Innovating to create positive change

We’ve partnered with Red Bull Basement as the Official Technology Services Partner, to empower student innovators in all areas of study to kickstart their ideas using technology to drive positive change. Teams from 43 countries engaged with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world as they brought their technology-based ideas to life.

Innovation is part of our DNA and central to our purpose of enabling the connected future, that's why NTT Group invests USD 3.6 billion in innovation each year. This partnership also supports our commitment to driving action and awareness for the Global Goals aligned to our Sustainability Ambition

Using technology that make a meaningful impact 

Innovative ideas that change the status quo

2021 winner: Jotted! 

Arizona State University students, Brinlee Kidd and Sylvia Lopez took top honors at the Red Bull Basement Global Final with their idea for an automated study tool aimed at empowering students to overcome academic challenges.

Meet our 2021 NTT Wildcard team: E-Trash

E-Trash is an innovative technology solution focused on recognizing and sorting waste material more effectively using a capacitive, inductive and humidity sensor to automatically divide trash into the relevant recycling compartment. 

We look forward to working together and supporting E-Trash’s idea to enable the connected world.

Learn more about other great student ideas on Red Bull Basement's website 

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Having experts on hand can make all the difference

We worked with Red Bull Basement to connect student innovators to mentors and other participants across the globe.

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Kayo Ito, a mentor in this year's program, shares her insight into the world of mentoring young innovators.

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How we're involved

As the Official Technology Services Partner of Red Bull Basement’s fourth program, we enabled participants to co-innovate by providing hybrid event services, mentorship, and insights into the world of data-driven technology. Cloud Communications Division provided a virtual platform for live and hybrid events, while NTT Disruption enhanced the Global Final by transporting students into a 3D space using VR technology, helping attendees realize their ideas in a virtual world.

Application phase (1 Sep - 24 Oct)》 we'll co-create hybrid/online/live launchpad events.
》 we provided a best practice guide on event engagement
Selection phase (26 Oct - 2 Nov) 》 our employees will select a wildcard team and take them to the Global Workshop
Development phase (2 Nov - 13 Dec) 》we'll host mentoring sessions with our own experts (10 global mentors)
》we'll host co-creating workshops
Global Final (early 2022) 》 we'll serve as a panelist
》 we will create an innovating hybrid workshop for the students, working with NTT Disruption

Meet our 11 Global NTT mentors

Our team of global mentors supported the finalists through mentoring and co-creation workshops on their Red Bull Basement journey to make a positive impact on the world.

Global mentors

Andra Ehlert

Vice President, Learning & Development

Augusto Panachao

Vice President, Solutions and Technology

Christine Barr

CEO of the Business Process Outsourcing Servicing Division (BPO) of NTT Ltd.

Eri Suzuki

Vice President, Strategic Planning

Kayo Ito

Vice President, Strategy & Design

Lauren Richardson

Chief of Staff and Programme Management

Rika Nakazawa

Vice President, 5G/IoT Consulting Services

Setumo Mohapi

Chief Go To Market Officer

Shahid Ahmed

Executive Vice President: New Ventures and Innovation

Tim Wade

Vice President, Advanced Technology Group, Sport

Vanessa Addo-Antoine

Chief of Finance

Why choose NTT?

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Global Goals – Business Avenger 

We’re the Business Avenger for Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

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Global scale and expertise 

Breadth and depth of innovation capabilities and experiential showcases.

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NTT Group is a Top 100 Global Innovator 

100 prestigious industry awards for our commitment to innovation.

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USD 3.6 bn annual R&D investment 

2,500+ research engineers, 16,000 patents and inventions such as mobile phone technology.

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