The future of smart cities unlocked

MindSphere Future World Series
1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022

Our goal: To bring together inventive minds who care.

People from 21 countries across the world joined our open-innovation challenges to build a smarter and more sustainable future with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT).

We believe, every one of us can make a difference.
Inspired by the creativity that turned Expo 2020 Dubai into a blueprint for urban life, we launched the MindSphere Future World Series.

Our goal: To bring together inventive minds who care.
People from 21 countries across the world joined our open-innovation challenges to build a smarter and more sustainable future with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT).

21

nationalities

330

innovative ideas

99

mentor sessions

7

hackathons

5

topic areas

32

hackathon finalists

15

days of coding on-site

7

challenges

50

days of bootcamp

Making an impact where it counts most

To maximize the potential impact of ideas explored as part of the MindSphere Future World Series, we dedicated each hackathon to one of the five key challenges of urban sustainability – buildings, energy, mobility, industry, and water. In just six months, participating teams came up with a staggering 300+ ideas on how to leverage the power of IoT for a better future. With their shared passion and ingenuity, these people from culturally diverse backgrounds turned the MindSphere Future World Series into a truly global innovation incubator for green smart-city solutions.

Buildings

The human habitat

Energy

Power for everything

Mobility

Everything on the move

Industry

Goods for the world 

Water

The key to life on earth

Mindful, empowering, pro-environmental: #WEimpACT

Half of the world’s population lives in cities. These urban spaces are gobbling up about 80% of the energy consumed worldwide generating 75% of all carbon emissions. Soon, two out of three people will live cities. While IIoT solutions are vital to cutting the carbon and energy footprint, it will take all of us working together to ensure emerging mega-cities are healthy and sustainable. To empower, encourage, and raise awareness the MindSphere Future World Series took the conversation beyond Expo grounds with #WEimpACT talks, panels, and online and offline activities.

Raising awareness with a Desert Clean-up

In March, #WEimpACT volunteers joined hands in the desert near Dubai to help free one of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems from plastic waste.
This Desert Clean-up was one of several MindSphere Future World Series outreach initiatives aimed to raise awareness for environmental issues and nurture a sense of personal responsibility. For details, read the press release.

The app that inspired us


The MindSphere Smart City App and its IoT framework brought together a multitude of individual applications to help make Expo 2020 Dubai the most sustainable Expo in the history of World Expos.
This modular and open approach to enabling a smart city was one of the inspirations behind the MindSphere Future World Series hackathons. 
Read the story!

Empowering people with coding classes

The future is digital. And its language is code. To enable more people to help shape our digital future with their own applications, we offered intro classes for people new to either Mendix or low code. We started with exercises and talked about low-code possibilities using real-world examples to get people started on their low-code journey.
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The Grand Finale of the MindSphere Future World Series

6 months - 7 solutions - 5 topics - 1 goal:  A better and more sustainable future

Watch all winning teams come together at Expo 2020 Dubai to present their IoT solutions.

Additionally, the startups and Siemens representatives are discussing the most pressing environmentally challenging topics in the form of a speed panel: Buildings, Energy, Mobility, Industry & Water.

Explore the value of MindSphere!

Whether you get value from your data through our IoT apps and solutions or develop your own, learn how to use MindSphere step by step.

We love conversations!

You are curious about ideas developed for the MindSphere Future World Series or the hackathon teams that built the solutions? We’d love to hear from you!