SMART MobiPrize – Catalyzing the New Mobility


Organization: SMART, Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation
Project: SMART MobiPrize, part of the larger project “Catalyzing the new mobility in cities”
My Role: Manager, Designer, Website maintenance,  Marketing & Promotion
Status: Currently Ongoing

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SMART Mobility Enterprize (the “Mobi”) is an award honoring entrepreneurial ventures that are changing the world – helping to improve the quality of life and revitalize the environment and economy of communities and regions through sustainable transportation (New Mobility). It was conceived and developed by the University of Michigan SMART initiative and its local and international partners with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.The MobiPrize is part of a larger project “Catalyzing the new mobility in cities”. We hope that through the entries we receive in the competition we will be able to determine the trends and developments in the field of sustainable transportation and mobility. We will also be conducting interviews of entrepreneurs and established experts in this field to determine from them both the issues and the catalysts in the industry. Based on us study we hope to compile a report for the Rockefeller foundation.

SMART MobiPrize – The website
I played a key role in developing the website and working on the graphics for most of the website. Since this was my first attempt at designing a website, it has been a great learning experience. We worked as a team on the graphics, branding, promotions and the text for the website. At the final stage Hile Design, a website and graphic design firm was hired to provide key inputs on the MobiPrize Logo Design and structuring of our application form.

SMART MobiPrize – The Award
The ‘Mobi’ as we fondly call it, received 84 entries from all corners of the world by entrepreneurs doing some great work addressing mobility challenges through various types of innovations (ie. service, manufacturing, technology, cargo delivery etc).

From these 84 entries, we had shortlisted 15 enterprises that represented a wide geographic range and innovation type. Out of these 3 winners have been announced, two of which are being selected by our esteemed panel of judges that includes Martin Kelley(IBM), Philippe Crist(ITF), Maiyue Cheng(CISCO), Celine D’Cruz(SDI) amongst others and the third award is a people’s choice award. Do check out the Winners and the The winners will each receive $5000 , a trip to Rio to the Rio+20 conference(United Nations conference on Sustainable Development), and mentorship. We have also created a list of upcoming enterprises that we have put under the Registry section.

By kananddoshi Posted in Work