Making public space usable

Making public space usable

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The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transportation. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and provide an excellent platform that supports the education, thought-leadership, business development, and the overall steady growth of the smart mobility industrial growth. The challenge provider will be introduced in the kick-off session and will take part in the final presentation as well.

Our challenge

Population and production growth have resulted in a demand for higher capacities of urban transportation systems. Today, traffic is the number one occupier of public space in Hamburg. That has led to unsatisfactory conditions regarding traffic flow and traffic jams. Making more public space usable again for the residents therefore calls for innovation and creative approaches. Develop a concept for making more public space usable by interlinking sustainable transportation systems. Bear in mind the urban residents’ wants for cultural and social offers in public spaces.

Expected impact

International and national cities are highly interested in innovative sustainable solutions for efficient mobility in their cities. At the same time, cities must rethink their approach to climate-neutral mobility and lifestyles. This is causing many cities and companies to rethink. The ITS World Congress in 2021 therefore offers the opportunity to work on concrete ideas in partnership with Hamburg University of Technology.

Target groups

Citizens, traffic business, innovators for new traffic solutions, providers of cultural and social offerings


Challenge is open for professionals resp. life-long learners only

The project

The project will be run over a five-week period (06th of August until the 10th of September 2021):

·      Kick-off: 06th of August, 17:00 - 20:00 CET

·      First interim presentation: 13th of August, 17:00 - 19:00 CET

·      Second interim presentation: 27th of August, 17:00 - 19:00 CET

·      Closing event: 10th of September, 17:00-20:00 CET


Deadline for application including a short motivational statement: 03rd of August, 23:59 CET.

ITS World Congress: 11th – 15th of October 2021


Expectations from participants

Work in teams, average workload 5-10 hours/week for 5 weeks

Admission process

There is no admission process required for this challenge. All admitted participants will be informed shortly before the kick-off to receive the link for this first meeting. For questions related to the content of the challenge or any other information, please contact the teamcher.

Structure of challenge 

Online. Technical equipment incl. webcam will be needed. 

Expected group size

4 - 10 participants, to be divided into 1-2 teams.


Interaction with the challenge provider, experts (urban planning), teamcher and international professionals.