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Students: Get involved in this year’s Ford Smart Mobility Challenge

Loughborough School of Design and Creative Arts is hosting the challenge and they need innovative students to take part.

The brief challenges teams to come up with sustainable urban solutions that empower communities.

Solutions might enable people and goods to move freely, easily and safely, provide access to essential resources, promote connectivity, health and wellbeing, be green and clean, and promote energy-efficient living.

Projects with the most potential will be awarded investment to help realise their implementation.

The challenge will take place throughout Semester One, via a programme of online workshops. These will begin with a live launch featuring representatives from the Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Smart Mobility, past winners and Members from Leicestershire County Council.

The workshops will cover:

  • Mapping the mobility problem space
  • Choosing a problem to tackle
  • Creating plans for conducting field research and analysing data collected
  • Generating and evaluating ideas
  • Prototyping solutions in the field
  • Developing a business case and pitching ideas

Additional support will also be provided to connect teams with specialist stakeholders and end-user groups, alongside business and enterprise experts at Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN).

The challenge is open to students from all degrees. To sign up please email Dr Stuart Cockbill – If you have a team already, please include all names, email addresses and study years. If you do not have a team but want to take part, please let Dr Cockbill know and they can try to match you up with other students. 

The deadline for signing up is 4pm, Friday 5 November. More information on the challenge is available below:

Ford Smart Mobility Challenge Information