Project Title

The Innovation in Public Transportation (INPUT) Competition 

Project Year

2019   

Project Number

PPSTI 08 2019A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPSTI 08 2019A 

Project Title

The Innovation in Public Transportation (INPUT) Competition 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Connectivity 

Project Year

2019 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

91,450 

Co-funding Amount

68,875 

Total Project Value

160,325 

Sponsoring Forum

APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 

Topics

Science and Technology 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2020 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Yang Zifeng 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Chinese Academy Sciences (CAS) Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok) 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(86-21) 64668216 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

zfyang@casiccb.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Dan Scrimgeour 

Job Title 2

Co-Director 

Organization 2

INTEX 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

dan@shanghai-intex.com  

Declaration

Yang Zifeng and Dan Scrimgeour 

Project Summary

Topic: This one-year project will contribute towards the objectives of APEC’s Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025 by conducting an “Innovation in Public Transport” (INPUT) competition focused on innovative solutions for mass transit systems intended to facilitate economic and technical cooperation (ECOTECH) and to progress APEC’s connectivity vision.

Key planned activities:

1. Forming an APEC-wide transport experts’ panel to share their experiences and adjudicate competition entries and encourage greater cooperation between APEC economies.

2. An “INPUT” Competition focused on public transport system operators, mass transit product developers, transportation focused academic institutions and SMEs by offering awards for innovative urban mass transit solutions. A Finalist Presentation and Awards Ceremony will take place in March 2021 in Shanghai alongside a major public transport industry conference platform to enhance its impact in contributing towards APEC’s vision for institutional capacity building and people-to-people connectivity.

3. An “INPUT” Report briefing on the solutions offered by the competition finalists alongside expert commentary from the adjudicating panel, which will act to foster greater collaboration on innovative transportation solutions and promote discussion on economic, scientific and technical challenges and opportunities.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: In line with the stated goals of APEC’s Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025 and the emerging vision of Integration 4.0 under the leadership of APEC’s current host economy of Chile, as well as with APEC’s strategic priorities of promoting sustainable and inclusive development, this project seeks to positively impact on the mobility and inclusion of academic and industry professionals and innovators involved in the creation of mass transit solutions, the production of transportation technology, and the operation of public transport services, while also expanding the insight and options available to everyone in the process. It will do this foremost by establishing linkages between transportation industry operators, transport-focused scientific institutions and aspiring entrepreneurs in the organization of an “Innovation in Public Transportation” (InPuT) competition, awards ceremony and report through which the benefits of mass transit infrastructural development, institutional capacity building and people-to-people connectivity throughout APEC can be explored and deliberated, and their tenets progressively realized.

Through the formation of an international judging panel of experts tasked with overseeing the applicant selection process of the INPUT competition and the compiling of content for the resulting report, the involvement of leading scientific and technical experts concentrated in the mass transit field will provide impetus for capacity building, knowledge sharing and the discussion of best practice in the region’s diverse public transportation sectors, in the lead up INPUT finalist selection phase, during the INPUT competition event and following it in putting together the INPUT report. With the announcement through official channels of a (ToR applied) Call for Papers for the INPUT competition to be submitted for consideration by the panel, a much wider collection of applicants from across APEC will be included in the process, indirectly helping to drive connectivity agendas forward. In this way, the project will use the competition, awards ceremony and report as a focal point for the benefit of urban populations throughout APEC by encouraging the participation of engineers within large companies, scientists within research institutions, and inventors within SMEs, as well as the involvement of governmental regulators. Furthermore, it will facilitate the advance of scientific and technological policy priorities towards integrated and intelligent urbanization for APEC’s population centers.

