Today, ERTICO is launching the European leg of the Global Challenge, a competition where graduate students from European universities are tasked to solve real-world mobility problems. The winning team will have the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and pitch their idea to industry leaders at the ITS World Congress in October 2020.

To enter the competition, organised jointly with ITS America and ITS Asia-Pacific, teams of three to five students should design a sustainable mobility solution for their home or university town focused on vulnerable road users. Interested? Sign up here.

“As urban networks grow, the needs of elderly, pedestrians, disabled, cyclists and women are often neglected. This competition aims to engage young talent in finding innovative solutions to meet the requirements of these users while improving mobility and reducing congestion”, says Irina Patrascu-Grant, Head of the European Selection Committee.

In the first leg of the competition, the students should by 25 January 2020 submit a half-page declaration of intent stating their motivation and the focus of their solution. Then, by 29 March each team should send a five to ten-page final paper.

Three teams will be selected and a representative from each will be invited to pitch their idea at the ITS European Congress in Lisbon in May 2020. The team with the best pitch will represent Europe at the Global Challenge in Los Angeles.

“This is an exciting opportunity to network with industry leaders and explore job prospects in the smart mobility sector”, says Beth Kigel, ELP Committee Chair. “The ITS World Congress is a unique launch pad for young entrepreneurs interested in an international career in mobility.”

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