TravelSpirit Foundation

We are a not-for-profit community and organisation that helps people working in the field of voluntary, public and private transportation to work together for a better tomorrow. We connect coders, planners, activists, and policy-makers through a global network. We provide research, advocacy, event organisation and business support services.

Through open source technology, collaborative commercial partnerships, and trusted data systems, our mission is to realise both the pro-social and economic potential of new transport paradigms, such as “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) and a future world of “Connected & Autonomous Vehicles” (CAV). In doing so we believe we can create a more resilient, sustainable, and connected world.

diverse and inclusive community membership

the open Internet of Mobility

Transport is changing. New technology is making it possible to integrate public transport, shared bikes, car sharing, hire and on demand travel services, giving people and communities accessible and personalised travel choices: the Open Internet of Mobility.

The open Internet of Mobility is a global digital commons that enables the full benefits of new transport modes, software and information streams to be locked-in for the public good.

Built on open source and blockchain architecture, this framework will enable transport providers to compete in a transparent market that is truly focused on providing customer-centric services to anyone and everyone.

transparent and global

Our governance model and decision-making is balanced and inclusive. Following a “think global – act local” approach we are governed by a Global Executive Board, that guides the administration of the organisation, in collaboration with Regional Market Projects Boards, an Affiliate Partner Programme, and individual members.

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News items

TravelSpirit calls on government to learn from Mobike failure and support open collaboration in transport

In its submission to the UK government’s call for evidence surrounding the Future Mobility Grand Challenge, the TravelSpirit Foundation called on the UK government to promote the adoption of open source technologies, including blockchain, and open collaboration. This will support an inclusive future mobility and avoid the kind of market failures that leave communities marginalised …

New partnership to foster an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service

TravelSpirit Foundation and MaaS Alliance have formed a partnership to undertake collaborative work of technologists, operators, and innovators to develop an open ecosystem for Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently, TravelSpirit and MaaS Alliance will share knowledge and best practices on enabling the development of open source technologies, …

Openness in Paying for Transport – TravelSpirit White Paper 7

Transport users have long sought to be able to buy transport in one purchase to cover all aspects of their end to end journey. Over the past 50 years there have been many attempts to offer users these services, but most have survived for only a short time or in restricted markets. Technology now offers …


Our Services to Community Members

Around the world new ways of providing mobility are appearing in our towns and cities. At the same time, rapid adoption of mobile internet access is creating new business models and service offerings that change the way we access and utilise transport.

Recently, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) have emerged from within this exciting frontier to offer travellers a powerful new alternative to car ownership. These technology trends can enable  customers and communities a choice of mobility packages, using a range of suitable transport options, all linked through an integrated and seamless user experience.

Developing MaaS and CAV Eco-Systems

Public transport will form the backbone of any robust MaaS and CAV eco-system. If we allow our public transport services to be casualties of digital disruption, it will be very difficult in the future to rebuild these services in a viable and effective manner.

We also recognise that the transport situation in our largest cities such as London, or Paris or Barcelona, is very different from the regional towns and cities, in the UK and around the world. Outside of these very large cities, the set of alternatives – to private car use – are often insufficiently attractive and limited.

Therefore, we are taking steps to help regional town and cities incubate and develop their MaaS eco-systems.We have developed a new Openness Index Tool to assess the openness of a transport system, and shape mobility service development in that town or city, to enable them to offer the maximum social and environmental benefit.

Open Innovation Programmes

Creating an environment of boundless creativity is highly challenging for large and hierarchical institutions. This poses a particular problem for governments, companies, and organisations that wish to support open innovation.

As one of our four core values, open innovation is central to everything we do at TravelSpirit. We established the TravelSpirit Open Innovation Programme framework to capture and magnify the value generated by our community projects and accelerate them for maximum impact.

Our Open Innovation Programme framework is designed to generate resilient solutions to known mobility challenges. We shepherd innovative ideas through a project pipeline that leverages experience, skills exchange, open source tools and assets from the TravelSpirit community.

Business Support

Our core business support offer, provided through our TravelSpirit Affiliate Network, includes:

  • Supporting the development of open business models. This includes identifying components of technology that make more commercial sense to development in the open.
  • Provision of market intelligence, technical knowledge, best practice and strategic foresight, tailored to your business goals and challenges.Designing training sessions, workshops, accelerator programmes and events.
  • Facilitating commercial collaboration, including relevant agreements and procurement platforms, to enable MaaS implementation for a target town or city.
  • Promotion & Active Management/Governance of open source code assets.
  • Organisation Development support to transform and align your organisation to best capture MaaS market growth opportunities.
  • Identifying and building talent within your business who can spearhead innovation in MaaS. Integrate with organisation succession plans.

