Where the Future Launches, First.

The Beta District is where innovators from around the world deploy, test, and evolve pioneering technology in real-world
settings. Here, anything is possible.


The Real World, Optimized.

The Beta District is an open, real-world playground for disruptors, pioneers, and data-driven researchers.

Here, living cities are the test lab. Companies work collaboratively with research universities, STEM programs, and multiple government entities. Red tape and roadblocks are replaced with partnership, green lights, and possibility.

The Beta District covers an expansive region in Columbus, Ohio—widely recognized as one of the preeminent and most desirable cities for technology leaders and workers.

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World’s Leading Minds

A Plug and Play
Living Platform.

The Beta District is a place where you can collect real usage data versus hypothetical analysis.

Our region is uniquely outfitted with connected technologies. We call it our platform. Within our region, innovators can plug in and safely test a variety of technologies in the real world. We call these living labs – real environments where deployment data can be generated within multiple scenarios, settings, and possibilities.

Whether you are pioneering platooning tech, drone delivery, or healthcare data integration—there is a living lab within The Beta District for you.

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featured living lab

33 Smart
Mobility Corridor

A 35-mile stretch of fiber-connected and roadside hardware-enabled public highway recognized globally as a proving ground for automotive innovation.

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“As partners with The Beta District, we’re taking a region-wide approach to ensure we’re at the forefront of making mobility safe and accessible for all.”

Andrew J. Ginther

Mayor of the City of Columbus

“At the Ohio Department of Transportation, safety is our first priority. The technology solutions that have and will be tested on the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor will save lives. As we develop the transportation system of the 21st century, Ohio will be present in a smart mobility future that will support the companies and jobs to help Ohioans succeed in an ever changing economy. The Beta District is an important partner as we work to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.”

Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.

Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation

“In the State of Ohio we have developed the finest smart mobility testing ecosystem in the United States. The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is the longest connected highway in the world, and the design, test, deploy ethos embodied by the project partners supports companies coming to Ohio to test and staying in The Beta District to grow.”

Howard Wood

Executive Director of DriveOhio

“The infrastructure investment in The Beta District is one more way the Columbus Region is enabling innovators to design, test and deploy the technologies of tomorrow.”

Kenny McDonald

President and CEO, One Columbus

"The Beta District is a cornerstone of our smart region. Together, we are breaking down silos and building up partnerships to advance what is new and next for our region’s prosperity.”

Jordan Davis

Executive Director of Smart Columbus


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