MOVE Mobility's Reyhan Safari inspires students in Istanbul to play a role in improving their city.

Developed by social innovation platform Imece, and sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, the “Smart and Sustainable Urban Mobility” program is a 10-week course designed to get high school and university students thinking about the future of transportation there.

As part of this curriculum, students are encouraged to follow design-thinking steps to develop solutions to real-life problems they have identified in their city related to urban mobility.

This past week—the sixth of the program—saw the completion of the Ideation Phase, which culminated in a Project Showcase, allowing students to get feedback about their projects from experts, academics, and entrepreneurs, before the final judging process.

On the 14th of April, participants gathered at Robert College for a Youth Summit, featuring a diverse slate of guest speakers, including Reyhan Safari of MOVE Mobility. There, she introduced the framework of Smart Moving Cities, and inspired them to think about how they could play a role in improving the accessibility, liveability, safety, and economic vitality of their own city.

The following day, the Project Showcase took place at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul—with Consul General Bart van Bolthuis in attendance—where Reyhan consulted with students, providing feedback on the viability and creativity of their projects. Following her valuable perspective, these students are now wrapping up their projects, which will be submitted shortly, with the winners announced in the following days.

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