We are launching today our new hub in Malta

A new hub by EIT Urban Mobility has been set to raise awareness of urban mobility issues in Malta, while encouraging positive changes that aim to improve the island’s traffic situation.

The Malta EIT Urban Mobility Hub, will be launched today at the Chamber of Commerce in Valletta today. It aims to inspire positive change to ensure accessible and sustainable mobility for all. The launch will include presentations by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, by EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Director, Daniel Serra, by EIT Urban Mobility RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) Director, Bence Huba, by Prof. Joachim James Calleja, Principal and CEO of Malta College of Art, Science and Technology (MCAST) and by Corinne Muscat Terribile from the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

It will be hosted by a consortium of three partners that represent the three communities of the ‘Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI)’. Project Aegle Foundation (PAF) will be the lead partner representing the industry community in Malta, while the Valletta Cultural Agency, through the Valletta Design Cluster, represents the community of start-ups and neighbourhood groups and MCAST (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology) represents the academic and education community.

“The main objective of this hub is to facilitate networking between all the stakeholders and develop opportunities for local players representing industry, academia, research, innovation and cities,” continues Bon. “From its physical home at Malta’s new urban living lab at the Valletta Design Cluster, the Hub will deliver the networks, collaborative processes, and a focused vision needed to best engage with EIT Urban Mobility projects into the future. It will also offer support and grants to encourage positive initiatives to improve Malta’s traffic situation and infrastructure.”

The hub will also connect with the relevant national and local authorities such as Transport Malta and local councils, sharing expertise from the EIT Urban Mobility innovation community with them.

Stakeholders that are part of the EIT Urban Mobility initiative can expect multiple benefits. Apart from accessing EU funding and other funding streams, stakeholders will enjoy opportunities and potential investor connections throughout Europe via increased visibility in an international network. They will also benefit from innovation and stakeholder networking through the international EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and education and training support from leading international universities. By the bridge formed through the initiative between the EU and Malta – and the transport industry and its users – stakeholders can also share knowledge and establish good practices between countries already running successful initiatives.

“EIT Urban Mobility aims to create an innovation community to educate and inspire mobility solutions for 21st century cities,” explains Camille Bon, Lead Project Manager at Project Aegle Foundation (PAF). “By fostering innovation and transformation, we can improve people’s quality of life, decarbonise mobility and make Europe’s economy more competitive.”, Bon concludes.

FURNISH is calling for digitally fabricated urban elements adapting public spaces to COVID-19!

FURNISH is organising an open call to select 4 teams throughout Europe which will digitally fabricate and deploy urban elements for the purpose of adapting temporary public spaces to meet the new challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

Application deadline: 25 September.

FURNISH aims to merge the challenge of gaining more public space through ‘tactical urbanism’, which can reconfigure a street to expand the area for pedestrians and leisure, with local digital manufacturing. The call is open to Fab Labs, research groups, designers or makers able to produce rapid solutions to the urgent spatial problems and opportunities posed by the novel coronavirus. Interested teams must submit their qualifications until 25 September, along with evidence of having sought a letter of support from an institution (e.g. municipality, cultural centre, university, etc.).

The objective is to develop the designs and prototypes in collaborative workshops featuring all the selected FURNISH teams. Therefore it is not necessary to have a design prepared to apply. Pilot installations will be installed and tested by December. Each selected team will receive € 10.000€ to fund the fabrication and implementation of their prototypes. All designs developed under the FURNISH project will be documented in an open-source format, enabling replication anywhere in the world.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Next 13 October, join the Nordic Perspective Summit!

EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub North will be officially inaugurated at the Nordic Perspective summit on 13 October. Join us online or in person for this full day interesting event! During the opening plenary session starting at 09,:00 CEST Dr Maria Tsavachidis, CEO EIT Urban Mobility, Henrik Morgen, Director Innovation Hub North and young changemakers from EIT Urban Mobility partner DTU – Technical University of Denmark  will give their take on the future of mobility. 

The Nordic Summit Perspective is a full day face-to-face event at DTU Campus, bringing together all relevant stakeholders across the whole EIT Urban Mobility network and beyond. The Summit creates a stage for sharing knowledge and experience from ongoing urban mobility projects, innovations and initiatives, new challenges and opportunities and new competencies across cities, academia and the private sector.

The Nordic countries have a challenging climate (rainy, cold and icy), they have energy policies in place and are largely on track in their decarbonisation of electricity, heat and buildings. Transportation and mobility, however, present multiple pressing challenges: the fossil fuel intensity of transport, long travel distances, the state of public transport infrastructure, congestion, population density and electrification of transport.

