‘What kind of new opportunities will open up when a superfast 4G network is available throughout the whole country?’ That was the challenge that KPN (telecom provider) threw down during 4G Connect, an open innovation program formatted and produced by MakerLab.
This unique question and the combination of innovation partners – KPN as provider the technical infrastructure and Sanoma as the producer and distributor of content – attracted a wide variety of skilled participants and triggered numerous useful ideas. The final Boot Camp delivered several validation experiments and 5 prototypes that will be further developed and brought to market:
LivePro – Sharing the thrill of the moment through a HD camera and video connection;
Lovid – Leaving personal experiences as footprints on a map;
Pick-a-Brain – Connects consumers to experts through a video connection to help them make purchases;
Sensofire – Gathering and displaying all critical, life-saving information for firemen by using smart sensors and bodycams;
TV Gezelschapp – Communicating with people about television programs using video connection or chat.