5G Challenge for start-ups: podium places


During the recent VivaTech show, Orange hosted the 5G Challenge awards. The objective was to offer European start-ups the opportunity to enhance their products and services by being among the first to trial the Orange 5G network.

Through the 5G Challenge, Orange targeted start-ups developing solutions in the fields of health and wellness, industry, automotive and transport, entertainment and connected devices. A sixth “free theme” category enabled entrepreneurs to try out completely new concepts. 

Out of a total of 280 start-ups who applied, three winners were announced on Friday 17 May 2019, on the Orange booth at Viva Technology, presided by Arnaud Vamparys (Senior VP Radio Networks and 5G champion).  

"It is very motivating to discover so many 5G projects, which will really change our society and transform it in real time. We now want to release this technology as quickly as possible."
Arnaud Vamparys
Senior VP Radio Networks and 5G Champion, Orange

What they win:

  • Support from a team of 5G experts.
  • Access to Orange’s resources including adapted terminals at Orange Gardens 5G Lab in Châtillon near Paris.
  • Opportunity to test their solutions on the future mobile network in pilot cities throughout France.

Presenting the winners:

The start-up offers a geolocation and communication solution for manufacturing sites to improve worker safety and operational performance. The solution is based on connected equipment and wearables including vests, armbands and signage.

The start-up designs and manufactures autonomous droids that can move around enclosed sites such as industrial factories and is developing a commercial parcel delivery robot for goods and e-commerce in smart cities.

3rd prize: Tikaway

The company offers a video conferencing solution through connected camera glasses that can be used for assistance and maintenance in the industrial sector.