Summit Sessions

ELECTRO MOBILITY: TOWARDS 100% ELECTRIFICATION

Moderator: Mikael Nybacka, Associate Professor, KTH, Division of Vehicle Dynamics

Confirmed topics:

  • A smart and sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicle
  • State of Health Evaluation of 10 V2G EVs
  • Electric Road System (ERS) overview and how could a national ERS be established
  • Wireless electric roads – ready for large scale deployment
  • Towards 100% electro-mobility: An EV driver’s perspective

Moderator: Bernadette Bergsma, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, EIT Urban Mobility

BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE & CITIZENS ENGAGEMENT

Confirmed topics:

  • Towards personalised incentives for car sharing – Share More EIT-Urban Mobility project
  • Regulator Perspective (policy changes)
  • People-first Mobility
  • Mistra SAMS Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Solutions

LONG DISTANCE CYCLING

Moderator: Anders Fjendbo Jensen, Associate Professor DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Increased International Interest in New Cycling Infrastructure
  • Strategic effort for supercycle paths in the Capital Region
  • Socio-economic Evaluations of Super Bike Highways
  • Introduction to Bike-Longer 2020
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Copenhagen
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Tel Aviv
  • Development of apps for revealing bicyclist behaviour

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Moderator: Claudio Roncoli, Assistant Professor, Aalto University, Department of Built Environment

Confirmed topics:

  • What is the role of Micro-mobility post-Covid19?
  • Road towards Automation
  • Aalto University projects (smart traffic and open data)
  • Smart mobility piloting to enable future mobility solutions: The Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki
  • Traffic management for future mobility

TRANSPORT IN THE TIME OF PANDEMICS

Moderator: Kersten Heineke, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed topics:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions
  • How Movia uses Neural Networks-models to support social distancing requirements
  • Exploration of TomTom data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on traffic
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on public transport use in Sweden

THE LINK BETWEEN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN PLANNING

Moderator: Otto Anker Nielsen, Professor, DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Public Transport, Walking, and Urban Environments
  • Developing analysis of future transport infrastructure in urban context – Example: Copenhagen Metro
  • Intermodal transit hubs – a driver for urban life and development
  • By & Havn

Click here to visit the conference website for more information.

Join Europe’s largest mobility hackathon on 18- 20 September

The InnovaCity Hackathon brings together more than 200 innovators, entrepreneurs, mobility professionals, and municipalities to tackle Europe’s largest mobility issues. 

Cities will act as hosts for our 3 hackathons presenting their toughest mobility challenges. Participants will join a diverse and international team to create an actionable solution to solve these challenges. 

This year, we will host 3 Hackathons in Munich-Barcelona, Tel-Aviv, and Helsinki. The winning team from each Hackathon will get a chance to attend Global Week in December 2020 where the top teams from each hub will battle it out on the international stage for a grand prize (to be announced shortly!).

The winning teams for InnovaCity Munich-Barcelona are in with a chance to win a spot in our exclusive 8-week startup Bootcamp Xplore, Bits & Pretzels tickets, and a prototyping voucher for Makerspace

For more information about the event and to register please check out our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/innovacity-munich-barcelona-mobility-hackathon-online-registration-115651445587 

For more insights about InnovaCity check out this video from our 2019 program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNsd2wxX9OU&feature=youtu.be 

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator HUB East Innovation Sessions

August- November 2020

The Innovation accelerator offers 8 learning sessions for more extensive knowledge into the tools that start-ups needs to use to be successful in their daily life; not only in idea creation and product development, but also in the comercialisation of their idea, finding investors and sell the product.

During these 2 hours sessions, experienced mentors will share their knowledge and skills with participants. Topics has been selected very carefully taking into account the needs of start-ups, so participation on every single session can accelerate the ability of team significantly.

The following topics will be covered during the whole programme:

  • Opportunities: overview of current challenges in Urban mobility
  • Ideation: product creation by using customer centric approach
  • Development: agile methodology as essential development method in start-up community
  • Sales: communication on social network with B2B and B2G customers

All sessions will be interactive, and a lot of time will be devoted to practical implementation of the knowledge acquired. Therefore you will be ready to use all skills and tools within your team just after the sessions. 

Calendar

  • 6 August 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Urban Mobility challenges / David Michalička (vice-mayor of Ricany)
  • 20 August 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 1 – Opportunity clarification / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 3 September 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 2 – Opportunity definition / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 17 September 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:59 a.m. – Design Thinking 3 – Creative Thinking / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 1 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Design Thinking 4 – Idea concept / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 15 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 5 – Finalisation of product / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 29 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Agile methodology – big picture and best practice / Iulia Varva (Agile mentor)
  • 12 November 2020, 17:00 a.m. – 18:30 a.m. – B2B & B2G Sales / Milan Ruzicka and Monika Ruzicka Kenter (co-founders of Thought Horizon, US based B2B focused company helping B2B Sales and Marketing to gain traction on social media)