Brussels - Bridging the gap: public-private understanding in urban mobility - DigiEduHack 2020

Brussels - Bridging the gap: public-private understanding in urban mobility



Better urban mobility, by better public-private cooperation!

Cities are changing, and so is urban mobility: new modes, no services... and new market players! Making urban mobility better, will require coordinated efforts from the public and private sector. And for this coordination, both sides need to know each other, and need to be skilled, trained and informed to cooperate. Join this hackaton to design solutions to that can create trust and cooperation across public-private boundaries. The best solutions designers can join the Polis conference... for free!

Join us online on 12 Nov 2020
And team up to solve our challenge:

#55 / Bridging the gap: public-private understanding in urban mobility

We are looking for people that can help public and private stakeholders in urban mobility build capacity for better cooperation. Urban mobility will only be smart and sustainable if public and private can rely on each other. That means mutual understanding. Can you help to build that trust?

Who can join?


Teachers or educators



Education professionals


Any questions?

Check the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, you can contact us!


All times indicated are in the event local timezone

Check out our schedule for the 24 hour DigiEduHack event.

12 November 11:00

Hackaton kick off!

In this first session, you will get to know Polis and your colleague hackateers. We will explain our challenge, and can start to break this down in manageable components.

12 November 15:30

Skills workshop: public and private actors at work in urban mobility

In this session, Polis will present - in interaction-style - current developments in urban mobility, and in public-private cooperation in this field.

13 November 09:00

Early start solutions spin class

In this session, you - hackateers - are invited to brainstorm about solutions to build trust and understanding between public and private urban mobility stakeholders.

13 November 11:00

Focus and priority: detailing, phasing and shortlisting solutions

The brainstorm from the previous session is now structured, and individual solutions will be detailed. The last half hour is dedicated to solutions presentations.

13 November 15:00

Best solutions - future outlook

In this session, the jury will present its findings about the solutions presented. And, although there are no winners in life, some hackateers still can go home with a price!


The Teams / Individuals with the best solutions will be able to participate in the Polis conference for free! The Polis conference is the annual must-go-to gathering of urban mobility professionals. The free ticket gives access to over 40 sessions! The POLIS Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievement to large audience of mobility experts, practitioners and decision makers. Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels and in view of the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 POLIS Annual Conference – which was to take place in the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region – will now be held virtually from 30 November to 3 December. Even though we will not be meeting in Arnhem-Nijmegen, this innovative city-region remains our virtual co-host for the conference.

Mentors & Jury

This DigiEduHack will be supported by these amazing mentors and jury!

Karen Vancluysen

Expert on governance and micromobility

Polis Secretary General

Pedro Gouveia

Expert governance, process management

Polis Policy Officer

1. Preliminary statement


Welcome to DigiEduHack. This set of rules is a body of principles governing DigiEduHack as a whole.
Each DigiEduHack challenge might have additional and/or specific rules.


DigiEduHack is a hackathon that encourages collaboration, co-creation and real-life change. Even if in the end three teams will be crowned as global winners and will get 5000€ each, any solution uploaded on can potentially have an impact on digital education. This reflects the spirit of DigiEduHack: you take part in this hackathon because you and your team members want to take action and contribute to solving an actual challenge.


DigiEduHack is free, accessible, inclusive and sustainable. Please keep in mind these values when entering and taking part in a DigiEduHack challenge. Participants are expected to behave according to these values.

Do not shame, mock, attack, despise or hurt other participants.
Do support other teams, respect the differences, encourage, help and include others.

Be positive and remember to have fun: DigiEduHack is fist and foremost a great experience where you are going to meet fantastic people, get new cool skills, grow your network.


Last but not least: in case of doubt, please contact either the owner of the challenge or the DigiEduHack central team

2. Rules


Prior to joining Digieduhack, you as a participant should pick a challenge. Most of the challenges have an open recruitment; some challenges have a conditional recruitment (be a student part of the challenge owner's institution for example). You can see the status of a challenge by checking its label on the "2020 events" page and on the "2020 challenges" page.


As a participant, you can only join/take part in one DigiEduHack challenge in 2020. You can join alone, or take part as a team. If you tale pat as a team, each team members should sign up for the challenge individually. The size of the teams is decided by each challenge owner. This size may vary from one challenge to another. The composition of a team is decided by the local challenge owners. Please refer to the documentation specific to the challenge you wish to join. In case of doubt, please contact the challenge owner.


