Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have launched their visionary new ‘2040’ strategy – one that looks forward to the future with a completely open mind, and one that will see the end to silo’d thinking around individual ‘transport modes’, and will bring about the neccesary integration between traditional ‘private’ (planes, cars, taxi’s, bikes) and ‘public’ modes (bus, trams and trains) that helps bring new ‘sharing economy’ modes into the mainstream of public policy thinking; and will open up the doors for a much broader embrace of a rainbow of new vehicles, products and services within the mobility sector. Good news for Mobility as a Service, and raising the bar for TravelSpirit!
Today, we have formally launched our new organisation, with a real buzz, at the Community Design Workshop I, 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 Department for Transport, and our very own COO, joined a series of exciting ‘lightning talks’ from a number of tech startup’s.
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.
The technology sector in the North of England is vibrant and growing rapidly, and yet it is still far from reaching its potential. A new report (download from here) commissioned by Tech North and published by the RSA in partnership with the Impact Hub, shows just how much potential there is. It details a number of recommendations for how greater collaboration could unlock a £5.7 billion boost to the Northern economy and how open source projects, such as TravelSpirit will be a key enabler. Read even more…
We’re really proud to announce that Rob Taylor, CTO at Codethink and secretary of the FOSSi Foundation, has been appointed our CTO, on a ‘pro-bono’ basis. Rob has been working commercially with Linux and Open Source technologies for over 15 years and has founded two successful companies delivering Open Source development. Rob joins Alex Burrows as CEO and Lucy Yu as COO, to form with Si Ho (Chairman) the new Executive Board for TravelSpirit, all working on a ‘pro-bono’ basis to set and oversee the strategic and technical direction for the community.
19th April 2016. Presenting to a select audience keen to understand on how smart technology can be used to improve our cities and contribute to the creation of a Northern Powerhouse, Si Ho – Transport for Greater Manchester, Neil Brown – Simply Connect and Giles Bailey – Stratageeb met with warm applause for their ambition to ‘make the world a better place’ while creating a money-making eco-system that will thrive on and support a global commons of code that would see TravelSpirit members enjoy a share in a new multi-billionaire pound a year Mobility as a Service market, while collaborating ‘Smart Cities’ will benefit from ‘ground-up’ community funded and for-the-community transport solutions. Click here to download a copy of the presentation given.
Thanks to our new crowd-funding partners, Alliance Manchester Business School, we are pleased to announce that the 1st day of our launch event in June, which will be a 140 capacity conference held at Alliance Manchester Business School to bring together an elite line-up of thought leaders from a broad range of backgrounds, that are converging on the ‘Intelligent Mobility’ space, to debate needs to happen in the UK to achieve ‘Mobility as a Service’ and what needs to happen next to support the growth of our global open source community.
TravelSpirit is a crowd funded, not-for-profit project, with the mission to grow a vibrant global community of developers, entrepreneurs and transport agencies/operators who, together, will build an open source ‘global commons of code’ for enabling ‘Mobility as a Service’ to thrive.
The UK’s Department for Transport are sponsoring a feasibility study into a new initiative in Manchester called Simply Connect, which aims to help local people and businesses make smarter travel choices by improving data and information about different forms of transport. Transport Minister Andrew Jones made specific reference to our TravelSpirit partner initiative in his key note speech at the Smarter Travel Live 2016 event in Milton Keynes, that was attended by the UK’s top transport professionals and leading light transport authorities.
To seed the global community for TravelSpirit, we are inviting the best business minds and technical talent to compete for the opportunity to take part in the a new adventure…get in contact with us and let’s start building this together…