EIT Urban Mobility - a European initiative in which AMS Institute and the City of Amsterdam are partners - brings together cities, universities, research centres and industry, to work jointly on mobility innovations and make cities more liveable, is organizing as part of its core activities, its third 2020 Citython (online) organized together with CARNET (an initiative coordinated by CIT UPC) and the City of Amsterdam.

After the successful Amsterdam City Challenge that took place last year, AMS Institute now joins this European Citython. This year's focus of the Citython will be on how to tackle sustainable mobility with the use of digital tools. The competition is open to all European citizens with a background in urban mobility and planning.

This Citython will be held in the city of Amsterdam, and is focused on mobility optimization. Our society is shifting towards a digital world, and for this new Citython edition, the aim is to create virtual tools and minimize physical solutions, which are usually expensive and hard to maintain. In a city where bikes are one of the main transport modes, we are also betting for sustainable solutions.

Citython 2020 Amsterdam

The three challenges for the Amsterdam Citython are:

  1. Green & efficient deliveries for a better neighborhood - Devise a solution for a more efficient – and preferably emission-free – supply of goods and services in busy neighbourhoods in the city. The liveability of the neighbourhood should be considered as well as the consequences (financial or otherwise) for the customer of the goods or services.
  2. Park that bike right – Design a solution that improves bike parking, being the emphasis on influencing behaviour and/or on small technical or physical solutions; not using for bike parking facilities or other large and physical solutions.
  3. Journey simulator - Devise a journey simulator for the Amsterdam Area’s mobility network that focuses on (potential) accessibility issues encountered during journeys. The simulator needs to be kept up to date and passengers must be able to deliver feedback.

Participants will have to work on their solutions until 6 November, when the final ideas will be presented to the jury. During the hackathon days, all groups will have the opportunity to attend individual online mentoring sessions to get feedback on their work and take part in a co-creation and collaboration environment. There will be one winning team for each city challenge (three winning teams in total), and each of them will receive a financial award of 1.500 €.

Guidance and mentorship
Caspar Egas, Erik Boertjes, Panchamy Krishnakumari & Joshua Jordan will be participating as mentors to help teams explore their ideas and solutions. Tom Kuipers will be participating as a judge November 6.

How to join?
You can register for this event here. Registration deadline: 28 October - 18:00 CEST. For more information: Citython website.

This event will take place online.

We are looking forward to seeing all the innovative solutions that are the result of this international Hackathon! PS MSc MADE students, this sounds like a challenge right up your alley!


Wrap-up Amsterdam City Challenge

Ingredients for a successful Amsterdam City Challenge: 24-hours of non-stop ideating, uncovering insights, fun, 45 young bright minds in 8 multi-disciplinary teams. All this resulted in 8 amazing innovative solutions to the city's urban challenges!

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