The Journey Begins – Bringing New Voices and Ideas into Mobility

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Yes, an adventure. Every Y4PT encounter is a true surprise, as we do not know how energies and minds will combine.” – Alessandra Gorini, Y4PT Founder

The year is no longer new. The urgency of January’s bright resolve has shifted footing to brace against February’s demands. And already February has drawn to a close, the pattern of the year following its familiar route; the desire-line of our lives scuffing and shaping a dusty track through our sleek vision of 2019.

The very new feels clean, perfect. Anything is possible. But after that first breath – of the year, of the season, of the day – must come another, and another.  And the air we breathe is rarely clean. The routes we take are rarely perfect. Our new-ness meets the challenges of the world it inherits, and it is changed.

For Y4PT, and all of us in Transport innovation, this is not just a thought to entertain at the shifting of a season, but the practical, complex, living territory we work within – and work to shape. We build a shared future, together, one new event at a time. Fresh faces, fresh cities, fresh ideas, fresh supporters, fresh challenges. Every time new, and every time changed; through collaboration, and a race to create real solutions to local and global problems. What does it really mean to be, to speak and to create “new”?  

We may all strive to build successful, healthy, brave and lasting new solutions, but how do they develop and thrive? The answer may lie in the way they are created, something the Y4PT fellowship seeks to foster in every engagement.  

“Creativity is about mixing two or more components in a new and different way. In order to create something completely new, you need to put in contact ‘components’, and the more different these components are, the more revolutionary the potential ideas that can be born from these connexions will be.” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

Participants are drawn to each Hackathon from diverse backgrounds. Young mobility professionals form teams with coders, planners, designers, creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs and business developers. High-level students of multiple fields including sciences, humanities, arts and engineering join forces with professionals to combine cutting-edge research with specialist knowledge and experience in ways many think-tanks and forums seek, but never reach. Mentors in business, technology, policymaking, social science, arts and research lead workshops, introduce tools and provide feedback throughout the development of each idea.

In the Global Hackathons, and increasingly at even the Local Hackathons, participants and mentors arrive from many countries. Travel carries fresh approaches, experiences and skills from one place to another with these people, and carries the people to fresh approaches, experiences and skills of their own; which in turn carry onwards. Arriving in each new location, we experience the immediate reality of mobility challenges and opportunities, in the context of new languages, foods, smells, dreams, and dances; along with new technologies, techniques and team-mates. The ideas are created in an atmosphere of change – not just resilient to it, but thriving.

“Each one of us lives different experiences depending on where we live, and Y4PT Ring is unique in creating the environment for talent to merge, introducing passionate people that otherwise would have never met.” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

The value of this growing community of ideas, teams and talented individuals is recognised by participants, mentors and partners alike, with long-term and transformative benefit travelling beyond the event into lives and careers.

“Since the hackathon, my job did change […] innovation became a much bigger part of it. I co-started an “innovation lab” at our company, where we do small “hackathons” to try new things and build new and exciting things. With the whole company, we also had a hackathon (60 people joining in) where last year we built chatbots and this year we’ll explore AI and streaming data. I also try to be involved in public hackathons as well, sometimes as coach, sometimes as participant.

I’m leading a team of 5 people, where we deliver services around ‘analytics & insights’, where we use modern data engineering, analytics & visualisations to help companies understand and make use of their data.

In the way we work, I use what I learned at the Y4PT hackathon a lot!” – Thomas Michem, Information Architect, Y4PT participant and winner.

Y4PT participants arrive with the active skills and adventurous, committed spirit that brings them to the event in the first place, already setting them apart from the crowd. Through participation they gain unique, shared, global experiences. Rich with adaptable insight into challenges and successes beyond the borders of familiar locations, disciplines, sectors and technologies, they create connections that bring them into the heart of mobility transformation.

“[I] gained contacts to 2 local municipal entities, that are interested in making cities and traffic better. So we’re testing a pilot project with IoT sensors for monitoring noise to be able to send notifications of unexpected noise directly to police. […] One of the municipal contacts I mentioned put a trust in us with the pilot project because of the success on hackathons. I write hackathons, because 2 months after the Montreal hackathon, my colleagues went to another local basically regional one oriented on transport and they also won. So I believe Montreal triggered a long term reaction…” – Tomáš Kouba; Biz Dev, UX, Marketing, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner

 

Sponsors, supporters and partners are increasingly proactive in valuing and supporting the talented teams and fresh solutions emerging from the Hackathons; providing much-needed resources to bring them to the next level.  

