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DHL challenges smart minds to develop innovative robotics and green freight solutions

DHL has opened two world-wide innovation challenges inviting inventors and visionaries to submit ideas in the areas of sustainable logistics and robotics.

The deadline for a written and video submissions explaining ideas for innovative logistics business models and self-driving delivery cart concepts by 28 September 2016.

 

Fair and Responsible Challenge - sustainable logistics

The “Fair and Responsible Challenge” is looking for concept designs for original ideas and practical solutions that address and solve environmental and social challenges with new and innovative logistics-based business models.

Concepts could facilitate the circular economy or using global transportation networks to provide fair trade and production. The idea can be anything from a new product, a service solution to a packaging concept, as long as it generates value for the society, environment and businesses.

The winning entrant will receive a prize of €5,000 and their winning idea will be exhibited at the DHL Innovation Center in Germany. In addition, winners will have the opportunity to discuss with logistics professionals how to make their idea into a potential proof of concept. 

 

 

Robotics Challenge - self-driving delivery carts

The second challenge is the “Robotics Challenge”, for developing a prototype of a self-driving delivery cart that can autonomously accompany staff during last mile delivery.

DHL claims its couriers have to deal with an ever-increasing number of parcels, that currently are manually pushed through the streets. The submitted prototypes need to be able to traverse typical urban and rural landscapes at walking-speed while at the same time carrying parcels.

The winning entrant will receive a prize of €10,000 and their winning idea will be exhibited at the DHL Innovation Center in Germany. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discuss with logistics professionals how to make their idea into a potential proof of concept. There will be additional prizes of €3,000 for the second and €2,000 for the third runner-up.

 

Deadline, entry rules and submissions

All entries must be submitted by 28th September 2016 at 5 pm GMT.

For more information please visit: DHL Innovation Challenge

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