Advocacy and Thought Leadership

TravelSpirit is leading the debate and setting the agenda for realising the full pro-social and economic potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

By championing open collaboration and the Internet of Mobility we believe we can grow the new mobility market ‘pie’ at an accelerated rate, for the benefit of all participating cities, communities and companies.

We provide community members the following specific benefits:

  • Representing and promoting members’ interests  – as long as they are in line with our core values.
  • Market creation activities for MaaS.
  • Raising political, regulatory and market awareness of the role and value of MaaS.
  • Setting the MaaS agenda globally, including thought-leadership collaboration with your organisation on whitepapers, articles and research.

Engagement and Networking

The Mobility as a Service “industry” has yet to form, and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles are also in their infancy. We can provide your organisation an effective means of keeping up to speed on latest developments, shape your offer, and build new b2b and b2g relationships. This includes:

  • Access to the leading global network and forum for organisations interested in MaaS, how to adopt it, how to develop solutions etc.
  • Close involvement in market leading events, conferences, business networking organised by the only organisation completely MaaS-focused.
  • Access to a global network of MaaS thinkers and doers.
  • Opportunity to fund a position on our Global Executive and Regional Project Boards.

Routes to Market

In the UK, TravelSpirit Foundation is already proving effective, with the support of its UK Regional Project Board, in developing the local and regional MaaS eco-systems of Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Exeter.

Our community-first approach creates the ideal platform for fostering the local partnerships between third-sector, public sector and private sector necessary to launch new products and services into a community.

We can provide members the following specific benefits:

  • New business opportunities and supporting business development activity.
  • Access to the TravelSpirit membership directory.
  • Promotion of apps and services on TravelSpirit.io.
  • Exclusive partnering on collaborative R&D projects.
  • Close engagement with your Regional Project Board (currently strongest in UK).
  • Support in developing into wider European, Asia-Pacific and North American markets.



Oral Evidence: UK Transport Committee Inquiry into Mobility as a Service

5 March 2018, Portcullis House, UK Houses of Parliament

Click here for full transcript and to watch the session on video.

This was a 2 hour engaging dialogue between the Transport Committee and expert panel members, Paul Campion, Chief Executive, Transport Systems Catapult, Si Ho, Global Chair of the TravelSpirit Foundation, Professor Maria Kamargianni, Head of Urban and Energy Lab, UCL Energy Institute and TravelSpirit UK Board member, and Piia Karjalainen, Senior Manager, MaaS Alliance. The session was chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham, supported by commitee members Paul Girvan MP for County Antrim, Graham Morris MP for Easington, Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth, Graham Stringer MP for Greater Manchester and Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes.

The oral evidence covered definitions of MaaS, comparisons with the activities of tech companies such as Uber and Google, what economic and environmental benefits it could bring to the UK, barriers to implementation and the differences between a open and closed MaaS system, what role central government could/should play and to what extent MaaS was relevant outside the London capital and the potential for unintended consequences, including exclusion of vulnerable groups. TravelSpirit championed the role of government to leading on a new “Open Mobility” framework that focussed on interoperability and customer data portability and to consider on the positive benefits MaaS could bring to young people and air quality issues in the UK regions outside of London.

Transport Systems Catapult Blockchain: Disruption in Transport

22 February 2018, Milton Keynes

2nd Annual Conference: Openness and Mobility as a Service

26 September 2017, The Atrium, London NW1

This was an exciting conference showcasing practical approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service in the UK. It attracted a wide spectrum of people commissioning, developing and advising on new mobility and MaaS programmes exchanging experiences and views.

The programme was framed around policy and strategy and looked at the principles of openness and practical case studies to demonstrate when, how and why to apply it.

Programme: Openness in Mobility as a Service

Presentations and Workshops

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8 September 2017, Somerset House, London

By 2050 at least 70 percent of the global population will live in cities and urban traffic will have tripled. We need to develop smart and resilient cities for the future with more efficient traffic infrastructures, ensuring people are at the heart of city development. Technology has the potential to improve quality of life and the digital revolution is transforming mobility through demand-led services.

Cars. Buses. Trains. Trams. Tubes. If you think we have reached the limit of how we move around our cities, think again.

TransforMOTION is racing towards us. And we are counting down to a day packed with innovative exhibitions, inspiring talks from industry leaders, and the chance to network with technology and transport in uencers from around the world.

We will be tapping into the brain of robotics, hearing from the women of the future, challenging mobility in cities and more.

For transforMOTION Bosch invites the public to gain a glimpse of the future through a series of installations, talks, technology showcases and hands-on activities.

