The MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition took off with a fresh and “youthful” start!
Y4PT—a UITP foundation that offers real opportunities through which young people develop innovative ideas and new solutions to improve mobility in all kinds of contexts—held its second Global Transport Hackathon here in Dubai, UAE, this past weekend.
The jury members had a difficult choice to make, as all projects were innovative and successfully brought concrete solutions to increase active mobility, help fight climate change and raise the modal share of sustainable urban mobility.
The winning team of this inspiring hackathon was announced during the opening of the MENA Transport Congress 2018, by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Namshi, meaning “we walk” in Arabic, aims at enhancing the connection between the different modes of urban transport with moving walkways that are fast and sustainable. The moving walkway would move pedestrians of Dubai at a speed of 15 km/h. It focuses on safety, low installation and maintenance cost and can be powered by solar panels, which can also provide protection from the sun.
The final pitches of the 14 projects were presented on Sunday, a few seconds after RTA and Y4PT signed the Ring Charter, an initiative which is meant to develop a continuous exchange among cities, stakeholders and authorities to create extraordinary projects and transform urban life.
The foundation recently received an important recognition as the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon series was acknowledged by the European Mobility Week Secretariat as one of the best practices of 2017. As a part of this recognition, the Y4PT-UITP Foundation was invited to lead a workshop session to share this initiative with the audience in the framework of the Ceremony of the European Mobility Week Awards 2017, which was handed over by the European Commission in the Belgian capital of Brussels on 21 March 2018.
Head to the Y4PT website to learn more about the hackathons and upcoming events!