New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) In order to tackle important issues regarding safe and sustainable transportation, India and Sweden have joined forces with the Sweden-India mobility Hackathon.
A press statement said on Wednesday, “The Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and the Swedish Institute invite participation in the 42-hour digital Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon: Changing the way we move! on February 26-28, 2021. The mission of the hackathon is to design, test and execute ideas for the future, with a particular focus on mobility.
“Sweden and India have joined forces to tackle important issues regarding safe and sustainable transportation. Which is why this hackathon is a designer sprint-like event in which participants collaborate intensively on digital innovations to create functioning solutions to predetermined challenges by the end of the event namely, Lethal accidents in traffic, Safe and sustainable transport, Air pollution/ emissions from traffic sector, Infrastructure for connected vehicle and Sustainable logistics.
“Commenting on the initiative, Anna Lekvall, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, said Innovation is at the heart of the Sweden India relationship, and safe, sustainable transport has grown immensely as a vital new area of co-operation.
“The Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon is expanding this partnership, providing a strong platform for students, start-ups, companies, experts from the two countries to co-create new solutions for mobility. Together, we can change the way we move.”
“Students, entrepreneurs, innovation enthusiasts, developers, designers, creatives and mobility experts across India and Sweden are invited to participate in the Hackathon, to innovate and co-create on the topic of the future of sustainable mobility sector, to work on industry challenges and develop solutions and proof of concepts.
“The participants will have access to a unique network of major Swedish and Indian companies and institutes and will work to solve questions based on open data sources.
“The winners will get to pitch ideas and receive guidance from the partners to further develop, realize and implement their solutions.
“Institutions and universities are also invited to join as key partners in recruiting talent, providing guidance and supporting co-creation, innovation and sustainability.
“Professors, leaders, engineering, transport and creative experts are also encouraged to enroll as Mentors whose aim would be to guide and support their assigned teams on the mobility challenges.
“The theme has a strong connection to the Joint Innovation Partnership that exists between India and Sweden and the Sweden-India Transport Safety and innovation Platform (SITIS) which was launched in February 2020.
Fanny Von Heland, Head of Office of Science & Innovation, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, said, “The global demand for safe and sustainable transport solutions is tremendous. I’m proud and delighted that Sweden and India are taking a leading role in developing and testing what the future of transport could look like. With the mobility hack we are giving students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to co-create and strengthen our already strong partnership. I am looking forward to seeing what game changing solutions we together can create.”
Speaking about the initiative, Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India, said: “Sustainable transport and road safety are areas that our governments are deeply engaged in. As emissions, traffic accidents and inefficient traffic flows characterize more and more of the world’s major cities, the hack aims to, develop solutions to these problems. We are delighted that the Swedish Institute is organizing a Sweden-India Mobility Hackathon on this subject in the end of February, with the Embassy of Sweden and the Consulate General in Mumbai as partners. It’s very encouraging to see that several Indian organizations and companies have joined the hackathon as partners.”
The Hackathon is led by the Swedish Institute with support from several Swedish and Indian partners, including startups, incubators, research institutes, innovation cells, road safety organisations and companies in sectors of sustainability, automotives and transport.