“After the hackathon we’ve been invited to E-Lab, a 4 months acceleration programme hosted by Polihub (startup incubator at PoliMi), which helped us giving a more solid structure to our business idea. Next steps we achieved were to build our website, create a first business plan and design the early version of our smart lock. Right now we’re looking for funds to start production of prototypes and to develop our mobile app.” – Gianluca Geneletti, Energy Engineering student, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner. Hoc Founder.

These events bring established operators, planners and organisations together with new mobility professionals, willing and capable of making real solutions that others only talk about. The future of mobility, walking straight from a Hackathon into work right now. Picking up tools and building what is needed, rather than what is expected.

“We are [now] currently in Moscow Metro and working on mobile app […] We fully reinvented current mobile app and made a big work of changing UX and UI [and] there are a lot of other activities. […] I’m developing clickable future subway scheme and 2 mobile ipad apps (poll, feedback and so on) for Metro`s exhibition. Vladislav [is] working with documentation. […] Nikolay has finished developing official Moscow metro book website […]. Also we are working on software for new subway info screens – with route planning and other stuff.

Also I didn’t mention FIFA World Cup and our activities during [the] tournament. Our team […] developed integrated special module named «FIFA» – live broadcasts of matches just inside app, live and past results, upcoming matches, info for fans, 7 languages and special accredited taxi with permission to stadium entrance. Just inside this module, sounds crazy ;)” – Rimikhanov Guseyn; IOS Developer, Manager, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner.

Participating in, supporting or working on Y4PT Hackathons provides a unique experience of the new. It is the most extreme, most shimmering example of new-ness every time – collaborators, countries, technologies encountering each-other for the first time. Hackathons are short – they are intensely new, competitive, then they are over. Then they are new again.

It is the “again” where things get interesting.

Y4PT has been running now for fourteen years. It has presented over one hundred events in over fifty locations worldwide, each time iterating, improving, and sharing this learning. Y4PT builds unique experience in discovering, creating and developing the full potential of the new.

A particular element of a Y4PT Hackathon is the balance between competition and collaboration. Each event is competitive, seeking a winning idea to develop, and talented team-members to invite to the finale. But the reason behind the competition, the speed and the high-stakes challenge is clear. The problems to be solved are urgent and global, and the stakes are our lives. What is accelerated here may be businesses, may be careers and may be technologies, but the real momentum to provide clean, accessible, healthy mobility can only be built together; pushing each-other on, sharing and improving at each iteration, and always aware that what is created in each of these moments can make a real difference.

“I’ve attended many hackathons, but I have never felt the same spirit of co-operation and energy to create new things that can make a change in the world” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

However carefully we may plan for the future, desire-lines will always criss-cross our expected routes. But what if those desires are for the health of each-other and our planet? What if those desires are for a thoughtful, adaptive, welcoming world? What if we walk that track together?

What if by doing, we choose the shape of the new?

 

— L H Trevail, Southend On Sea, UK, 28/02/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your life and actions, an inspiration for many

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Brazil, Y4PT Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Y4PT Brazil in Florianopolis, Y4PT Brazil in Florianopolis at UFSC, Y4PT Chile, Y4PT Colombia, Y4PT England, Y4PT France, Y4PT Germany, Y4PT Greece, Y4PT India, Y4PT Media, Y4PT Nepal, Y4PT Oman, Y4PT Qatar, Y4PT Russia, Y4PT Spain, Y4PT UAE

 

 

Happy  happy holidays everybody!

One of the best part of the holiday period is spending time with the special people in your life.

Whatever keep us in touch with each other, is stronger and powerful than what keeps us apart.

We are social animals, we are human beings, and it is inherent to our species to be together. Nowadays, because of the excess use of technologies, we neglect being together and we prefer to find our affirmation in selfish behaviours and devices, where we feel we can deny our being humans.

