From now on, I will share my thoughts about a specific project that has caught my interest and write a reflection on my thoughts once a week. This week I would like to highlight a student project called Micro Mobilty.
To let yourself be disrupted , this is what we tell Urban ICT Arena project owners and partners. That’s why we e.g. love student projects, where the methods, mindset and results are often unorthodox and unexpected – i.e. #NotBoring.
In the project Micro Mobility, the students has focused on “the last mile”, a term used to highlight the last distribution stage to a customer, where the last stretch of the transport is tailored to the customer needs.
The pain point is getting small stuff from sender to receiver in a sustainable way that strengthens a community. The solution is delivery infrastructure (hardware and software) driven by a community of engaged individuals active within social interaction. This project also reveals something we hadn’t realized before; we can’t build new communities for every new solution. We have to use existing communities and provide them with new solutions that add value and make networks grow and flourish.
What we also understand is that we shouldn’t reinvent the wheel over and over again! This is why the main task of Urban ICT Arena is to help our partners and project owners share experiences and insights and spread them widely. I asked Anton Löf, one of the students from the Micro Mobility project, about their experience of the journey and what they see ahead.
“This project have been one of discussion and new technology. We have been challenged with new ideas and worked with new people in a new environment. That resulted in some tricky decisions and not always the smoothest journey. However, it led to an unexpected outcome and an interesting project. Just hearing people’s thoughts and concerns about the topic has been very rewarding. It seems to generate new questions, and that is exactly what we want! Hopefully projects and collaborations like this can help us design future cities and discuss the issues that might follow!” says student Anton Lööf.
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