Tomorrow Mobility World Congress 2022 moved 40,000 people onsite and online!

Tomorrow Mobility shines light on the new driving forces for more liveable and sustainable cities. Over 80 speakers, 20,100 attendants onsite and 21,000 online from 134 countries gathered together last week in Barcelona (and online) to discuss about the latest trends in urban mobility.

Over 80 speakers such as Kelly Larson, director of the Road Safety Programme at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Karen Vancluysen, secretary general of POLIS; Marco te Brömmelstroet, professor of Future of Urban Mobility at the University of Amsterdam; Mikael Colville-Andersen, Urban Design Expert and Thomas Geier, head of research and policy at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, participated in the more than 20 congress and innovation zone sessions of Tomorrow.Mobility.

Start-ups from our portfolio, innovation projects developed in close collaboration with our partners and cities gathered together to fine tune in looking the best solutions for urban mobility. Our booth also attracted a lot of visitors eager to learn more about urban mobility and the solutions we are bringing to the market. City leaders also gathered together in a side event to share best practices and create synergies to make cities more liveable all across Europe and beyond

At this year’s edition, two studies produced by EIT Urban Mobility were unveiled. The first of the two focuses on the 15-minute city approach, an urban planning trend that aims at reorganising neighbourhoods in such a way that all citizens have every basic service accessible within 15 minutes at the most. The second study analyses the development of urban air mobility, a disruptive air transport system for both passengers and last-mile logistics in urban environments. You can check the two studies below.

Thought Leadership Study on Urban Air Mobility (click in the image to learn more about the report)
Thought Leadership Study on 15 Minute city (click in the image to learn more about the report).

Our partners also gathered together at the conference, and we had the opportunity to interview some of them live during these 3 intense days. If you want to watch the interviews, have a look at our LinkedIn by clicking in the link below.

Visit our LinkedIn account to watch the interviews livestreamed during the TMWC22 in Fira de Barcelona.

In addition to the conference sessions, for those not able to attend the event onsite, TMWC22 also offered a 6-hour live programme that everyone all over the world could follow online (live from 10 am to 4 pm, and broadcasted from 4 pm to 10 pm) no matter the part of the world they are in. The recordings of the sessions and the live programme will be available soon here.

Did you miss the conference both onsite and online? Have a look at our gallery click in the image below!

Request for Proposals: Recruiter Agency

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L.U hereby being referred to as “EIT UM” or the “Company” is aiming to identify a recruiting agency that will support EIT Urban Mobility in the recruitment process for profiles that are difficult to find in the Netherlands market.

All information, including the detailed scope of work, deliverables, and terms & conditions can be found in the Request for Proposals.

Deadline for submissions: 11/11/2022 16:00hs (CET)

EIT Urban Mobility is now a proud member of the new European Commission Expert Group on urban mobility

Following an open call for members announced last year in the new EU urban mobility framework, EIT Urban Mobility is pleased to announce its membership in the European Commission’s Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM).  

What is the Expert Group on Urban Mobility? 

The group brings together Member State representatives, local and regional authorities as well as key European organisations active in making sustainable urban mobility a reality – from research bodies and universities to industry, civil society, and non-governmental organisations.  

The revamping of the EGUM membership arose from the need to establish a platform for dialogue to further the goals of the EU Urban Mobility Framework (UMF) adopted in December 2021, as part of the Green and Efficient Mobility Package. The new UMF renews support for urban nodes under the TEN-T regulation, provides a reinforced approach to SUMP through better integration with urban logistics planning (SULP) and monitoring indicators, focuses on walking, cycling and micromobility as well as public transport, digitalisation, innovation and new mobility services.  