Click here for our public event website and here for the agenda. It is a free event open to the public. Contact us if you are planning to come!


Previous events

17th – 19th March 2017: Manchester. TravelSpirit Hackout

This event brought together passionate developers, digital artists, IoT experts and business savvy professionals, interested in the future space of ‘Mobility as a Service’, and want to be part of delivering this at scale, through open collaboration. Working with the UITP to bring about a global programme of city specific open source challenges. The hackout sends its winner to compete at a global hack in May 2017 UITP conference in Montréal, Canada

Friday 17th March 2017: Manchester. MaaS Reloaded

A business network event to punch through rhetoric and preconceptions about what MaaS is and what it can be. We invite you to join the conversations, ask tough questions, be ambitious and think globally about how we can truly transform mobility, not in one city, but for every person in every corner of the world.

Tuesday 27th September, Paris. Open Source Asset Build.

A Technical solutions event, organised by our partners, FabMob.

Wednesday 21st September 2016, Birmingham. MaaS conference.

MaaS networking event, put on by our colleagues, the Transport Systems Catapult – a conference with TravelSpirit ‘headlining and championing’, with an emphasis on getting more Local Authorities educated and on board!

Friday 16th September 2016: London. Community Design Workshop Stage 2 (deep dive).

Hosted at the Geovation Hub in the Future City Catapult’s Urban Innovation Centre teased out and further defined the problem areas associated with Mobility as a Service. The outcome of the workshop informed our TravelSpirit Hackout event in Manchester and guided the development of our core values, and subsequent white papers on Openness.

Tuesday 6th September 2016: Hebden Bridge, Open Smart Cities @ Wuthering Bytes

We partnered with: ODI LeedsLeeds Data ThingThings Network (Leeds and Manchester), OpenData Manchester and Calderdale DataWorks for a full day of exploration, show & tell, and collaborative work on creating the #opensmartcity.

Tuesday 28th June, Manchester: 1st Annual Conference.

We formally launched our new organisation at our 1st Annual Conference: Community Design Workshop, at Alliance Manchester Business School, UK.

The day set off with a flying start with a key note talk from the “father of Mobility as a Service”, Sampo Hietanen, followed by an inspirational talk by Gabriel Plassat, of FabMob and then a scene setting run-through of TravelSpirit by our CEO, Alex Burrows. Lucy Yu, Mobility as a Service lead for the UK government led an expert panel on ‘overcoming the barriers to innovation in transportation’ and Alison Pilling provided an insightful talk around the £150m Transport for the North Smart Ticketing Programme.

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About us

About the TravelSpirit Foundation

The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester, UK, in 2016 to provide an open framework to ensure that new integrated mobility services are universally accessible.

To successfully achieve our ambitious aims for the emerging mobility sphere – within the UK and across the globe – we set out to build a global network of transport operators, software developers, businesses, policy makers, planners and activists across the mobility and technology sectors.

Naturally, this global network is diverse, featuring a range of entities with different aims and objectives, but we are united by a shared vision for open and accessible mobility. This vision is underpinned by four core values:

  1. Universal Mobility: We believe that an integrated, connected, multi-modal transport system provides the path to sustainable and equitable transportation for all.
  1. Open Innovation: We believe in an open innovation model, that rewards sharing of information that serves others, even our competitors, and brings benefits to all.
  1. Global Community: We believe that by connecting coders, planners, activists, and policy-makers through a global network, we are better equipped to tackle the toughest mobility and transport challenges.
  1. Local Benefit: We believe that our work must be grounded in its ability to demonstrate positive change by and for local communities and regions.

TravelSpirit is championing open collaboration in the emergence of new mobility services and the evolution of an Internet of Mobility as a critical public resource for evolving Mobility as a Service and Connected & Autonomous Vehicle eco-systems.

setting the standard by example

TravelSpirit flagship projects demonstrate how open source solutions work together to create sustainable and equitable transport for a better tomorrow. They enable us to demonstrate how projects driven locally can build a future transport system that is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

Growing our Community

We are actively recruiting partners and funders to develop and deploy the Internet of Mobility for global, accessible Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

To start on the road of building the Internet of Mobility, the TravelSpirit Foundation curates travelspirit.io, a global community resource of infrastructure, networks and code.

Global Executive Board

Chair: Simon Ho

CEO: Giles Bailey

Executive Directors: James Gleave,  Beate Kubitz

EB Advisories: Alex Burrows,  Jeremy DaltonLucy Yu

Regional Board Chairs

ASEAN – Pieter Fourie

North America – Jeremy Dalton

Northern Europe – Stefano Mainero

South Africa – Justin Coetzee