What is Futur(e) Challenge?

Futur(e) Challenge is a national initiative designed to bring together the public and private sector to join forces and establish programs to address the skills gap facing many organizations.

Through workshops and an open challenge call, it explores the intersection of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence with key industries such as Automotive, Food or Energy. Want to explore what’s new and next while looking at where and how industries should focus on up-skilling? Get involved today.


Get started by identifying the industry that aligns with your interest or expertise.

Key Details & Dates


4-hour workshops x 8 Industries

Challenge Workshop Invitations

September 2 – October 16 2019

Available Spots

40 seats per Industry

The Workforce Skills Gap Problem

We know that disruptive technologies have the potential to change the types of skills that employers want and need. During this workshop series industry participants can share what they are experiencing, as well as looking to the horizon for how to address the growing skills gap.

Unfilled Jobs Due to Skills Gap


in 2011


by 2025

What’s in it for you

Understand the opportunities and challenges within your industry

Connect with experts and strategic partners in both public and private sector


Be part of the Prepr Partner Network and get access to annual research and Futur{e}Challenge Report (for release in 2020)

Visibility to the most innovative solutions within your industry leveraging the three vertical technologies selected for this series (AI/ML, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities)

Access to talent and research behind the innovative solutions curated by Prepr

Early invite to the next think tank series in January 30/31 & Feb 6/7, 2020

Opportunity to sponsor an open challenge call to accelerate innovation and source talent

Who is invited to Attend:

Industry Associations

Your understanding of your members and their pressing objectives will be critical to be voiced in shaping the final challenge statement open to ensuring the right solutions are connected to the most relevant needs.

Future Focused Enterprises

Businesses that understand and appreciate the importance of human-centric,  diverse and inclusive, and sustainable solutions to future challenges are key to their success.

Start-ups & Scale-ups

The early stages of the life cycle of a startup are the most critical in ensuring assumptions are systematically validated using an experimenter mindset. Pilots and key accounts are acquired to show traction with a clear roadmap to sustainability taking into account people, planet, and profit.

Research-based Institutions

The first step in creating viable solutions is sound, and evidence-based research backed by individuals and teams that are passionate and solving problems and discovering new and improved ways to leverage technology to create growth and efficiency in business.

How to Get Involved

Our goal is to create meaningful exchanges between public and private sector organizations. Interested in being part of the conversation? Get involved by attending a challenge workshop or be part of the change by supporting the initiative as a sponsor.

Futur(e) Challenge Timeline

Phase 1

Challenge Workshop Invitations

September 2- October 14, 2019

Phase 2

Host multi-stakeholder Challenge Workshops

October 17-18 & October 24-25

Phase 3

Open Call for Concepts

November 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Phase 4

Set timeline for each Industry Challenge

Phase 5

Project Evaluation & Review

Phase 6

The shortlist of winners is released


Who is the competition open to?

Students who are in University or College whether in a diploma, undergraduate or graduate program, as well as recent graduates.

Startups who have been incorporated for less than 2-years.

Scale-ups who have been incorporated for more than 5-years.

How do you decide the winners?

Tier 1- Panels of top industry experts, leaders in each technology vertical, as well as evaluation from invited partners who are vested in piloting and implementing solutions to the challenges.

Tier 2- All challenge participants must vote.

What does the winner receive?

Recognition by Prepr and its network of partners as the winner of the national industry challenge in their respective technology vertical.

Networking with other like-minded problem solvers in your technology vertical and industry of focus.

Co-creation opportunities with the network of partners by invitation.

Access to ongoing support and resources to help with your solution creation and development process.

What happens to the winning idea?

Must be licensed under an open-source license or as otherwise indicated by each specific industry-technology vertical partner network. Each challenge will have a clear challenge agreement to ensure any changes to the open-source license requirement are identified clearly. Awarded funds will be allocated to the winning team to carry out the solution and required to continue to build out the project on the Prepr Network for visibility to Prepr Partner Network.

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