With autonomous vehicles, air-taxis and even flying cars predicted within five years, the future of urban exploration is no longer science fiction, it’s much closer than you think. That’s why the global insurance giant Allianz has issued a challenge, it wants to know how you hack your commute. In 60 seconds or under you need to showcase how you’re adopting new technology into your daily commute in a video. Selected entries will win €1,000. Successful entries will get an additional €1,000 for every 100,000 views up to €5,000 in prize money. Videos will need to be entered by December 31st for consideration.
The Hack Your Commute challenge is just one part of Allianz’s new Global Explorer Program which was launch at an event in Hong Kong. The program is a series of global and local partnerships, digital and physical activations and crowd-generated content platforms that calls out to curious minds around the globe to explore, connect and share how disruptive technologies can drive a more sustainable way of life for humans.
“As one of the world’s largest global insurer, it’s our job to serve and protect risk takers. To do this, we need to understand risk, we need to explore every aspect of it,” said Jean-Marc Pailhol, Head of Group Market Management and Distribution at Allianz SE. “The Allianz Global Explorer Program is a manifestation of our curiosity and helps us to develop the right expertise. We want to accompany courageous and curious people and encourage them to live a full life,” he said.
Starting with the first 2017/18 series Formula E Championship race in Hong Kong on December 2nd, Allianz partnered with WIRED magazine to stage the first Explorer Hub micro-conference. A group of prolific innovators, researchers, business leaders, soul searchers and curious minds gathered to discuss the combined impact of different disruptive technologies that will drive sustainable change on urban spaces.
By zooming in on their personal surroundings and life in the global metropolis Hong Kong, the panel gave their vision of the future in densely populated cities.
“I'm a nomad...I feel that I don’t really belong anywhere so mobility is part of my identity”, says Cesar Harada, Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur and Director of MakerBay a Hong Kong based company that focuses on using innovation for social and environmental impact.
The Global Explorer program focusses on the impact of disruptive technologies on human life and kicks off in Hong Kong, in synch with the first race of the Formula E Championship. It is a series of global and local partnerships, digital and physical activations and crowd-generated content platforms that calls out to curious minds around the globe to explore, connect and share how disruptive technologies can drive a more sustainable way of life for humans.