What is it about?

During the EIT Urban Mobility InnovaCity up to 90 employees from Municipalities, Start-ups and Corporates will come together in three local hubs to learn how to solve urban mobility challenges in a user-centered way while getting to know the main stakeholders in this area.

In the two days local hubs the participants will be working in cross-sector teams to tackle prevailing challenges, prototyping viable solutions and finally pitching their results in front of a panel of experts. The winning teams from each location will then be offered a travel stipend to visit the global event in Tel Aviv-Yafo in collaboration with EcoMotion a global start-up fair for Urban Mobility.

The local hubs will take place in Tel Aviv-Yafo in collaboration with the Technion, in Munich in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and in Barcelona in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Do you want to learn the tools you need in order to make urban mobility better for all, while tackling a real world challenge and get to know all stakeholders?

Apply now to be part of this unique experience in spring 2019!

Your key benefits

Real world challenges

We believe that learning is best when it is applied, therefore we are tackling real challenges provided by the cities.

User-centered design

Solutions need to be thought for and with the final user in mind, this is why we teach you methods in user-centered design that can be applied to any challenge you might face.

Connecting with key stakeholders

Whatever you do, if you do it with others it‘s easier, therefore we bring people together from Cities, Start-ups and Corporates.

Who we are

InnovaCity is a project of EIT Urban Mobility, an international consortium dedicated to accelerating solutions that improve our collective use of urban spaces, while ensuring accessible, convenient, safe, efficient, sustainable and affordable multimodal mobility.

The InnovaCity training is undertaken by three leading engineering schools in Europe in close collaboration with the cities of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Munich and Barcelona.


Technion is a public research university in Haifa, Israel. Established in 1912, Technion is the oldest university in the country and is ranked not only the best university in Israel but in the whole of the Middle East in the Shanghai Ranking. For this activity Technion closely collaborates with the city of  Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a research university in Bavaria, Germany. TUM is ranked 4th overall in Reuters 2017 European Most Innovative University ranking. Its institute, the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), is one of the leading institutions in Entrepreneurship Education in Germany. For this activity TUM closely collaborates with the city of Munich.

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. UPC's objectives are based on internationalization and it is consistently ranked as one of the leading European universities in the technology and engineering fields. For this activity UPC closely collaborates with the city of Barcelona.


Choose the fitting location for your local hub experience.

  • City of Tel Aviv-Yafo

    Tel Aviv-Yafo

    April 29th - April 30th, 2019

    Event location: Pisga center of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, 30 Yigal Alon St., Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • City of Munich


    May 6th - May 7th, 2019

    Event location: Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), Marsstraße 20/22 80335 Munich

  • Ajuntament de Barcelona


    May 20th - May 21st, 2019

    Event location: Cal L’Alier, Carrer de Pere IV, 362, 08019 Barcelona

  • City of Tel Aviv-Yafo

    Global Hub @Tel Aviv-Yafo

    June 11th - June 13th, 2019

    Event location: to be announced


Local Hubs (2 days each)

Each local hub comprises a 2-day-long workshop composed of complementary input and workshop sessions.

Day 1:

Morning: Intro to the challenges and User-centered design.

Afternoon: Excursion into the city to experience the problem and interview experts.

Evening: Gather your insights and networking dinner.

Day 2:

Morning: Define your problem and find solutions.

Afternoon: Get expert input, refine your solution and build a prototype.

Evening: Pitch your idea to a jury of experts.

One team from each local hub will win a travel stipend to travel to Tel Aviv-Yafo and join the global week.

Global Week (3 days)

Connect to relevant stakeholders while solving real world challenges and learning user-centered design.

Day 1:

Explore Solutions: Visit the EcoMotion fair main event.

Day 2:

Training: Training the teams in preparing their product for presentation and competition (first half day).

Pitch: Present local vantage points of the challenges and idea that have been raised in the local workshops.

Competition: The winning teams will present in front of a professional jury; Announcement of winning team.

Day 3:

Gett Texi on-demand mobility company that connects customers with transportation, goods and services.

Moovit: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider and free public transit app.

Via Transportation Inc.: Transportation network company and real-time ridesharing company based in New York City, with offices in Tel Aviv.


InnovaCity – EIT Urban Mobility’s first project, successful!

InnovaCity is a project of EIT Urban Mobility, which took place between April and June 2019, offering a challenge-based learning opportunity for professionals from cities, start-ups and corporates.

During EIT Urban Mobility’s InnovaCity programme, 90 employees from municipalities, start-ups and corporates came together in three local hubs in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Munich and Barcelona to learn how to solve urban mobility challenges in a user-centered way while getting to know the main stakeholders in this area.

The InnovaCity trainings were undertaken by three leading engineering schools in Europe in close collaboration with the three cities, namely with the Technion, the Technical University of Munich and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

In the local hubs, participants worked in cross-sector teams to tackle prevailing challenges, prototyping viable solutions and finally pitching their results in front of a panel of experts.

In collaboration with EcoMotion, the winning teams from each location were offered a travel stipend to visit the global event in Tel Aviv-Yafo, the EcoMotion Fair, a global start-up fair for Urban Mobility.