The INPUT Competition presentations and awards ceremony is targeted at all forms of urban public transport solutions and as such will be organized through an industry conference in Shanghai in order to maximize its impact, with the support of China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Additionally, the space will be created for networking and introductions to industry experts and influencers for the benefit of competition finalists, this intended for the purposes of capacity building between public and private sector representatives of APEC member economies. In determining finalists and winners, as well as the content of the subsequent report, the judging panel will concentrate specifically on the capacity building value of submitted public transport product and service solutions for APEC's developing economies, this defined by the project’s Terms of Reference (ToR) with the core aim of benefiting APEC’s developing urban centres through the dissemination of know-how relating to public transportation innovation, partnership, integration and commercialization. Panellists will be briefed on the priorities for assessment and evaluation and will be instructed to refer to the ToR in considering all submitted applications.

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The project directly relates to:

·  Implementing the APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025, specifically addressing clauses 6 & 7 through connecting professionals tasked with improving public transport services in APEC economies;

·  Activities geared towards capacity building and knowledge sharing, with the INPUT remit seeking solutions that align closely with the intent of clauses 17, 20, 21, 26, 28, 30, 32, 36 & 39 of the Connectivity Blueprint;

·  Carrying out relevant projects that promote capacity building and practical cooperation, directly contributing to the Connectivity Blueprint’s vision as laid out in clauses 9-12.

·  People-to-People Connectivity, focusing on the exchange of innovative ideas, such as issues of business travel mobility, cross-border education, tourism facilitation, and skilled labour mobility;

·  Encouraging informed policy dialogues, and facilitating the progression of relevant innovations that advance connectivity goals and are consistent with the principles and targets set by the APEC Connectivity Blueprint.

Relevance – Capacity Building: As transport networks become more deeply integrated with information and communications technology, the organization of a competition focused on Innovation in Public Transportation could be extremely beneficial in building capacity through fostering cross-border investment and development. Through encouraging the sharing of innovative public transport solutions and with the support of key industry stakeholders and local partners in mass transit infrastructure development and operation, the competition aims to contribute towards APEC economies’ capacity to realize the huge potential gains that are built on innovative transportation applications in making transportation infrastructure more reliable, improving mass transit efficiency and reducing commuter congestion, as well as through these benefits enhancing the integrated connectivity of urban centers. These priorities will be defined in the competition’s eligibility and assessment criteria included in the project’s ToR. This project aims to build the capacity of and progress inclusivity within developing economies’ transport sectors. This will be done primarily in consultation with transport industry experts across the APEC region, and secondarily through an APEC-wide Call for Papers encouraging participation in the INPUT competition and report in order to highlight specific mobility and inclusivity challenges and encourage corresponding innovative solutions. In consultation with the broader transportation sectors, selected expert judging panelists will feed into the report’s content and provide finalists with the necessary linkages to facilitate the development of submitted solutions.

Objectives

The INPUT Competition will take place during 2020 with a view to establishing a competition to act as a focal point for cross-border exchange of innovative best practice and providing capacity building support through encouraging cross-border partnership building.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: The project will contribute to current APEC strategic priorities, specifically on the promotion of sustainable growth through innovative best practice in the Asia-Pacific region, the reduction of economic disparities and improving economic and social wellbeing through encouraging the improvement of public transportation services. The project also aligns closely with APEC Chile 2019’s strategic priorities for urban and digital integration, especially around smart cities and mass transit sector sustainability.

Alignment – Forum: The project aligns with the PPSTI strategic plan, relating to policy and innovation-driven development and socio-economic improvements through technology uptake for sustainable and liveable urban centers, technological integration in the promotion of smart cities and the benefits of public-private partnerships in fostering SME and inclusive growth. Specifically, it supports PPSTI strategic plan 2016-2025 priorities (A.1); (B.1); (B.2); (C.1); (C.2) & (C.3) with a focus on competitive innovation in transportation systems operation and technological development.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1. Organizing the INPUT Competition

The INPUT Competition will be launched in September 2020. The launch will consist of a promotional presentation and corresponding press release covering the intended purpose of the competition, its schedule and scope of eligibility, and a call for applicants. The window for the submission of applicants will be 6 months from project launch (ToR applied), with the deadline for entry into the competition to be at the end of February 2021.