And this is not only valid for young people but applies to all of us.

We are living in a period of time were everything is volatile, uncertain, complex ambiguous and fast.

I’m not asking you deny the future this will not be possible and even envisioned. We are going into this future, we are already different and we cannot give up on our tools.

Instead, I’m asking you to dedicate a part of your time to look inside of you and use your devices wisely. Reflect:

This is a society that has confused the purpose, ECONOMY, with the MEAN, human beings.

Scientifically proven, if any proof is needed, through consumerism and excessive use of devices and apps, this society is bringing the rise of depression and solitude pathologies, leading to different form of madness, separatism and fanaticism.

Nowadays we experience a form of “intellectual terrorism”, the one of a unique thought, the one of globalisation, often exerted and practiced on our individual souls.

One of the most trivial example, the Airports lounges all over the world which are presenting us with the same brands and items no matter where we go. Or Google itself, which is showing you the most common results the world is aware of, when you are searching on its engine. Tell me, did you ever scrolled down more than 2 pages of search results?

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We should then all act to bring back reflection, pauses and Humanity in our lives, in our work,  in our organisations, in the world.

Obviously, THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL WORDS BUT they will not change and bring back humanity just in saying them…

So what are the steps we should all be going through to get back our abilities to reflect and being reflective humans how to bring back humanity?

First of all I think we have to work on ourselves and start learning again to reflect

We have to start to do something concrete to make it happen.

What is Reflection? Something that reflects comes back to you. If you look in a mirror, you will see your reflected image. If you reflect on your past experiences, you look at them once again thoughtfully.

But if you are not used to reflect, you have to learn how to do it: so, what do you need to make it happen? You need FIRST OF ALL, your will.

The main thing is to stop for a few minutes each day and look back at your life

Think about

  • Memorableexperiences, or encounters—what stood out in your mind, or how you felt about an experience. Is there something you can use in the future?
  • Challengingissues that came up and whether you dealt with them, or are still trying to figure them out.
  • Successand achievements that may go unnoticed if you don’t write them down.

Spend  30 seconds after an experience, to write down what stood out for you. Your mind can be,  surprisely, the best tool you have.

Another fundamental  subject and the key to happiness is real communication

A supportive comment or chat  on our Social Media is much more valuable than a one-click-feedback in the shape of a like.

But more than that, I suggest you to go out, walk, cycle, meet, and share, tell a story to your friends, and learn to ask questions.

Generate true connection to the people you care about. Mere likes alone won’t make us happy. And least of all during depressive periods.

READ, get lost in a good book. Time and again reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter and more emphatic.

Why the Youth is not reading anymore? Mostly, because we are too fast and we are not able to have a span of attention. Nowadays our span of attention is lower than the one of a goldfish, one second less.

Flipping real pages can help you understand what you’re reading instead of just scrolling on your devices

Reading puts your brain to work, and that’s a very good thing. Those who engage their brains through activities such as reading, chess, or puzzles could be 2.5 less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who spend their down time on less stimulating activities.

“It really doesn’t matter what book you read, but be sure,  by losing yourself in a good book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world , exercise your fantasy and generate connections among the 2 hemispheres of your brain . These are the words of  the cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis​

Scanning headlines and retweeting quips is easier and instantly rewarding releasing dopamine but is not going to make much cognitive difference. If anything, such sweet nothings are dangerous, the literary equivalent of sugar addiction. Information gathering in under 140 characters is lazy. The benefits of contemplation through narrative offer another story.

Research showsthat trough reading you make smarter decisions about yourself and those around you.

So

do not delegate to machines because of laziness,

do not forget in your daily life, that machines are a Program: and the programs are useful for the Projects.

You are the Projects.

Make your life be the best project. Ever. Make this gift of life, meaningful for the whole world (not only for Humans but for the entire environment and for the planet).

Our lives are a never-ending quest to share our best work with the rest of the world. You are responsible for that change. You need to define yourself, plan your change, and make it happen.

Be an optimist. And make an impact in your own small way possible.

Start Reading and start writing. Love, love people, animals, things, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it.

Become minimalist in a world of complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, and then teach. Teach people to get passionate about something.

