MaaS vouchers and discounts for public transport, some of the ideas to improve urban mobility in Slovenia

On  14 December 2021, EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia organised a hackathon, which focused on the development of more sustainable and innovative solutions to decarbonise Slovenian cities. Six teams of students and young researchers focused mainly on the challenges of the freight and passengers’ transport. 

The winning idea, that received a total award of 1.500 euros, is the app Wom3n. The implementation of this application is intended to help both Slovenian citizens (including children and people with disabilities) and tourists with the way they are using public transport.  Smart bracelets and regular cards will be connected with the app. These gadgets will measure steps in kilometers, transfer these steps into points and finally monetise them as discounts for different Slovenian products, bus and train tickets and funds for better transport equipment for people with special needs.  

Active8 Planet group tried to address the problem of the excessive ownership of cars. The solution would be a three-year preliminary project, which would serve as a basis for the introduction of the already desired MaaS (Mobility as a Service). Vouchers (e.g., 200€) would be distributed to all citizens, who would be able to use them for various forms of sustainable mobility: car-sharing, bike rental, train and bus tickets,…The unused vouchers would flow into the municipal treasury and the citizens would then vote on local mobility projects for which the money would then be intended. 

Both of the ideas will also be presented at the workshop that EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia is organising with the Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia in February. EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia will organise another hackathon in Spring 2022. 

EIT Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus launches Ideation Awards for Climathon and hackathon participants

EIT Climate-KIC has launched a call for ideas on sustainable, inclusive and aesthetic solutions for New European Bauhaus challenges. Open to EU teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, the call will be open from 25 October to 15 November 2021 and will offer prizes of up to €10,000 in seed funding. 

Led by EIT Climate-KIC, the Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus is engaging with European innovators to overcome fragmentation in the European innovation landscape, increase collaboration with universities to identify challenges and solutions, and ensure the engagement of civil society in the movement. The initiative will directly support the European Union’s New European Bauhaus (NEB), announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address, that aims to create beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places, products and ways of living. 

The initiative is now calling out to EU-based teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, to submit ideas that address one or more NEB challenges.

New European Bauhaus challenges include: 

  • Green transition through architectural, cultural and historic sites:  
  • Green roofs, green walls and other green infrastructure to reduce the heat island effect, enhance air quality and advance new aesthetic value in the urban environment.  
  • Urban, regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster stronger relationships between city dwellers and farmers.  
  • Towards circularity and urban resilience: 
  • Enhancement of the public realm, green areas and biodiversity, as well as their inclusiveness, accessibility and interconnection through active mobility, to improve physical and mental health.   
  • Circular economy actions based on the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilisation of bio-products and bio-waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products.  
  • Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all: 
  • Energy communities to ensure comfortable living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary service models.   
  • Digital open data platforms to ensure transparency and reliability of data.  

The NEB Ideation awards will offer an excellent opportunity to join a network of stakeholders making the New European Bauhaus’ ambition a reality on the ground, and enable actors to connect and collaborate on key issues. This will in turn contribute to the EU NEB strategy and enable participants to join a pipeline of ideas that will be shared with the European Commission and used in future Cross-KIC activities.  

Winning teams will be announced on 30 November, 2021 and will get the chance to win €10,000  in seed funding to implement their idea in 2022. Other prizes include €3,000  and a study visit to the World Design Capital 2022 event in Valencia (Spain); three Jury Awards (3,000 , 2,000  and 1,000 EUR) and one Audience Award (1,000 ). All winning teams will be granted a study visit to Valencia to participate in person to the Award Ceremony on 15 to 16 December, 2021

How to apply? 

  1. Download the NEB Ideation Awards Guidebook to access more details on the call. 
  2. Download and carefully download the application form. We will be accepting applications from 25 October to 15 November, 2021, 18:00 CET. 
  3. Record a video of maximum three minutes pitching your idea. Please briefly introduce your team indicating your location, define the NEB challenge addressed and concisely explain your solution integrating sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics. Explain potential benefits and impacts deriving from that solution. The video can be the same as the one used at your local Climathon or hackathon, or a different one. Design of the video is free style.  
  4. Send both the application and video together using the file-sharing platform Wetransfer to 

If you have any questions please contact Natalia Vera, Cross-KIC NEB Project Manager at EIT Climate-KIC: