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Making public space usable

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Good Health and Well-being


The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transportation. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and provide an excellent platform that supports the education, thought-leadership, business development, and the overall steady growth of the smart mobility industrial growth.

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 in regards to 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 and national cities are highly interested in innovative sustainable solutions for efficient mobility in their cities. At the same time, cities must rethink their approach to climate-neutral mobility and lifestyles. This is causing many cities and companies to rethink. The ITS World Congress in 2021 therefore offers the opportunity to present the results to an international audience of experts from companies and delegates from abroad.

Target groups

Citizens, traffic business, innovators for new traffic solutions, providers of cultural and social offerings

The project

The project will be run over a three-week period (March 25 to April 29):

25 March, 10:00-16:00 (CET);Kick-off

1 April,  10:00-12:00 (CET); First interim presentation

15 April, 10:00-12:00 (CET); Second interim presentation

29 April, 10:00-12:00 (CET); Closing event

ITS World Congress: 11 - 15 October 2021

Deadline for applications, including a short motivatonal statement: March 22, 23:59 (CET)

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


Hamburg University of Technology


ITS World Congress 2021

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