‡ smart urban pioneers idea contest.

‡ smart urban pioneers idea contest.

Ideate what’s next: This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) is all about “Experiencing the Future” – and smart has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to introducing pioneering technology, trends, and tweaks like e-mobility, carsharing, or tomorrow’s urban mobility concepts. Join the brand at the international trade fair, me Convention, or at the smart booth.

Focus on future: the me Convention curated by Mercedes-Benz and SXSW

Flanking the official IAA trade fair and events, Mercedes-Benz and SXSW join forces to host the very first me Convention at Messe Frankfurt’s Festhalle featuring hand-picked experts from the creative, design, and technology sectors.

Over an intense three days, these experts will explore our future through a range of spot-on keynotes, workshops, interactive labs, talks, panels, and art installations plus several evening events spread across Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel.

smart not only joins the fact-packed fun with several speakers who throw a light on today’s urban challenges – and disruptive, innovative solutions – but also invites the attendees to join the brand at its booth for test drives and a round of ambitious start-up pitches.

As part of the brand’s urban pioneers idea contest, enterprising minds get to share their ideas for making our urban future brighter and better.

smart urban pioneers goes into the second round

For the second round of smart urban pioneers, smart once again invites down-to-earth visionaries with lofty ideas to submit their proposals for innovative urban solutions. Following a pre-selection process by the contest’s expert jury, 12 entrants get the chance to pitch their projects to a live audience – in a moving smart electric drive.

The business idea should focus on either “Urban Living Solutions,” “Urban Electrical Solutions,” or “Urban Environmental Solutions.” These 3-minute pitch parcours are assessed by a jury of experts under the aegis of Head of smart Dr. Annette Winkler and the final will be streamed live on social media on September 17th.

Expect an intense competition and event: Following the final round, three outstanding projects receive prize money for their business idea – and the winner can expect additional help and valuable feedback as part of the year-long smart urban pioneers support program.

Pitch-perfect visions for the urban future

smart launched the first edition of its idea contest last year, looking for the most innovative visions for the urban future. Check out 2016’s three finalists and find out what they are up to one year later.

Inspired to join the start-up fun yourself – or know someone destined to revolutionize life as we know it? All (budding) start-ups are welcome to enter the smart urban pioneers idea contest by completing the entry form here on smart magazine.

Intrigued by the amazing new breakthroughs in urban mobility and beyond? With plenty of new announcements still to come, please keep checking back for more information on our speakers, jury members, start-up pre-selection – and the ultimate winners of the next smart urban pioneers idea contest.

The when, what and where

smart at the IAA: 12-24 September 2017.

smart at the me Convention: 15-17 September 2017, Messe Frankfurt.

smart urban pioneers idea contest: 15-16 September 2017, early elimination rounds at the smart booth; 17 September 2017, final and award ceremony on the smart booth.

 

IAA

The patron:
Dr. Annette Winkler, Head of smart.

As Head of smart, Annette Winkler has been steering the Daimler AG division for agile city cars since 2010. Born in Wiesbaden, the economics graduate led her father’s construction company very successfully for many years – she was named Entrepreneur of the Year before joining Daimler in 1995. There, she initiated long-term change processes, establishing extensive customer satisfaction measures. In her role at smart, Winkler headed the development of the new car generation including fully electric versions of the entire smart fleet and keeps taking urban mobility to the next level by adding more and more services to the smart car.

The jury:
Our experts.

Conrad Fritzsch vom Daimler AG

Conrad Fritzsch

Daimler AG

Since August 2016, Conrad Fritzsch has been Director of Digital Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG. As a key driver of the digital transformation, he is responsible for developing groundbreaking digital products and implementing state-of-the-art working modes.
Daniel Deparis from Daimler AG

Daniel Deparis

Daimler AG

After several positions in the automotive industry, Daniel Deparis joined the smart brand and built up a business development team focusing on new business opportunities. He is now leading and coaching the smart lab at Daimler AG. The purpose is to ease life of urban people through digital services around the car. Created as an innovative think tank within Daimler AG, the smart lab develops digital urban mobility services and concepts around the vehicle. Services like smart “ready to drop” and smart “ready to share” are two of the first creations brought to us by the smart lab team.
Journalist Don Dahlmann

