The Collider opens every edition with a challenge to look up to; one to inspire every participant in their quest to create innovative startups. The Collider’s isn’t just about connecting scientific research with the entrepreneurial initiative, and not even founding long-term profitable startups; it is ultimately about adding a palpable value to the ecosystem.

In the first edition, we were looking at building the “Cities of Tomorrow” focussing the improvement in 5 major areas: mobility, utilities, health, justice and housing. In the new edition, the whole team has made an exercise of zooming in to define the next challenge: “Connected Cities, turning potential into reality”. See below what this is all about:


Technology has been a key driver to make individuals and cities more connected than ever. This has created a connected world that further accelerates scientific and technological research, innovation, adoption and evolution.

Nevertheless, and given the breathtaking speed of urbanisation in the past 100 years, there is a set of challenges, and thus areas of opportunities, that are yet to be fully tackled: the hyper-scale of utilities, the accessibility and reliability of healthcare, the acceleration and safety of mobility and the development of a truly smart and competitive industry.

Yet, the full potential of these technologies to solve such challenges is not yet fully leveraged and its deployment is threatened by short-term objectives, lack of risk-taking and incapacity to translate science into solutions.

The Collider aims to bridge this gap with a long-term vision of improving the lives and well-being of citizens by enhancing the delivery capacity of key industries. This can only be achieved through the bold initiatives that result from the collision of cutting-edge research with top entrepreneurial talent.

This entails putting business acumen and scientific expertise to leverage emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI, VR or AR, and making them exponential through 5G and unprecedented collaborations among sectors and areas of expertise. Only in this way will we accomplish to solve the key challenges of tomorrow’s cities:

 

Utilities – For a sustainable future at hyper-scale

Building and maintaining the infrastructures to generate and provide the public with services at hyper-scale in a safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable manner.

 

Industry 4.0 – For a data-driven and connected competitiveness

Gaining logistical efficiency through M2M communications, big data and artificial intelligence to achieve hyper-scale production of hyper-personalised products.

 

Health & Wellness – For an accesible healthcare to improve people’s lives

Prediction, diagnostics and treatments made trustable, fast and accessible – accelerating
treatments, diagnostics and enhancing prediction and prevention of individual and collective
health issues.

 

Mobility – For a smart transport made swift and secure

Leveraging data and connectivity to generate the artificial intelligence that will allow to improve the commuting experience and improving goods’ delivery times while enhancing safety and reducing congestion.