To achieve EU-wide goals in the field of sustainable urban mobility, the group will: 

  • assist the European Commission’s Directorate for Mobility and Transport in the implementation of the new EU urban mobility framework 
  • advise and provide technical expertise to the Commission on developing and implementing  legislation, policies, projects and programmes 
  • improve cooperation and coordination between the Commission, Member States and stakeholders relating to implementation of EU legislation, programmes and policies including sustainable urban mobility planning, transport contingency preparedness and energy efficiency 
  • foster exchanges of experience and good practices, including in cross-border regions 
  • advise the Commission on how to develop synergies between EU, national and regional funding and financing opportunities in research, innovation, development and deployment of safe, healthy, energy efficient and sustainable urban mobility solutions  
  • facilitate exchanges on relevant initiatives, projects and partnerships such as the EU mission on climate-neutral and smart cities 

How will it help the EIT Urban Mobility network? 

We will be able to leverage our community of more than 300 entities coming from education, business, research and public sectors to increase synergies and cooperation that create lasting impact.  

After three intense years of establishing EIT Urban Mobility, we are eager to join this initiative to support the European Commission’s work on developing and implementing future-proof and innovation-friendly legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of sustainable urban mobility.  

The new Expert Group on Urban Mobility will hold its first meeting on 25 October 2022, in Brussels. 

Business Creation Intern

The EIT Urban Mobility is looking for a Business Creation intern to contribute to the Acceleration programme coordination and start-up support. The Business Creation intern will report to the Innovation Hub South Business Creation Manager.

Tasks

  • Support organisation, implementation, and reporting of the Rocket Up Programme, a 3 month programme that helps innovative female-led ventures who wants to internationalize, by providing tailored mentoring and connecting them with leading corporate partners and cities of EIT communities.
  • Assisting with identifying and supporting start-ups with the potential to become scale-ups by providing them with services and support to deliver faster growth.
  • Support the identification of industry experts to mentor start-ups and liaise account manager with start-ups to follow up and monitor progress.
  • Assisting the deployment of start-up support to access new markets.
  • Support the monitoring and reporting of KPIs.
  • Assisting Portfolio Management of invested start-ups in the Innovation Hub South.
  • Support start-up scouting in the Innovation Hub South.
  • Assisting the liaison with incubators, accelerators, investors and governmental initiatives aligned with EIT Urban Mobility’s.

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application form consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu. Please send the letter of motivation and the curriculum vitae in a unique PDF document.

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines on how to apply for the Internship of Business Creation

Deadline for applications: EXTENDED! New deadline: 27 September 2022

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Partnership Administration Officer

The Partnership Administration Officer will ensure that administrative tasks regarding EIT UM Partnership management are completed efficiently and in a timely manner. Critical elements of the Partnership administration include providing the right support, using adequate channels, and ensuring that all partners get optimal access to the corresponding tools to execute all required tasks. It is expected from this role, the input and tailoring of ticketing and other administrative tools to ensure proper Partner management.

In addition, task automation will also be expected to ensure optimal service efficiency. Being a member of IT department, the Partnership Administration Officer will report directly to the Head of IT and will work closely with other departments in Operations (i.e.: the Programme Management Office). The primary focus is to ensure Partner satisfaction by providing outstanding support and guidance on EIT UM specific requirements.  Troubleshoot problems, escalate cases to the corresponding team and advise on the appropriate action, are critical actions expected from this role.

The secondary focus will be to improve processes and ensure operational efficiency. Finally, generating reports monthly, using MS PowerBI, and providing support for non-technical other tasks of IT department will also be expected.

