During a 42-hour hackathon from 26 to 28 February, students, entrepreneurs, developers, designers and mobility experts across India and Sweden worked together to innovate and co-create on the topic of the future of safe and sustainable mobility
The predetermined challenges were: lethal accidents in traffic, safe transport, sustainable transport, air pollution/ emissions from traffic sector, infrastructure for connected vehicle and sustainable logistics.
From the 37 proposed solutions from the participating teams, winners were announced in each category on March 3rd during a live-streamed award ceremony.
The winning solutions proposed ideas for superfast modular charger and intelligent battery management system for electric vehicles, pedestrian road cross assist systems, an accident predictor, smart CO2 calculator for smart vehicles, how to find the best suited truck for a particular transport journey and data integrity for connected drivers.
Altair India were category owners for Lethal road accidents challenge. They saw great potential in the winning solutions ability to be implemented widely:
– Among the excellent entries here, is a solution which applies object detection to create a big impact on road safety, it tackles an important problem that pedestrians – our most vulnerable road users face every day, I am sure this will soon to be seen on roads everywhere.
The winners will have access to a unique network of major Swedish and Indian companies and institute and will cooperate with those to further develop, realize and implement their solutions.
Rahul Andrews, Founder of Cognify Labs, Pune, is one of the mentors that worked together with the participants during the hackathon:
– Partnering the Sweden-India Mobility Hack allowed us to contribute to an open innovation process across an ecosystem of global entrepreneurs, students and partner organisations. We look forward to fostering this partnership and enabling such dynamic ecosystems to co-design and co-create solutions for greater social impact.
Madeleine Sjöstedt is Director-General of the Swedish Institute:
– Sweden-India Mobility Hack, will change the way we move, travel and do logistics. Through this collaboration we are creating a platform for innovation and ideas that effectively address the paramount values of sustainability and safety within the mobility sector. We see this as the starting point for many productive partnerships and collaborations between the two countries.
The Hackathon was organised by the Swedish Institute in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi and the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai with support from several Swedish and Indian partners including startups, incubators, research institutes, road safety organizations and companies in sectors of sustainability, automotive and transport.