Velo-city 2022 in Ljubljana

During the Velo-city conference 2022, that took place from the 14 until the 17 June, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was fully garnished with butterflies. Those represented the visual identity of the annual flagship event organised by our partner, the European Cyclist’s Federation, and that symbolises change, development and metamorphosis. Indeed, the Slovenian capital made a drastic shift in the last 10 years regarding cycling.

EIT Urban Mobility was fully present in Velo-city with a booth, that attracted those interested in our programmes and that could learn more about our mission, specially regarding Active Mobility.

During the 3 days event, different conferences brought together those involved in the policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programmes. Edwin Heesakkers, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West director, took part of the Focus on citizens, stakeholders and community plenary session on Wednesday. Heesakkers highlighted the importance to engage with youth, women and marginalised groups.

“We’re breaking the silos to make the changes together. Why? Because cities are for you, for us, for the people who live in them. And it is of utmost importance that each of you can have your say in designing the city you will live in” Edwin Heesakkers, EIT UM Innovation Hub West director

On Thursday, Anja Ilenič, EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia representative, took part of the Engaging citizens and building the cycling community session. Ilenič introduced EIT Urban Mobility, some of the RIS Hub Slovenia initiatives, and same as Heessakkers, also stressed the importance of involving the youth in the decision making process. The same morning, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Lifecycle officer, Manuel Crespo Yáñez, attended the conference The latest innovations from bike-sharing and micromobility, where he presented one of our projects that was also present at Velo-city, Bicification.

“The future of urban mobility is active mobility” Manuel Crespo Yáñez, EIT UM Innovation Lifecycle officer

In order to preach by example, the EIT Urban Mobility team present in Ljubljana took part in the traditional Velo-city Bike Parade, together with hundreds of other enthusiastic bike lovers.

Indeed, the conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. Velo-city began in 1980 in Bremen (Germany) with deep ties in the founding of the European Cyclists’ Federation. The next world cycling summit will take place in May 2023 in Liepzig. More info here

Welcome Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona!  – EIT Urban Mobility, Barcelona City Council, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT join forces to turn the city into a test bed for future mobility.

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 mobility living labs, how to upscale, allow for citizens’ engagement, and co-create with the end-use and evaluate impacts.

  • Barcelona City Council, EIT Urban Mobility, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT have formed an alliance to encourage companies to develop innovative mobility projects in the Catalan capital. 

  • The objective is to promote and boost innovation in smart and sustainable urban mobility, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

  • The initiative has been presented to the public through a press conference chaired by Ms. Laia Bonet, deputy major at Barcelona City Council and Mr. Pere Navarro, director of DGT, and attended by Mr. Joan Angulo Arrese, Director Corporate Marketing & Strategic Projects at Fira Barcelona and Mr. Daniel Serra, Ecosystem director at EIT Urban Mobility. 

Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona will be the first Living Labs laboratory in the city of Barcelona. The initiative aims to promote and facilitate the implementation of pilot tests and innovative projects in intelligent and sustainable urban mobility to diversify the city’s economy and consolidate Barcelona as the capital of innovation in mobility in Southern Europe. Through this alliance between administrations and entities, the aim is to contribute to scaling up and giving international projection to these types of innovation projects in mobility by incorporating their presentation at the leading international fairs in the market.

Public space as a test bed
One of the main problems companies encounter when developing innovative economic activities is the lack of regulation. A fact that limits their capacity to create new technologies and services. To avoid missing out on this type of opportunity, Urban Lab Barcelona will offer several geographical areas to companies as test spaces within the city, with the aim of testing pilot projects in natural environments before they are commercialised. The test spaces will be determined according to the characteristics of each project.

Advisory services and access to data
Also aimed at the organisations involved in this initiative, dynamic and personalised advisory and technical support services will be offered by experts who will provide legal, technical and operational guidance and data and information collection thanks to Barcelona City Council’s network and sensor infrastructure. Participating companies can access real-time traffic information, municipal databases, etc.

Big Data Office
A Big Data office will be created to manage all the data collected during the pilot tests.

An initiative within the framework of the future Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab
This alliance to test the mobility of the future in Barcelona is part of the strategy to consolidate Barcelona as the innovation capital of Southern Europe, defined through the public-private platform of the Barcelona Innovation Coast (BIC). The project will also be one of the first initiatives of the Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab, managed by the municipal foundation BIT Habitat. The service will be operational throughout 2022.

EIT Urban Mobility’s knowledge of the living labs approach, leveraging the expertise of the front-runner cities and organisations that are members of our community, our experience in managing innovation projects integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities, and our community covers the quadruple-helix of innovation, are the main contributions of our entity to the initiative. 

