Reshaping our societies with an innovative spirit: Enter HACK COVID-19

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As the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus is being felt across the globe, we’re asking ourselves more and more…how can we stay together? How can we make sure that this battle is won without losing our sense of connection?

The unfolding situation is affecting not only the health of individuals, but also the operation of organisations across many sectors. We’ll also see the impact on the cohesion of communities, serious financial disruption, and many knock-on implications.

At Y4PT, they’re committed to limiting the negative loss of our communities by creating a sense of cohesion – and making sure we use this difficult situation to reshape our societies.

Enter 'HACK COVID19 and Reshape Societies'.

With the launch of the HACK COVID-19, Y4PT has instigated an online problem-solving call for tackling the current pandemic in transport and other related sectors.

This is an open call for creative ideas and innovations with the very best projects moving forward to participate in the #Y4PThackathon2021.

By now you’ll be familiar with the worldwide Hackathons created and hosted across the globe by Y4PT. Bringing young people together to create, innovate and respond to our future.

Right now, that future may look somewhat uncertain, so it’s important to showcase the very best of ourselves during this time.

What is this new Y4PT Hack?

Due to the current health situation around the world, everyone is seeing that extra touch of humanity – and everyone can step forward to help. Y4PT is working to organise a global online event sharing the vision that we can all help, no matter who we are, or what we do.

Now seems like the perfect time to organise such a global online event (we’re pretty much all at home, right?) to share ideas, helpful advice and creative tips to keep society moving forward.

'Hack COVID-19 and Reshape Societies' will bring together our people – young and professionals alike - from all over the world to create innovation.

With the Y4PT COVID19 Hack, their dedicated community will collaborate in generating ideas, prototypes, intentions and skill-sharing in areas such as transport, health, social, logistics, economics and more – all with the hope of creating solutions to this crisis.

How can I get involved?

Participants can be individuals of any age, groups or teams of people, young professionals, start-ups, robotics experts, tech individuals and companies, who can demonstrate their commitment, creativity, or enthusiasm for sustainability in their application.

There are so many ways to participate and make a difference so now is the time to step up show how YOU are a champion for fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do just that right here!

Submit any idea, prototype, skill, and your ability to collaborate from 15 April – 30 April!

Submissions will be reviewed by Y4PT and assessed relative to its creativity, value and potential for immediate or fast sustainability and replication.

What kind of ideas should I submit?

Ideas addressing transportation response, logistics, or making use of transport resources across all themes are particularly sought, but all ideas will be welcomed.

The challenge themes are:

  • Mobility and Transport during a force majeure health event
  • Logistics and freight transport in lockdown cities
  • Social collaboration to support local communities  ( e.g. focus on public transport as a collaborative industry)
  • Maintaining Productivity
  • Health ( production of respirators, protection masks, protection shelters, future creation of stocks, equipment for hospitals, actions on testing population to restart working activities, nutrition plans on long term basis, teaching population how to reinforce immune system, etc.)
  • Emergency action (e.g. through special transport, information of enterprises, etc.)
  • Community activities (solidarity initiatives, teaching the use of technologies for elderlies, sharing info platforms etc.)

These are just examples - all concrete ideas are welcome!

When will I hear back?

Each of you who signs up will be contacted and invited to join groups that will be formed facilitating interaction and joining forces on the specific topics of your ideas.

Y4PT will refine and select teams to participate in a mentored remote event, and will update you in due course!

Why now?

If not now, when?!

We can all do our part to keep society connected – and make sure of sense of community and cohesion remains intact.

Participate and you will have the chance to motivate and move all communities around you, to spot that rare diamond among your friends and contribute - right now, to bring lasting change.  

Don’t just have an idea - make it happen, together…

And you could be on stage during the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Melbourne 2021!


More information can be found on the dedicated Y4PT site.

Jump aboard now!


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