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INCLUSION at Hack Belgium

INCLUSION joined the third edition of Hack Belgium that took place in Brussels (BELGIUM). This is an event where people from different organisations, students, politicians and experts come together to hack societal challenges with innovative solutions for different themes, including mobility.

Why was it so important for INCLUSION to be included to this event?

The biggest aim of INCLUSION is to address challenges related to the accessibility of transport in remote urban and rural areas for vulnerable user categories. Therefore, Hack Belgium was a perfect opportunity to propose the social dimension of mobility and the challenges that certain European regions are facing.

INCLUSION’s partner Taxistop explained the activities that the two pilot labs are currently focusing on within the project. The challenges of Flanders pilot labs focus on making MaaS (Mobility as a Service) as more accessible tool for people who experience language barriers and/or people with low (or no) income. Furthermore, Taxistop is trying to find ways to make the Mobitwin app (e.g. digitalization of the existing ‘less-mobile services’) more inclusive for people who can’t drive and, more specifically, less mobile elderly people.

During Hack Belgium, participants worked together in six teams that consisted of a mixture of creative, technical and innovative brains. The experts (including Taxistop) supported the teams while looking for solutions and ideas to hack these challenges.

At the end of these three intense days, the teams had the chance to pitch their ideas in front of the judges. The best pitch was chosen with a focus on the storytellingsustainabilityimpactviability and novelty of the idea as a base.

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