2020 LIFTOff Smart, Sustainable Environments Challenge
The goal of this challenge is to improve work and life for residents, businesses and visitors in mixed-use spaces, Comcast seeks startups and new technologies that improve efficiency, operations, visibility, sustainability, connectivity, analytics and occupant experience. Potential solutions may include (but not limited to): Wayfinding, Heat-mapping, Presence, Augmented reality layers for more information, Water, Waste, Air-quality or experiences.
WHY THIS CHALLENGE IS IMPORTANT
Our population has grown from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.7 billion today and is projected to reach 9.7 billion in 20501. As the population grows, the decisions we make on where and how to live, where to work, what to eat, and how to consume will greatly impact the future of our natural resources.
More than half the people across the globe now live in urban areas. The number of people living in cities will double to 6.4 billion by 20502, turning much of the world into a global city.
A large focus of investment, funding and construction has been on mixed-use spaces, in part due to the desire that 62% of millennials have to live in walkable communities with shorter commutes4.
The improvement in efficiency and sustainability through innovative technology in mixed-use spaces will help to offset environmental, social and economic challenges. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals include sustainable cities and communities, clean water and electricity, combating climate change and responsible consumption5.
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|WEEK 1:||Challenge Launch – Applications Open October 29|
|WEEKS 2-4:||Sourcing & Office Hours|
|WEEKS 5-6:||Evaluation & Diligence|
|WEEKS 7-8:||Startup Shortlist Selection|
|WEEK 9:||Final [virtual] pitch to Comcast NBCUniversal business leaders|
|Holiday Break:||Dec 21st - Jan 4th|
|WEEK 10:||Finalist(s) kick off POC in second week of Jan. 2021|
About Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, part of Startup Engagement at Comcast NBCUniversal, gives talented entrepreneurs access to Comcast NBCUniversal’s renowned network of partners, brands and mentors to foster rapid breakthroughs in connectivity, media and entertainment. Startup Engagement at Comcast NBCUniversal has entrepreneurial programs across the country, including three accelerators in Philadelphia and Atlanta, and offers educational resources and programming for companies at all stages of the startup journey. Our teams canvas the world for revolutionary startup founders and early-stage companies in connectivity, media, entertainment, and sports that can help enhance the products and services we provide. Visit ComcastNBCULIFT.com to learn more.
About Comcast Corporation
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