Your life and actions, an inspiration for many

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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?


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.


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!



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


Alessandro D’Avenia here is a short biography



Video  English subtitles – A MUST SEE

Alessandro Baricco

“ The Game “

here is short biography

Silicon Valley and the time spent from kids on screens


Bernard Georges:

on Empathy

Margaret Burden:

Book   “AI its nature and future “ ( 2016)

Max Tegmark


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.


Letter to my Youth: bringing back consciousness in a rushing world

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Dear Youth,

being with you, if only for a short while , has an immense power. The special power of freshness and enthusiasm, as well as the one of looking far into the future, in the world of the unknown.

Youth For Public Transport, despite a name being very specific,  has been created with the will of declining this acronym in many different ways : Youth For Productive Togetherness has been one of these.

When you create an organization from scratch like I did, you do not necessarily have a vision of the extent that it can take in the future, neither you visualize immediately the path you’ll undertake. But one thing was absolutely clear:

I had and have a deep will to forge young brilliant minds, to let them understand completely the power that is in their hands to change things, starting from the ones lying very close to them but also lying very far away.

And  to possibly teach and pass each and every one of them  important messages and open possibilities, giving access to  knowledge and curiosity contaminating everything with a lot of enthusiasm.

This is the real freedom I love to teach you : the freedom of choosing knowledge as the way to enrich and guide your path, whatever the path will be for you.

In all these years of Y4PT, I have seen these Societies and Cities of ours all over the continents evolving and developing as Ants Colonies, whilst development of new technologies gaining in speediness and growth. From virtual reality to tech genetic manipulations.

An exciting moment: but, as each exciting moment, it comes with its down. Much has been written and continue to be written, on this  first incredible accelerated moment in the History of Humanity.

In many, we perceive that the worst part of this new accessible world is this sort of rush  we have undertaken without knowing exactly where we are going , animated by the continuous discoveries and accelerations.

For us, poor pawns on a giant chess game, confusion, a web full of misguidance via giants like the GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft) and basic and poor randomness of information: if you do not already have culture and knowledge, it is terribly difficult to navigate through the quantity of misinformation without being catch, distracted and mislead by the new media.

Actually, I think the freedom (read power )of the web is the one to distract ourselves, not letting us focus on priorities, giving us the feeling and perception that, if we go for something which is averagely good, we are creating a  masterpiece ; instead of elevating our minds, the web keeps us busy and standard.

And no doubts many love to dominate a number of pawns growing each day a bit more exponentially in a fast way… Sugar and nice gratifications and here you are: the perfect dumb is born.

This is why many of us  just remain attached to this small section of social media life: because they find their own small world suddenly so big, nice and protective.

Often young people  focus on the web , not only because born on this Time and young, but also because is possible to quickly find spaces and little moment of glory and fun , and have it all NOW…


And you concentrate on these little big virtual worlds, where possibly there is a space to be someone and make some money, out of a terrible external competition.

All of this without learning too much of the world that is outside, of humans you could mingle and learn from.

But there is more than that, in this world: and I would love you to see this incredible beauty of diversity out of those screens, and to make a strong point let’s take books.

Yes, a book. Yes I know, it takes time to read. And may be you’ll tell me that the world is full of people that are making money in easy ways , and a lot of money…

So I’d love to drive your attention to this ( please follow me for a few more minutes, reading time, 4 min…. 🙂 )

Lately Dubai  has created a Ministry of happiness, because , although all his technology and innovation , limitless wealth and opulence,  there is something missing to reach the kind of postcard they are dreaming of .

What is missing is happiness…people are much less happier in this world of ours: the wealthier you are the less happier you are, fact.

Humanity is in search of Happiness with the big H , since the beginning of Time. Hundreds of texts has been written to make the praise and philosophising of Happiness   I cite just the one that started, Plato ( the Greek philosopher  yes , him)

Our world is more and more looking on the outside considering happiness could come from having more stuff, doing more things; but only a deep inner world  balanced with the outer world  that big achievements can be reached.