 

 

Sustainable City Logistics – Workshop & networking for building winning Horizon consortia 

In late May EIT Urban Mobility’s Action and Impact Group together with the Innovation Hub North organised a community building workshop on the challenge area of Sustainable City Logistics. The purpose of the workshop was to support partners and other relevant stakeholders to exchange ideas, ideate, and to start forming winning consortia for upcoming topics of interest under Horizon Europe calls related to Sustainable City Logistics. 

The Royal Norwegian Embassy of Denmark hosted the event at the residence of the Norwegian Ambassador. It was fantastic to see over 50 actors from different sectors across the Nordics, Baltics & Spain come together in this space. The event built on a previous event in September 2021 on Electrified Urban Freight transport hosted at the same venue. EIT Urban Mobility is looking forward to a continuing collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Denmark, bringing Nordic and pan-European stakeholders together to tackle the shared challenges facing our cities. 

The workshop 

The event started with an introduction and welcome note from the Norwegian Ambassador, EIT Urban Mobility’s director of Innovation, and the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation team. To share the newest trends and developments within the sustainable city logistics challenge area, three different speakers presented their work and perspectives on this dynamic field.  

Nikolaj Sveistrup, CEO of Urban Agenda and associate partner of Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, facilitated this expert panel, comprised of Allan Larsen from DTU- Technical University of Denmark, focused on digitisation and automation, Eva Errestad from SAMS Norway focused on maritime solutions and Emil Sigbrand from Smart Innovation Norway focused on the importance of social innovation.  

Following this, the participants split into three theme based groups to ideate on potential collaborations on the topics of interest for upcoming Horizon Europe calls related to City Logistics. 

It was great to see such a high level of engagement from all the participants and we look forward to seeing how these kickoff discussions develop. This event was part of the AIG community building event series and will be continued after the summer focusing on the challenge areas of Future Mobility and Mobility and Energy. 

Check out the video below where several participants share their thoughts from the day.

EIT Urban Mobility at EcoMotion 2022 in Israel

EIT Urban Mobility participated in the 2022 edition of the EcoMotion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel from 9 to 12 May – the largest mobility event in Israel that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. EcoMotion is a growing mobility community comprised of over 650 startups and 13 000 members and a joint venture of the Israel Innovation Institute along with the Smart Mobility Initiative of the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, the Ministry of Economy, and the Israeli Automotive High-Tech industries. EIT Urban Mobility became a Gold Partner at the 2022 edition.

At the beginning of the EcoMotion Week, the EIT Urban Mobility delegation including representatives of partners and startups visited EIT Hub Israel for informal networking and a workshop with the Israeli mobility stakeholders such as Tel Aviv CityZone, Mobilion Ventures, Bird, Drive TLV and Airwayz Drones.

Workshop: EIT Urban Mobility meets the Israeli Ecosystem

The participants discussed the importance of the increasing Israeli-EU mobility innovation collaboration and the major opportunities in doing so – Israel is a hotbed of innovation with one innovative company for every 1,400 people and Israeli companies are scaling up abroad due to the size of the local market. EIT Urban Mobility programmes and Calls for Proposals can offer that gateway to many countries in Europe. There is also a growing awareness of the benefits of innovative mobility solutions to Israeli municipalities and their preparedness to participate in innovation projects. An outreach location like EIT Hub Israel creates synergies between the EIT Community and the Israeli ecosystem and can help overcome cultural barriers that international players sometimes face when entering the Israeli market.

On the third day, Traian Urban, Director of Innovation Hub East, took part in the EU Roundtable with members of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation department. In his speech, he highlighted the need for innovative collaboration at all levels, between industry, research, and the public sector to achieve the goals of cutting transport emissions. “Key to our work is educating a new generation of urban mobility professionals – who can grasp the complexities of sustainability and are empowered to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The Innovation Hub East is happy to work closely with Technion – Israel Institute of Technology” he added. The roundtable further underlined the importance of the EIT in the European innovation ecosystem and its global outreach.

EU Roundtable at EIT Hub Israel

EcoMotion Week culminated in the Main Event on 11 May at EXPO Tel Aviv featuring exhibition activities, live demos, and panel discussions. Over 3000 smart mobility professionals from all over the world visited the EXPO area. The EIT Urban Mobility delegation, together with partners CARNET, PowerHub, and Nimble Energy, was able to network and present the largest European innovation ecosystem at the dedicated booth area with a special focus on opportunities for start-ups and the EIT Urban Mobility Marketplace.

