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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.


Population growth strains land use and natural resources

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.

Urbanization is growing and demanding innovative solutions

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.

80% of the $1.328 trillion spent on construction was spent on mixed-use buildings3

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.

Building sustainable communities will lead to a safer, more inclusive and resilient environment

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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The 2020 Schedule
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


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