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Making public space usable

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities

The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitisation of transportation. ITS congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and provide an excellent platform that supports the education, thought-leadership, business development, and the overall steady growth of the smart mobility industry. Partially, the challenge will take place on-the-spot at the ITS world congress in Hamburg (free of charge), where participants can get in contact to exhibitors on site. Performing in the challenge will also be possible via internet. It is planned as a hybrid.

Our challenge
Population and production growth have resulted in a demand for higher capacities of urban transportation systems. Today, traffic is the number one occupier of public space in Hamburg. That has led to unsatisfactory conditions regarding traffic flow and traffic jams. Making more public space usable again for the residents therefore calls for innovation and creative approaches. Develop a concept for making more public space usable by interlinking sustainable transportation systems. Bear in mind the urban residents’ wants for cultural and social offers in public spaces.

Expected impact
International cities and metropolitan regions are very interested in innovative sustainable solutions for efficient and climate-neutral mobility. At the same time, many cities and companies are rethinking lifestyles and new design options. The ITS World Congress 2021 offers the opportunity to work on concrete ideas for this together with Hamburg University of Technology.

Target groups
Interested citizens, students and professionals

Challenge open for students and professionals resp. life-long learners

The project
The project will be run as a nano challenge between October 7th and October 13th:

  • Kick-off #1: 07th of October, 16:30 - 18:30 CET (online)
  • Kick-off #2: 11th of October, 17:15 - 19:00 CET (ITS Congress)
  • Closing event: 13th of October, 09:00-13:00 CET or 18:00-19:00 CET (ITS Congress)

Deadline for application including a short motivational statement: 26th of September, 23:59 CET.

ITS World Congress: 11th-15th of October 2021

Expectations from participants
Work in teams. The format of a nano challenge needs about 12 hours distributed between October 11thand October 13th

Admission process
There is no admission process required for this challenge. All admitted participants will be informed shortly before the kick-off to receive the link for the first meeting. For questions related to the content of the challenge or any other information, please contact the teamcher.

Structure of challenge 
Online and on site at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg. Technical equipment incl. webcam will be needed. 

Expected group size
4-10 participants, to be divided into 1-2 teams.

Interaction with the challenge provider, experts, exhibitors, teamcher, international students and professionals.