Generation Innovation – What is the Future of Mobility?

Added Friday, December 8 2017

The Future of Mobility – How will we commute in 2030 (Cambridge House, St Louis and Larne Grammar)

One of the activities that Catalyst Inc organised during Global Enterprise Week, was a collaboration between our Generation Innovation programme and Mid and East Antrim Council to run an event for Year 13 pupils at our recently opened Innovation Centre at the ECOS centre in Ballymena.

37 sixth formers from Cambridge House, St Louis and Larne Grammar took part in a 4th Industrial Revolution Challenge around mobility.

The challenge set for the day was ‘The Future of Mobility – How will we commute in 2030’.

To help students better understand the challenge and discuss possible solutions, a number of key experts from industry were on hand as ‘Knowledge Pillars’. These were Brian Shevlin & Eilish Bouse from Airty Patrick Leonard from Smartline Engineering, Matthew Bradley Co-Founder of Flyte and Dave Thompson from NIACE.

The students actively engaged with all the ‘knowledge pillars’ finding out more on mobility concepts around insurance, data analytics and composite materials. Their understanding was further enhanced through the stimulus material from Deloitte’s Global Mobility Lab.

Through team working the students created a pitch around their thoughts on the future of mobility for Northern Ireland in 2030.  It was very inspiring to listen to the group pitches as each team added their own personal perspective to the challenge.

The range of solutions and ideas included:

  • The positive impact which autonomous vehicles could have on the transportation of disabled young people
  • A solution to address the need for education to increase our awareness of autonomous vehicles
  • Another solution looked at the impact of connectivity in NI to allow for the development of autonomous vehicles. 

The students were commended on their different approaches to finding solutions and on their ability to digest and process all of the  information they were given. 

In line with the Design thinking evaluation methods that we use for an event such a this, the students were asked to share what they wished, wondered and wanted the insights were very interesting.

‘I wish, I had more time to speak to the knowledge pillars and find out more about what they do.

I wonder what industries the knowledge pillars aimed for when they left school and how they got to where they are?

I want similar events like today for younger students.’

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