Toyota And Net Impact Want Millennials To Help Solve Mobility Challenges Of The Future

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The number of people over 65 is set to double within 25 years, and, by 2035, more than 1.1 billion people will be above the age of 65.  This ageing brings with it many concerns, particularly with mobility, and demands more, other transport solutions to get people from one place to another than ever before. Innovation plays an integral part to helping build a future, where everyone can move more freely. We need fresh thinking on mobility challenges, so Toyota and Net Impact have announced the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a competition to inspire millennials to solve the dilemmas in order to meet critical mobility needs in local communities and around the world. The elderly, the disabled and other underserved communities need increased access to public transportation. New technologies are required to help speed people to their destinations more efficiently and sustainably, as well as enabling new transportation options, like car-sharing services, to help foster communities.

Net Impact is a leading not-for-profit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. Toyota 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’s partnership with Net Impact on the Challenge will draw on the ingenuity of millennials, a generation that shares a passion for contributing to society.

The Challenge reflects Toyota’s approach of combining its know-how with the expertise of others, so that working together can lead to something greater than going at it alone. Most of us think of transportation as a means to an end, but the way we move from one place to another has profound effects on natural resources, community and personal well-being. In spring 2016, local Net Impact chapters around the States will host the Challenge during half-day events at university campuses. During the events, multidisciplinary teams of students will work together to address a specific mobility issue of their choosing around one of three themes:  community, connectivity and sustainability. Local transportation and technology experts from Toyota across the U.S. will offer feedback and advice at these events.

The entries will be assessed on the clarity of their goals, project design, feasibility, creativity, ability to reach target audience and social impact. The three finalists will meet with Toyota mentors to refine their pitch and produce a short video for final judging. The winning team will be announced in May 2016 and will be considered for a TMF grant with a chance to incubate their ideas during a summer internship with Toyota’s mobility innovation partners. The winner will also showcase their solution at the 2016 Net Impact Conference. There is one thing that the winning solution will guarantee: enabling independence for disabled and older people, potentially supporting and prolonging active ageing.

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