Innovating to create positive change

We’re partnering 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 45 countries will engage with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world as they bring 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 awareness and action for the Global Goals as a Business Avenger for Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Using technology that make a meaningful impact 

How we're involved

As the Official Technology Services Partner of Red Bull Basement’s fourth program, we enable participants to co-innovate by providing hybrid event services, mentorship, and insights into the world of data-driven technology. Our Cloud Communications Division are providing a virtual platform for live and hybrid events. And NTT Disruption will enhance the Global Final by transporting students into a 3D space using VR/AR technologies so attendees can collaborate, brainstorm, and realize 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 (13 - 15 Dec) 》 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 support 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

Innovative ideas that change the status quo


2020 winner: Lava Aqua X


A portable washing machine that uses filtered shower water to wash clothes. The product uses a third of the water a regular washing machine uses and is faster. If every student in London were to use the Aqua X, we could save enough water to fill 700 Olympic-sized swimming pools a year.

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. 

Hear from our experts on using technology and innovation to change the world

We spoke to Lava Aqua X

We spoke with last year's winning idea who shared their advice for this year's applicants. 

This technology innovator wants to help you find a new gear

Peter Gray is one of the leading innovators in our Tour de France technology team. Read his top 10 tips for young innovators.

Young innovators are our future

Albi van Zyl talks about how we're helping take innovators to the next level.

How a robot could regenerate ocean ecosystems

Adam Skovron talks about our 2020 Wildcard team ROBOCEAN and how they plan to restore our oceans seagrass.

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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