The i2CAT Foundation presents the 9th edition of the SmartCatalonia Challenge with the Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration and the General Direction of Transport and Mobility

19/04/2021

The ninth edition of the SmartCatalonia Challenge is focused on digitally improving public transport by road. The General Direction of Transport and Mobility presented five challenges to encourage SMEs and startups to create ICT solutions that respond to the needs posed by municipalities and entities in the country.

The virtual presentation started with an introduction by Dani Marco, general director of Economy and Digital Innovation, and David Saldoni, general director of Transports and Mobility. The challenges proposed for this edition are:

  • Challenge 1: Improvement in the picking-up system and access to information. This challenge aims to find a solution able to ease user’s access to information in real-time and optimize communications.
  • Challenge 2: Optimize services for people with functional diversity. This challenge aims to find a technological solution to improve adapted access to information, accessibility, and user’s experience to facilitate access and inclusion to all citizens in all services.
  • Challenge 3: Digital payment. The idea is to digitalize the single ticket for public transport by road, offering an alternative to the payment in cash.
  • Challenge 4: Service to areas with lower population density. This challenge’s main objective is to find an innovative solution that promotes sustainable mobility in those areas where public transport by road has more gaps in coverage and frequency of passage.
  • Challenge 5: Prevention of sexual harassment in public transport. To prevent, reduce, and combating cases of sexual harassment in public transport, this challenge looks for an innovative solution capable of improving the safety of female users.

The registration is open until the 23rd of July. A specialized jury will select the best ten proposals, which will compete in September’s Finale. The three winning ideas will receive a cash prize valued at €20.000 (€15.000, €3.000 and €2.000, respectively) and the chance to present the proposal at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2021. The winning solution will also perform a pilot test with the General Direction of Transport and Mobility.

The event can be seen here.

The participation for the eighth edition is still opened until the 31st of May!

 

 

Original source: Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration