Panasonic Deep Tech Innovation Challenge 4 aims to identify high potential startups and SMEs to collaborate with Panasonic as technology adopters for its technologies. Panasonic is launching two challenges to search for partners that are able to adopt two of its technologies into their products: (i) "OZONE WATER" device for sanitization and decontamination, and (ii) Fast data transfer technology for autonomous vehicle and smart city applications.
Selected applicants may be given the opportunity to adopt Panasonic's technology and conduct joint POC with Panasonic.
Companies (startups/SMEs) in all sectors, such as food production and manufacturing, cleaning industry, autonomous vehicles and smart devices.
Open to discussing the possibility to adopt either technology from Panasonic.
What are the two Innovation Challenges?
"OZONE WATER" device for sanitization and decontamination
Ozone is a molecule consisting of three bound oxygen atoms which has an oxidizing power next to fluorine and is suitable for sanitizing and decontamination. It can be dissolved in water, which has high ozone molecular density and effectiveness. Ozonated water is easy and safe to handle and has low gas generation. Panasonic's proprietary technology uses a simple electrolysis method to make ozonated water directly from water, which allows for high dissolution efficiency and only requires low voltage. Its device is equipped with diamond electrodes that can generate ozone efficiently. Panasonic's "OZONE WATER" device has only a dimension of 153 x 22 x 32 mm and can be easily installed, incorporated into water supply facilities.
Problem Statement 1
How can we improve public health and facilities through sanitization?
In some parts of Asia, sanitation awareness is not sufficient when using public toilets, and dirty toilets are a problem. For example, Indonesia, which emphasizes international tourism, is concerned about the impact on tourism due to the large economic loss caused by inadequate sanitation facilities, and public health maintenance in tourist destinations is an issue. The realization of a hygienic environment will be an even more important issue not only in response to the growing global awareness of hygiene caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in terms of resuming tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ozonated water generation technology Panasonic has developed can produce ozonated water that is expected to have sanitizing effects without the use of any chemical agents. For example, using ozonated water automatically or manually on the toilet bowl surface and against toilet sinks, door handles, and utilizing it for cleaning, suppresses the generation of fungus-derived dirt. This system can be used to solve sanitation problems in public toilets. In addition, ozonated water will be converted to water after use, making it environmentally friendly to be disposed its waste in a safe manner.
Panasonic wishes to contribute to solving social issues with partners who are familiar with public health issues and can jointly develop units that incorporate devices and verify their effectiveness.
Problem Statement 2
How can we solve food spoilage through sanitization of raw food ingredients?
In parts of Asia, the food supply chain is not well developed, there is a lot of food loss from harvest to distribution and there is a lot of food loss. On the other hand, In Thailand, food safety and hygiene in the home are attracting attention due to the increasing awareness of health consciousness and cleanliness maintenance. Food hygiene maintenance is an issue for companies that sell meat and fish, vegetables and fruits and it will become an even more important issue as global awareness of hygiene increases due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, Panasonic aims to reduce food loss and provide safe and secure food for all by reducing the time and effort required to handle food ingredients to solve food sanitation issues in the distribution process. The ozonated water generation technology Panasonic has developed can produce ozonated water that is expected to have sanitizing effects without the use of any chemical agents. For example, a unit that produces ozonated water drips ozonated water over food surfaces to remove bacteria and pesticides. This reduces spoilage caused by bacteria, prolongs the freshness retention period, and contributes to reducing food loss. Furthermore, the use of sanitary collateral during food processing can be used to solve sanitation issues. In addition, ozonated water will be converted to water after use, making it environmentally friendly to be disposed its waste in a safe manner.
Panasonic wishes to contribute to solving social issues with partners who are familiar with food sanitation issues and can jointly develop units that incorporate devices and verify their effectiveness.
Problem Statement 3
How can we increase food production through sanitizing of food and agriculture products?
Singapore is pursuing its "30 by 30" initiative to increase its food self-sufficiency to 30% by the year 2030. In addition, food security has become an issue due to the stagnation of logistics due to COVID-19 and substantial investments are being made to achieve self-sufficiency. In Singapore, where land is limited, attention is focused on vegetable farms, which pose a challenge to more efficient cultivation by vertical farming.
Therefore, Panasonic aims to provide stable food supply at production sites and to provide safe, secure food for all by providing food care with less effort to solve production and supply issues. The ozonated water generation technology Panasonic has developed can produce ozonated water that is expected to have sanitizing effects without the use of any chemical agents. For example, by spraying ozonated water on vegetables, organic farming can be achieved, and by suppressing the growth of bacteria in the water of hydroponic cultivation, this can be used to improve production efficiency. In addition, ozonated water will be converted to water after use, making it environmentally friendly to be disposed its waste in a safe manner.
Panasonic want wishes to contribute to solving social issues with partners who are familiar with the issues of vegetable farming and can jointly develop units to incorporate devices and verify their effectiveness.
