Jakarta Urban Challenge winners announced

The Jakarta Urban Challenge is "a USD $20,000 contest championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta, one of the world’s most congested cities." Organized by the New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate, the competition opened on March 16th and ended on April 30th, 2015, receiving 226 proposals. Through a rigorous judging process, the following three finalists were selected.

  • Cyclist Urban System: a plan to set up cycling hubs in several locations across the city. Bicycle riders can use these hubs to park their bikes, shower, change clothes, buy food, fix their bikes, receive first aid, obtain route information, and eventually even rent bikes.
  • Jalan Aman (Safe Passage): a mobile application that aims to improve the security of women using public transportation. Users can share their location, report incidents, and receive information from other users about safe transportation options.
  • Squee: a mobile application that unifies pedestrians and cyclists to travel together along shorter, safer, car-free routes across Jakarta's urban villages, called kampongs.

The three finalists presented their ideas before a panel of international judges on the first day of the New Cities Summit, June 9, 2015. The next day, the committee announced that Squee had been chosen as the winner of the Jakarta Urban Challenge, receiving USD $10,000 in prize money. Jalan Aman received second place, winning USD $6,000. Third place was awarded to Cyclist Urban System, who received USD $4,000. The awards were conferred by the Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. For each of the three winners, the prize money will be used to begin the implementation of their project. The New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate will be monitoring their progress, and Ahok invited the three teams to meet with him and the Jakarta administration to further support their initiatives.

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