EIT Urban Mobility booth at EcoMotion 2022

Fredrik Hånell, Business Creation Director at EIT Urban Mobility, took part in a panel discussion Infrastructure Transformation – What is required for smart mobility at the Main Stage. “High tech innovations depend on living labs for demonstration and life-like experience. We see startups mainly need two things to succeed in reaching a commercial deployment. First, a funding to support them during the piloting phase, and a selection of living labs so they can demonstrate their tech to prospective buyers” he commented.

Fredrik Hånell speaking at EcoMotion 2022

Bibi Blomqvist, COO and Co-Founder of Cogo, EIT Urban Mobility portfolio startup, addressed the audience at a panel Mass commute – Innovation in daily transportation. Cogo provides a common language to users, thus making it easy to change their mindsets so they choose shared mobility and green transport over using their own car.

From the left: Barbora Kvačková (EIT Urban Mobility), Robin Eriksson (Cogo), Bibi Blomqvist (Cogo) and Traian Urban (EIT Urban Mobility) at EcoMotion 2022

EcoMotion Week provided a unique insight into the Israeli and global start-up scene. The 2023 edition will take place on 22-25 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Learn more about EcoMotion Week here.

Save the date: 19-20 September 2022 INNOVEIT BRNO: The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility 

EIT Urban Mobility is organising INNOVEIT BRNO: The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility, part of ’INNOVEIT WEEKS’ event series – the flagship event of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 

INNOVEIT BRNO will be a side event of the Urban Mobility Days, a biennial conference held on 20-22 September in Brno, jointly organised in 2022 by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE), and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. This year Urban Mobility Days coincide with European Mobility Week, which takes place from 16-22 September every year in over 3000 towns and cities in 50 countries worldwide. 

What is waiting for you in Brno? 

  • Meet representatives of industry, top universities, start-ups and unicorns, top researchers and scientists, investors, and EU Policy Makers, 
  • discover how EIT activities drive innovation across Europe, 
  • find out how YOU can join the EIT Community – no matter what stage of the innovation journey you’re on, from start to finish, EIT Support is there at every step of the way. 

Save the date and join us for this never like before event at EIT community! 

New Podcast released: Designing safe urban mobility!

How do we design our urban spaces to be and feel safer? It’s not as simple as installing cameras everywhere to watch over everyone. In this episode, our wonderful host Brittany Atkins chats with expert guests Marianne Weinreich, Debbie Dekkers, and Dan Campsall about how the presence (or absence) of safety in mobility and urban planning can be affected by gender, age, lifestyle, and more.

Marianne Weinreich is a Market Manager of Smart Mobility at Ramboll, a Danish (but international) engineering and design consultancy that aims to create sustainable solutions across transport. She has spent the last 20+ years working in mobility as a consultant and manager, and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Cycling Embassy.

Debbie Dekkers is a Programme Manager and “innovatiemanager” at the Innovation Office for the city of Amsterdam. The organisation aims to make the city more efficient and evolved for the benefit of its residents, using the power of technology to prepare for future mobility. As a programme manager, Debbie works mainly within smart mobility with a focus on MaaS, trends analysis, and anticipating new mobility concepts.

Dan Campsall is the Chairman of Agilysis, a transport behaviour and safety consultancy, with the goal to transform lives through healthier and safer communities via intelligent solutions. He also is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport safety in the UK, and has been involved in the transport safety sector of mobility for about 20 years.

This episode delves into the complex subject that is safety in urban design and urban mobility, and examines it from a variety of different angles and perspectives.

A main theme our guest spoke on was how safety and the perception of safety in urban mobility can vary based on a number of demographics – Marianne spoke about how automotive safety features are structured to accommodate the average man, leaving women out of the safety equation. Debbie notes how not all urban infrastructure bears in mind the elderly or the disabled, who might need longer time and digital assistance at crosswalks and complex road crossings. Dan also commented how minorities and those living in deprived communities can be at greater risk of road injury, as well as facing lower quality infrastructure. However, they all note that there is still a sense of excitement and ambition as newer, smarter technology and strategy come to light as  solutions to these existing issues.

This is just the surface, and there are so many more levels of discussion and conversation on this episode – that we are proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcasts.

The Scale up programme is looking for 12 urban mobility startups

The Scale up programme, financed by EIT Urban Mobility, opened up a call to identify the 12 most promising startups with solutions for sustainable urban mobility. The programme aims to take the selected startups to the next level by helping them find funding and partnerships through attendance at major European events, giving them visibility to potential investors, and bringing them closer to implementing their solutions in real environments. The application period is open until 12 June 2022.

The programme supports the startups in the introduction of their solutions to the market through two different paths.

