2017 DHL Innovation Challenge launched

International delivery company DHL is today launching its annual ‘Innovation Challenge’. This year, DHL is looking for students, inventors and startups to produce a prototype of a mobile picking robot. Alternatively they must develop a solution to a logistics problem using a ‘sharing economy’ platform, concept or business model.

Those interested in rising to the challenge must submit a written document as well as video that explains their idea through the Innovation Challenge website at www.dhlinnovationchallenge.com

The judges will be senior DHL executives. They will review the entries, selecting three finalists for each challenge. Those nominees will then present their solutions to 180 supply chain professionals and trend experts at DHL’s Innovation Day on the 16th November this year.

The winning individual or team will be selected in a live voting process. The two top scorers in the judging will receive prize money, as well as having their concepts displayed at the two DHL Innovation Centres in Germany and Singapore. They will also have the opportunity to develop proof-of-concepts with DHL.

DHL’s challenge this year is focusing on two areas of research where some of the best brains in the world are looking right now. Amazon is known to be developing a picking robot, and (ex-Google’s) General Dynamics has been developing extremely advanced robots that are capable of doing many things manual workers do. This Innovation Challenge is a chance for young minds to challenge the best in the world through a major multinational.  
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