Tapping global talent to improve travel times

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The City of Melbourne and its partners today launched a global innovation challenge to find creative ways to improve people’s commutes and make travelling across our city a more enjoyable experience.

​The Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge invites problem solvers, entrepreneurs, technology developers and creative thinkers to submit their ideas for reducing transport congestion while also combatting social isolation.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the 100 Resilient Cities Network selected Melbourne as one of only four cities in the world to participate in the challenge.

“The Rockefeller Foundation has given the City of Melbourne a grant equivalent to USD$50,000 to partner with the global solutions provider Citymart and their international network of innovators to come up with the best ideas,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The objective of this challenge is to find new ways to make travelling and commuting more efficient and more enjoyable in the world’s most liveable city.

“The solution could be confined to the CBD or it could be metropolitan in scale; it could be an app that tells you the best time to travel to work or a new ride sharing technology; it could be a people solution or an artistic solution and it needs to use existing infrastructure.”

A Challenge Panel including leaders from Victorian State Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, RMIT University, Infrastructure Victoria, VicRoads, RACV, Foundation for Young Australians, Committee for Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria, University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne’s Smart City Office will assess the entries.

This Panel will select the best idea and work with the winner to explore ways to implement their solution.

The Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge is a key action in the Resilient Melbourne Strategy (PDF 17.8 MB) to make metropolitan Melbourne and its diverse communities more viable, sustainable, liveable and prosperous.

The Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge launched today and will close on 23 June, 2017. For more information or to participate in the challenge, visit: Resilient Melbourne: Citymart Challenge.

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Melbourne was selected from 372 cities around the world to be among the first wave of 32 cities to join the 100RC network. The Resilient Melbourne project is auspiced by the City of Melbourne in collaboration with the councils that make up Greater Melbourne, and many associated partners.

 

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