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The Next Visionaries Initiative Concludes with the Final Idea Pitch at the IAA 2017

By Editorial Team on September 7, 2017

To build a better future, we must imagine ourselves there!

Imagine the future of mobility. Now think again. It’s going to be much more than just driverless cars. Cities are going to change. We will have new fuels, new materials to build vehicles from. And we will have completely new ways of moving around our planet (and beyond). In 20-50 years mobility will be very different, and in 100 the advancements will be astonishing. And we have the power to start creating that future, today. All we need to do is stretch our imaginations and use our creativity.

Next Visionaries, a future mobility initiative from BMW i and TED (the world’s most powerful community devoted to spreading ideas) is all about supporting dreamers, future-thinkers, innovators and pioneers who imagine what’s next and who’s visions promise to shape the future of mobility in new and exciting ways.

Kicking off at the TED Conference in Vancouver in April this year, the challenge invited people from all over the world to share their inspiring ideas for mobility in three key areas: Technology, Environment and Humanity, and is now in its final stages.

The best ideas have been showcased on Next Visionaries website: nextvisionaries.com as well as social media (@nextvisionaries) over the last few months. And now the most outstanding of these contributions have been narrowed down to a shortlist of six finalists.

Six finalists. Six groundbreaking visions. Three minutes on stage at the Next Visionaries live pitch event. Frankfurt IAA Motor Show, September 10th 2017.

This Sunday, September 10th at 7:00pm CET, the following six finalists will take the TED stage at the BMW Booth at the IAA to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The winner will then have the chance to give a world-changing TED Talk on the future of mobility at the TED event in New York, November 16th 2017. Here they are:

Ira Munn (New Zealand), President & CEO of Ierospace Industries
Ira Munn thinks advances in 3D printing, electric car and battery technology will create a unique opportunity to craft a new future for both mobility and the environment. He shares a vision for an energy efficient, 312km range, motor way-legal three-wheeled hub electrical vehicle, 3D printed from recycled plastic. The ‘Drop’ will cost around $10k and could be built in 20 hours by someone with no technical expertise.

Sandra Phillips (Canada), CEO movmi Shared Transportation Services
As less privileged members of our societies are reliant upon sometime unreliable mass transit or less robust networks outside urban areas, Sandra sees impact of shared electrified vehicle networks extend beyond just convenience. She shares a vision for how they can create safer and affordable mobility for everyone, no matter their income, gender or location.

According to Tom Moloughney (USA) President at Charging Ahead Consulting Services, a paradigm shift in the automotive world is going to happen faster than anyone can imagine. He shares a near future vision in which cars evolve into a pay-by-the-mile service with all electric vehicles, charged by wireless charging systems built into roadways and powered by solar. Moloughney offers a tangible possible trajectory for how these technologies might work.

We won’t own vehicles, according to Aarjav Trivedi (USA), Founder & CEO of Ridecell. While personalization has long been an element of our automotive choices, the advent of both autonomous vehicles and the shared economy creates an intriguing new spin on the idea. Aarjav Trivedi has a vision for how these autonomous pods of shared mobility will have the potential to transform on demand mobility into a conduit for endless personalized travel experiences.

Jeremiah Owyang (USA), Founder of Crowd Companies predicts proliferation of autonomous and shared vehicles in near future to have a ripple effect on large segments of our society including business. Jeremiah has a vision for how these new intelligent technologies can move us toward a more human world. Moving us beyond the wonder of the technology, he presents new business models that will emerge in this new world.

Sebastian Gabor (Spain), Founder & CEO of Gambit IT envisions a world where our cars know our preferences and help us explore the world – while sensing our movements, our interests, our passions. Our intimate relationship with our cars is a relatively unexplored area of this new internet of things dynamic. Sebastian Gabor shares a vision for how cars can move beyond just transportation providers to become trusted companions, tapping into the data of our lives to assist us on the journey.

Event Details: Look forward to TED Talks, live pitches, inspiring panel conversations and much more.

The event will be hosted by Bruno Giussani, International director and curator of TED. Further experts, thought leaders and speakers, who will be part of the expert panel and join Giussani on stage for talks and panel conversations include:

  • Dr. Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG / Finance
  • Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President Brand BMW
  • Fawn Qiu, Creative Technologist, TED Speaker and Next Visionaries Mentor for Technology
  • Monica Araya, Founder of Nivella and Costa Rica Limpia, TED Speaker and Next Visionaries Mentor for Environment
  • Maurice Conti, Chief Innovation Officer at Telefonica Alpha, TED Speaker and Next Visionaries Mentor for Humanity

  • Special Guest: Adrian Grenier, actor, entrepreneur & environmentalist will join BMW’s Hildegard Wortmann for a short talk on mobility, environment and visionary thinking and share some great stories about his projects on exploring how technology can help improve tomorrow’s living.

    Want to join the grand finale? Watch the live stream at nextvisionaries.com, 7:00 – 8:30 PM CET.

    We’ll be streaming the final pitch event LIVE at nextvisionaries.com and on Facebook (@nextvisionaries), September 10th – 7:00 – 8:30pm CET – so make sure to tune in for some future-shaping moments and be with us when the Next Visionary of the year is announced!

    And that’s not all…

    The world’s most visionary DJ and producer, Martin Solveig, will be spreading his visionary beats at the Next Visionaries Night afterparty in one of Frankfurt’s hottest clubs, the Gibson Club, to celebrate our winner.

    Finally, make sure you’re following @NextVisionaries on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates, and join the community over on the Facebook page for all the latest and greatest news and conversations on the future of mobility.

    Want to learn more about the finalists? Read here their full stories.

    See you on the 10th September!
    Next Visionaries

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