This article was written by James Thomson, one of our National Youth Team co-designers, who presented at this event with a fellow co-designer, Shannon Goundry, and the Pick&Mix project manager.
31st January 2017
We had a great couple of days representing the Pick and Mix project at the IMPART conference in Loughborough. Our project, led by ESP Group, aims to revolutionise the way young people travel across Scotland by creating an innovative Mobility as a Service (MaaS) application enabling seamless travel across the country.
The conference was led by IMPART (Intelligent Mobility Partnership) and showcased the work of companies and organisations currently involved in the delivery of Mobility as a Service applications. Delegates from across Britain gave presentations about their work and proposed their ideas for the future. Pick and Mix added a unique contribution, as we were the only delegates who had been directly involved in the grassroots planning processes for our project. Other participants on the day – many directors of the companies they represent – were interested to hear about the work of Young Scot, the National Youth Team and the journey this co-designed venture has taken so far.
Attending the conference was not just about singing our own praises! It was a great opportunity to find out about what other organisations are doing and how they are trying to incorporate the MaaS concept into what they do. We started in October last year and will soon be at the stage where we can develop and design the interface of our final product. There is a long way to go, but soon enough our user-centred technology will be accessible to all young people living in Scotland.