activity in the BT Infinity Lab program. The competition is looking to find new apps or services for consumers in the home that make the most of superfast broadband.
BT teamed up with tech entrepreneur community TechHub to create the programme, which is aimed at technology start-ups.
The winning start-up receives six months’ support from BT across a range of areas, including research and development, legal, marketing and engineering, as well as membership at the Tech City community space run by TechHub in London.
79 entries have been whittled down to this shortlist of 10 who will pitch to a panel senior BT executives this week. The winner will be announced on February 11th.
GiveToView aims to lower the barrier to fundraising, enabling people to raise money for charity by making and sharing videos in a creative, fun and accessible way.
I Style Myself provides users access to a 24/7 interactive wardrobe stylist. Users upload pictures of their wardrobe and get advice on what pieces work together and how to wear them.
ReBeats (Tonguesten) is a language teaching app with a difference. Instead of using traditional teaching materials students learn using their favourite videos. Overlaid on each video are language exercises to help people of all abilities with grammar and spelling.
Tripsearch provides travel information on a wealth of destinations with a booking engine which spans Smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets.
Utelly brings together content including live TV, on demand, YouTube and catch-up, on a mobile device. It turns any smartphone or tablet into a television remote control and over time, Utelly makes recommendations based on behaviour.
Musaic is a wireless hi-fi system enabling users to listen to the music in different rooms simultaneously over wi-fi. It plays music from Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, servers and NAS Drives, providing access to personal song catalogues, music streaming services and internet radio.
The Busking Project is a celebration of street artists. It aims to provide publicity and support for buskers, bringing performers from around the globe to an online audience and providing information about their talent.
Fluentify lets language learners connect with native speakers online. Classes take the form of live sessions which utilise video-conferencing software.
Togethera is a social networking app aimed at family members who find modern technology and applications confusing. Photos, videos and updates can be shared in a private user-friendly environment on a tablet, smartphone or computer.
Xooloo App Kids turns smartphones and tablets into child-friendly devices. It blocks dangerous content and apps, applies time allowances, providing access to pre-screened content using a welcoming user interface.
BT is working with the Government on its Business Exchange initiative, by which big businesses including BT, Facebook and Sainsbury’s pledge to support smaller companies and start-ups through an online website for sharing resources, encouraging innovation and offering training.
BT’s CEO Gavin Patterson said: “The BT Infinity Lab competition is one of several pledges put forward by big businesses to [entrepreneur network] Enterprise Nation to form part of a new website to show how big businesses are helping small ones to prosper.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said Business Exchange will bring companies of all sizes together.
"As part of our long term economic plan, we will keep doing everything we can to make Britain the best place to start, grow and do business,” he said.
“This is a Government on the side of business and enterprise which is backing a record number of start-ups and small businesses so that they can grow and create more jobs for hard-working people.
“The Business Exchange will strengthen the links between businesses big and small, opening up fresh opportunities and the exchange of new ideas, and helping us compete in the global race."
Further competitions within the BT Infinity Lab Programme will be announced later this year.