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.