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.
As part of the invite-only challenge workshops being held on October 17-18th and 24-25th, 2019, participants will have the opportunity to explore the impact of disruptive & 4IR technologies on management capabilities and skills within the 8 industries highlighted above.
4-hour workshops x 8 Industries
September 2 – October 16 2019
40 seats per Industry
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.
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.
Businesses that understand and appreciate the importance of human-centric, diverse and inclusive, and sustainable solutions to future challenges are key to their success.
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.
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.
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.
Challenge Workshop Invitations
September 2- October 14, 2019
Host multi-stakeholder Challenge Workshops
October 17-18 & October 24-25
Open Call for Concepts
November 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Set timeline for each Industry Challenge
Project Evaluation & Review
The shortlist of winners is released
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.
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.
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.
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.