This year’s “Plug and Play Global Innovation Awards” go to nine STARTUP AUTOBAHN project partners: DXC Technology and Murata with Context360 in the category “Cross Collaboration”, Hewlett Packard Enterprise with Streamr and Webasto with Codepan in the category “Performance”, and Daimler with Evopark in the category “Implementation”.
“At the heart of STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the collaboration between corporations and startups with the aim of successfully driving joint technology projects,” says Sascha Karimpour, Managing Director of Plug & Play Germany GmbH. With the Global Innovation Award, the successful investor and accelerator Plug and Play from Silicon Valley honors the project work of various STARTUP AUTOBAHN partners who successfully bundle their competencies for the digital challenges of the future.
Global Innovation Award – Cross Collaboration
Plug and Play presents the Global Innovation Award in the category “Cross Collaboration” to the most successful team up of project partners that design new digital solutions addressing future challenges. The winner in the fourth program is the startup Context360 (mobile sensor analysis), that collaborated with DXC Technology (independent IT Service Provider) and Murata (electronic components and sensor technology) to develop a solution for the consumer goods industry. The solution allows consumer goods manufacturers to deliver a new customer experience to end customers, allowing to analyze and predict the consumption of goods which will get replaced in a subscription model.
Global Innovation Award – Performance
In the category “Performance” the award went to the startup Steamr that partnered together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The winners set up a Blockchain platform for the marketing of vehicle data within four weeks. Car owners can control who may use the sensor data of their vehicle for a fee. Dealers, meteorological services, road traffic departments, or mapping services can use the platform to purchase train data to improve their offerings or attract customers. The vehicle sensor data is transmitted in real time to a marketplace where data sellers and buyers find each other. Settlement takes place via smart contracts and cryptocurrencies.
The second prize winner in this category is the startup Codepan with the company Webasto, who jointly carried out a fast and successful pilot project. Codepan worked closely with Webasto’s development and test engineers to apply their data analysis, machine learning and forecasting methods to large amounts of data (big data). This gives the engineers a very deep insight into the data and products that could not be used to this extent so far.
Global Innovation Award – Implementation: Long-term cooperation as a success factor for the mobility of the future by Mercedes-Benz
The success story of the long-term collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and the startup evopark is entering the next round: the technology service provider evopark from the first programme has mastered the long distance from scouting to the pilot phase and right up to introduction and has won a Global Innovation Award in the “Implementation” category. The Mercedes-Benz parking card created during this collaboration replaces the paper ticket, uses an RFID chip to open the barrier in the multi-storey car park, and allows cashless payment of the parking fee. Currently, 13 cities are planned with more than 18,000 parking spaces for the market launch in August. Presently further multi-story car parks are being connected to the new technology. The card can be ordered from the Mercedes me portal. Customers can also view the invoice in the same portal. The parking fees are paid directly to the carpark operator by credit card.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day on 19 July 2018 in the Carl Benz Arena in Stuttgart
More than 800 international participants experienced the EXPO Day STARTUP AUTOBAHN in the Carl Benz Arena in Stuttgart on July 19, 2018. The visitors gained insight and exchanged ideas with the pioneers of future technologies in the areas of “Vehicle Tech and Services,” “Smart Material and Sensors,” “AI, Blockchain and Big Data,” and “Industry 4.0 and Supply-Chain-Logistics.”
On this fourth STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day, 31 startups from 18 countries exclusively presented their 55 pilot projects from 100 busy days with the 19 leading industry players. Sascha Karimpour, Managing Director of Plug and Play Germany GmbH, welcomed the guests and conveyed the basic values of the platform. Among the keynote speakers at EXPO Day were leading American experts such as Jeff Burton, co-founder of Electronic Arts & CEO of Woodside Creek, and Allison Arieff, Contributing Columnist of the New York Times & Editorial Director at SPUR. On the topics “Who will build on the last century to lead the next century” and “Will Autonomous Vehicles Save Cities,” the top speakers provided food for thought and new perspectives on the future of mobility. Sarah Harman, known as the presenter of Deutsche Welle, acted as a master of ceremonies.
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Source: Plug & Play Germany GmbH