Main tasks of the Partnership Administration Officer will be:

  • Manage Administrative tasks regarding Partnership
  • Respond to requests for assistance via email, ticket, or phone
  • Diagnose and resolve, or escalate, technical hardware and software issues
  • Research questions using available information resources
  • Advise user on appropriate action
  • Implement best practices and standards for Partnership support
  • Log and monitor all help desk interactions
  • Administer, tailor, and improve a helpdesk tool (ticketing tool & mailbox)
  • Follow up with customers and users to ensure complete resolution of issues
  • Identify and escalate situations requiring urgent attention
  • Track and route problems and requests and document resolutions
  • Document processes and propose process improvements to stakeholders
  • Prepare activity reports (monthly reports in PowerBI)
  • Inform management of recurring problems
  • Stay current with system information, changes and updates
  • Help update training manuals for new and revised software and hardware

How to apply

Call for applications and guidelines how to apply for Partnership Administration Officer

Application form for Partnership Administration Digitalisation Officer

Deadline for applications:  15 September 2022

Location: Barcelona (Spain)

Internship: Content writer & Graphic design

The Content writer & Graphic design Intern will support the Value-Added Services Manager to set up and run a new platform for the Urban Mobility Startups Club project. The mission will be to give assistance about content production, scheduling/publication and community management.

Main tasks and responsibilities include:

Set up phase of the project:

  • Supporting with defining editorial strategies in terms of curation or designing of content.
  • Helping in graphic design task for the platform
  • Contributing to produce new contents or curate and format existing contents (eg text, illustration pictures)
  • Providing assistance in organizing and scheduling the publication of the contents

Running phase of the project:

  • Supporting with producing new contents or curate and format existing contents (eg text, illustration pictures)
  • Providing assistance in organizing and scheduling the publication of the contents
  • Contributing to engage the community (eg moderation of talks, proposal of topics)
  • Propose ideas of new contents and new ways to engage the community

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application form consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu. Please send the letter of motivation and the curriculum vitae in a unique PDF document.

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines on how to apply for the Internship of content writer and graphic design

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2022

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Internship: Academy intern

The Academy Intern will support the Academy Programme Manager and the Academy Director in the overall operational and administrative tasks of the Academy and linked to the EIT Urban Mobility planning processes. The Academy Intern will also assist in the coordination of the Academy communication and marketing activities, being in close contact with the central communications team.  The Academy Intern will report to the Academy Programme Manager.

Main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Providing general administrative support to the Academy team, including help with organising meetings, preparing presentations and meeting related documents, and making logistical arrangements.    
  • Assisting with subcontracting procedures, liaising with the appropriate teams internally to obtain approvals.  
  • Supporting with regular reporting activities, keeping track of project outputs and deliverables across the different Academy segments and assist in compiling information and writing reports to be submitted to EIT. Linked to this, review reports submitted by partners involved in Academy projects, ensuring compliance with EIT Urban Mobility reporting guidelines.  
  • Helping in the general operational planning of the Academy, including in the Call for Proposals and Business Plans.
  • Contributing to finding optimal synergies internally in the Academy, and with the other areas within the organisation.
  • Supporting in developing an Academy communications and marketing plan, in liaison with the Academy teams, to feed into the EIT Urban Mobility central communications.  
  • Creating Academy related content for the different EIT Urban Mobility channels and tools.
  • Feeding Academy activities, events and results into the central communications team repository and planning.
  • Tailor central communications and marketing campaigns and material to the needs of the Academy and targeting pre-identified priority groups.

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application form consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu. Please send the letter of motivation and the curriculum vitae in a unique PDF document.

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines on how to apply for the Internship for Academy

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2022

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Request for proposals: Venture fund for equity investments

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility is considering setting up the fund as an alternative investment fund (“AIF”) based in Luxembourg. Therefore it is selecting an agent who will support the tax and cost benefit analysis and the eventual set up of the fund.

All information, including the detailed scope of work, deliverables, and terms & conditions can be found in the Request for Proposals.

Deadline for submissions: 5 September 2022 at 16:00 Central European Time.

Conversations in the park: episode 14 – Investment in mobility

Excelling as a start-up in the mobility industry relies on three things: ambition, a good business strategy, and investment. We focused on the third factor in Episode 14, where our host Brittany Atkins ponders about the investment landscape in mobility. Our esteemed guests Taryn Andersen, Pablo Garrido, and David Fidalgo all share their expertise on the ins and outs of investment, both as investors and investment seekers. This episode touches all matters – from obstacles in the investment process to international differences, and so much more.

