Flying the flag for Ireland, CitySwift has won the UITP Global Startup Challenge at IT-TRANS 2020 – the Intelligent Urban Transport Systems virtual conference.
Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), announced CitySwift as the winner during the conference's closing ceremony. The announcement comes hot on the heels of our award for ‘Technology Innovation of the Year’ at the Technology Ireland Industry Awards 2020.
The theme of this year’s challenge, launched by UIPT in partnership with youth-led sustainable mobility INGO Y4PT, was ‘Reshaping Societies’, with participants tasked with developing innovative ways to reinforce trust in transit safety post-Covid; reducing ridership levels without losing money; and persuading commuters to change their travel patterns.
Our CEO and co-founder Brian O’Rourke pitched CitySwift’s response. He gave an insight into how the CitySwift data engine and - in particular - our AI-driven SwiftConnect capacity prediction technology can help spread demand peaks and get riders safely back onto mass transit.
150 of the world's best mobility innovators took part in the challenge. Finalists shortlisted alongside CitySwift include German on-demand shuttle platform Shotl, Russia's MosTransProekt institute, South Africa's Hamba electric vehicles, Swiss smart mobility platforms Axon Vibe and FAIRTIQ, and American transportation management software Dynamic Ideas Routing.
We are now looking forward to the UITP Global Public Transport Summit Y4PT Hackathon Finale, Melbourne in 2021! The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the largest event dedicated to urban mobility and we’re very excited to be part of it.
CitySwift’s Brian O’Rourke gives an insight into CitySwift and how our data engine works