Living on the edge: Austrian Startups Chapter

Have you developed applications that typically have requirements for low latency and generate high-bandwidth data streams? Do your applications need processing at the edge? Then do the right call and apply to this challenge!

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This challenge is a joint initiative of NOKIA and AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA exclusively targeted at Austrian technology startups and application developers.

Why the edge matter?

Certain applications behave much better when processing and rendering are performed immediately, with minimal latency since the workloads are run from the edge of the operator’s network: Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) technology makes it happen!

Gartner defines edge computing as “a part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge – where things and people produce or consume that information.”

But this technology is also an enabler for many 5G use cases, unlocking new service possibilities and bringing monetization opportunities for developers, mobile operators, and enterprises.

What are we looking for:

Nokia is looking for new partners that have developed innovative applications in relevant domains where latency and bandwidth are critical for their respective performance, which can be compatible with Nokia related products to expose and offer to Nokia customer base.

The selected applications will be listed in our official 3rd Party applications catalog, which will become accessible to the Nokia Customer base​ (CSPs and Enterprises).

Application domains:

  • Cloud gaming
  • Education
  • Industry 4.0
  • XR applications, AR/VR applications
  • Audio, video analytics
  • IoT solutions and services
  • Smart urban environment
  • Real-time/Remote service
  • AI/ML
  • Monitoring and analysis of the flow of people, face recognition
  • Surveillance
  • Smart city infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Health & Safety

In case your application (s) is not part of any of these domains, don't give up! Submit your proposal and explain the relevance of the use case for mobile operators and/or enterprises.

Challenge Phases:

Updated Phase I: Submission phase - challenge deadline 30th of June! We want to give you time to submit your "skyrocket" applications

Updated Phase II: Candidates will be invited for Nokia webinar - 1st July

NEW Phase III: Candidates will be invited to join remote an exciting OpEN talks session to present their applications/short company overview to Nokia

Phase IV: Pitch Day - The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the final Pitch Day to take place at Nokia office (Munich)

Evaluation criteria:

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What we expect from your submission:

Please indicate the domain (s) that your application (s) refers to. Describe and document properly your proposal. You can add material like a demo, video, ppt to better illustrate your product and add references.

In your proposal, it is also required that you answer if your application (s):

  • What APIs would you further require to enhance your application and what information would you like to retrieve from a mobile operator network?
  • It requires low network latency to function properly?
  • Does it help to achieve significant cost-savings by processing data locally instead of uploading it elsewhere (to the cloud) for centralized processing?
  • The service processes sensitive data locally and produces anonymous data that can be stored and further refined?
  • Does the service support a local function that can be carried out independently without a constant network connection?

Do you have the right application (s)? Don't miss this chance and apply today!


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Who can create a challenge?

  • If you want to publish a challenge on the NokiaPartners - Open communities and get support from the community to solve your problems, you first need to be registered on the platform. Then you need to contact the NokiaPartners - Open communities administrator in the Community section. They will create the challenge for you. Search for “admin” in the Community section, and click on “Nokia Admin” to contact and ask for your challenge to be created.


How do I submit an answer/proposal?

  • To contribute to a challenge, first open the challenge page, and then click on the "start proposal" button on the right-hand-side. A new page will appear with different text fields to fill in and attachments to include. You can also link to an existing project you have previously created on the platform. Once you have finished, click on submit.
  • If you save as draft, your submission will not be completed and will not be submitted to the challenge owner.


What happens once I submit?

  • Once you have submitted your proposal, your ‘Challenge Submission Form’ becomes accessible by the creator or the challenge, who can see and edit your proposal. Through the challenge page, only the owner of the challenge can see the different proposals submitted against his/her challenge. It is up to the challenge owner to inform participants about decisions and potential next steps.
  • To note, when you save a submission as draft, it is not submitted to the challenge owner.


Who can see my proposal?

  • The owner of the challenge, the submission review committee, and the NokiaPartners - Open communities Administrator team are the only ones who can see your proposed ideas and solutions to the challenge.


What happens if my proposal is successful?

  • For each challenge, submission review and selection process is different and the responsibility of the challenge owner. If your project is selected, the owner of the challenge will come back to you with further guidance on the next steps.


What happens if it is unsuccessful?

  • For each challenge, submission review and selection process is different and the responsibility of the challenge owner. If your project is not shortlisted, the owner of the challenge will inform you using the messaging features of NokiaPartners - Open communities. Your proposed ideas will then be removed/deleted from challenge submissions.