Taryn Andersen is the CEO and co-founder of Impulse4Women, an international non-profit that aims to support and promote female led start-ups and social entrepreneurs and provide them with the investor connections, tools and skills to help them grow. She is also the Director of Investor Relations at THCAP Venture Capital and applies her skills from 10+ years in private banking in all her work.

Pablo Garrido is an Investment Manager at EIT Urban Mobility, where he helps develop/manage financial sustainability systems and assists in the process surrounding EIT’s start-up investments. His background is in corporate banking, and his passions include entrepreneurship, and instilling positive social/environmental impact and financial return.

David Fidalgo is the CEO of Y-Mobility, a boutique tech consultancy that aims to support businesses in the mobility industry transition to a software-defined system. He is also the VP of AEVAC and a board member of RTI, both dealing with autonomous systems. He dedicates his time to advising and strategising to help drive high-quality digital transformation.

In this episode, our guests broke down the relationship between investments and start-ups within the mobility industry, and everything it entails.

Taryn spoke on some of the hurdles and obstacles young companies face when it comes to seeking investments and what the advised course of action is. Pablo spoke about initiatives that exist to help support and connect startups to investors, especially within the EIT Urban Mobility Space. David spoke about how startup funding and finance allocation varies between the United States and Europe, and what main differences and benefits are.

There is a plethora of advice, lessons, and perspective on this episode of Conversations in the Park – and we are proud to sponsor yet another informative discussion.

You can also listen to the full chat on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere podcasts are found.

Europe’s most promising innovations: Announcing the 2022 EIT Awards nominees

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2022 EIT Awards. In the competition’s ninth year, the EIT Community is celebrating 27 outstanding innovators from 15 countries for their innovative products and services accelerating the transition to a more sustainable future.
The EIT Awards recognise the most promising entrepreneurs and innovators emerging from the EIT’s ecosystem across Europe: from student to entrepreneur, from lab to market, and from idea to solutions. This dynamic innovation approach creates a unique environment where nominees develop and scale innovative solutions to tackle pressing global challenges in the fields of climate, energy, digitalisation, food, health, manufacturing, mobility and raw materials.
The 2022 EIT Award nominees demonstrate the diversity of EIT’s pan-European innovation ecosystem with the following countries being represented: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The full list of nominees and their innovations can be found here.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: ‘The talent pool and scale of innovations in Europe is rapidly expanding. The nominees for this year’s EIT Awards are a testament to the work the EIT and its Innovation Communities do across our continent to support, invest, and nurture the innovators of tomorrow. I congratulate the nominees for being recognised at this high level and I look forward to the Awards Ceremony in October.’
The 2022 EIT Award Ceremony will be held during the EIT Summit on 11 October 2022 in Brussels, Belgium as part of the EIT’s flagship event series, INNOVEIT WEEKS. The 27 nominees will compete beforehand in an online semi-final on 29 September with 12 finalists advancing to the public awards ceremony.
Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board said: ‘The EIT Awards showcase the innovators who are the heart of the EIT Community – they remind us of the strength and unity of our ecosystem, a message that rings true in these difficult time for Europe. This year’s innovations tackle some of the most pressing global issues: climate change, mental and physical health, waste reduction and many more. I, like many others look forward to seeing the nominees pitch their idea and to meeting the faces behind these game-changing innovations.’
The nominees will compete in the following four categories that represent the driving dynamics of
entrepreneurship in Europe:

  • EIT CHANGE Award, recognising top graduates from EIT entrepreneurial education programmes
  • EIT Innovators Award, highlighting teams and individuals that have developed high-impact products and services
  • EIT Venture Award, showcasing start-ups and scale-ups that have benefited from business acceleratio and creation support by the EIT Community
  • EIT Women Leadership Award, putting the spotlight on exceptional women in the EIT Community

