Rui Costa is the Managing Director of Veniam in the USA, and Founder of IEEE Academic. With an MSc in Communication Networks Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico with Vehicular Network Applications and Services for Safety and Comfort as a research field, Rui joined Veniam in 2013 as a Systems Engineer and later specialized in developing and driving the cloud component of the Veniam platform. Rui later headed the company product effort, helping the Veniam scale its technology and vision towards the mission of delivering the Internet of Moving Things. In parallel, Rui is also focussed in contributing actively to improve access to educational multimedia contents, as Founder and Coordinator of IEEE Academic, an international project for the creation and dissemination of educational multimedia content, for free, all over the world, since 2012. Rui is a co-founder of Kairos Society Portugal and the Startup Scholarship, an active IEEE volunteer and often giving talks about cloud scalability, vehicular networks, future of mobility, and online education impact.
Veniam is building the Internet of Moving Things. Veniam turns vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots and builds vehicular networks that expand wireless coverage and collect terabytes of actionable data. Veniam’s game-changing solutions are composed by hardware, software and cloud components that deliver managed services to intelligent transportation systems in New York and Singapore, as well as in the world’s largest network of connected vehicles, which includes taxis, waste collection trucks and the entire public bus fleet in Porto, Portugal, offering free Wi-Fi to more than 480,000 active customers. With offices in Silicon Valley, Porto (Portugal), New York, and Singapore, Veniam is backed both by leading venture capital firms such as True Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Cane Investments, and by the corporate investment arms of Verizon, Cisco, Orange, Yamaha Motors and Liberty Global.