There, the three local winning teams had to pitch their ideas to a professional jury. The winner of the competition was the team from Tel-Aviv (see photo). Congratulations!

For more details about InnovaCity, visit the website here.

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Everything you need to know.

The InnovaCity will accept a maximum of 30 participants per Hub in total. The spots will be filled on a rolling admissions basis. The application deadline is 3 working days before the event (i.e. 24.04. for Tel Aviv, 30.04. for Munich and 15.05. for Barcelona) We will however, fill the available spots on a rolling basis according to our evaluation criteria, until they are full.

Regularly tickets for the local hubs are EUR 500,- each. Additionally, there is a limited supply of early bird tickets for EUR 250,- per ticket.

To ensure a diverse set of stakeholders, there is the option the apply for a waiver and get free access to the event. To apply, please add a short explanation why you/ your company cannot cover the regular fees.

Anyone can apply or a waiver – we trust on a responsible self selection process. Keep in mind that the intention behind the waiver program is to enable companies which cannot cover the fees at the moment (e.g. due to budgetary constraint, public service regulations, startups, etc.) to join the workshop and add their unique perspectives to the discussion.

To apply for a waiver choose the ticket "Apply for Waiver" and write a small explanation in the box below so we can evaluate your situation.

All tickets are purchased via invoice. The invoice will be sent to the billing address stated in the registration form.

All events will be held in English. However, the discussions within the teams can be held in the local language to facilitate exchange.

The challenges fit into the overarching framework of EIT Urban Mobilty. The comprise: Accessibility, Access to data, Pollution, Space Allocation, Transition Management of Cities and Urban Growth.

We particularly target employees of cities that are charged with urban mobility issues, Entrepreneurs that are active in urban mobility, Corporates that shape urban mobility.

You choose the local hub that is most convenient for you. The days will start at 09:00 and end at 18:30. Please remember that there will be a networking dinner on the first day.

You will receive an invitation or rejection letter via the email address you provided in the registration form two weeks after submitting your registration.

Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions shall govern the participation in the Contest „InnovaCity“ in the three cities Barcelona, Munich and Tel Aviv The Terms and Conditions shall have effect as of their publication on the InnovaCity website and/or by submission by Email to the applicants and participants. By applying, the participants agree to the current version of the Terms and Conditions.

1. The Contest

1.1 In the course of the project, workshops will be held in three local hubs. During two days participants will attend lectures and participate at a contest acting in teams and developing solutions to current urban mobility challenges [“the Contest”].

1.2 The Contest is organized by TUM acting through the Chair of Software and Systems Engineering and the CDTM and its project partners in the course of the project InnovaCity (hereinafter referred to as “InnovaCity” or the “Organizer”) and funded by EIT Urban Mobility as a so called Early Bird Project.

1.3 The Contest takes part in the framework of the EIT Urban Mobility. Aim of this Contest is to develop innovative solutions in the urban mobility context. Participants will be selected into different multidisciplinary teams to deal with current challenges regarding urban mobility.

1.4 The Contest takes place in three different local hubs, namely in Munich, Tel Aviv and Barcelona.

1.5 The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the Contest without prior notice.

2. The Participants

2.1 To participate in the Contest, you shall register on the site https://eit.cdtm.de/urban-mobility/ until three days before each respective workshop takes place:

  • For Barcelona until 24 April 2019
  • For Munich until 30 April 2019
  • For Tel Aviv until 15 May 2019

2.2 You can register if you are

  • an employee of a municipality charged with questions concerning mobility,
  • an employee of a company active in the mobility domain,
  • an Entrepreneur who is active in urban mobility or
  • a student in the last part of his studies planning to become an entrepreneur in urban mobility.

2.3 One person can only register once. Incomplete or indecipherable applications will be void.

2.4 Maximum number of participants are

  • 21 in Barcelona
  • 30 in Munich
  • 30 in Tel Aviv

2.5 If the number of people having registered is higher than the maximum number of participants, the participants will be chosen by the Jury. Participants will be informed on their approval of their participation at latest two working days before the beginning of the respective Workshop:

  • for Barcelona at 25 April 2019
  • for Munich at 2 May 2019
  • for Tel Aviv 15 May 2019

3. Participant fee

3.1 Each participant shall pay a participant fee in the amount set out in 3.3. Participant fees will cover basic catering for all participants during the workshop days at the local hubs and a networking dinner on the first day of each respective local hub. Under certain conditions, set out in 3.3, the Organizer can waive that fee.

3.2 Participants that register up to 5 working days prior each respective Workshop (12.05. for Barcelona, 28.04 for Munich, 22.04. for Tel Aviv) are entitled to the reduced Early Bird Fee in the amount of 250 Euro. Participants registering later shall pay the normal Fee in the amount of 500 Euros.

3.3 In principal, the fees shall be borne by the employer of each participant. In case the participant can reasonably explain that the employer is not able or not willed to bear the costs for participation of is employee, the Organizer can wave that fee for such participant upon its sole discretion.

3.4 The participant fee is payable after the workshop. The Organizer will send out invoices accordingly.

4. The Jury

4.1 The Jury consists of representatives from academia and industry. The names of the Members of the Jury for each local hub are announced at the website.

