Ford Mobility Challenge Series in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai
Through 11 global challenges, Ford invited developers work on solutions for mobility problems globally. Delivering healthcare solutions in Tamil Nadu, real-time information for improved transportation during Monsoons in Mumbai,reduction in time taken to get help after a traumatic incident in Delhi, busting traffic congestion in some of China’s most densely populated cities, and goods and services delivery improvement in Portugal were challenges that developers had to work on.
Ford has been enabling personal mobility since day one says Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. Ford’s open-innovation approach addresses mobility solutions needed at current times. Prizes exceeding $200,000 (U.S.) will be awarded and scholarships for entrepreneurial education in Argentina provided.
Dealing with mobility challenges sees people all over the world come together says Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. As a result, people from United States get involved with finding solutions in India or China, and vice versa. For each challenge, Ford worked with local experts to address mobility needs of a location. Submissions were judged by a panel of local experts and Ford executives involved in mobility solutions. Efforts were made to bring together the global developer community in designing a sustainable and efficient transportation landscape for the future.
India-specific challenge winners are as follows: Mumbai, India: Mumbai Monsoon Helper, developed by Khyati Majumdar combines real-time weather and forecasts, information on flooding, and crowd-sourced information about conditions into a mobile app to help commuters make smart decisions.
Delhi, India: SUMURR Golden Hour invited developers to create applications to decrease time-to-care within the critical Golden Hour after a traumatic incident. Flare, developed by Utsav Shah from India is an app for volunteers to help others in times of need, while working with Delhi authorities to improve medical outcomes.
Tamil Nadu, India: The SUMURR mHealth challenge focused on information usage for better delivery of health services to remote regions accessible from Chennai. SimPrints Solutions for Community Health Workers, developed by Tristram Norman from the United Kingdom connects healthcare workers to patient medical records with a fingerprint to make a more informed decision for improved medical outcomes.