Announcing…international finalists!

Right, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The announcement of track finalists for the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, who will go on to compete in one of ten industrial categories for €15,000, and ultimately, the €100,000 grand prize.

All of this is going to go down at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris on October 13–14 at the CENTQUATRE. In the meantime, you’ll get to find out who the finalists are and what they do.

Ready? Here goes.

Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 list of finalists by track

Aeronautics

Sponsored by Safran

  • Helicity Technologies (USA): low-cost, non-toxic anti-icing coatings for airplanes
  • Innovative Mechatronic (Netherlands): the new standard in speed reducer technology
  • Iris Automation (Canada): situational awareness tech for drone reliability beyond line of sight
  • Lilium Jet (Germany): 100% electric vertical take-off and landing plane
  • Norimat (France): new generation of high performance material for aircraft engines
  • Sound Bounce (Ireland): tunable acoustic material for noise cancellation
  • Safety Line (France): big-data management solutions for aviation

Air Quality

Sponsored by Air Liquide

  • Air Visual (China): forecasting air quality for more than 5,000 cities worldwide
  • Arborea (UK): artificial photosynthesizing devices
  • Citytree (Germany): cleaning and monitoring urban air with moss
  • Dense Fluid Degreasing: safe and eco-friendly alternative for degreasing mechanical parts
  • Sensichips (Italy): smart micro-sensors to detect chemicals, radiation and photonics
  • Terraoak (Ghana): innovative cook stove that converts heat energy to electricity
  • White Lab (UK): connected tracker for airborne allergens

Beauty & Wellbeing

Sponsored by L’Oreal

  • Blitab Technology (Austria): tactile tablet for the blind
  • Camses (UK): first hydrogen-peroxide-free technology for teeth whitening
  • Embr Labs (USA) : comfort through local body heating or cooling
  • Emerge (USA): ultrasounds simulating the sense of touch
  • Escent (UK): wearables delivering bio-synced fragrances
  • Kameleon (Spain): patch monitoring biochemical parameters while performing daily routines

Data & AI

Sponsored by La French Tech

  • Instantaneous Wireless(USA) : quantum advances in wireless applications through instant clocking
  • Koniku (USA): cognitive ‘AI’ chips using real biological neurons
  • LightOn (France) : new generation of optical computers in AI and data-science
  • Morphing Machines (India): novel reconfigurable massively parallel processor SoC platform
  • UPMEM (France): novel processors for 20x speedup in big data applications
  • Velmenni (Estonia): high speed wireless data through visible light

Energy

Sponsored by Butagaz

  • Beebryte (France): minimizing electricity costs by storing energy based on price variations
  • Caventou (UK): indoor electricity-producing furniture
  • H2Go Power (UK): energy storage via hydrogen in smart nanomaterials
  • Hysilabs (France): hydrogen liquid fuel for off-grid power generators
  • Oorja (India): biomass gasification & solar PV for affordable electricity in developing countries
  • SiILion (USA): disruptive clean Li-ion batteries
  • Smart Home Technology (Switzerland): reducing appliances standby power to zero
  • Teraloop (Finland): first TeraWatt kinetic batteries

Food & Agriculture

Sponsored by Carrefour

  • Entomics Biosystems (UK): transforming food waste into 3 sustainable ‘fuels’
  • Fresh Check (UK): smart food expiry labeling that evolves with the food
  • Grobo (Canada): using advanced plant science for precision home growing
  • Kepley Biosystems (USA): only existing synthetic & renewable crustacean bait
  • Pycno (Spain): all-in-one sensors targeted for agriculture
  • Safetynet Technologies (UK): underwater lighting systems to catch only the right fish
  • SwissDeCode (Switzerland): portable & rapid DNA test for food authentication & quality-testing

Healthcare

Sponsored by Roche

  • Ananda Devices(Canada) : organ-on-a-chip technology to shorten drug development cycles
  • Awake Labs (Canada): wearable device to help patients with autism
  • Clip Diagnostics (USA): clotting and bleeding risk testing at point-of-care
  • Kinnos: highly efficient infectious disease decontamination
  • NERv Technology (Canada): biosensors that operate from within the body for surgery monitoring
  • NovaGray (France): detecting the risk associated with radiotherapy
  • Palisade Therapeutics (USA): innovative treatments for neurological disease
  • Platelet Biogenesis (USA): producing functional platelets from human stem cells

Industry 4.0

Sponsored by Airbus

  • Graphene Production (France): low-cost synthesis of graphene for industrial production
  • Haelixa (Switzerland): DNA-based tracing platform for industrial monitoring
  • Microw (Germany): high-precision components for prototyping and small series
  • RE:3D (USA): enabling pellet 3D printing from reclaimed plastic
  • Tangi0 (UK): flexible touch-sensitive material to replace electronic sensors
  • Tridom (Israel): disruptive robots that build buildings
  • Woodoo (France): molecularly-enhanced translucent wood

Transportation & Mobility

Sponsored by Michelin and Groupe ADP

  • Canard (Netherlands): ultra-fast monitoring of aeronautical navigation aids in airports
  • Fly-bag (Italy) : anti-blast envelopes for civil aircraft cargo
  • Hyliion (USA): plug-in trailer hybridation
  • Kitty Hawk (USA): electric self-piloting flying car
  • NavAlt (India): next-generation solar ferry boats
  • Sysnav (France): motion-based approach for localization without GPS

Water & Waste

Sponsored by Sycomore Asset Management

  • change:WATER Labs (USA): wastewater management in non-sewer communities
  • CustoMem (UK) : nanocellulose composite membranes for wastewater treatment
  • Desolenator (UK): filter-free solar device to purify water
  • Eco Straw Pulping (UK): closed-loop, low-carbon process to produce paper pulp from straw
  • Nutrient Recovery & Upcycling (USA): nutrient recovery from wastewater
  • TreaTech (Switzerland): from sewage sludge to fresh water, biogas, and natural fertilizers
  • CocoPallet (Netherlands): wood alternative from coconut waste

There you have it. The finalists who will fly to Paris on October 13–14 for the grand finale of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge. The competition will take place during the two-day conference, Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, an immersive, near-future experience where leaders and entrepreneurs gather to transform the way eat, work, travel, cure, manufacture and communicate.

Curious about who’s speaking at the Global Summit? Check it out here 👉 summit.hello-tomorrow.org/program

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