Frugality appears to us being harsh , but consumerism doesn’t satisfy us if not momentarily because human beings ‘desire, when satisfied, is leading us to desire more: and this, Facebook and all others “gratifying GAFAM”, they know it well.

The world of humans, later on all of a sudden has started running , it is splashed towards tech and consumerism in an unbridled consumer society where the words LIMIT doesn’t seems to have a sense any more. A bit like in the case of the II thermodynamic law, the world is rushing towards a complete state of disorder.

While, from one side , this limitless sensation , has brought us, at first sight  to gain a feeling of a deeper belonging to ourselves, on the long run , instead, is making ourselves losing any type of reference, knowledge and culture, be it on the field of spirituality, sexuality, alcohol, drugs,food  or any other consumerism habit. We have become more egoistic, we are trying to affirm ourselves and develop our individualistic bubbles.

But suddenly is not enough: we need people to talk with and about us (gratification)if we do not want to end up with disturbances of our minds and bodies. Humans are by nature social animals. Mostly then, what do  we do? We go on Facebook or check our Instagram accounts to see how many likes we have collected. Easy isn’it ? And absolutely gratyfing…

This is a just one examples of how the use of Tech can change our way of thinking and acting: what I also see, is that with the upcoming technology humans are refusing their place in the natural world; first we endangered species, then we destroyed and destroy nature and now we are alienating ourselves from the natural environment, refusing to be humans, searching for deity.


Sooner or later chips  will  implement our brains and will make the most out of us : the augmented species will take the place of our natural one. Who know if we will be able to find a way of survival in a “plastical” world? May be yes, it will happen. The evolution will transform our bodies at the point that we will be made of plastic ( we are ingesting already myriads of micro particles of it…)and who knows how many other materials.


While all this is happening , we should reflect on our personal individual and collective positions : are we willing to follow the mass or to take a clear engagement and position to be actors and not only spectators of our lives?

Are we trying  to become, lifetime individuals that are willing to make a difference or not? Able to stand on one side or another, not just because we will be able to survive but because we will be gratified by our REAL part of real life commingling with the world ?

Although being individualistic, we should remind ourselves that big creativities, disruptions and innovations are coming from cumulation and collaboration. Mainstreams market do not have new big ideas. Humans are structured by society to be driven in competition but in true reality, it is only through collaboration, communication and sharing that we can build up.

Closed organization are now opening to the mix of close and open, a model that is starting to be adopted and will be for sure more successful. And Companies, will be built on communities.

You can be part of this connections, or  maybe you have already decided to be part of it; we are talking about sharing , about people, about harmony with the Planet hosting us.

I’d love you to reflect with me on this absurd assumption, that a few powerful companies or individuals ,  are willing us to believe that the consumeristic and basic tech  world of today will be the only solution, the only opportunity we have, the only Verb, the unique concrete way in which we can live, in order not to be feeling isolated and banned.

This is why I’d love you could perceive that  Youth For Public Transport, “Youth For Productive Togetherness” as I like to call it sometime, should be seen like an “escape” place from the banality of this standardization of the world, a place to do something special, a place for people to develop new ideas,  a human tech structure a home for your new cohesiveness, for your days out of this global anxiety of the world.

-Till the moment in which , we will  all deeply change and face a new future. –

With love,


I wish you all for these days , reflection , happiness, health, fun and luck and see you soon in 2018!

PS: Advised reading

Homo Deus  – Prof. Yuval Noah Harari (English: September 2016. Spanish: October 2016. Portuguese: November 2016. Turkish: December 2016. Chinese: January 2017. German: February 2017. Dutch: February 2017. Croatian: May 2017,; Italian: May 2017, Bompiani. Korean: May 2017.)

