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Toyota Connected Vehicle Ideathon


Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Toyota Connected Vehicle Ideathon

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Toyota ITC is inviting Bay Area designers and developers to participate in its first-ever Connected Vehicle

Ideathon from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 14 at NestGSV in Redwood City. The goal is to explore the possibilities for future connected vehicles, and Toyota will be awarding cash prizes for ideas that offer new value to its customers by leveraging one of the following four tech themes: Wearables, SmartHome, IoT, and SpeechRecognition. This is an Ideathon only and designer-friendly; no coding required. Winning submissions will be captured in slide format, making heavy use of sketches, storyboards, wireframes or similar, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • User Merit: How much does your idea benefit our customers?

  • Originality: We've never seen this because no one has done or proposed this before.

  • Relevance to Toyota: Unique value automaker can offer that other industries cannot.


Four $1000 “Best in Theme” cash prizes awarded to the best idea for each theme.

One $2500 “Best Overall” cash prize awarded to the best of the four "Best in Theme" ideas.


Wearables: Propose a way to enhance the vehicle experience by leveraging functionality from one of the myriad Wearable devices now or soon-to-be available (e.g smart watches, head-mounted displays, activity trackers, hearables, etc.)

Existing Ideas & Examples:

-Lock/Unlock vehicle from SmartWatch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlRwBccMXFw

Smart Home: People are adding intelligence and automation to their homes via an array of smart home devices. These devices are typically connected, like our vehicles, so we're looking for ideas that enhance the home/vehicle relationship by having these two systems talk to each other.

Existing Ideas & Examples:

-Home auto-adjusts thermostat based on vehicle ETA:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPdltu-93pM&feature=youtu.be&t=2m51s

-Home senses arriving vehicle and automatically opens garage door/unlocks house door

Internet of Things: IoT trends suggest in the near future we’ll be surrounded by smart objects sensing and broadcasting information to passersby. Our vehicles will be able to listen and interact with these “things”, so we want to hear your novel ideas on how we can tap in to improve the vehicle experience.

Existing Ideas & Examples:

-Item Location Reminders in the Car:http://vimeo.com/81314855

Speech Recognition: Cars have long supported push-to-talk speech recognition systems to simplify complicated in-vehicle tasks while driving.  Emerging speech technologies such as trigger-word detection and voice-based identification open up possibilities to further enhance vehicle usability and security.

Existing Ideas & Examples:

-Nuance Voice Biometrics:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbgOvWxFhS8

-Sensory Trigger-Word Detection:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjp2QpgkIT4


5 representatives from Toyota’s Connected Services Division


5-5:30 p.m. - Food and networking

5:30-8:30 p.m. - Create idea storyboards/sketches/slides

8:30-9:30 p.m. - Three-minute pitches

9:30-10 p.m. - Awards presentation

You'll be working in NestGSV's community space and courtyard. There will be music pumping through the facility's speakers. If you need an even more relaxed enviornment, Nest has conference rooms available. We're looking for ideas, so whatever you need to get them out, we're here to help. If you need to go to left field — or even out of the stadium — to get them, we want to see it. Feel free to have a beer from NestGSV's kegerator while you work. We're looking for inspiration — and to have a good time. 


Q: Can I submit more than one idea?

A: We’ll only accept one idea per registered team; however, it’s possible that your idea wins both a $1K “Best in Theme” and $2.5K “Best Overall” awards.


Contact Otis at otis@nestgsv.com.

Have questions about Toyota Connected Vehicle Ideathon? Contact NestGSV

When & Where

425 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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NestGSV accelerates global innovation by launching Innovation Labs around important trends in the growth economy, such as Big Data, Ed Tech, Sustainability and Mobility.


We offer a 72,000 square foot campus at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, along with diverse programs to help innovators thrive. We specialize in startup relationships, corporate partnerships, education, accelerator programs, hackathons, ideathons, and industry networking.

For more information, visit us at nestGSV.com or follow us on Twitter @nestGSV.

For partnership inquiries, email us at info@nestGSV.com. 

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