AkzoNobel wants your help to paint the future

AMSTERDAM _ AkzoNobel, the Dutch multinational paints and performance coatings maker, tracks its history back to the 18th century. Yet, it says, there is still much to learn. Can you can help it develop ever more high-performance products and services?

AkzoNobel has launched a ‘Paint The Future’ innovation challenge that will use new technologies to accelerate innovation in paints and coatings. AkzoNobel Chief Technology Officer Klaas Kruithof says he is reaching out to “visionaries and entrepreneurs. We are actively looking to collaborate with forward-thinking partners and take our innovation in all areas to another dimension.”

AkzoNobel has produced paints and coatings that can withstand extreme heat and reduce drag and fuel consumption. It now seeks out “the newest, coolest, smartest and most revolutionary developments” and asks interested outsiders “to turn exciting potential into brilliant reality.”

The annual Paint-The-Future challenge is open to early stage tech companies and institutes anywhere. Winners get a chance to work with AkzoNobel on 5 areas: predictable performance (collecting data innovatively), smart applications (improve the way customers apply AkzoNobel products), circular solutions (use of materials), enhanced functionality (cleaner, more responsive or adaptive coatings) and life science infusion (how can bio-active technology improve performance).

The online challenge platform _ www.letspaintthefuture.com _ will accept entries from January 8, 2019.