Milan Kundera – La fiesta de la insignificancia ( English – Spanish – French)

Laurent Alexandre  – La guerre des intelligences ( French )



In a world of violence, a journey in the land of human strength

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“The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not the think of it.” Stanley Kubrick 



While life is developing itself more and more in vertical urban environments, the incredible Youth of the World is manifesting its talents even more horizontally.
Give some Teams a believe and an issue to solve, and everyone will work together, forgetting their religious beliefs and cultural differences and united in the effort.
Then, bring them again to the real world and the divisions will reapply…why?
Because it seems we have to live in a world who thought us to be divided: everyone on its own to perform better than the other ones, to compete and gain more power and money.
Differences were born with the first shells utilized as money ‘exchanges…and voilà, game over, or to better say, let’s start the game!
What we have tried to create at Y4PT, and continuously trying to do, is to generate new spaces and new perspectives, new friendships, were the boundaries are useless.
Bringing back to life the incredible hope that only humanity coming from the inside deep hearts is able to bring to a divided actual scenario.
We are accomplishing, with the help of true helpers, passionate and competent people, what makes us feel alive: we are feeding a static world, centred on power and money making, with stories and ideas bringing harmony and feeling of belonging.
We are enhancing the beauty of souls and wisdoms, all through a long path lasting now since 12 years. All trying to understand why we are on this planet, on this Universe, to understand human history, attitudes and activities, to possibly generate guidance and novelties; to make our human society being again in harmony with the planet that hosts us, bringing joy at the same in the communities we form.



Our special hackathon

Through 1 year full of thousands of e-mails, we were able to create a connection based on positivity, energy, will to work, and compete for Humanity with a common goal.
We started with lot of no and denials, and just our firm will to make it happened, opened the door of a random basis’ selection. Like a domino effect cascade, it involved and generated a will of being part of something  huge, that later on reflected the variety of the 22 cities and 37 nationalities involved. Operators, Universities, Authorities, that , after engaging through thousand e-mails exchanges, were feeling committed to something at the beginning they didn’t know how it revealed itself.
After 18 months of bubbling cities and groups generating ideas, we finally all met in Montreal, like if we knew each other since the Age of Time: hugging each other with the news and jumping of joy to meet again with the core old group. Every time is a miracle. We stay connected.

When we meet we are all just breathing together, naturally: just humans.

I’d love to say a few words and name each of you that shared those moments with me: I will forget some so, please forgive me if I do not name all!!


Beibut, putting aside his country idea to develop on his own the project he won with, opening himself to a bigger adventure. Massimo, the kindest, who made his abilities appear so normal. Emma, determined to push here boundaries and fight to advance her Nation. Kim so young and pushy, driven by a “bigger than her” adventure under the guidance of Mark, so deeply appreciative and collaborative. Thomas, a revelation, with a special communication ability, pure eyes and smile that will make people feeling happy and doors easily opening. Julius, such a loving kind and humble young man, while his mind, absolutely a strong one, proudly representing his country. Maria, a bubbling woman with a brilliant mind, a nanotech engineer, who said a scientist cannot be feminine? Igor, the purest mind’s reader that just through emails was connecting and caring for people. Pablo, the shy guy, not yet realizing to be on board of this big adventure.

Yes, an adventure: every Y4PT encounter is a true surprise, as we do not know how energies and minds will combine.

Gustavo and his brother, appreciating every moment of this connection with sparkling eyes, storing every fact and every memory inside his brain to bring it back to his family and life. Marco, the real prototype of the inventor, a deep loving person with a true committed life and believe in humanity. Ignacio, the grateful, learning every step ahead, who, working hard for his passion is building step by step his new reality. Juan Sebastian, faithful to his country’ image, learning to study and live in a country so different from his one. Under his “cover” of silent guy, a wonderful heart and laughing soul. Thomas from Chile, a mix of cultures showed through its entire figure , making committed efforts to work for the Team and opening to the world. Max, the real representative of his country, making smiles happening on his face everyday a bit more.

Fidel, the gentle inscrutable with a giant heart bringing back memories and learnings, always available to listen and give his presence. André, with his contagious enthusiasm and ability to push his boundaries. Eloi, the real geek with millions of ideas in a bubbling mind. Charles, the silent, absorbing and observing, without still believing what was happening through his life! Saeed, the practical one, able to spot the best things and moves with a real chess mind and eyes. Dejan, the “already formed and fitted” guy, so happy to show his abilities but at the same time discovering a place with no pushing competition. Bruno, the humble, introverted that when rightly solicited expressed a real knowledge and commitment.A straightforward Johnathan with his smile and energy…

Many others were there, many others memories of mine to form layers of humanity, all lasting in my mind.