Dare to be wrong. Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

If you’re willing to take the risk of sharing yourself and your ideas with the world, you can create value you will be proud of.

Do not care about judgements and people against you. History is the witness that mass movements were always lowering, depressing and flattening the different ones.

Our world needs the best project you can be

Our world needs Models for the Youth but also for the adults

Our world needs the best project you can be

The word MODEL comes from Latin, MODULUS, which means Measure.

When you have a Model it means that you have a measure to make, to understand the difference between your measure and the other measures.

Now, a Model have not to be a teacher but have to be people incarnating LIFE.

Try to live as a model, thinking that everybody is looking at you, to look as exactly the same, to act in the same way, speak the same.

The difference, among you all, will be between the ones that will like to give it a try, and the ones that will say this is not for me.

Stay open, critic, sceptic, vigilant on all matters, particularly science and politics.

So, read the mysteries,

Do not stop at the obvious

Strive your ability to associate one idea with another

by reading books

In a massified world full of superficial information,

piece together like in a puzzle

Revolutionize your believes, attitudes and values

Challenge yourself constantly

Go beyond the Media, they have a will to cover all and keep you depressed trough bad news and superficial ones

Remember that nature function on cooperation not on competition, so each day try to exert your power to bring back connections among humans, their ideas and their values.

Many of you are part of our network Y4PT and you have dedicated many years of your lives to better your communities, friends, family lives and entire cities , and have gone a long way internationally to bring a different lifestyle to the doors of decision makers and actors of your daily lives.

Please, continue to act as the wonderful models you are, the world deserve your presence and earn an immense value. Continue not to listen to the call of mermaids out there and proceed on your beautiful enlightened path that are your lives.

The dots you are connecting will bring this world a step forward towards a more interesting, unflatten, cultured new generation.

Again, with all my love, happy holidays to all!

Alessandra

 

Some beautiful readings, videos and apps, yes apps, but clever ones!

Readings:

Alessandro D’Avenia here is a short biography

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5310935.Alessandro_D_Avenia

columns https://www.corriere.it/alessandro-davenia-letti-da-rifare/

narrative https://www.mondadoristore.it/libri/Alessandro-D-Avenia/aut00530176/

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izHbS7rETVg  English subtitles – A MUST SEE

Alessandro Baricco

“ The Game “

here is short biography https://www.foyles.co.uk/Alessandro-Baricco

Silicon Valley and the time spent from kids on screens

Article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/silicon-valley-execs-invented-social-media-wont-let-kids-use/

https://vaaju.com/franceeng/the-brain-of-children-who-abuse-screens-seems-modified-according-to-a-study

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundbreaking-study-examines-effects-of-screen-time-on-kids-60-minutes/

Bernard Georges:

on Empathy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNhrbZlcGDA

Margaret Burden:

Book   “AI its nature and future “ ( 2016)

Max Tegmark

Video https://www.ted.com/talks/max_tegmark_how_to_get_empowered_not_overpowered_by_ai?language=en

Some apps to keep you intellectually alive!

Duolingo: A game that teaches you languages. It is the perfect thing to do when you’re bored and on your phone. While everyone else is scrolling Instagram and melting their brain, you are learning a second language.

ProgrammingHub: ProgrammingHub is similar to Duolingo, except instead of being a game that teaches you a second language, it teaches you code.

VocabularyBuilder: VocabularyBuilder by Magoosh is ostensibly a study app for the GRE, but I’ve found it to be a great way to expand my English vocabulary for fun.

Magnus Trainer: A game that teaches you chess. It breaks down chess into component parts and has mini-games to help you master various aspects of chess. Switching out toxic apps for Magnus will give you the skills you need to slay at board game night. Plus, being good at chess makes you feel really smart.

Elevate: Elevate is an app with mini-games to sharpen your brain. Unlike Luminosity or other ‘brain game’ apps, Elevate’s mini-games teach you real-world skills. Mental math, vocabulary and reading comprehension can all go up!

Brilliant: Unfortunately very pricey at $119/year, Brilliant is an app that teaches you mathematics and science. If you are not a nerd, this is perfect for you: it makes these topics which seemed so unapproachable in high school suddenly fun to learn, and in bite-sized pieces too.