Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon to tackle transit issues

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Mumbai: Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon aims to tackle safe and sustainable transportation issues.

The Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and the Swedish Institute are organising a 42-hour digital Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon on February 26-28, 2021.

The mission of the hackathon is to design, test and execute ideas for the future – with a particular focus on mobility.

Sweden and India have joined forces to tackle important issues regarding safe and sustainable transportation. This hackathon is a designer sprint-like event where participants collaborate intensively on digital innovations.

And will build functioning solutions to predetermined challenges by the end of the event namely – lethal accidents in traffic, safe and sustainable transport, air pollution/ emissions from traffic sector, Infrastructure for connected vehicle and sustainable logistics.

Innovation is at the heart of the Sweden India relationship, and safe, sustainable transport has grown immensely as a vital new area of co-operation, according to Anna Lekvall, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai.

“The Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon is expanding this partnership, providing a strong platform for students, start-ups, companies, experts from the two countries to co-create new solutions for mobility. Together, we can change the way we move,” said Lekvall.

Students, entrepreneurs, innovation enthusiasts, developers, designers, creatives and mobility experts across India and Sweden can participate in the hackathon. They can innovate and co-create on the topic of the future of sustainable mobility sector, to work on industry challenges and develop solutions and proof of concepts.

The participants will have access to a unique network of major Swedish and Indian companies and institutes and will work to solve questions based on open data sources. The winners will get to pitch ideas and receive guidance from the partners to further develop, realize and implement their solutions.

Institutions and universities can also join as key partners in recruiting talent, providing guidance and supporting co-creation, innovation and sustainability. Professors, Leaders, Engineering, Transport and Creative experts can enrol as Mentors. And they can guide and support their assigned teams on the mobility challenges.

The theme is based on the Joint Innovation Partnership that exists between India and Sweden and the Sweden-India Transport Safety & Innovation Platform (SITIS) – launched in February 2020.

The global demand for safe and sustainable transport solutions is tremendous, according to Fanny Von Heland, Head of Office of Science & Innovation, Embassy of Sweden based in New Delhi

“I’m proud and delighted that Sweden and India are taking a leading role in developing and testing what the future of transport could look like,” said Von Heland.

“With the mobility hack we are giving students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to co-create and strengthen our already strong partnership. I’m looking forward to seeing what game-changing solutions we together can create,” added Von Heland.

Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon led by the Swedish Institute with support from several Swedish and Indian partners including startups, incubators, research institutes, innovation cells, road safety organisations and companies in sectors of sustainability, automotive and transport.

Sweden and India have come together to tackle important issues regarding safe and sustainable transportation. Issues that affect us all, according to Madeleine Sjöstedt, Director-General – Swedish Institute.

“Leading companies, experts and top talents from both our countries have joined, and we are full of expectations of what ideas, solutions and connections this hackathon will be the beginning of,” added Sjöstedt.

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