And add to them the great team of passionate “gurus”, mentors, guides, supporters and friends!


Mercedes, finally able to free her mind from job’s clichés, a reserved Lady with a great understanding of the Field.
Laura, a true enthusiastic being, finally living a complete experience where her artistic, spiritual, mentoring, communication abilities and beliefs were all together in one place.
Sam, able to combine his Transport knowledge with his innovative and driven passion, in a tight schedule where everything was respected, fitting and finding the right place. Able to keep on track for long lasting nights and days!
René, a curious discoverer, full of light and true enthusiasm, combined with a lot of knowledge.

Guys, what a human experience was this one!! Such a beautiful journey we had!!



Rafael , the calmer , the observer, the actor who holds things together, able to spot every microgram of a possible problem, anticipating every move to untie the knots.

Yasmina, which I connected through a receiving energy moment, that got finally back positivity and energy from the experience; and so committed that she worked hard to refill the batteries of everyone because of this superior commitment she felt, and that we all had in that special place.

Friends, my words are reductive, especially because I do not use my language to express all these feelings, but,when people like to connect, only good things and energy can circulate in a space that is at a time physical and not.

And this is exactly what happened: without knowing: every piece of the puzzle was falling in the right space. Everything became possible and doable. You, as pillars, were supporting one each other and a fluid chain of love was forming.

Ideas were taking shape, shaped by an over dimensional energy, love was circulating and hugs were becoming the simplest and easiest form of communication, accompanied by continuous bright smiles enlightening everyone faces, also on the most reluctant ones, per culture and tradition. I saw the best tentative smiles from the more no used to, countries’ representatives.

Gratitude and joy were the most frequent feelings showed by words and eyes, while a high tech world of abilities was concentrating there…

Imagine how people could generate more, if only able to work and create in a positive energy environment.

And this is our Mission, yours now too! For everyone that experienced an event like this one , to continue to bring forward, despite all evil, all greed , all jealousy, all sadness, all negativity, all difficulties, this sane spirit.

The spirit of true togetherness to create advancements in a broken society.

Thanks to all of you, who, as simply spirits, despite preformatted education, you were able to be coherent with your deep self and connect , with no boundaries, with other people.

This is the believe we should all go through, the believe in humanity.

Something more than an hackathon

Learn through love and through passion, to unite universes that were thought irreconcilable, finding out, that, all over the world young talented minds are living to put the basis of an already present tomorrow which we can spot among today reality.

Discretely, humbly. And if we can spot them and bring them all together, all these lights will join in a no barrier present future.

Pure harmony were enlightenment, happiness, energy, gratitude, love, sharing , passion, discipline, consciousness, audacity, are the words and believe me, is not rhetoric.

With this “more than a hackathon”, we broke stereotypes and conventions overcoming our limitations.

We showed the world that events like these can be different, it all depends on the ability of showing more feelings and true love.

You all made real friendship through a series of unplanned connectivity in a soul and human value’s environment: we didn’t only innovate, we enjoyed innovating.

Big brands and advertising Mantras affect the world, and Y4PT is willing to show that there is more to it.

From gambling to shopping, social media or booze, we are becoming addicts: our fast paced societies are taking us away from the truth. We have so much stuff and wealth, so many gadgets and choices, but, is any of it making us happier? Does they fulfil us at a deeper level?

I’ve learned the hard way that the only way out is to look within.

Did you already said I believe? Did you already feel that energy that is making you find more energy also when you do not have more? As you see concretely under your eyes that things are changing, also if it is happening slowly? And that you contribute to the positive change of this world? That you have an influence?

Well, this is exactly what we all were, together in Montreal, and where we will stand together, for the future, also in the worst eventuality of not meeting physically again anywhere else in the world.

Because once experienced , you become addicted to Y4PT! ‘Cause we believe in YOU’th!

A giant hug to all!


