Formula One & public design competitions

Tata Communications (the Official Connectivity Provider for Formula 1®) has been setting open challenges for the public to contest against the backdrop of Formula 1 racing. The challenges are set and supported by Tata Communications’ partners, Formula One Management and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. They call it the F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize.

In 2014, the first challenge was to demonstrate new and insightful information that can be derived from Formula One Management’s live data feeds. One of the winners of the first challenge, Chris Thelwell, posted an insightful blog on the challenge here. More on the winners & challenges can be seen here.

I find it fascinating, both from UI & F1 perspectives, on how the entrants try and visualise the data available. Not only is there A LOT of data to present cleanly, but the information also needs to be absorbed very quickly too in difficult environments.

Respected F1 journalist James Allen reported on last year’s entrants. I really liked the ‘Databricks’ concept built by Ravi Sawhney and Svetlana Sawhney. It’s similar to modular dashboards I’ve built & worked with.

It’s a competition I’ll keep a close eye on. Web UIs & app UIs are becoming more alike and relevant to each other than ever before.

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