A Tribe Called Transport launches a student challenge!

Why a student challenge?

Mpact believes that students are a perfect representation of our current society and of what our society will be like in 5-10 years. With our youth platform, A Tribe Called Transport, we not only want to reach students, but also activate them to think critically about our current mobility system and their mobility behavior.

In 2020 we organized an online student challenge with various universities. The challenge focused on how we can make Mobihubs more accessible to students. Per university, the students were allowed to present their ideas during an online event where they were judged by an international jury.

We want to do this again in 2021, but this time we want to go further than just Mobihubs. First of all, we will launch the student challenge nationally and internationally. With the corona measures it has once again become clear that safe, efficient and accessible mobility is of great importance. From our small-scale study, we noticed that students experience many obstacles when they travel. We see that the trips to campus are the journeys for which they need the most improvement. On the one hand, this may be because some campuses are not so accessible (or can only be reached by car), on the other hand, it may also be because students are not yet sufficiently aware of alternative sustainable transport modes, such as shared mobility.

Instead thinking about a solution for the students, we think it is more interesting to involve and activate the students to create their own solutions. That is the reason why we launch this international student challenge: How can we improve the mobility experience of students during their trips to their class/campus? To answer this question, we want to take a bottom-up approach by encouraging students to actively work on this in a learning environment.

Purpose of the student challenge

  • Make sustainable and shared transport options more known to students.
  • Acquiring new insights about the public space on campuses.
  • Gaining more insights into the mobility needs of students.
  • Make the campuses a more accessible and pleasant place for students.
  • Engage students to think critically about their travel behavior and the public space they travel in.
  • Engage universities to think critically about their mobility policy.
  • Place sustainable shared mobility more prominently on the agenda of the universities.

General guidelines to participate

General guidelines:

1. The idea is supported by a teacher/professor/assistant who is involved and helps spreading the challenge (ideally, the challenge is assigned as a practical work to a course of the semester). The role of the teacher can be compared with the role as a mentor for a thesis.

2. Students are free to form groups with students from other study programs. Groups of 3-6 students.

3. The students start from concrete cases, e.g. building plans for a new campus, campus surroundings, first / last mile accessibility campus, their own experiences during a trip to their campus…
4. The students are between 18 and 25 years old.

5. The challenge language is English.

6. It's essential to respect the timing.

7. A team can submit only one entry.

8. It's free to participate.

9. The winning team wins a prize.

10. Last but not least : The challenge is presented by a team with a fun team name!

Important deadlines to participate

30 june 2021: Last call: final list of participating universities & colleges July/August/September 2021: Information exchange and preparation for the launch
October 2021: Teachers launch international challenge towards their students 22 November 2021: Submission team ideas: A4paper & slides November/December 2021: Selection of the finalists December 2021: Final (online) event where the finalists can pitch their ideas in front of an international jury

Guidelines for the solutions

Scope & recommendations: 1. The students have the freedom to choose how they want to interpret the challenge, e.g. an app, a communication plan, a new mobility concept... 2. The solution must focus on a concrete challenge on a local level. This means that they can work on building plans for a new campus, campus surroundings, first / last mile accessibility campus, their own experiences...
3. Focus on shared and sustainable transportation 4. Use SMART objectives, but don’t be afraid to think OUT OF THE BOX 5. No development may start before the actual date and time of the student challenge (October 2021 until November 2021)



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