PS No words are needed to indicate the trust, the beliefs and the long lasting endurance of my closest collaborators, co-founders Alfredo Barba and Sebastian Pernet and the Y4PT Chapters and ex chapters, friends from India, Nepal, Colombia and Pakistan , Italy,  Nabeel Faraz, Juju Kaji, Daniel Perez, Muhammad Junaid Mandoori, Lorenzo Casullo,  that relentless are working in their countries and at different  international level to make a real transformation and create positivity all around them. Without you and your strength, this transformation wouldn’t have been possible.

Innovando en el sector de transporte por una mejor movilidad en Colombia: de Medellín y Bogotá a Montreal

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Escrito por:
Sebastián PERNET,
Co-Fundador y Tesorero,
Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
(Bruselas, Bélgica, Europa)

Y4PT Transport Hackathon
Y4PT Transport Hackathon

Viceministro de Transporte de Colombia Sr. Alejandro MAYA MARTÍNEZ entrega el premio al equipo ganador de la hackathon de Bogotá.

Y4PT Transport Hackathon

Secretario Municipal de Movilidad Sr. Humberto IGLESIAS GÓMEZ entrega el premio al equipo ganador de la hackathon de Medellín.

El pasado fin de semana, empezando el sábado 22 de abril de 2017 a las 08:00 A.M. y terminando el día siguiente, domingo 23, a las 06:00 P.M., se llevó a cabo por primera vez en la historia de Colombia hackathons dedicadas exclusivamente a temas de transporte y movilidad. Tuvieron como epicentros las ciudades de Medellín y Bogotá, contando con la participación de más de 12 equipos de hackers, con 5 miembros en promedio, entre diseñadores de algoritmos, programadores de software, diseñadores de interfaz de usuario, administradores de proyectos y marketeros. También se involucraron otras más de 40 personas, entre mentores, jurados y voluntarios de apoyo logístico. La hackathon de Medellín se llevó a cabo en el Parque Explora, mientras que la de Bogotá, se desarrolló en instalaciones del Ministerio de Transporte, en el Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN).

Para los que no están todavía familiarizados con el término, una hackathon es un evento que suele durar varios días, donde un número de personas, entre calificadas y entusiastas se reúnen para participar en programación de software y desarrollo de hardware, con el fin de solucionar ingeniosamente problemas específicos, en un ambiente colaborativo y de cooperación. Los resultados de una hackathon generalmente dan origen a proyectos de emprendimiento tipo startup, y desencadenan otros procesos de innovación en diferentes campos intensivos en tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones (TICs), como lo es el sector de transporte.

Como muchas otras ciudades, Medellín y Bogotá están experimentando una cada vez mayor integración con el mundo fuera de sus límites urbanos, que les ha significado condiciones socioeconómicas nuevas y disruptivas, sobre las cuales el mercado y sus actores se esmeran todavía por adaptarse óptimamente. Por ejemplo, la migración, el cambio climático y la seguridad son tres cuestiones básicas pendientes en las agendas globales. También pre-existen otras condiciones convencionales de movilidad, y que corresponden al contexto local de cada urbe, tales como congestión, expansión urbana, accidentalidad vial, contaminación atmosférica urbana, entre otros.

Por otra parte, nuevos conceptos tales como la economía colaborativa no son más una cuestión del futuro. Ya están aquí, están presentes entre todos de alguna manera. Y ellos están fomentando un cambio rápido en todos los niveles y en diferentes sectores, obligando a todos los enfoques existentes a ser replanteados. Durante años, el sector del transporte ha servido como el campo de pruebas adecuado para nuevos avances tecnológicos y los resultados han sido posteriormente replicados en otros sectores.

En ambas ciudades concurrieron los más importantes actores del sector de transporte a nivel local, nacional e internacional, para organizar la primera edición de la hackathon local Y4PT de transporte en Colombia, un espacio abierto y colaborativo donde ciudadanos, residentes y cualquier otra persona estaban llamadas a contribuir a la solución de los grandes desafíos relacionados con el transporte, mientras se empleaban las TICs en una manera ingeniosa.

