Hungarian innovative idea to came second at Telekom's international innovation contest. The idea will be further enhanced under T-City in Hungary.

The Slovakian Excalibur team came first out of the 444 entrants from 45 countries from across four continents. Their project is supported by Deutche Telekom with EUR 500 thousand.The concept of the Hungarian Cubilog came second and Magyar Telekom undertook to test and further develop the notion under the T-City programme.

Hungarian innovate ideaIn Berlin, a panel of international judges selected the winners of the Telekom International Innovation Contest. A total of 444 ideas from 45 countries from four continents were submitted for judging by the international jury. In the final the Hungarian Cubilog came second behind the Slovakian Excalibur team, who "produced a unique solution to a major problem. The idea is a solution not only for the current authentication problems we are facing, but also for future ones once all devices have been connected to the internet," explained Ivan Klimer and Peter Luptak, the initiators of Excalibur. "The telecommunications service providers play a pivotal role in the process as this is an excellent opportunity for them to move into an area that has so far been left unexploited. The contest is a unique opportunity for the idea to become reality in strategic alliance with Telekom.The Slovakian founders of Excalibur: Ivan Klimek, Peter Luptak, Tomas Korenko and Marian Keltika.  With the application of their innovative concept, mobile phones can be turned into safe and convenient authentication devices. The mobile device can manage multi-level authentications making connections even more secure in a convenient manner without the user being aware of what is going on in the background. It uses a unique encryption procedure to protect data against theft and hackers.The concept of the runner-up Hungarian team, Cubilog, is one that Magyar Telekom and Telekom Innovation Laboratories also consider worthy of attention and further enhancement.Magyar Telekom was represented in the panel of judges by Róbert Pataki, the deputy CEO of business development, who said the Hungarian team had proved themselves worthy in an extremely fierce competition. "Cubilog came second with their cloud-based data acquisition and data check system.

Magyar Telekom believe in the idea therefore under the T-City Szolnok project, will provide the conditions for the development of the concept in a live test environment," added Mr Pataki."I think we have every reason to be proud of the creativity of the Hungarian contestants and the second place they earned. Nearly 70 of the more than 400 entrants came from Hungary and three of them were invited to explain their concepts in person before the international panel of judges. I am confident that our ties with the deliverers of the concepts in the final will not be broken and that we will be able to promote the realisation of their ideas either with expert advice or through other resources," highlighted Mr Pataki.

Third place went to the German startup enterprise, the Codeatelier Homee; they are now planning to enter into cooperation with Telekom Innovation Laboratories. Second and third-place runners-up were also given iPads. T-Venture will contact another three finalists.The international contest is the brainchild of the Polish T-Mobile, Magyar Telekom, and the German Telekom Innovation Laboratories, but the programme was also supported by DT's incubation lab, hub:raum Germany and Poland, UQBate and Kitchen Budapest as well, who also helped in the selection of entrants. In the coming months, the experts of the Telekom Group will develop the winning concept into a product or at least into a prototype with the aid of EUR 500,000.Nearly 700 startup enterprises and private individuals, including employees of the enterprise group submitted applications in Telekom's first innovation contest. Contestants had five categories to choose from for their entries. After multiple pre-screening and pre-selection, a total of twelve made it to the final out of the original 444 concepts in an effort to convince the six-member panel of the viability of their product or service. In the coming months, the winning team will work out a detailed development and business plan jointly with experts from Deutsche Telekom. In December 2013, the newly developed product or its prototype will be presented at Innovation Day in Poland.

About Telekom's innovation contest 
Telekom's Innovation Contest is run under the new Telekom Challenge programme, which aims to dissipate a culture of novel ideas across the borders within the Telekom Group. Parallel to the contest of ideas - which primarily intended to involve entrepreneurs, students, private entrants, and the employees of the Telekom Group and subsidiaries - the Collaboration Challenge was also announced. This in-house corporate contest aims to identify employees who explicitly like working in small teams under a new system of cooperation, where they are tasked with working out solutions for specific business domains. The Collaboration Challenge will go to Kenya in 2013 and focus on Telemedicine in Africa.

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