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Rationale


Fundamental changes in transportation are a great challenge and opportunity at the same time – this requires a systemic view of the evolving transformation.

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Rationale


Fundamental changes in transportation are a great challenge and opportunity at the same time – this requires a systemic view of the evolving transformation.

The rise of the shared-economy has completely disrupted existing products and services in the urban mobility space. Peer-to-peer mobility services like Uber and Lyft have challenged the taxi, livery, car share, and mass-transit establishment. Disruptive innovations like this have the power to not only redefine industries, it can bankrupt companies as well. The shift from analog to digital cameras eventually led to the demise of Polaroid. The mass adoption of personal computing saw the end of industrial manufacturers like Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Technologies like VHS tapes, landlines, and even encyclopedias all have been uprooted with the introduction of new technologies. More recently, Airbnb has disrupted the travel and hotel industry by increasing the supply of options for people to stay and providing matching services. The Disruptive Mobility Summit brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the role of disruptive innovations within the mobility networks. 

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Oranizing Institutions


Disrupting Mobility is organized by world-class universities. 

Oranizing Institutions


Disrupting Mobility is organized by world-class universities. 

Disrupting Innovation is Organized by the following institutions

Building upon the first Shared Use Vehicle Summit held in 2013, the 2015 Disruptive Mobility Summit is co-hosted by the University of California at Berkeley, MIT Media Lab, InnoZ, and the London School of Economics.  


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City Science Initiative, MIT MEDIA LAB

The City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is a unique network of research groups experienced in the design of technology and infrastructure, the analysis of big data, and the development of rigorous scientific theories. The City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab provides an interdisciplinary nexus where these research networks join to improve the design, livability and understanding of high performance urban environments.

http://cities.media.mit.edu/

 


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Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), University of California, Berkeley

In addition to performing research informed by a diverse array of perspectives, TSRC also engages in education and outreach to promote its core values of sustainability and equity, to ensure that we are able to meet the transportation needs of the present without compromising future generations.  

TSRC conducts research on a wide array of transportation-related issues, addressing the needs of individuals as well as the public. 

http://tsrc.berkeley.edu/

 


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LSE CITIES,  London School of Economics and Political Science  

LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, conferences, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. Its mission is to study how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. LSE Cities investigates how complex urban systems are responding to the pressures of growth, change and globalisation, with new infrastructures of design and governance that both complement and threaten social and environmental equity.

https://lsecities.net/


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Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel, InnoZ)

The Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) is a living lab for connected mobility located on the European Energy Forum (EUREF) Campus in Berlin. InnoZ offers research, testing and consulting services, and develops - in cooperation with its partners from industry, research, and government - innovative system solutions in the fields of mobility and societal change. Research at InnoZ focuses on sustainable future mobility concepts and their impact on society.

http://innoz.de/innoz_start.html?&L=1 

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Organizers


Mobility experts from leading universities, governments and companies  will share their stories and insights.

Organizers


Mobility experts from leading universities, governments and companies  will share their stories and insights.

The leaders driving the new mobility trends are here. They will give you insights on the technologies, trends, policies, and businesses that are disrupting mobility, and changing society.


Ryan Chin

MIT Media Lab, City Science Initiative

Dr. Ryan Chin is the managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He conducts research on disruptive urban systems in the areas of urban mobility, live/work, building-integrated agriculture, and big data analytics. Dr. Chin is creating Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems – a network of self-driving, shared-use, lightweight electric vehicles (EVs) for cities. He also developed MoD EVs including the GreenWheel, RoboScooter, Persuasive Electric Vehicle, and the CityCar – a foldable, electric, two-passenger vehicle. The CityCar is designed to meet European Union regulations for roadworthy urban EVs. Time Magazine named CityCar the “Automotive Invention of the Year” in 2007. Research on MoD systems led to the MIT Press publication of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century by Mitchell, Borroni-Bird, and Burns in 2010.


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adam cohen

Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Adam Cohen is a research associate at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the group in 2004, he has focused his research on shared mobility. He has co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. In 2008, he completed a dual Masters degree in city and regional planning and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 


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Wolfgang Gruel

MIT Media Lab / Daimler

Wolfgang Gruel holds a dual appointment with MIT Media Lab and moovel, Daimler's subsidary for innovative mobility solutions, to create outstanding mobility solutions for urban areas.  Wolfgang helped to build up car2go and the mobility platform moovel. While car2go is the world’s leading provider of flexible carsharing programs that is now available in more than 25 cities worldwide, the mobility platform moovel is offering customers the best options for traveling from point A to point B by combining diverse modes of transportation.

 


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Florian Lennert

InnoZ

Florian Lennert is Director of the Intelligent City Forum, a joint venture of InnoZ and LSE based in Berlin, Germany focusing on sustainable urban innovation at the interface of smart mobility, urban renewable energy systems, intelligent infrastructure and future city design.  InnoZ is a leading German innovation centre, jointly established by the German Social Science Centre (WZB), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Deutsche Bahn, Siemens and T-Systems in Berlin, Germany. InnoZ collaborates with industry, start-ups, utilities, municipalities, science and government in developing and scaling future energy and mobility systems. Florian previously co-founded the LSE Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment (with Professor Lord Nick Stern) and the LSE Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and served as Director of Corporate Relations at LSE.


PHILIPP RODE

LSE Cities

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities which includes co-directing the cities research programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme's Green Economy Report. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society in over a dozen world cities.


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Susan Shaheen

Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Susan’s interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral research on carsharing, linked to public transit in the mid-1990s. Today, she is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy and co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She has authored 55 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, four book chapters, and co-edited one book. Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards.