En Medellín, el evento fue patrocinado por la Alcaldía de Medellín, a través de la Gerencia de Movilidad Humana, de la Secretaría Municipal de Movilidad, y se contó con el apoyo logístico del cuerpo de voluntarios de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellín. En Bogotá, el evento tuvo como anfitrión al Ministerio de Transporte de la República de Colombia, y TransMilenio representó a la administración distrital. Cada ciudad contó con la participación de la Asociación Internacional de Transporte Público (UITP), a través de su Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation.

En 2005 Y4PT fue creada por la UITP, que es el único portavoz internacional de todo el sector del transporte público, con más de 131 años de experiencia en la promoción de la movilidad sostenible en todo el mundo. Los que están dentro del sector saben la gran preponderancia y la enorme influencia de la UITP en temas de transporte a nivel mundial.

A mediados del año 2016, Y4PT, con el apoyo de la UITP, sus miembros y otros actores de transporte, y siguiendo la larga tradición de Y4PT Youth Labs, lanzaron una iniciativa de escala global para promover la organización de hackathons locales de transporte en todo el mundo, conjugando lo mejor de la ilimitada creatividad humana y las ventajas de las TICs en ambientes colaborativos, con el objetivo de avanzar hacia la sostenibilidad en el sector de transporte.

20 ciudades alrededor del mundo acogiendo las primeras hackathons locales Y4PT de transporte durante la primera temporada 2016-2017: Almaty (Kazajstán), Bogotá (Colombia), Brescia (Italia), Bruselas (Bélgica), Cambridge (Inglaterra), Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica), Dubai (EAU), Eindhoven (Holanda), Gante (Bélgica), Kampala (Uganda), Lisboa (Portugal), Madrid (España), Manchester (Inglaterra), Medellín (Colombia), Praga (República Checa), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Skopje (Macedonia-ARYM), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Estocolmo (Suecia) y Zagreb (Croacia).

Con el auspicio de la Y4PT Foundation y gracias a la generosidad de sus benefactores, RTA Dubai y FNM Milan, los ganadores de cada hackathon local Y4PT de transporte viajarán todo pago a Montreal y se unirán a otros hackers informáticos en Canadá en la primera hackathon global de transporte en la historia, en el marco de la 62° Cumbre Global UITP de Transporte Público, el evento de transporte más antiguo y grande del mundo, para concursar en una ronda final, y desarrollar todos juntos las mejores y más innovadoras soluciones de movilidad.

La Cumbre Global UITP de Transporte Público es el acontecimiento de transporte sostenible más importante del mundo, donde cada dos años se revelan en exclusiva los últimos desarrollos tecnológicos y de investigación en movilidad, en presencia de altos dignatarios gubernamentales (como ministros de transporte), presidentes y CEOs de las casas matrices de industrias manufactureras de transporte (como Siemens, Bombardier, Daimler, Volvo), reconocidos expertos internacionales en movilidad, entre otros actores.

Los proyectos generados en las hackathons Y4PT de transporte deben contribuir de alguna manera a alcanzar un objetivo superior: duplicar la cuota de mercado del transporte público en todo el mundo (PTx2): La UITP estima que se ahorrarían unos 170 millones de toneladas de petróleo y 550 millones de toneladas de CO2 equivalente; reduciría las muertes en el tráfico urbano en un 15%; duplicaría el número de puestos de trabajo en los operadores de transporte público, así como reduciría el riesgo de obesidad y enfermedades del corazón en un 50% gracias al mayor papel de caminar, y de montar en bicicleta y en transporte público.

Además, todos los proyectos deben estar en línea con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de las Naciones Unidas, especialmente relativo al transporte sostenible (Meta 11.2): “Para 2030, proporcionar acceso a sistemas de transporte seguros, asequibles, accesibles y sostenibles para todos y mejorar la seguridad vial, en particular mediante la ampliación del transporte público, prestando especial atención a las necesidades de las personas en situación vulnerable, las mujeres, los niños, las personas con discapacidad y las personas de edad”.

