Y4PT Transport Hackaton – Santiago de Chile 2016: un espacio para las soluciones colaborativas

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Columna publicada el día 03/09/2016 en el diario LaTercera con relación a la Transport Hackathon – Santiago de Chile. Escrita por el Dr. Juan Carlos Muñoz, profesor de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y Director del CEDEUS, junto a Lluís A. Vidal Mut – Coordinador General de la Y4PT Capítulo Chile.


El siglo XXI parece destinado a ser el de las megaciudades, los recursos agotables, las redes sociales y las revoluciones tecnológicas. Pasamos de relacionarnos casi exclusivamente con quienes vivían en nuestro entorno geográfico cercano, a poder vincular cualquier rincón del planeta mediante el clic de un celular. A partir de esta permeabilidad de las fronteras ha surgido una generación con una aproximación distinta a la interacción social gracias a las tecnologías de información y comunicación disponibles, lo cual ha significado una profunda transformación en las formas de vincularnos. Cómo enfrentamos nuevas ideas, cómo construimos soluciones y cómo compartimos el conocimiento son parte de este fenómeno.

Así nació el proyecto Transport Hackathon – Santiago de Chile, competencia de ideas innovadoras en el campo del transporte público y la movilidad urbana, enmarcada dentro de la iniciativa global de la Unión Internacional del Transporte Público y su fundación Youth for Public Transport. La Transport Hackathon, que se realizó el 8 y 9 de septiembre en la Estación Mapocho, reunió durante 40 horas seguidas de duro e intenso trabajo a 17 equipos de jóvenes emprendedores. Sus mentes brillantes y llenas de frescura fueron desarrollando prototipos de solución, junto con el apoyo y respaldo de un excelente grupo de mentores, conferencistas y jurado multidisciplinario.

El resultado fue tremendamente exitoso, no sólo por lo interesante y aplicable de los proyectos resultantes, sino también por la propia experiencia de la Transport Hackathon. El evento demuestra el tremendo potencial de dinámicas bien orientadas, no únicamente para los concursantes, sino también para actores con distintos niveles de responsabilidad en el transporte urbano. Abre mentes, dispersa tópicos y miedos, generando conversaciones orientadas a resultados y al bien común. Allí no importa qué cargo tienes, tu origen o edad; solo entender lo que sucede y buscarle una solución entre todos. Este paradigma colaborativo es el gran potencial y la premisa detrás de este tipo de eventos.

La Transport Hackathon es una constatación de una realidad. En la sociedad de hoy, es necesario generar espacios colaborativos holísticos, interactivos y dinámicos, más que congresos de expertos, para alcanzar soluciones o avances. En los primeros, lo relevante son los valores, objetivos comunes y aplicación de conocimientos para proponer soluciones. Esto contrasta con los segundos en que predomina la visión personal de pocos expositores frente a un colectivo pasivamente observante, siendo habitualmente escasos y esquivos los momentos de discusión o profundización. En conclusión, el potencial de la experiencia está en el hacer y no el decir.

Cada una de las personas que pudo experimentar la dulce e inexplicable frenética tortura de la Transport Hackathon salió ampliamente satisfecha. El resultado, más que ganar o perder la competencia, fue generar una red de emociones, conocimiento y soluciones de forma muy intensa. Los nuevos amigos, colegas, ideas, concepciones y visiones distintas compartidas no habrían ocurrido de no haber participado. Esa es la huella de una tendencia que tiene tremendo potencial de transformación social y económica, y que trasciende al evento. Estamos ante un cambio profundo en los procesos de creación de ideas –la innovación abierta, la sociedad de la colaboración- y no una excepción a la regla.

Evidentemente esta oportunidad no es exclusiva del campo del transporte público, la ciudad y su movilidad. Cada uno de los retos que tenemos que afrontar como sociedad necesita de estas dinámicas. El futuro es la colaboración, participación activa y políticas inclusivas. En un mundo con Twitter, Facebook y Periscope, las convenciones sociales verticales pierden sentido y relevancia. Somos parte de una misma red social, directa y descentralizada, que nos permite conectarnos y participar a través de nuevos medios de comunicación, que nos dan la posibilidad de contribuir y ser parte de múltiples iniciativas en pro de la sociedad.