Fast data transfer technology for autonomous vehicle and smart city applications
Huge data collected in/by vehicles is increasingly being utilized. Hence, it is important to make high speed data transfer for vehicles convenient and affordable. Panasonic's propriety technology based on license-exempt, millimeter wave wireless LAN (mmWave WLAN) enables massive data collection from mobile entities (e.g. automotives) in cities.
The technology provides low-cost and high-speed wireless data transfer that is suitable for outdoor environments and makes it possible to collect large numbers of images of roads, waterways, etc. captured by the on-board camera of vehicles for detecting abnormalities by image analysis. It is also possible to consolidate data in a vehicle from external sources, such as an inspection robot with videos or images of public utility assets (e.g. sewage pipes), and transfer the data when back at base or at specific wireless hotspots.
Problem Statement 1
How can we enhance data utilization for smart cities applications?
As population density in urban areas increases, there is a need to create attractive cities where people can live comfortably. To meet this demand, smart city initiatives which utilize data are being implemented in various countries. These include initiatives for human flow detection and traffic congestion detection based on positional data from sensors and communication terminals, as well as crime prevention measures based on surveillance cameras. However, the utilization of data has been limited in existing solutions because the transfer of collected data typically relies on either cellular (e.g. 5G) communication, which uses licensed spectrum and could become expensive for high data usage, or wired communication, which is not suitable for mobile entities like automotives.
Panasonic desires to work with partners to utilize the communication and data transfer technology they have developed and further expand the scale of data utilization to create cities where people can live comfortably. Potential partners include equipment vendors (start-ups) who are developing onboard systems for vehicles or UAVs.
Problem Statement 2
How can we ensure smart maintenance of public infrastructures using technology?
In order to realize a sustainable society, it is natural to build and improve social public infrastructure such as roads, street lighting and sewage systems, and necessary to monitor and manage these social infrastructure safely, simply, and cost-effectively. This may be hindered by the lack of access to high-resolution, extensive and effective data for processing in existing smart systems.
Panasonic aims to work with partners to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society by supporting the maintenance of public infrastructure using their communication and data transfer technology. Potential partners include equipment vendors (start-ups) who are developing onboard systems for vehicles or UAVs and companies that provides infrastructure management systems that help efficient inspection and maintenance of public infrastructure.
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Cash Prizes for Top 2 winners
21 Sep 2022 - 5 Jan 2023
Submit your company profile, solution and pitch deck
Find out more about the challenge and technologies from the key management team by signing up for the webinar. The Panasonic team will be present to help interested applicants contextualise and offer clarifications if required
Selection and Confirmation of Finalists
6 Jan 2023
Top companies and researchers are chosen as finalists
9 - 19 Jan 2023
Finalists are mentored.
20 Jan 2023
Finalists will pitch to Panasonic's key management
Terms and Conditions
Before you apply, kindly read the terms and conditions here!
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
These are the terms and conditions of participation which govern the “Panasonic Deep Tech Innovation Challenge 4” (the “Challenge”). The Challenge requires participants (“Participants”) to develop business ideas utilizing Panasonic technologies. The Challenge is organised by Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd. (“Panasonic”) and Action Community for Entrepreneurship Ltd. (ACE) (collectively the “Organizers”).
The “Panasonic Deep Tech Innovation Challenge 4” consists of two stages – 1st stage and 2nd stage:
Participants will submit their ideas via the website (http://panasonic-dtic.com) for evaluation. Organizers will shortlist Participants for participation in the 2nd stage.
Such shortlisted Participants will further work on their solutions and Organizers will invite those Participants to make pitch presentation an event (Pitch Day).
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
By participating in the Challenge, Participants agree to the conditions stated below:
1. The Challenge is open to all except for current employees of Organizers who are involved in administering or organising the Challenge.
2. To participate in the Challenge, each Participant must have submitted their entry via the website (http://panasonic-dtic.com) before the close of the deadline. Each Participant is only allowed to submit one entry. Organizers reserves the right to extend the deadline of the submission at their discretion.
3. Organizers reserves the right to reject any incomplete or late submissions.
4. Each entry must be submitted by a Participant. Each Participant must select one of its members as a leader who will be the main contact point for Organizers and who is deemed to be authorised under Participant’s internal procedure to communicate with Organizers.
5. All ideas, models, plans, designs, drawings, photos, images, text etc. submitted must be original, are not in the public domain, and must not infringe or violate any law, right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal or intellectual property rights of any third party.
6. All Participants agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Organizers, their affiliates, partners or representatives associated with this Challenge, from any claim, loss or damages which any of them may suffer as a result of any Challenge related activities, violation of any law, any right of any person or entity, infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third parties or breach of any of the terms and conditions of the Challenge, by any of the Participants.
CHALLENGE ENTRY SUBMISSIONS
1. All submissions must meet the following general conditions:
1) Be complete. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and disqualified
2) The content and any supporting materials must be acceptable for all viewing audiences. Acceptable deliverables are as follows: PPT and for videos mp4 or Youtube links. Any entry or any supporting materials that contains text, sound or images that Organizers (in their sole discretion and for any reason) regard as vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate for public viewing or publication on the internet, or that presents Organizers in negative light, will be automatically disqualified and/or removed at their sole discretion.