Path A: will provide international growth to startups with attendance at high-impact events, networking opportunities, increased visibility, and additional services valued at 25.000€ to 5 selected startups.

Path B: includes the benefits of path A and aims to implement seven pilots with industry and city partners with the opportunity of being funded up to 50.000€ by EIT Urban Mobility.

When applying for path B, participating startups have the opportunity to solve one of the 15 challenges raised by top European cities and industry companies from the urban mobility sector. The startups will get support from the public authorities and organisations that have raised the challenges, and from the consortium members developing the Scale up programme.

The Scale up programme is led by CARNET, with the collaboration of PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility.

For more information about the Scale up programme, the description of the challenges, and to apply for the programme, visit https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/business-creation/scale-up-programme/

The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released

The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released, with over 10 new innovations added from the previous issue that are now part of our EIT Urban Mobility community! In this latest edition of the catalogue, we can find new solutions tackling various areas, from urban design solutions for bike safety to traffic management and data collection. 

Our latest solutions serve different phases of urban innovation. For instance, our co-design tool ModelMe3D serves the early stages of urban planning, allowing citizens to participate and have a say in the design of public spaces through a digitalised co-creation process.  Aris is another early-stage solution that supports the construction process by facilitating remote surveys of urban buildings’ assets thanks to an autonomous, unmanned, aerial system device. In contrast, the latest traffic management software Deeptraffic allows transport authorities to start taking advantage of vehicle connectivity to create a dynamic traffic management system. It accumulates and uses road network data to optimise traffic according to the user’s needs. 

Several new solutions for urban planners 

We also provide solutions for planners to exploit real-time mobility and infrastructure data: DASHBIKE enables the collection of anonymous data on cycling infrastructure, traffic and incidents to inform city officials of urban areas requiring attention. Urban Radar offers a series of planning solutions, such as FRET dedicated to logistic activities within industrial parks, Urban Logistics – optimising delivery patterns and trends within cities, or Citizen Needs creating more liveable cities by giving urban planners insights on the goods and services in a given neighbourhood that answer to citizens’ needs. 

New modes of mobility 

Our mobility services WYZE and Giravolta allow citizens and employees to access a wide range of vehicles for various occasions, from last mile deliveries to digital vehicle sharing or even corporate fleets. This makes it easier for individuals and groups to move around in a more sustainable manner.  

If you want to discover the latest available solutions that can help your city shift towards a more sustainable model, then you can’t miss our second issue of the Solutions Catalogue!  

Raptor pilot 2 programme – now open for applications

Cities from Regional Innovation Scheme countries are searching for startups and SMEs to help them solve critical urban mobility issues over a six-month period in the second half of this year.

Through the Raptor Pilot 2 programme , Riga, Tallinn, Bratislava, Cluj-Napoca, Prague City District 6 and City District 7 will work with the winners to implement agile solutions. Applicants are sought from EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated states.

Each of the cities identified specific challenges that can be addressed in a short period of time. Applicants are invited to help the cities to:

  • promote active mobility while combating the effects of climate change
  • improve the reliability of public transport
  • make micro-mobility more attractive in winter
  • design and test wearables for kindergarden-aged children to monitor their movements and increase safety;
  • improve the regulation of e-bikes and scooters to reduce safety risks to pedestrians

EIT Urban Mobility will support the awardees financially, technically, and commercially, to develop and test their solution from July to December 2022. A maximum of six awardees, one per city challenge, will be selected to work on delivering their solution.

The winners will be awarded a prize package worth up to €50,000 to support the development and in-situ testing of their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) solution.

The total package includes cash funding of up to €30,000, technical and business mentoring, and support to market and promote the project. 

Previous winners prove success with Raptor Pilot 1

Winners from the Raptor Pilot 1 programme, which is coming to an end, spoke about their experiences and their partnership with EIT UM.

“We applied for the programme because as an emerging startup in the mobility space, we had been looking for opportunities … to pilot our solution in a city context. The Raptor Pilot 1 programme was the perfect opportunity for us to do this,” said Marco Filippi, chief executive officer and founder of Volvero, who worked with Tour and Taxis in Brussels.

“One of the main challenges we encountered [was] lack of funding and concrete stakeholder support from municipalities … EIT UM, through this pilot programME, has been able to provide us with the needed funding, collaboration with major stakeholders, and the exposure that the affiliation with the Raptor programme brings,” he added.

EIT Urban Mobility also helped to coordinate with municipality partners and to finance ASIMOB, a tech startup that monitors the conditions of road infrastructure, who used their prize to trial their pilot in the seaside town of Cunit in Catalonia, Spain. They tested the viability of their idea in a small municipality and learned how to work with various government departments to overcome issues. “We had some technical challenges due to the installation of the system in police vehicles that required adaptation of some automated processes … [that] required a specific development [sic] by us,” said Ibon Arechalde, chief executive officer and co-founder.