4.2 In the event of an existing conflict of interest between the participants and a member of the Jury, such member may be disqualified from passing judgment on a particular team or participant. Such disqualification shall not affect the judging or review of the rest of the team or of the rest of the participants’ submission.

5. The task

5.1 Each participant is expected to attend and participate in all program activities organized by the InnovaCity team during the program period and as outlined in the current version of the program presented on the website.

5.2 The participants will be selected by the Jury into multidisciplinary teams consisting of three members, ideally representing each one member from corporates, municipalities and Entrepreneurs. The teams will be formed during the first day of each event at the local hub.

5.3 One out of two different challenges will be presented to each team. During the local hub, each team will work on the second day on a common solution to the problems presented in the challenge.

5.4 On Day 2 of each respective Workshop, each team will present their solution to the challenge to the Jury and all other Participants. Each team will have five minutes for their presentation.

5.5 The judges will evaluate the projects and solutions presented based on transparent criteria and select one winning team for each local hub event. The decision of the Jury will be binding and final with no possibility of appeal.

5.6 Each participant of a winning team will receive a travel grant up the amount of maximum 750 Euros. This grant shall be exclusively used for traveling to Tel Aviv to the ECOMOTION Fair to participate at a three-day workshop.

5.7 The money can only be transferred upon presentation of a valid receipt for travel and/or accommodation to and in Tel Aviv for attending the ECOMOTION (taking place 11-13 June 2019). If the amount spent for travel and/or accommodation is lower than the maximum amount, the winner will only be awarded the amount actually spent. If the costs for accommodation or travel exceed the maximum amount of 750 Euros, the winning participants will need to use additional resources or funding from third parties. Each winning participant will also fill out a tax declaration.

5.8 After handing in the original receipts and the tax declaration, the corresponding amounts will be transferred to the participant’s bank account.

6. Obligations of the Participants

6.1 By registering, you agree to the following:

  • that you will be available and willed to participate at the local hub Workshop registered for
  • to confirm that any information provided to the Organizer is accurate and complete.
  • to inform the Organizer if you are not able to participate during the local hub workshops at least three working days before the respective date of the workshop. If you fail to inform the Organizer and are not able to participate, you will be responsible and liable for all upcoming costs resulting out of the missed participation except in cases of force majeure or illness.
  • to pay a participant fee subject to the conditions set out in Section 3.
  • to keep non-public information, you get access to during, before or after the workshops confidential during and after the end of the project.
  • to release and hold harmless InnovaCity, Sponsors, its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind, arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won.
  • to ensure that your participation complies with any policies your employer may have in place with regard to a possible participation in a contest of this type. The Organizer is not responsible for any disputes arising between a participant and its employer.

6.2 You agree that your personal data that has been collected upon registration will be processed in the framework of the project and in accordance with current data protections laws as the General Data Protection Regulation and relevant national data protection laws.

6.3 You authorize and accept that during the Contest and workshop InnovaCity directly or through third parties may carry out photographs and/or video recordings containing your image, likeness or voice. You hereby expressly accept, in accordance with current data protection law, the use of these recordings and photographs for future public and non-public communication activities, including but not limited to the InnovaCity website, EIT Urban Mobility publications and communication activities, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You expressly acknowledge and accept that in no case the authorization granted is considered a violation of any privacy or image rights and that in no case generate any right to receive compensation.

7. Rights and obligations of InnovaCity

7.1 InnovaCity is not responsible for:

  • The safety of the participants during the workshops, events and activities throughout the program and final presentation.
  • Any problems or technical malfunctions related to telephone, hard- and software, internet access or any other technical problems during the Contest. InnovaCity will still take all reasonable efforts to solve these problems as swiftly as possible.
  • Damage to the property of a participant or damage caused by a third participant to the property of the InnovaCity organizers and third parties.
  • Other damages, losses, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the InnovaCity program.

8. IPRs

8.1 During the Contest, the teams will have to use their own work to solving the challenge. Third party elements, including open source elements, must be clearly identified and referred to the usage allowed and necessary licences.

8.2 You and your team will own any results generated by you and your team during the Contest. You will hold the intellectual and industrial rights of the project.

8.3 You and your team will be responsible for any claims that could arise regarding the authorship and originality of the project and results and the ownership of rights involved.

8.4 The Organizer is not responsible for any damages caused by a violation of any IPRs.

9. Miscellaneous

9.1 The Terms and Conditions are drawn up in English.

9.2 German law will govern the Contest and these Terms and Conditions. The parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Munich, Germany.

9.3 If any term of these Terms and Conditions or its application is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other terms or applications which can be given effect without the invalid term and to this end the terms are declared to be severable.

You cannot participate in the global hub, if you did not participated in a local hub. You can participate in the global hub/EcoMotion fair at your own cost if you do not win the travel stipend.

If you have additional questions please address them to:

Aaron Defort regarding the Local Hub in Munich and general administrative issues.

Ofer Lerner regarding the Local Hub in Tel Aviv.

Daniel Serra regarding the Local Hub in Barcelona.