As a participant you are expected to take part in all/most of the activities organised by the challenge owner on the 12-13 November 2020. Challenge owners can decide to make some or all activities mandatory, either before, during or after their DigiEduHack event. Please refer to the planning of the challenge you joined for further info.


Your solution should be co-created and finalised during the DigiEduHack event you're taking part in. It's allowed to join with draft ideas, frameworks, ideas and concepts. It's not allowed to join with a ready-made, ready-to-be-rolled-out solution. You can get inspiration from existing solution but plagiarism, copy and/or any other form of treachery or deception are totally forbidden. You can use open source resources if you clearly attribute the sampled part(s) to their original creator(s) and if the sampled part(s) is a minor component of your solution.


DigiEduHack is a multilevel hackathon where each challenge owner chooses one winning solution and might choose one or several runner-ups. Each challenge owner has their own judging grid to assess submitted solutions: please contact your challenge owner for more details. All the winning solutions (NOT the runner-ups) enter the global competition where the DigiEduHack steering group chooses 10 to 12 finalists based on the criteria available here. These 10 to 12 finalist solutions are uploaded on the United Nations' Unite Ideas platform to be submitted to a public vote. The three solutions that gather the most votes are declared global winners and their teams are awarded 5000€ each.


At the end of the event you are taking part in, follow and respect your challenge owner's instructions on when to stop working on your solution and on where, how and when your solution will be assessed: pay especially attention to mandatory pitching/demo sessions and upload requirements. You had no time to finish? No worries: notify it during your pitch/demo/upload in the description of your project.  All the solutions created during DigiEduHack 2020 should be uploaded on Solutions uploaded to are made public under the DigiEduHack intellectual property guidelines.


Only ONE team member should upload the team's solution on, and only ONE solution per team should be uploaded. A team can only upload a solution for a challenge they are registered for and actually took part in. Before starting the upload process, please check the solution upload guidelines. To upload your solution login, go to "upload your solution" and follow the steps.


Participants or teams can be disqualified and excluded from DigiEdUhack for breaking one of the aforementioned rules/preliminary statements. If a single participant in a team breaks a rule, the participant will be excluded from their team and from DigiEduHack. The rest of the team can keep taking part in DigiEduHack. If a team as a whole breaks a rule, they will be excluded from DigiEduHack. Each challenge owner decides in full discretion on exclusions for their own event. The DigiEduHack central team decides in full discretion on exclusions for the global competition. Exclusions are definitive. Solutions that break the rules described in 2.4 will be disqualified. If a winning solution is disqualified, the challenge owner will organise a second deliberation and annouce a new winner. If a finalist solution or a global winning solution is disqualified, the Steering group as a whole or in a smaller quorum will assess a new finalist solution and a new public vote will take place.



Frequently asked questions

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POLIS is the leading network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within POLIS to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions. Our aim is to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport. To this end, we support the exchange of experiences and the transfer of knowledge between European local and regional authorities. We also facilitate the dialogue between local and regional authorities and other mobility stakeholders such as industry, research centres and universities, and NGOs. Our expertise allows us to create a framework which facilitates dialogue and exchange between local authorities, the transport research community and the industry.

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Urban Mobility

Our challenge, your solutions
Bridging the gap: public-private understanding in urban mobility
We are looking for people that can help public and private stakeholders in urban mobility build capacity for better cooperation. Urban mobility will only be smart and sustainable if public and private can rely on each other. That means mutual understanding. Can you help to build that trust?
Bridging the data-analysis capacity for agile decision-making

We propose the creation of mobility-oriented digital platforms to provide a direct, hassle-free link between policy makers and transdisciplinary researchers. We think that early identification of key research questions (and data needs) can provide future-proof solutions for the arising challenges.

Partners & supporters

DigiEduHack is an EIT initiative under the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan, led by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University. This year the main stage event is hosted by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union

EIT Climate-Kic | Partner

Aalto University | Partner

European commission | Partner

Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Partner

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung | Partner

DAAD | Partner

TU Berlin | Partner

EIT | Supporter

EIT Food | Supporter

EIT Digital | Supporter

EIT RawMaterials | Supporter

EIT InnoEnergy | Supporter

EIT Health | Supporter

EIT Urban Mobility | Supporter

EIT Manufacturing | Supporter

Communication Partners

EIT Digital Alumni | Communication partner