Don Dahlmann

Journalist

Don Dahlmann is a journalist who writes and blogs about topics like the future of mobility, electrification, carsharing, and the economy. From 2012 to 2014, he served on the Grimme Online Awards jury to highlight the gems of the German online landscape. For the past decade, he has also been running the webzine „Racingblog“.
Kasita CEO Jeff Wilson

Dr. Jeff Wilson

CEO Kasita

While Dr. Jeff Wilson serves as CEO at Kasita, an Austin-based company developing beautifully-designed micro homes, the housing innovator is also known as “Professor Dumpster”: For an entire year between 2014 and 2015, Wilson swapped his own home for a dumpster he had modified into a fully sustainable living space.
Scott Wilcox of SXSW

Scott Wilcox

SXSW

Never one to shy away from the unknown, and after 17 years of keeping the annual SXSW Interactive, Music, and Film conferences and festivals on track as Chief Technology Officer, Scott Wilcox now heads up the SXSW Innovation Group. Here, he not only bridges the gap between emerging trends, future technologies, and promising partnerships, but also takes lofty ideas and anchors them firmly in reality with the latest research and plenty of strategic experience.

Our winners.

Loud Steps by Boni

Category:

Urban Living Solutions

City:

Chicago (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Berlin (Germany)

Challenge:

Making complex venues accessible for everyone.

Solution:

The Loud Steps app offers guidance and navigation for the visually and hearing impaired to access complex environments. Thanks to features like step-by-step directions and a sign language call center, places like shopping malls or airports are no longer an obstacle.

ResQClub

Category:

Urban Environmental Solutions

City:

Berlin (Germany), Helsinki (Finland)

Challenge:

Fighting food waste.

Solution:

ResQClub is an online platform for food providers like restaurants and bakeries which allows them to sell their surplus food at a reduced price (while it’s still fresh, of course). Almost 300,000 portions have been sold so far, which means one million kilograms of CO2 emissions have not been produced in vain.

Ubitricity

Category:

Urban Electrical Solutions

City:

Berlin (Germany)

Challenge:

Overcoming the lack of charging infrastructure in cities.

Solution:

The future of mobility is electric but up until now, there simply hasn’t been enough charging infrastructure. To overcome this challenge, Ubitricity has developed a mobile charging system where the electric meter is integrated into the charging cable, making the associated charging points less complex and easier to install – even in lamp posts!

Our Speakers.

These experts will explore our future.
Simon Becker, CEO of Cabin Spacey

Simon Becker, CEO of Cabin Spacey

Patrycja Slawuta

Patrycja Slawuta

Leen Balcaen

Leen Balcaen, HERE

Traci Fenton, founder & CEO of World Blu

Alessandra Fidanza

Alessandra Fidanza

The winners of 2016.

myLike, Cabin Spacey, and Urban Affairs are the winners of last year‘s edition of smart urban pioneers. Check out their innovative approaches below.

myLike: social discovery app.

City:

Munich, Germany.

Team:

Uwe Hering, Steffen Schwarzer, Anja Wilbert and Marc Schallehn.

Challenge:

Cities offer endless scope and options. myLike encourages social networking and the discovery of new facets of the city.

Solution:

Users save their favorite places and share them with friends – or they start groups to swap recommendations with like-minded people.

Crowdfunding will allow the team to implement insights from the beta testing phase and fine-tune the app further. It will also support myLike’s official market launch.

Cabin Spacey - the micro house.

City:

Berlin, Germany.

Team:

Simon Becker and Andreas Rauch.

Challenge:

Cabin Spacey tackles the growing demand for premium quality, resource efficient, and highly flexible urban living space.

Solution:

The micro home is easy to transport, assemble, and hook up to existing infrastructures. It allows urbanites to turn urban wastelands, parking lots, and roof tops into new living spaces.

Suppliers and locations for the first installations have been finalized. The crowdfunding campaign will help to build the first prototype.

Urban Affairs - the urban art festival.

City:

Berlin, Germany.

Team:

Jochen Küpper, Luisa Trautmann, Clara Stein and Robert Hummel.

Challenge:

With events held at three separate locations, this summer’s Berlin-based urban art festival wants to culturally reclaim urban spaces lost to the public and counter the gentrification trend.

Solution:

The program ranges from exhibitions and performances to readings, discussions, and workshops. Each of the three festival days is dedicated to a specific theme: city, space, people.

The locations and partners are already on board. Crowdfunding will support the festival’s realization.