The HAX family is growing again! This time we’re rolling out HAX Futures, a new testbed for innovation for specific themes in partnership with leading corporate partners. And I’m especially excited to announce that our first HAX Futures program, URBAN-X, is a joint venture with BMW/MINI.
URBAN-X’s mission is to support entrepreneurs focused on intelligent cities, urban hyper-growth and society-scale challenges. Together we’ll work to improve urban life, and address the challenges of increasingly dense cities, such as:
- Technologies that improve public space, urban safety, and urban quality of life;
- Solutions for improved civic infrastructure, commerce, and access to resources such as utilities and food;
- Technologies that empower the sharing economy and facilitate better communication between neighbors, government, and business;
- Innovative ways to reduce congestion and improve people’s experience getting from A to B.
MINI, famous for their iconic design and clever engineering solutions, has long been interested in concepts that make city life more efficient and (most of all) enjoyable. This partnership means that our URBAN-X accelerator companies will have unprecedented access to resident MINI designers, engineers, and other experts. Together we’ll make prototyping, launching, and distributing technology throughout cities easier than it’s ever been before. We like to think of it as a platform, or operating system, that we’re building for the city of the future.