What if local schools doubled as transportation hubs, enabling more people to ride public transit and shorten their commute? What if we could alleviate Seattle traffic by turning riding the bus into a game? This past weekend, UW students dreamed up novel solutions like these to tackle Seattle’s growing traffic problems at Challenge Seattle’s Imagine Mobility Ideathon.
“The idea behind this challenge is to stimulate as much interdisciplinary thinking around complex problems as we can,” says Vikram Jandhyala, UW’s vice president for innovation strategy and CoMotion’s executive director. “It’s an opportunity for free thinking and exploration. There’s no such thing as a bad idea here.”