Por último, y no menos importante, el resultado final de esta iniciativa es la presencia de dos equipos chilenos en la gran final mundial de la Y4PT Transport Hackathon en Montreal. Ellos no solo representarán a su país, sino que también se harán parte de un ecosistema donde estarán algunos de los más prominentes actores de movilidad del mundo. Allí tendrán la oportunidad de mostrar sus ideas innovadoras y compartir sus conocimientos y visión del futuro de la movilidad en el mundo. Toda una experiencia que merece ser explorada por quienes desean ser parte de la solución de los complejos desafíos que actualmente enfrenta la humanidad. La buena noticia es que son muchas las mentes que están disponibles.


Madrid is the first city joining our worldwide Hackathon and it’s happening these July and August 2016!

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Media, Y4PT World

 

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Madrid, through EMT Madrid and MobilityLabs, is the first city joining our Global Y4PT Hackathon  http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon/, willing to give hundreds of people the opportunity to reach bigger audiences with their ideas, a platform were exchanges can be made, a place and moment were all their abilities can be finally be shown to the world of urban mobility.

The Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (also known as EMT Madrid) is the Madrid Public Transport Company that operates urban buses as part of the public transit services in Madrid, Spain. EMT Madrid also operates part of the underground parking facilities of the city as well as the tow-truck service. The organization is wholly owned by the municipality of Madrid and is a member of the Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (the Madrid regional transport authority).

EMT and MobilityLabs Madrid launches this Hackathon to present a new Opendata platform. With this vocation, the contest is open for developers and data journalists or any other citizen who, either individually or in teams, would like to work with free data or looking for new development models. Whether you are a student, professional, or business startup, you are invited to participate!

The information is available in this link: https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/hackaton-2016/

On July 11th a first workshop will be held in MedialabPrado, in Madrid, framed within the Hackathon contest MobilityLabs 2016. The essential purpose of the event is to present the platform and all its subsystems. To do this, from 10 AM to 5 PM there will be theoretical and practical sessions alternating. In addition, there will be some introductory session’s experts on various platforms related to the technologies.

The event will go on for two months, made of 2 phases:

  • 1st phase will be dedicated to data Collection from the MediaLab platform and will last one month;
  • 2nd phase will be dedicated to develop services and will also last one month;

The following websites may be of help for you:

To check if you have the required profile:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/perfil-del-concursante/

The contest rules are posted at:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/bases-del-concurso/

Do you dare? sign up here:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/hackaton-2016/registrate-y-participa/

 

What is MobilityLabs?

MobilityLabs is an open and interoperable platform that enables the concentration of information based on events likely to be used in the field of urban mobility. This information is stored in Big Data and Real Time models. In short, MobilityLabs Madrid is a virtual space for the exchange of experiences and information in which developers and journalists can store data or extract information using the extensive resources available to the platform.

How is the way they work?

The workshop aims to be a platform for research, production, and learning from that and support the development of the new born Hackathon ideas.

The proposals will be developed in multidisciplinary working groups with the conceptual and technical advice from the organizers.

The organizers will provide as far as possible the needed tools for the implementation and documentation of selected projects.

Since one of the key objectives of the workshop is to promote the development, dissemination and free access to new data on the platform of open data EMT, participants will be encouraged to develop adequate documentation of the projects, both during the workshop and subsequently to completion, and to publish the results and source code under free licenses that allow access and dissemination of knowledge produced during the workshop.

MedialabPrado promotes the use of free software technology tools. Therefore encourages participants to work with shared and open coded applications and computing environments.

                                Worlwide Hackathon culminating @ the Montreal UITP Summit 2017Y4PT-Transport-Hackathon-BannerY4PT-Transport-Hackathon-Global-CreditsThis Regional Hackathon in Madrid, is the first one taking place within the Global Contest launched to see the regional finalists selected, participating at the final international Hackathon taking place in Montreal during the UITP Montreal Summit May 2017.

Y4PT devotes all its day-to-day activities to contribute the most to achieve universal sustainable transport coverage with public transport as cornerstone of multimodal mobility solutions. This is also expected from all contestants and their projects. Hackathon entries should contribute somehow to an ultimate goal, the one of doubling public transport’s market share worldwide (PTx2): UITP estimates that it would save around 170m tons of oil and 550m tons of CO2 equivalent; reduce urban traffic fatalities by 15%; double the number of jobs in public transport operators as well as reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease by 50% thanks to the greater role of walking, cycling and public transport.

 

Moreover all entries should be in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the one addressing sustainable transport (Target 11.2):

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”.

We are more than happy to welcome EMT Madrid and the future winners to be part of innovation for the world in Montreal! See you soon, Canada!

 

A Healthy Mobility implies also a Healthy Eating

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT World

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We live in a very special century made of an interconnected world: the world is melting and going faster.

