Toyota and Net Impact Announce National Finalists in Next Generation
Meeting neighborhoods’ needs through Mobile Community Centers. Turning
car trunks into moving mailboxes. Customizing navigation systems for the
blind. These are the innovative concepts from the three finalists in the Next
Generation Mobility Challenge, a new competition from Toyota and Net
Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical mobility
needs in local communities and around the world.
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Students develop solutions for critical mobility needs during the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a new competition from Toyota and Net Impact. (Source: David Schmitz)
The public is invited to view videos created by the finalists about
their projects starting today at this
link and vote for their favorites. A panel from Toyota and Net
Impact selected the three finalists, based on their project design,
feasibility and social impact, from the winners of 15 Net Impact events
at universities across the country.
University of Oregon - Carolyn Taclas, Keala Verigan, Sydney
Quinton-Cox and James Greisen
Taking a page from the food
truck craze and the mini-communities that spring up around them, the
team conceived the Mobile Community Center. The customized trucks
would park in public transit hubs, like Park-n-Ride lots and bus
stations, and offer a range of services to meet community needs.
Northwestern University and University of Illinois - Maria
McKiever, Szymon Gluc and Shangyanyan Li
With a new take on
the sharing economy, this team created a system that would allow
drivers to offer their car trunks to others for hire as mobile
mailboxes, potentially minimizing congestion and driving time.
Babson College, RISD and Olin College - Esther Kim, John Mathai,
Ayush Singhal and Niklaus Sugiri
Helping to map the way, this
team created StreetSmart, a mobile application that leverages existing
technologies such as location services and voice recognition to create
a navigation system for the blind and visually impaired.
“At Toyota, we’re committed to addressing mobility issues around the
world so that more people can go more places and live better lives. We
are thrilled by the ingenious solutions that the students developed
during the Next Generation Mobility Challenge,” said Latondra Newton,
Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota Motor
North America, Inc. “Our partnership with Net Impact reflects our
approach of combining our know-how with the expertise of others, so that
working together can lead to something greater than going at it alone.”
“Transportation choices have major ramifications on the environment,
society, and health,” said Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact. “For this
reason, students across the country have been excited to partner with a
leading innovator like Toyota to define the future of mobility.”
The judges will factor in the public vote when determining the winning
team, which will be announced by May 31, 2016. The winning team will be
considered for a Toyota Mobility Foundation grant and have a chance to
incubate their ideas during a summer internship within Toyota’s network
of mobility innovation partners. The team will also showcase their
solution at the 2016 Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia this November.
About the Next Generation Mobility Challenge
Launched in 2015, The
Next Generation Mobility Challenge is a competition from Toyota and
Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical
mobility needs in local communities and around the world. Held at
fifteen university campuses across the country, the challenge invites
multi-disciplinary teams of students to participate in half-day design
sprints to develop solutions for mobility issues that address community,
connectivity, or sustainability. Local transportation and technology
experts from Toyota and universities provided feedback and real-world
perspective to the students’ concepts.
is executing the challenge through Toyota Motor North America and the
Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), which was created by Toyota in 2014 to
help more people go more places – safely, easily and sustainably – so
they can live better lives no matter where they are.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and
the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the
way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the
past 50 years, we’ve built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North
America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and
directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.).
Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than
2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 –
and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years
are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country,
with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this
commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from
building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other
nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about
Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
About Net Impact
Net Impact is the world’s best training ground for the next generation
of change agents. Our programs—delivered from our headquarters in
Oakland, CA, as well as globally through our 300+ chapters—connect our
members to the skills, experiences and people that will allow them to
have the greatest impact. With over 100,000 members, Net Impact takes on
social challenges, protects the environment, invents new products and
orients business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members
turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action. Visit www.netimpact.org.
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