Each award comes with a monetary prize of EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place), and EUR 10 000 (third place). The public will also be able to have its say with the fifth category, the EIT Public Award, giving everyone a chance to vote for their top innovation. Online voting will commence on 29 September at www.eitawards.eu

Living labs: cities and citizens at the core in shaping the cities of the future

Last week, our colleague Jordi Casas, City Development and Public Funding Officer, led a session on Living Labs at the ITS European Congress. What is the work EIT Urban Mobility is doing in this regard? How are we helping France, Denmark, Germany and Italy amongst others to implement living labs? What is the living labs methodology we follow at EIT Urban Mobility? These were, amongst others, the topics discussed during the session. If you want to learn more, you just have to scroll down!

“For EIT Urban Mobility, living labs are instrumental for testing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating new and innovative mobility solutions. Our Living labs knowledge base platform is a collection of both living lab learning practices and management tools. While the learning practices are initiatives that can function as an inspiration for other living labs, the management tools are a collection of best practices, recommendations on how to set up and operate a mobility living lab, how to upscale, allow for citizens engagement, co-create with the end user, and evaluate impacts”. Jordi Casas Juan, City Development and Public Funding Officer

From our organisation, we focus on:

  • Real-life environment: Experiments in living labs take place in an uncontrolled real-life setting, in the daily environment of their end-users, which can have a scale of a house, a street, a neighbourhood, but also a city or a travel corridor.
  • A living lab requires the active engagement of representatives from public authorities (e.g., local/ regional/ national authorities), industry (e.g., startups, SMEs, etc.), academia (e.g., universities and research institutes) and civil society (e.g. associations, groups of citizens, etc.) within one innovation ecosystem. In a quadruple helix cooperation model, the focus is shifted from expert-driven innovation towards user-centric innovation.
  • Co-creation: Trying to aligning the objectives of the parties involved enhancing the participation of the end-users in the development of the final products and services. In this cooperative process the involved stakeholders, and particularly the end-users, can influence the experimentation from its ideation phase, increasing their acceptance of the developed innovation and, thus, the chances of their uptake. In fact, this is the p of our Citizen Engagement programme, aimed at testing innovative methodologies and technologies for engagement such as Digital Twins, online engagement platforms and gamified apps.
  • Active end-user involvement: In a living lab environment, end-users meet in real life contexts and share experiences, while envisioning their own future. Living Labs consider citizens not only as users or consumers in a narrow sense, but as direct contributors to or co-creators of new products and services. Involving end-users in different stages of the innovation process and fostering sustained exchanges between different stakeholders have proved to be a differentiating factor in an increasingly competitive world.
  • Multi-method approach: in our co-funded projects and pilots in living lab environments we foster the involvement of multidisciplinary competences, encouraging an unprecedented combination of skills, people, equipment, companies, settings, etc.

The living lab methodology methodology:

  • prioritises citizens needs in the design, testing, implementation and adoption of new interventions;
  • welcomes rapid prototyping and provides ideal conditions for innovation;
  • fosters a multidisciplinary approach that draws on expertise and experience from several sectors as well as citizens;
  • ensures that private, public and research stakeholders collaborate and invest time, money and human resources, in the project.

Success stories of Living labs

During a session we recently held at the ITS European Congress, four living labs demonstrated best practices that could help other European cities to improve the quality of life for residents and streamline mobility systems and processes to reduce environmental impacts as well as costs.

In France, Toulouse Métropole is implementing Vilagil, a cross-sectorial project financed by the French government as part of the Plan France 2030. The ambition of all initiatives under the umbrella of Vilagil is to achieve decarbonization by supporting an innovative urban mobility sector in the Toulouse area. Vilagil is investing approximately €165 million euro in nine investment projects and six research projects.

