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What are the expectations of Millennials around "smart" homes?
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The Internet of Things is trending.  It continues to drive consumers to lead more connected lives and it has begun to advance business.

Smart home technology exemplifies one of the outcomes of this trend.  Smart appliances and home systems make life more convenient, improve home safety and security, save consumers money on utility costs, contribute to environmental  improvements, and...they're cool!  

Consider these examples of smart home technology:

  • -Intelligent thermostats can manage the temperature of your apartment depending on your routine and the weather.
  • -Lighting systems managed by occupancy sensors reduce environmental impact and save electricity. 
  • -Smart refrigerators track the food stored inside and suggest recipes.
  • -Smart entertainment systems allow more intuitive and direct control of the entertainment environment in an apartment.

The smart home revolution is in full swing!

As a company that provides expertise to propel innovation,  UL is interested in learning more about consumer expectations and desires for smart homes!   

*We want ideas that break the rules and propel smart technologies to new horizons.


Tell us YOUR expectations for the future of "smart" apartments, your ideas for smart devices, and what makes them appealing.

  1. What are the killer smart home technologies you "must have" to make your life easier?  What are the reasons that these smart home features are considered "essential"?  
  2. What are the key factors that set your expectations for smart apartments?  How do you predict smart apartments will act?
  3. How might you define a smart heating or A/C system today? What new "smart" ideas do you predict for heating and A/C systems?  How will these ideas affect your living and comfort?  


  • -Deliverable #2: With this question, you are laying out your predictions for the capabilities of smart homes and explaining what has influenced your predictions.  Explain what factors have determined your envisioned course for smart home technology.
  • -Think CREATIVELY and outside-of-the-box as you propose future ideas for smart devices and smart home tech. Don't be afraid to submit your "off-the-wall" ideas!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
Top 10%
will share $1,000
Next 15%
will share $400
Next 25%
will share $200
Actual individual rewards will be based on the total number of eligible solutions.
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