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A Tribe Called Transport: Student Challenge 2021

Why a student challenge?

Taxistop believes that students are a perfect representation of our current society and of what our society will be like in 5-10 years. With our youth platform, A Tribe Called Transport, we not only want to reach students, but also activate them to think critically about our current mobility system and their mobility behavior.

In 2020 we organized an online student challenge with various Belgian universities. The challenge focused on how we can make Mobihubs more accessible to students. Per university, the students were allowed to present their ideas during an online event where they were judged by an international jury.

We want to do this again in Autumn of 2021, but this time we want to go further than just Mobihubs. First of all, we will launch the student challenge internationally. Beside of that, we want to focus on the mobility experience of students during their trips to campus. With the corona measures it has once again become clear that safe, efficient and accessible mobility is of great importance. From our small-scale study, we noticed that students experience many obstacles when they travel. We see that the trips to campus are the journeys for which they need the most improvement. On the one hand, this may be because some campuses are not so accessible (or can only be reached by car), on the other hand, it may also be because students are not yet sufficiently aware of alternative sustainable transport modes, such as shared mobility. How can we place sustainable shared mobility more prominently on the agenda of the universities? To answer this question, we want to take a bottom-up approach by encouraging students to actively work on this.

Purpose of the student challenge

  • Make sustainable and shared transport options more known to students.
  • Acquiring new insights about the public space on campuses
  • Gaining more insights into the mobility needs of students
  • Make the campuses a more accessible and pleasant place for students.
  • Make the trips to campuses more efficient and sustainable
  • Engage students to think critically about their travel behavior and the public space they travel in.
  • Engage universities to think critically about their mobility policy.

How?

In recent years, we have been able to establish close contacts with several colleges and universities, both nationally (UGent, UHasselt, VUB, HoWest, KUL, UA, Vives) and internationally. In collaboration with these schools, we want to launch a challenge around which students can work in groups. It is important that the challenge is presented in the context of a course with a range of tasks linked to it. We launch the challenge via the teachers at the start of the new academic year. In December we let the students present their ideas during an online event. The students are given complete freedom in the interpretation of their possible solution. Possible solutions could range from creating a carpooling community on campus to Mobihubs near campuses to other creative alternatives. Most importantly, their proposal must be linked to improving/making the mobility experience towards the campus more sustainable. The students will be judged during the online event by an independent (international) jury and can also win a nice prize.

To work on this challenge, it is important that:

  1. The idea is supported by teachers who are involved and help spread the challenge.
  2. The challenge can be launched within a specific subject, but students are free to form groups with students from other study programs.
  3. The students start from concrete cases, e.g. building plans for a new campus, campus surroundings, first / last mile accessibility campus, their own experiences …

Are you interested?

Please contact esen.kose@taxistop.be for further information.