EIT Urban Mobility is supporting Toulouse Métropole in achieving this ambition by promoting several projects and initiatives in this area. On the one hand, attracting world-class entrepreneurs to test their innovative solutions in living lab pilots co-funded by the RAPTOR and ChallengeMyCity Programmes. On the other hand, supporting UAM Plazza, the programme that is working closely with the most promising start-ups in the field of Urban Air Mobility.

Further north, the DOLL living lab is situated in an industrial area on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, to minimise the impact on residents. Initially establishing smart street lighting in 2014, the DOLL living lab also creates interventions in sensor-activated outdoor lighting, intelligent traffic systems and conducts environmental monitoring. The lab welcomes cities and public authorities to visit the lab and learn more about how it could assist them to improve their public spaces.

Meanwhile, the City of Munich, Germany, also promotes a living labs approach. They see this as integral to innovation and advancing digitisation of urban mobility, to see what can be replicated in other locations, and help make better financial decisions by understanding costs and benefits of proposed interventions. In fact, a wide range of EIT Urban Mobility’ supported activities are helping the City of Munich in reaching these objectives. For instance, the innovation projects WalCycData, CLEAR and AITraWell, that executed pilots with a living lab approach last year in different neighbourhoods of the Bavarian capital.

The City of Munich are using living labs to understand possible scenarios that could help achieve their overall goals such as having 30% of all trips taken by public transport, reach climate neutrality by 2030, and have no deaths caused by vehicles in line with the Vision Zero initiative.

At the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, public and private partners actively engage citizens to co-create future mobility solutions. Their work represents an integrated approach by external entities and other projects including scientific projects and direct requests by partner European Commission services. Since 2021, EIT Urban Mobility is collaborating with the JRC and the Hellenic Institute for Transport (CERTH-HIT) in the working group on urban mobility living labs of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Tomorrow.Mobility 2022 moves forward

The second edition of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), the international event promoting the design and adoption of new sustainable urban mobility models, will be held in Barcelona from 15 to November under the theme What Moves You? Jointly organised with Fira Barcelona, our annual flagship event will gather the leading international experts and over 100 exhibiting companies to chart together the roadmap towards the future of mobility.

The Congress programme of TMWC 2022 will address the key challenges that an increasingly urbanised society is facing and will focus on the topics that will reshape mobility in the coming years, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), micromobility, Public Transport, Last Mile Logistics, Future and Digital Transportation, Transport Infrastructure, and Energy Transition & Efficiency, among others.

The event will be held alongside Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the benchmark tradeshow and congress on cities and smart urban solutions, setting the stage for an unparalleled platform of urban innovation that will bring together at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue over 1,000 exhibitors, including companies, cities, governments and institutions, and over 24,000 attendees.

Maria Tsavachidis, President of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress and CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: As the leading event for urban mobility innovation, Tomorrow.Mobility gives cities a powerful global voice and an innovative platform for common urban action. We are the meeting point for governments, companies, entrepreneurs, startups, research centres, and citizens, the place to showcase projects and find new solutions. We believe we must seize this opportunity to accelerate the transition to new mobility patterns that answer the urgent need for a paradigm shift that ensures a sustainable future and liveable cities.”

Among the first companies that have confirmed their presence at TMWC are Accenture, AENA, Axess, Deloitte, DOTT, Easymile, Electronic Trafic, Equinsa, FGC, Flowbird, Groupe Aéroport de Paris, Hayden AI, Kempower, Mastercard, Microsoft, Moventia, Nexus Geographics, Ouster, PBSC Urban Solutions, Plug Zen, Port de Barcelona, RACC, Social Car, Sprinx Technologies, TMB, Transport for London and Vodafone.

A 365-days-a-year platform

The goal of Tomorrow.Mobility is to go beyond a yearly event, and to do so, a digital content platform with a global reach was launched last year. Operating 365 days a year, it provides access to both live events and on demand contents divided into themes with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer. It also includes tools for networking and the training of professionals.