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21 November 2023 - 22 November 2023
Vienna, Austria
Gigabit Academy '23 - GigaLab
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Open until 7 November 2023

Welcome to the Gigabit Academy

We bring together everyone interested in developing gigabit and 5G use cases.

The Gigabit Academy started in 2022 and is a service offered by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency that provides exclusive insights into the world of gigabit and 5G applications. It defines itself as a platform for knowhow transfer and networking that brings together companies, organizations, scientific institutions and interested individuals to EXPLORE - CONNECT - COOPERATE - INNOVATE in different gigabit projects.

Join us @ GigaLab

The idea lab where participants come together to develop solutions for gigabit & 5G applications

Join us on November 21st and 22nd at the GigaLab, the main event of the Gigabit Academy '23!

The GigaLab is designed as an idea lab that brings people together to form teams that develop solutions for digital challenges. The focus is on challenges that may be solved with applications based on a gigabit-capable infrastructure and connectivity. Participants of the GigaLab will therefore explore different ways of developing ideas inspired by our motto: "Driving digital innovation through gigabit connectivity

Are you up for a challenge?

Submit and host your very own challenge at the GigaLab and become a GigaLab Challenge Host

  • Participate as a GigaLab Challenge Host if you are facing a digital challenge at your organisation and you think that maybe an application based on gigabit infrastructure is the key
  • Describe your problem or challenge using the template and send it to gigabitacademy@ffg.at
  • Form a cooperation with us and support a team of GigaLab Explorers on the way to find a solution for your challenge

Join a challenge and participate as a GigaLab Explorer!

  • If you do not want to host a challenge, you can participate as a GigaLab Explorer 
  • Choose the digital challenge you want to work on and join a team
  • Help the GigaLab Challenge Host by creating ideas and solutions for their digital challenge
  • Pitch your idea together with your team at the "Future Forward" event on November 22 and win the GigaLab Award!


All challenges will be presented on this website soon! Stay tuned!


Why shoud you participate?

  • Learn and experience how to develop & create ideas for gigabit challenges and get support by experts and mentors from our partner AustrianStartups
  • Connect with national and international startups & companies
  • Pitch your idea and win the GigaLab Award with up to € 5000!
  • Get all information & help you need to further develop your idea 
  • Find out which funding programs are available to support your innovation
  • Enjoy free participation and networking with food & drinks!

Important Dates:

Oct.02Submit a digital challenge and become a GigaLab Challenge Host!
Oct.18Join the online info & onboarding event and get all information about every GigaLab Challenge in detail
Choose and join the challenge you want to work on and become a GigaLab Explorer
Nov.21First day of the GigaLab - start working on your ideas
  • Second day of the GigaLab - finish your ideas and prepare a pitch
  • Future Forward Event - pitches of the GigaLab Teams in the afternoon
Participate in the (optional) online prototyping workshop to work further on your idea

We love to cooperate!

That is why we joined forces with AustrianStartups for organizing the GigaLab!

Furthermore, we cooperate with weXelerate at the event "Future Forward - Navigating the Unknown“ as well as the Global Incubator Network (GIN) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). 

Future Forward - Navigating the Unknown: How startups and corporates shape tomorrow

The event is organized by weXelerate in cooperation with Global Incubator Network (GIN), Embassy of Israel, Austrian Economic Chambers, Vienna Business Agency, FFG and others. It takes place on November 22, 2023 at weXelerate in Vienna, Austria.

    What does this mean for all the GigaLab participants?
    • GigaLab Explorers as well as Challenge Hosts have free access to the future forward event.
    • Idea pitching, jury & award ceremony of the GigaLab teams on a big stage
    • International networking and matchmaking opportunities
    • Get detailed information about national and international funding possibilities for your projects and learn everything about the 2nd round of the Broadband Austria 2030: GigaApp grant!