UM-SMART Mobiprize: Rethinking Transportation One Disruptive Venture at a Time
Who will you meet?
Cities are innovating, companies are pivoting, and start-ups are growing. Like you, every urban practitioner has a remarkable story of insight and challenge from the past year.
Meet these peers and discuss the future of cities in the new Meeting of the Minds Executive Cohort Program. Replace boring virtual summits with facilitated, online, small-group discussions where you can make real connections with extraordinary, like-minded people.
Transportation has reached a tipping point as the world urbanizes and becomes more complex. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city or city region. But the good thing is that a entrepreneurs world-wide are stepping up to the plate with some of the most exciting and sustainable solutions – technologies, products, modes, services, infrastructures – all to tackle the most wicked transportation challenges of our time. In response SMART at University of Michigan is crowd sourcing and honoring these myriad enterprises that are making the world a better place through sustainable transportation enterprise.
The next generation of transportation is all about having a portfolio of transportation options to meet our varying needs. The new mobility space is exploding with opportunities for innovation through new information technologies, new shared service models, and new attitudes, particularly among youth. This is not only helping advance the livability and sustainability of communities worldwide, it is also supporting our local and global economies.
How MobiPrize began
The Mobi PRIZE was created by UM-SMART with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation in 2012 as part of a project called “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities.” The idea was to crowd source and advance the emerging entrepreneurial space in New Mobility globally by bringing to the forefront what was happening and where, and how it could be enhanced and accelerated.
In 2012 we received a flurry of great submissions and presented three prizes to three great winners from different continents on a global stage at Rio +20 in Brazil. Our successful start has encouraged us to return with MobiPrize 2014.
MobiPrize 2014: Deadline to apply July 07, 2014
This year we have three awards;
- The Grand Mobi: This is a $15,000 award for the innovative business venture that has the greatest impact through sustainable transportation/New Mobility. (Sponsored to Takata and Ford Motor Company).
- Michigan Mobi (NEW!): This is a $5,000 cash award for Michigan-based entrepreneurs who, through their innovative venture are contributing to the Michigan region and economy. (Sponsored by NextEnergy)
- Enterprising City/State Mobi (NEW!): For 2014, SMART MobiPrize has partnered with ICLEI Ecomobility to create an award of recognition for City/State governments that have demonstrated active efforts to build a culture of innovation and encourage entrepreneurship in sustainable transportation
Winners of all the three 2014 MobiPrizes will be recognized at the21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems,happening September 7-11, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. The event brings together more than 10,000 transportation and business professionals, innovators and engineers, investors, researchers, elected officials, and public agency representatives from the U.S. and around the world to showcase the latest transportation technologies and share ideas and strategies for reinventing transportation in our connected world.
The Mobi Platform
The MobiPlatform has been created to help promote New Mobility enterprise, to support shared learning and collaboration, and to increase exposure to customers, investors and resources.
It helps promote, connect, and support entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators in the New Mobility space. It helps entrepreneurs, investors, city leaders, policy makers, big business, academics, and interested citizens stay up to date on trends and needs in the New Mobility enterprise space.
All entrepreneurs (anywhere in the world) addressing sustainable transportation challenges and opportunities with innovative and sustainable solutions and business models are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is July 7, 2014.
To apply for MobiPrize (very easy application form): http://mobiprize.com/?page_id=5121
To Join M.O.D.E. and receive regular updates from the Mobi Platform: http://mobi-platform.com/2014-mobinet/
To learn more about SMART: www.um-smart.org/blog
SMART’s mission is to catalyze and undertake collaborative research, on the ground projects (living labs), education, and global learning exchange in a range of areas related to the sustainable future of transportation systems in an urbanizing world, and to the emerging industry and economy that will supply them. SMART is cross-university, multi-stakeholder, global project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Leave your comment below, or reply to others.
Please note that this comment section is for thoughtful, on-topic discussions. Admin approval is required for all comments. Your comment may be edited if it contains grammatical errors. Low effort, self-promotional, or impolite comments will be deleted.
Read more from MeetingoftheMinds.org
Spotlighting innovations in urban sustainability and connected technology
Why one city decays and another thrives can sometimes seem random. So, trying to foresee downrange why the future will happen in City A and not City B is hard. Moreover, to imagine that there is one formula that all 7.8 billion of us should adhere to, wherever it is we live, is clearly nonsensical.
In our work, we study, research, and rank places to determine what the best practices are to increase economic prosperity, social equity, and quality of life. Ultimately, the question we want to answer is: What is it that makes a city a place of the future? In our research, one thing has become clear to us: next-gen talent is the fuel for the future of place. And by extension, jobs of the future will happen in places of the future.
Digital twins and AI analysis would offer significant benefits to organizations across all sectors. By providing a comprehensive look at a geographical area and its infrastructure and assets, these technologies will enable smarter and more targeted field planning optimization. It could help digitize field surveys, offer new levels of remote engineering access, and enable contact tracing around COVID-19.
The focus will continue to shift away from the data itself and towards its relationships. The connections between data are where the most powerful insights lie. With enough data points, organizations can look to analytics to better understand the context and “see” the future.
AI at scale and emerging data technologies truly illustrate this connectivity and potential. Although it’s an emerging field, the benefits are limitless.
In my business, we’d rather not be right. What gets a climate change expert out of bed in the morning is the desire to provide decision-makers with the best available science, and at the end of the day we go to bed hoping things won’t actually get as bad as our science tells us. That’s true whether you’re a physical or a social scientist.
Well, I’m one of the latter and Meeting of the Minds thought it would be valuable to republish an article I penned in January 2020. In that ancient past, only the most studious of news observers had heard of a virus in Wuhan, China, that was causing a lethal disease. Two months later we were in lockdown, all over the world, and while things have improved a lot in the US since November 2020, in many cities and nations around the world this is not the case. India is living through a COVID nightmare of untold proportions as we speak, and many nations have gone through wave after wave of this pandemic. The end is not in sight. It is not over. Not by a longshot.
And while the pandemic is raging, sea level continues to rise, heatwaves are killing people in one hemisphere or the other, droughts have devastated farmers, floods sent people fleeing to disaster shelters that are not the save havens we once thought them to be, wildfires consumed forests and all too many homes, and emissions dipped temporarily only to shoot up again as we try to go “back to normal.”
So, I’ll say another one of those things I wish I’ll be wrong about, but probably won’t: there is no “back to normal.” Not with climate change in an interdependent world.