Durante las hackathons Y4PT de transporte se abordan una amplia variedad de desafíos que enfrenta el sector del transporte en su conjunto, con el transporte público como piedra angular de soluciones multimodales de movilidad, de acuerdo con el punto de vista holístico de Y4PT sobre el transporte sostenible. A los ya recurrentes problemas como los son congestión y expansión urbana, se abordan conceptos claves tales como movilidad compartida, transporte activo, accesibilidad para personas con movilidad reducida, combinación de transporte de pasajeros y mercancías, intermodalidad, electrificación del transporte (cero emisiones), entre otros.

Tanto en Medellín como en Bogotá, hackers y mentores pernoctaron durante los dos días. Ahuyentaron el sueño tomando café y bebidas energizantes para mantenerse en pie, algunos llevaron sus sleeping bags para turnarse brevemente períodos de descanso, y también tuvieron momentos de esparcimiento y relajación para depurar el cuerpo y el espíritu, y así, sobrellevar horas continuas de arduo trabajo intelectual frente a una computadora.

En total se presentaron 12 propuestas para mejorar la movilidad en las ciudades de Medellín y Bogotá. Cada proyecto involucró un desarrollo aproximado de algoritmo, código, interfaz gráfica y modelo de negocio, basados en la disponibilidad de datos abiertos y otro tipo de información clasificada proporcionada por la Secretaría Municipal de Movilidad de Medellín y por TransMilenio.

Cada uno de los proyectos fue evaluado por un selecto panel de jurados con amplia experiencia y conocimiento en temas de transporte y desarrollos tecnológicos. En Medellín, Santiago SILVA JARAMILLO (Subsecretario Municipal de Cultura Ciudadana), Juan Camilo GÓMEZ GONZÁLEZ (Gerente de Movilidad Humana, de la Alcaldía de Medellín), Sebastián PERNET (Co-Fundador de Y4PT Foundation), Libardo Andrés CASTELLANOS SERNA (Mentor Líder de AppsMedellín), Federico Andrés LIÉVANO MARTÍNEZ (Co-Fundador de Fourier Intelligent Engineering) e Iván Reinaldo SARMIENTO ORDOSGOITIA (Profesor de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia). En Bogotá, Carlos Felipe PARDO (Director de Fundación Despacio), Hernando MONROY BENÍTEZ (Ex-Presidente de la Sociedad Colombiana de Ingeniería), Juan Camilo Florentino MÁRQUEZ OSPINA (Asesor del Ministerio de Transporte), Davison ALBARRACÍN SOSA (Director de Planeación del Grupo Express del Futuro del SITP Bogotá), Leonardo CAÑON RUBIANO (Director de operaciones de TransMilenio), Hugo SÁENZ PULIDO (Experto en gestión integral de calidad del aire), y Luís Felipe HERRERA QUINTERO (Experto en Sistemas Inteligentes de Transporte).

Cada ciudad proclamó un equipo ganador, cuyos miembros provienen de las más destacadas instituciones de educación superior e investigación del país: en Medellín fue un grupo de investigación de pregrado de la Universidad de Antioquia, y en Bogotá, todos son estudiantes de la Universidad de los Andes.

El proyecto ganador en Medellín, bautizado UD34-TMED e-Bus, brinda una estimación más precisa del flujo de pasajeros que transitan por los diferentes medios de transporte urbano, mediante el uso de beacons y aprovechando la proliferación de teléfonos móviles provistos de tecnología bluetooth, de forma que las autoridades puedan hacer una asignación de rutas más óptima y los operadores puedan emplear la flota de vehículos de manera más eficiente, reduciendo así los tiempos de viaje y balanceando la distribución modal en la ciudad. Entre tanto, la propuesta vencedora en Bogotá, llamada UniAndes RoadTripper, provee un inventario geo-referenciado de baches y otras alteraciones en la superficie vial, con reportes de la ciudadanía en tiempo real, mejorando los procesos de planeación del mantenimiento y monitoreo de la malla vial, y de esta forma, reducir la accidentalidad y la congestión atribuidas a la precariedad de la infraestructura vial en la ciudad.

