UPDATE T-Mobile and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, yesterday announced the creation of the 5G Connected Future incubator program. The collaboration is designed to support the growth and development of entrepreneurs and startups as they work to build the next big thing in 5G and smart city design. The carrier issued a video extolling the partnership.
Located in the city of Peachtree Corners, GA the 500-acre smart city technology park, is described as a “living lab” where more than 8,000 people live or work. The facility features a 25,000-square-foot Innovation Center and 3-mile autonomous vehicle test track.
“America’s leading 5G network, the brilliant minds of Georgia Tech and the most advanced living lab in the country – now that’s a powerhouse combination,” said John Saw, EVP of Advanced & Emerging Technologies at T-Mobile. “We cannot wait to see the innovation that occurs as entrepreneurs and developers build the next big thing in 5G backed by these world-class resources.”
Managed in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the center will work directly with technology and business leaders as they build, test, and bring to market new products and services.
“In addition to the normal startup concerns, entrepreneurs in the 5G space face a unique set of challenges such as regulatory issues at the state and local levels, network security, and integration testing,” said ATDC Director John Avery. “This collaboration is a great opportunity for ATDC and Georgia Tech, the city of Peachtree Corners and Curiosity Lab, and T-Mobile, a Fortune 50 company, to create a unique collection to work with these companies, refine their ideas into scalable companies, and bring these solutions to market more quickly,” Avery said.
Such a partnership underscores “Georgia Tech’s commitment to enabling tomorrow’s technology leaders, which remains as strong as when ATDC was founded 41 years ago,” said Chaouki T. Abdallah, Georgia Tech’s executive vice president for research. “Innovation cannot take place in a vacuum, which is why entrepreneurs and startups require the knowledge and resources provided through partnerships such as ours.”