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Innovation Challenge:

IoT Smart Homes Challenge

This Challenge is


IoT Smart Homes Challenge

Key Dates

Challenge Begins

Feb 28, 2022

Solutions Due By

April 29, 2022

Winners Announced

June 8, 2022

In a two-year partnership with the Ericsson-created Center of Excellence (CoE), the Academy invited Omani youth to join the Junior Academy and participate in a series of Internet of Things (IoT) challenges and activities. Students and mentors from Omani industry and academia will participate in Challenges around the topic of ‘Internet of Things’ which will offer you opportunities to innovate and learn with peers and mentors around the globe.

The Challenge

Design a smart home that integrates technology which collects, processes, and stores environmental and health information. The smart home you design should be sustainable and provide suitable feedback mechanisms for such information to promote sustainable energy use but also the physical and mental health of those living in the home. The design can include new innovations and/or alterations of existing technology.

In essence, the central challenge question you need to answer is:

How can a smart home create a healthier and more sustainable home environment?

Who can sign up to participate?

The First Cohort was accepted in January 2022 and will begin the challenge in February 2022. You can follow along with Cohort #1’s progress by visiting

We will begin recruitment for Cohort #2 in Spring of 2022. To receive updates please sign up for notifications here.

How it Works

Once admitted to the program, students will be invited to join Launchpad, an online collaboration platform where students work together to design challenge solutions in self-selected teams of up to 6 members. Each team will be paired with a STEM professional who serves as a mentor for the challenge. Mentors are experienced and highly motivated STEM experts and industry leaders from around the world. Students will also gain access to a series of curated learning resources that help advance research and virtual 21st-century skills.

Who can sign up to participate?

  • Students: Age 13-17 who are enrolled in secondary school (or equivalent) in Oman.
  • Mentors: STEM professionals, graduate students, and postdocs who are committed to mentoring the next generation innovators.
  • All participants must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and must be able to communicate clearly in English.

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This program is made possible by a two-year partnership between the Academy and Ericsson-created Center of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications and IoT. Throughout the program, Omani youth will build critically important 21st century skills, hone their entrepreneurial and innovation mindsets, and build their digital knowledge and leadership potential.