Los dos premios fueron entregados por el Secretario Municipal de Movilidad de Medellín (Sr. Humberto IGLESIAS GÓMEZ) en la capital antioqueña y por el Viceministro de Transporte de la República de Colombia (Sr. Alejandro MAYA MARTÍNEZ) en la ciudad de Bogotá.

Aparte del viaje todo pago a Montreal para un miembro de cada equipo triunfador, a los proyectos ganadores y también otros con gran potencial se les hará un seguimiento constante y se les asesorará en desarrollo tecnológico con el objetivo de que en el corto o mediano plazo se materialicen sus ideas de negocio, si así fuere.

En el caso de Medellín, el equipo ganador sostendrá reuniones con destacados miembros del círculo de transporte local, tanto del sector público como del privado, para explorar apoyo institucional y económico para su solución tecnológica. De igual forma, tendrá una conexión directa con el ecosistema de innovación de Ruta N. Gracias a Auteco, cada miembro del equipo se hizo acreedor de un bono por un millón de pesos para la compra de un vehículo eléctrico no motorizado, como una bicicleta eléctrica.

Los dos proyectos ganadores, tanto de Bogotá como de Medellín, serán presentados en la Cumbre Global UITP de Transporte Público en Montreal, durante la Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Fair, en el área de exhibición, junto a las vitrinas comerciales (stands) de grandes conglomerados económicos multinacionales de la industria de suministro y proveedores de servicios de transporte, teniendo una visibilidad única y tal vez irrepetible que se espera sea explotada y aprovechada al máximo por los miembros delegados de los equipos vencedores.

Las hackathons Y4PT de transporte son una iniciativa abierta a todas las organizaciones e individuos que quieran mejorar la movilidad en sus respectivas ciudades. Es una oportunidad exclusiva para mostrar a su audiencia y sus clientes lo importante que es para ellos el apoyar este tipo de eventos donde la innovación y la creatividad prometen nuevas soluciones TIC para impulsar tanto el rendimiento de negocio del sector privado y la eficacia de las políticas del sector público, y así, revelar nuevas posibilidades para ampliar, diversificar y renovar el portafolio de productos y servicios de dichas organizaciones.

Con el ascenso de la digitalización, la globalización y de nuevos actores incursionando en el sector, en tiempos de cambios vertiginosos, se debe hacer frente a nuevos desafíos y no se puede dar el lujo de permanecer al margen. Se debe desempeñar un papel activo y “LEAD the TRANSITion”! (liderar la transición!).

Equipo ganador en Medellín (Universidad de Antioquia – UD34-TMED e-Bus):

  • Líder: Fernando GIRALDO (delegado en Montreal) –
  • Christian MORENO
  • Santiago OSORIO
  • Andrés HURTADO
  • Juan Camilo RESTREPO
  • Michael VÉLEZ

Equipo ganador en Bogotá (Universidad de los Andes – UniAndes Road Tripper):

  • Líder: Gerardo Andrés RIAÑO BRICEÑO (delegado en Montreal) –
  • Carlos ROSO
  • Andrés RENGIFO
  • David SÁNCHEZ
  • Kevin SÁNCHEZ

Y4PT agradece enormemente a todas las organizaciones y personas que hicieron posible el evento en las dos ciudades. En Medellín, al equipo de la Gerencia de Movilidad Humana de la Alcaldía de Medellín, conformado por Juan Camilo GÓMEZ GONZÁLEZ, Luís Alberto SÁNCHEZ MUÑOZ y María Salomé TABOADA BARRETO. Y en Bogotá, al Viceministro de Transporte de la República de Colombia Sr. Alejandro MAYA MARTÍNEZ, a Jonathan Hoagland LEAPE, por parte de TransMilenio, y al equipo Y4PT Bogotá (Alexandra MORENO, Andrés Felipe GAVILÁN y Julián). Son muchísimas más las personas que contribuyeron al éxito de la hackathon Y4PT en Colombia, desde diferentes frentes, por lo que este espacio queda corto para mencionarlos a todos. No obstante, el agradecimiento se hace extensivo a cada uno de ellos.

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