TechBinder wins jury prize at the 5G Hub Innovation Challenge

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TechBinder wins jury prize at the 5G Hub Innovation Challenge

Winning 5G solution provides breakthrough in shipping industry

June 29, 2022

TechBinder is the jury winner of the second edition of the 5G Hub Innovation Challenge at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The innovative solution using 5G was praised by the jury for its future prospects and sustainable impact.

TechBinder wins a co-creation program from the 5G Hub and partners to further develop this groundbreaking idea. The aim of this competition is to make a sustainable impact on society with the application.

Today, six start-ups and scale-ups presented 5G solutions for sustainability issues during the final. From wireless laser technology, healthier cities, metaverse (XR), saving energy on buildings to using drones for monitoring and mapping the energy consumption of ships.

Jury member Andy Lürling: “As a jury, we unanimously agree on the winner. We mainly looked at the sustainable element and the relationship with 5G, but also how attractive it is for the market. We think that the application of TechBinder brings important steps in the shipping industry in terms of efficiency, making TechBinder the deserved winner of this year’s 5G Hub Innovation Challenge, which focuses on sustainability.”

The winning idea

The idea that has won awards is being realized by the 5G Hub. Laura van Gestel, jury member and CSR director at VodafoneZiggo: “In the 5G Hub we have all possible facets of 5G. It is incredibly special and inspiring to see that our technology and the entrepreneurship shown today can contribute to a sustainable future. We are rewarding TechBinder with a co-creation program supervised by the experts of the 5G Hub. VodafoneZiggo is looking forward to developing this groundbreaking idea together with all 5G Hub partners.”

Bram van den Boom, TechBinder: “I am very proud and it feels like confirmation that we are doing good things. I look forward to continuing the development with the experts of the 5G Hub, their knowledge, and network. The next step is to look together for opportunities to show our value. It helps to have so many valuable partners around you.”

TechBinder’s Smart Vessel Optimizer is the first tool with which the energy consumption of cargo ships can be monitored in detail. This allows owners to monitor and adjust the performance of their ships. 5G is needed to communicate this data quickly.

Audience award during final

Not only did the jury choose a winner during the final in Eindhoven, the 300 invited guests also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Connect2 was chosen as the winner on their behalf. With this they win a consultancy session with LUMO Labs and Strict Consultancy.

5G Hub

5G is the mobile internet of the future. Together with various organizations, scientists, and the government, it is made possible to test ideas and products in practice before they are possibly put on the market. For example, VodafoneZiggo arranges technical support, because only a network frequency is not enough. Experts think along and assist with obstacles. Thanks to the test frequencies, you can experiment with 5G in the 5G Hub, but also with other technical tools, leaving a lot of room for discovery and innovation.

Next year there will be another Innovation Challenge. More information will follow via the website: 5G Hub Innovation Challenge – 5G HUB Eindhoven

(Photos: Victor Donker)