Meanwhile, Ossana Tanachian, co-founder and operations manager at Cédrat Conseil, Toulouse, France, said EIT Urban Mobility had been vital in setting the milestones and KPIs for the project as well as redesigning the scope of the pilot to fit the timeframe and budget, and emphasised funding from EIT Urban Mobility was crucial to achieve their objectives. Cédrat Conseil worked with Toulouse Métropole to solve waste management issues and improve last-mile garbage collection.

To learn more about the Raptor Pilot 2 programme, how to apply, and conditions, please contact raptor@eiturbanmobility.eu. The deadline is 27 May 2022.


Join the Citython 2022 Žilina and co-ideate the solutions for your city! 

Citython 2022, a project funded by EIT UM and organised by CARNET, analyses mobility challenges faced by cities, where multi-disciplinary teams of students and professionals from different backgrounds and expertise (architecture, urban planning, data science, engineering, human science, and business creation) compete against each other to provide innovative solutions.

This hybrid (in person and online) Citython will be held in the city of Žilina, Slovakia, from 29 April to 1 May. The first edition of 2022 is focused on smart mobility, in the context of climate resilient cities, public engagement and extreme weather and humanitarian emergencies. The goal of this Citython is that young professionals search for innovative and creative solutions that can be applied in the city of Žilina to foster innovation. 

This hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to create their works with the help of mentors and experts, who will be at hand during the event, while also experiencing the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation. 

Citython 2022 is an international event focusing on urban challenges in RIS countries  in which the participating teams work on implementing their ideas from inception to presentable project or prototype in 54 hours. Next events are going to be held Neapolis-Sykies, Greece, and Kosice, Slovakia. Learn more here.

City RAPTOR Call Awardees Selected

After a rigorous two phase evaluation process, the EIT Urban Mobility is pleased to announce the three consortia selected through the City RAPTOR Call!

The RAPTOR Programme will be implemented in the following three cities between 1 May 2022 and 31 December 2022:

Tel Aviv, Israel 

RAPTOR Project Team: Cityzone and CARNET

Cascais, Portugal 

RAPTOR Project Team: University of Lisbon, Municipality of Cascais, and Impact Hub Vienna GMBH 

Istanbul, Turkey 

RAPTOR Project Team: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Farplas Otomotiv AŞ, and BGI S.A. 

Each city will see their 3 niche city mobility challenges addressed by the RAPTOR competition to find the best solutions proposed by teams, start-ups, and SMEs around Europe! The competition for solutions is set to open on 3 May 2022.

The challenges – including topics such as water taxis, bus interchange enhancement, and addressing micro mobility theft – will be published on raptorproject.eu by 2 May 2022. Stay tuned!

Our Solutions Catalogue is live  

The first issue of the Solutions Catalogue has been released, gathering over thirty innovations developed within the EIT Urban Mobility community! The featured solutions are readily available for implementation and have demonstrated a high potential for environmental, social and economic impact.  

To reach our collective 2030 emission reduction targets, this decade requires accelerated innovation to shift towards sustainable urban mobility. The mobility sector must also address its impact beyond climate and improve in other key topics, including safety, use of public space, and access for vulnerable users. 

A profound remodelling is therefore required, directly affecting and involving cities. 

EIT Urban Mobility is committed to supporting cities in this necessary transition. With this catalogue, cities are provided with solutions that help them tackle their greatest mobility challenges. The available innovations are aligned with EIT Urban Mobility’s strategic criteria to ensure they lead to creating more sustainable, liveable urban spaces. 

The available innovations are labelled with EIT Urban Mobility’s Challenge Areas. This includes the four prioritised areas (Active mobility, Sustainable city logistics, Future mobility and Mobility and energy), as well as the five additional areas (find out more in the catalogue). The solutions also span a variety of topics which have proven to be a key priority in cities worldwide: Monitoring and reducing carbon emissions, with solutions from Hopu, Allihop or Volvero; promoting behaviour-change among citizens, with Nudgd or Veomo; digitalising mobility management, with solutions from Vianova, Meight or Fluctuo; transitioning to new modes of energy, enabled by Bia, Elonroad or Evio; and many more.  

In order to ensure the utmost quality of the featured solutions, they must all pass an assessment evaluating their market-readiness and potential for positive impact. Cities are therefore provided with a list of available innovations ready to directly benefit their citizens.  

Discover these solutions here!