Different regions around the world have their unique problems. In an attempt to find solutions on such problems, US car manufacturer, Ford, announced the launch of its Innovate Mobility Challenge Series. The challenge series invites the developer and maker communities to come together to find innovative mobility solutions in eight different locations around the world.
The eight challenges of the Innovate Mobility Series will provide an opportunity to developers and makers to propose solutions to specific locally-relevant issues – including the reduction of congestion, the delivery of healthcare solutions, and improving mobility during the monsoon season – in order to address the wide range of problems facing different cities around the world. The challenge will kick off on July 15.
Ford’s Innovate Mobility Challenge Series will expand its open approach to eight regions around the world – Lisbon, Portugal, Los Angeles in United States; Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai in India; Shanghai in China; Johannesburg in South Africa; and a countrywide challenge in Argentina.
Expressing his views on Ford’s Innovate Mobility Challenge Series, Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation said, “Reaching out to local stakeholders lets Ford more effectively address the diverse mobility challenges around the world. Launching our Innovate Mobility Challenge Series in eight different regions will bring global and local players together in the pursuit of one goal, which is a smarter and more efficient transportation network for the future.”
The first three competitions of the Innovate Mobility Challenge Series – Mumbai, Lisbon and Los Angeles – will offer prizes totaling US$30,000 for each challenge, with a grand prize of US$15,000 for the winner of each. For the Argentina challenge, the winner will receive a scholarship for an Entrepreneur Postgraduate at an Argentine university and a trip to the United States to meet with Ford mobility engineers and attend the North American International Auto Show. The prizes for the remaining challenges will be announced at a later date.
For each competition, Ford will partner with local authorities and experts to address different issues in each location. The competitions will be judged by a panel of Ford executives involved in researching mobility solutions, as well as by local experts selected for each competition. For full details on all the challenges, visit the Innovate Mobility Challenge Series landing page, fordsvl.com/innovatemobility.
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