From a transport point of view, this fast interconnection is bringing us to wear sneakers on a daily basis and to cover longer distances in cities turning increasingly larger.

Urban dress code and urban street food are just some of the concepts, that, always a little more, are being part of our urban lifestyles. Dressing is casual chic, or just casual, meals are made of bunch of different styles of fast foods, but the key words are always the same: fast, rapid, rush, no time, time consuming …

In fact people are adapting; but while adapting to this fast pace, the risk is to lose the basic learning and behavior, that can permit us to live well in this often hostile or at least health-unfriendly context.

People are adapting because of the lifestyle paradigm coming from a few economic giants, transforming the life of millions, are pushing us to embrace; we, the people, are just adapting, trying to find “street” and homemade solutions to live our lives in a better way with the little provided.

Useless to say that this is bringing also a massification into our customs and traditions, a massification of our habits and daily routines. Useless to say that for the majority with poor or little education, this is making things just bitter and harder.

But, in this process of grey massification we’d love to see an opportunity; the one of creating a quiet revolution, just adopting, healthier habits, healthier daily performances, to reach out our daily targets and goals, living a simpler life of which a #HealthyMobility is part of and consequently access the right energy to embrace this Challenge and a better way of living.

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We should all try to seek positive possibilities while negative switches are taking place in the world. We need to adapt contrasting the changes: the more we do so, the more powerful and successful we will be. It is a matter of evolution: transformists win.

“It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive liv
es”. (Jamie Oliver)

This is an Era in which food is becoming central to the life of people!

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So let’s try to see how ourselves, we can turn things in our favor and in favor of the people around us, teaching them, while the world seems becoming grayer, how to change and embrace colors and positive lifestyle habits starting from our daily routines!

But first, let’s talk about the empty energy that we are acquiring through processed food; the one you find in supermarkets.
Food in supermarkets is mostly processed: if you see how little space is devoted to fresh fruits and vegetables, instead on how much is taken by packed and canned items, you already can get an idea of what the food industry is willing us to consume.
Second problem, while you are in a supermarket: reading labels of those packed items: you will have the impression, almost all, to be suddenly victim of a blindness or poor eyesight.

No, is not the case: is just the industry that does not want you to read the labels: they do not want you to see that sugar lays hidden under different names (by the way, there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. These include common names, such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup, among others…) , or that Monosodium Glutammate, so dangerous for your brain, all the artificial colorants, preservatives, emulsifiers, and all gender of chemical products in your nice package you are about to buy, to bring a bit of chemistry in your already polluted organism. More than 3.000 chemicals are hidden in your canned, boxed, frozen concoctions.

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Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

This seems a nightmare! I already breath badly in the morning when I wake up, because I smell immediately car pollution when I open the windows and then my cereals are full of nice oily products that are entering my mouth? But wasn’t somebody suggesting us, perhaps our parents? To open the windows and breathe the fresh air in the morning while preparing a nice glass of tepid water with lemon? Was that a dream or I remember the nice flavor of real homemade pancakes prepared with non-contaminated flour, not genetically modified, in my kitchen with my father? And this was not even so long ago…

How did we permit the industry to drive our lives at this point? And if we do not want to be driven, the only solution is the one of abandoning the cities? Do you find all of this normal? Should we start bulking the system upside down?

How could is this possible that they are able to cancel our memories of tradition and positive attitude, selling us poisons and we, accepting it?

So, you see, is a holistic vision of life that these decision-makers are trying to cut off from.

“Access to good, fresh, nutritious food is every child’s human right, but currently we’re failing our children. Millions of kids are eating too much of the wrong food, while millions more don’t get enough of the good stuff to let them grow and thrive. We need to unite as one strong, single voice to force governments and businesses to create a healthier, happier world for the future.
We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.” (Jamie Oliver)

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The Healthy Mobility Challenge is back! 3rd Edition, 2016

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT World

Our urban areas are becoming more and more polluted because of a rising numbers of cars and congested roads that are concentrating exhaust gases in city’s environments, bringing together millions of people that have to live in those places.

Traffic-related health is decreasing: the hostile relationship between human drive technological change and environment and impacts on health, cloaks a paradox since in the case of transport it facilitates the allocation of socio-economic resources, but at the same time, it causes detriment to the milieu at every single stage of the chain. From one side transport activities supply increasing mobility demands for passengers and goods, while on the other they are associated with growing negative environmental externalities, with clear effects on health.