3) Be in the form that can be sent to other parties. Organizers may pass on any submissions to any groups within Organizers and/or other third parties involved in the operation, evaluation or judging of the Challenge.
2. By submitting an entry in this Challenge, Participants confirm that:
1) Their entry meets all requirements stated;
2) Their entry is their original work;
3) Their ideas submitted to the Challenge has not been previously displayed, exhibited, demonstrated or submitted to any other competition;
4) Their ideas submitted to the Challenge will not be displayed, exhibited, demonstrated or submitted to any other competition during the Challenge.
3. Any Challenge entry that does not fulfil any of the above conditions will be disqualified.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
1. All intellectual property rights developed by the Participants during the Challenge belong to the respective Participants; provided that the Participants may not, during the Challenge, use such intellectual property rights for any purpose other than the purpose of the Challenge. In the event Participants develop intellectual property rights using technology and/or Confidential Information which is disclosed by Panasonic, Participants shall immediately notify Panasonic and discuss about the treatment of such intellectual property rights.
Organizers reserves the right to freely use, develop and modify any solutions or inventions from the Challenge, including any intellectual property that is premised on any ideas or concepts submitted from the Participants, for any of Organizers purposes, including but not limited to, developing business ideas utilizing Panasonic technologies.
2. Panasonic may request Participants who are selected as winners in the 2nd stage to enter into a separate agreement, including but not limited, stipulation of intellectual property rights.
SELECTION OF IDEAS FOR 2nd STAGE
1. Organizers will shortlist Participants to participate in the 2nd Stage. Such shortlisted Participants will further work on their solutions and Organizers will invite those Participants to present at the Pitch Day.
2. The decision of the designated panel of judges by Organizers (Panel of Judges) on the shortlisted Participants is final and conclusive. Participants not shortlisted for the 2nd Stage will not carry on with the Challenge.
PARTICIPATION IN 2nd STAGE
1. Participants selected for the 2nd stage will be required to comply with the following:
a. Have at least one team member attend:
i. One Briefing Session by 17 November of 2022
ii. Pitch Day around 9 December of 2022
b. Submit assignments to the Organizers and adhere to deliverables requested by the Organisers
c. Follow-up with mentors appointed by Organizers on a regular basis
2. Organizers reserves the rights to vary or change the dates mentioned and the Participants are required to comply with the changes. Should the Participants fail to comply with the above, Organizers reserves the right to disqualify them.
PARTICIPATION IN THE PITCHDAY AND PRIZES
1. Teams participating in the Pitch Day will present their ideas to the Panel of Judges which may include but are not limited to Organizers.
2. The Prizes are as described in the site of Challenge 4.
3. Organizers reserves the right to substitute or withdraw or to award one or more or not award any prizes at all for the Challenge. The decision of Organizers will be final.
1. All Participants who are members of the shortlisted team(s) agree and consent to the public disclosure and use of their identities, including but not limited to names, images, voice and video recordings for publicity purposes, and to participate in the publicity activities in relation to the Challenge globally.
2. Organizers will have the right to use, display, and broadcast, modify, summarise and communicate any entries for the Challenge, including any intellectual property rights therein, to the public and to any entity in any and all media and form, and for any purpose whatsoever globally.
1. Information disclosed by Organizers for and in relation to the Challenge (“Confidential Information”) is considered confidential and strictly for the purpose of this Challenge. All Participants shall not: (1) disclose any Confidential Information to any person who is not a registered participant in their team, or (2) store and/or keep any Confidential Information in whatever form after the Challenge, or (3) commercialise any Confidential Information, without the express written consent of the owner of the Confidential Information.
2. Panasonic may request that each Participant execute a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement for the purpose of entering into negotiations regarding the further development of the Participant’s project, as described in his/her Deliverable.
1. Organizers reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions of participation at any time at its absolute discretion without any further notice, including but not limited to the eligibility terms and criteria, the selection of winners, the timing of any act to be done and all Participants to this Challenge shall be bound by these amendments. The amended terms and conditions of participation will be made available on the Organizer’s Challenge microsite.
2. Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, the Participants shall solely bear all costs and expenses incurred in participating in the Challenge.
3. Organizers shall not be liable for any claim or action for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever arising from the Challenge and acceptance of any prize.
4. Organizers reserves the right at any time and in their absolute discretion to cancel or modify the Challenge without prior notice without any liability to the Participants.
5. Organizers will not be held responsible for (i) any damage, loss or injury suffered by any Participant as a result of taking part in the Challenge or (ii) for the safe custody, return, non-delivery or missing of entries, late, misdirected, problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, telephone lines or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participants’ or any other person’s computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Challenge.
6. Participants need to fully read, understand and accept the Terms & Conditions of Participation in the Panasonic Deep Tech Innovation Challenge 4 in order to participate in the Challenge. By clicking “I Agree” button on the submission page, Participants agree that they have fully read, understood and are bound by such terms and conditions.