Intel, NASA and T-Mobile US have founded the 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab), with the goal of helping start-ups develop new applications and markets for 5G. The lab will be made up of developers, start-ups, enterprises, academia and government institutions from all over the world. The founding partners will pool engineering, technology and industry resources and provide access to platforms for the development, testing and launch of new 5G use cases. The first programme launched earlier this month and will run through 17 July.
5G OI Lab managing partner Jim Brisimitzis said this first programme will provide start-ups with virtual access to mentors and tools, so that they can start designing new 5G applications. The first cohort of 17 companies will participate in a 12-week virtual programme. They will work with 5G tech experts and business advisors through CEO and CTO roundtables, private working sessions to explore challenges and opportunities, and virtual networking and social events. They will also be introduced to the venture capital community. The programme will culminate in a Demo Day showcase.
The first cohort includes three companies in “stealth” mode, as well as Aarna Networks (5G/edge app orchestration, management and automation), Evolute (enterprise container migration, management, and optimization), Expeto.io (platform to manage global enterprise IoT connectivity), Iunu (computer vision platform for greenhouse-based agriculture and tracking), Gybe (hardware platform and edge service for employee connectivity), Mutable (AirBnB for servers), NLM, or non-linear materials (optical computing materials and design), Numurus (making robots smarter), Omnivor (holographic real-time and on-demand video platform), OptiPulse (optical fronthaul mesh networking), PlutoVR (spatial communications platform), Scivista (collaborative, virtual reality data visualization), Taqtile (AR/VR platform for frontline workers), and Transparent Path (building a more agile, efficient & predictive supply chain for food).
Founding partner NASA will support the Lab with knowledge-sharing and requirements gathering for such applications as nanosat networking, space-based data analytics and processing, cislunar communications, remote sensing, space-to-ground communications, weather data analytics and processing and ground communications. Avanade, an Accenture/Microsoft joint venture, has joined the Lab as a business ecosystem partner to support founders as they develop their 5G development and integration strategies. The Lab has also partnered with Google Cloud for Startups and AWS Activate to enable entrepreneurs to host 5G services and run and test code closer to the user to improve performance and reduce latency. Finally, over 20 more business, technical and community partners have joined the Lab to serve as mentors and advisors.
Sponsored by the city of Bellevue, the 5G Open Innovation Lab is also a founding member of Washington’s Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ). This statewide initiative, administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce, wants to stimulate regional economic growth by strengthening industry clusters and intellectual capital, and to accelerate the development of new technologies, marketable products, company formation, and job creation. The public-private partnership includes Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Snohomish County, Washington State University (WSU), and the University of Washington.