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Hackathon


Hackathon


Disrupting mobility hackathon 2015

theme: Urban Autonomous Delivery 

November 6-8, 2015

 

The Disrupting Mobility Hackathon 2015 will be about creating your own concepts for an Urban Autonomous Delivery system that moves goods, services, or people within a city.

 

The application of urban autonomous delivery is wide ranging. The six focus areas for this Hackathon are:

  1. Moving people (Seniors, people without a driver’s licence, drunk drivers, distracted drivers)

  2. Small packages (max. 17.88" x 12.38" x 3", e.g., Electronics/Books/small Furniture)

  3. Food & Beverages (Fit to temperature requirements)

  4. City Services (Garbage collection, street cleaning, street maintenance, parking tickets)

  5. Medical Services (Focus on safety, cleanliness)

  6. Disaster/Emergency Handling (Fire, Police, natural disasters)

During the event there will be a series of one-hour seminars where you can learn about sensors, controls, prototyping and fabrication, platforms, and programming. Prior to the event, a set of online tutorials will be provided on our website.

 

Expected Deliverables
Your team’s creative output could be in the form of mock-ups, working prototypes, virtual models (animation, video), graphics (renderings, infographics), simulation models, business and operational models. Hackathon kits will be provided during the event to assist you in your projects. Participants are welcome to bring any additional hardware, software, or other materials and components to the Hackathon.  

 

Evaluation criteria
Each team will present their concepts to a panel of expert judges at the end of the Hackathon starting at 2pm on Sunday, November 8th.

The judges will evaluate your project based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity, 20%

  • Feasibility, 20%

  • Scalability, 20%

  • User experience, 20%

  • Originality, 20%

Winners of the hackathon will be awarded prizes at the end of the event and will be given the opportunity to make a short presentation during the Disrupting Mobility Summit on November 12th.

 

Registration
This 48-hour Hackathon is open to university students and professionals. Participants are welcome to join from academia, government, and industry. We invite participants from the U.S. and abroad to attend this event. You can sign-up as a team (2 to 4 people) or register alone. Participants registering alone will be organized into small teams at the start of the event. There is a $20 registration fee per person for this event. The Hackathon will provide food during the event -- Evening of Nov 6th (snacks), Breakfast/lunch/dinner on Nov 7th, Breakfast/Lunch on Nov 8th. Registration information is below:

http://www.disrupting-mobility.org/registration-venue/#registration

 

More Information
For more information including schedules, venue, and FAQs please go here

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Call for Papers


Our call for papers is now closed. Thank you for all the submittals!

Call for Papers


Our call for papers is now closed. Thank you for all the submittals!

The rise of the sharing economy has completely disrupted existing products and services in the urban mobility space. Peer-to-peer mobility services, like Uber and Lyft, have challenged the taxi, livery, carsharing, and mass-transit establishment. Disruptive innovations like this have the power to not only redefine industries, it can bankrupt companies as well. The shift from analog to digital cameras eventually led to the demise of Polaroid. The mass adoption of personal computing saw the end of industrial manufacturers like Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Technologies like VHS tapes, landlines, and even encyclopedias all have been uprooted with the introduction of new technologies. More recently, Airbnb has disrupted the travel and hotel industry by increasing the supply of options for people to stay and providing matching services. 


Disruptive trends and technologies present tremendous challenges and open new debates around: 

The Sharing Economy and Shared Mobility

  • The role of ownership and access; 
  • The role of shared mobility in the 21st century; 
  • How shared mobility and other sharing economy goods and services are modeled and evaluated

Changing Demographics, Sociological, and Other Key Trends

  • Theoretical concepts of sharing and sociology; 
  • Changing socio-demographic trends by impacted and contributing to shared mobility and disruptive technologies; 
  • Role of autonomous vehicles in shared mobility; 
  • Changing travel behavior associated with autonomous vehicles

Role of Courier Network Services (Flexible Goods Movement) and Shared Mobility

  • Shared mobility’s contribution to flexible goods movement and sustainable urban logistics; 
  • How shared goods and services are designed, delivered, and managed 

Urban Design and Infrastructure of Disruptive Mobility

  • The urban and spatial impacts that could emerge from disruptive technologies; 
  • Physical and digital infrastructure needed to accommodate disruptive technologies; 
  • Shared mobility and multi-modal integration; 
  • Opportunities for shared mobility and transit-oriented development; 
  • Shared mobility in the countryside (rural areas): opportunities and obstacles

The Role of Policy and the Public Sector

  • Opportunities for public and private partnerships and collaboration; 
  • The role of shared mobility in de-carbonization and renewable energy strategies; 
  • Partners or opponents? Shared mobility and relationship to public transport;
  • Data sharing and privacy in the new economy; 
  • Policy recommendations for disruptive mobility; 
  • How disruptive mobility is experienced and perceived by both the public sector and the public at large. 

Designing for the Sharing Economy

  • The role of design (with a capital “D”) in the sharing economy including product, interface, service, and experience design;
  • How to design products and services for the on-demand market;
  • How to we educate designers for the sharing economy

The summit is seeking abstracts for poster presentations that explore these challenges and opportunities around disruptive mobility and affiliated industries and technologies. Posters will be considered for paper submittals to be included in an upcoming book volume on Disrupting Mobility, which will be co-edited by Susan Shaheen and others. Please email your abstract of 300 words to submissions.disrupting-mobility@media.mit.edu by August 25, 2015.

Notice: Call for papers is now closed. Thank you for all the submissions.