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Connect and move

Developing a web platform that connects citizens who share the same route, increasing pedestrians and cyclists.

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The project consists in creating a web/mobile platform that allows citizens to share the same route of travel to local hubs. The main goal is to connect citizens and increase the number of pedestrians and cyclists in the city. Furthermore, the mobile application will save the routes made by the users to know the user's movement patterns.

The lack of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure has pushed citizens to take care of each other when they are traveling across the city. Connecting and finding a travel partner can help users to feel more comfortable and secure during the journey to the city. In this way, we are building stronger communities to face mobility problems.

Additionally, we will reward those citizens who help to grow the community of cyclists/pedestrians, as those who have more accumulated distance recorded in the mobile application. The goal is to build an urban laboratory that allows us to know citizens' movement patterns, to identify the city's infrastructure needs and to facilitate urban planning in the coming years.

Sharing a route will generate the following benefits:

  • Connecting and finding a travel partner, allows communities to take care of each other.
  • Creating a route's feedback will help to identify areas with a lack of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.
  • Increasing the number of pedestrians and cyclists will help to have a more sustainable city.
  • Identifying areas that need a safety infrastructure according to the volume of movements.
  • The possibility of sharing transportation expenses with other citizens for long trips.
  • Creating strong communities able to get involved in the social problems of the city.
  • Creating responsive societies able to help government institutions in urban and mobility planning.
  • Increasing pedestrian and cyclist traffic, contributing to economic growth in local business in the suburbs.
  • Connecting citizens, which encourages them to create new business channels in the neighborhood.
  • The possibility to create open data platform to people, in order to encourage citizens to develop new technological tools to social issues.

 The aim is to strengthen the most vulnerable and isolated social groups in the city, encourage them to claim for their public spaces that have been dominated by motorized mobility.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

All citizens who have been in vulnerability situations by lack of infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, including people with disabilities, elderly people and young people. Having a travel partner provides the safety, assistance, and dignity of moving in a city that has multiple road barriers.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are a multidisciplinary team that seeks to make use of Information Technology as a means to create responsive cities to problems that affect society, such as mobility in Austin. We strongly believe in the strengthening of societies as the best way to build smarter and inclusive cities.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

The budget requested is planned to divide it in 6 sections: 1) Web/mobile platform development. 2) Advertising. 3) Meetings. 4) Mobility courses. 5) Social Work. 6) Rewards to citizens.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Developing. Technological equipment will be bought, and employees will be hired for the software development, establishing the following phases: Development, Testing, Implementation and Support. Advertising. Once the software is implemented, advertising will be invested in the target market. Meetings. Meetings will be created with the people involved in the project (private and public institutions, users, etc.) establishing the main goals of the pilot. Furthermore, we will seek future connections with other projects. Mobility courses. The main goal will be to promote safe mobility for pedestrians and cyclists in the target neighborhoods. Social Work. Surveys will be made to assess the impact of the project. Rewards. Prizes will be awarded to users who have more contributions to the project.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The following indicators will be used: Data volume. The volume of data generated by users will be measured, assessing its growth based on time, area, social group, age, gender, etc. Stakeholders participation. Number of public and private institutions, users, volunteers, politicians and media that are involved in the project. Investments. Amount of investments by Stakeholders. Assistance. Number of citizens involved in meetings and courses. Quality of life indicators. We will generate public surveys with indicators to assess the impact of the project on the neighborhood target. Indicators such as: security, productivity in activities, health, social integration, economic benefits, etc. Connections. We will assess connection with other projects, seeking to create greater scalability and impact.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

From the meetings generated, we will make clear the main benefits of the project after generating big volumes of information. The main goal is to win investors interested in accessing to the information generated by user movement patterns. Furthermore, we will seek the project sustainability working hand in hand with public and private institutions. Finally, we will add advertising on the web platform/mobile app as an additional income.

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