It is ironic, that for example, a simple action (beneficial with a naked eye) such as driving kids from their homes to the kindergarten in order to receive their daily lessons can damage environment if diesel-fuelled school buses are used, and later on the expelled smoke becomes the cause of respiratory diseases in them and people around.

Healthy Mobility is here for a switch!

The Healthy Mobility – Modal Shift Challenge is willing to swap your attitude, and bring some fresh air on your days!healthy_mobility

For the third consecutive year, we are asking you to give it a try: leave your car at home, completely or partially, add some walking or biking into your daily displacements and, for one month, see the difference, is for real!

Later on, take our survey, click on the link below, it will only take 5 minutes! Why? Because:

Y4PT is willing to listen in a detailed way to what people think, and bring your active voices and actions, to the attention of the decision-makers, to rise stronger attention on transport-related issues that are totally uncontrolled by citizens, that passively have to accept to breathe and live in polluted environments, just because of the oil lobby power and car manufacturers hegemony.

Our up-rising can bring all people in the direction of an healthier way of living, walking more, biking more, and taking public transport, to contrast a lethal global attitude.

Actually, are you physically aware of the benefits that can be induced by changing our mobility behaviors? Do you know that you can lose weight, reduce your risks of diabetes, obesity and cholesterol related diseases; have a healthy heart and a lower blood pressure? Do you know that you can avoid depression, be happier and mentally more awaken if you use public transport and integrate other forms of movement around your city?

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Take the Survey also if you are already an Healthy Mobility friend!

If you have already integrated in your life a healthy mobility behavior, take the challenge and document it taking the survey to show us your good habits!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Everyone interested in promoting public transport, biking and walking as sustainable alternatives to cars and other private transport modes.

WHEN?

During the whole month of May 2016.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: GET INVOLVED!!!

Download the printable HealthyMobility logo (sticker) which you will be wearing during the challenge period (you can stick it on your bike, bags, books, smart phone, computer…)

– Think about a “rather than by car” transport mode (public transport, biking, walking, etc…) which you will be using during the scheduled period in order to move around your city.

– At the end of the challenge period, fill up the online survey and provide us with detailed and contextual information about your experience. Your voice will be heard at Transports Publics 2016 – European Mobility Exhibition in Paris (France, Europe) and everywhere in the world!

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Post your videos, pics and messages on our Facebook and Twitter walls!http://www.facebook.com/250503794992509/posts_to_page/ | http://www.twitter.com/y4pt

You already took the survey? Great! Now , we are asking you to document your challenge, and, if you already have healthy habits, show them to us! We are willing to build an exhibit of the best videos and pictures around the world documenting these positive behaviors of yours: so, post on our dedicated Facebook page, the videos and pictures show your change!

Share with us your incredible transformations while you were weighing more before the challenge and less after it! Show your healthy foods, your smiles before and after the challenge, your sunny and healthy skin, your attitudes!

Your success videos and photo’s stories will compose our Y4PT Healthy Mobility Yearbook!

Here for you just a few ideas of subjects to document your “before and after” Healthy Mobility – Modal Shift Challenge:

  • Weighing more – weighing less
  • Serious faces – Smiling faces
  • Way of dressing: less color – more color
  • Junk food – healthy food
  • Drinking sodas – Drinking water
  • In a car – On a bike
  • In a car- Walking
  • In a car – Taking public transport
  • On a couch – Exercising
  • In front of television – dancing or running with your dog
  • Old hair style – New hair style

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HealthyMobility on FacebookTwitter (@Y4PT)Google+LinkedIn and Instagram everytime that you are posting a picture, video or message.

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Open letter in favour of the public transport and against the terrorism

Written by alfonso.leton@y4pt.org on . Posted in Y4PT World

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Original article posted on ecomovilidad.net

We live hard days, I know, media don’t speak about anything else… fear… the threat seems to be higher every day and the target are crowed places… enoclophobia… I will change my habits, I will give up the public transport and I will use the carSTOP!

Firstly, the heart: if I change my life habits, they will win.

Secondly, the reason: the probability of dying in a traffic fatality is 38 times higher that dying in a terrorist attack (in the world during 2014,32.729 killed due to terrorism and 1,24 millions due to road accidents).

And thirdly, the rest: a mobility based on the (ab)use of private vehicle has enormous externalities that we must pay: congestion, public space consumption, accidents, inequity, pollution, climate change, more injuries and deaths… and to close the loop, more oil dependence that causes terrorism and wars in an endless vicious circle.

This is our little contribution on these sad days to defend the values ​​of liberty and fraternity, by fighting for a more sustainable, healthy and peaceful world.