From the beginning of the project public transport industry leaders from participating APEC economies will be approached formally with regards their interest in joining a panel of experts with the stated purpose of judging competition applications. Formal invitations to take up the responsibilities of a member of the competition judging panel will be issued on the basis of balancing the expressions of interest received with representation from a broad cross-section of industries involved in the delivery of public transport. The panel will consist of one chairperson and between six and eight panelists from participating APEC economies, with administrative support to be provided by the project team. The judging panelists will be confirmed no later than 4 months from project launch (ToR applied), or by December 2020.

The process of short-listing competition applications will be conducted in February 2021 through the online dissemination of applications among the judging panel. An online discussion group will be set up for the panel to comment on and assess applications with the aim of selecting no more than 20 applications for the short-list.

The judging panel will meet to adjudicate the finalists at the INPUT Presentation and Awards Ceremony in March 2021. Finalists will be invited to present their innovative public transport products, technologies or services before the judging panel and an audience, who on the basis of their presentations will determine the winners. Following the public presentations, the judging panel will meet in private to further deliberate the substance of these applications in detail in order to determine the winners, to consist of no more than seven applications. During the event, the panel will decide on one gold, two silver and up to five bronze award winners. Winning criteria must align strongly with competition priorities outlined in the project’s ToR, with final interpretation to be put at panelists discretion and award winners to be confirmed through agreement of a simple majority of the panel.

The awards ceremony at the same event, taking place the following day, will consist of several supporting speeches, the announcement and presentation of the gold, silver and bronze award winners with their remunerative prizes – USD 1000 for Gold, USD 500 for Silver and USD 200 for Bronze – and the detailing of additional award benefits, interspersed with brief thank you presentations by the award winners themselves.

A capacity-themed agenda of activities will be developed in due course, with key note speeches and discussion topics to be based closely on the competition’s public transport development priorities outlined in the previous section.

2.  Compile the INPUT Report

A full review of competition finalist applications will be conducted following the event through the winter of 2020-21 and compiled into a report that will be completed and disseminated by April 2021, concluding project outputs whilst also providing the basis for iterative continuation of the INPUT Awards under the oversight of planned future projects.

The PO will ensure that the report document is well structured, including a cover page, table of contents, introduction, and topic-based summaries of all the finalist presentations, as well as the expert panelist conclusions and, where applicable, their recommendations. The INPUT Report will consist of no more than 50 pages, focusing predominantly on the content of the competition finalists’ applications and presentations. The PO will take responsibility for the editing process and coordinate its dissemination through appropriate channels.

Outcomes:

1.  The primary outcome of this project would be to improve the cross-border exchange of innovative best practice, measured through the number of clear examples of collaborations or partnerships created as a result of the project’s event and report. The competition is intended to act as a beacon of cross-border collaboration, encouraging the exchange of ideas between member economies’ industries involved in the development of public transportation systems and solutions. Through providing the impetus to share innovative new ideas currently being developed or in the process of being put into practice, and by opening the space to foster broader discussion on such innovations, it is hoped that the competition will spark the energy necessary to advance mutually beneficial partnership-building to progress the state of public transport services throughout the Asia-Pacific. It will promote the use of new technologies and product and service innovations in public transport, such as mobile payments design, integrated transportation solutions, green energy advancements, and other innovative applications in public transport design and engineering.

2.  A strong secondary outcome lies in the empowerment of aspiring individuals, both men and women, within enterprises and organizations large and small through the competition’s offering of remunerative prizes, international prestige, partnership prospects and commercial pathways for the implementation and future uptake of award winning solutions. In putting forward very broad competition eligibility criteria for systemic, technological, product-based or service-oriented innovations within the fields of public transportation, INPUT will encourage both ambitious ‘intrapreneurial’ engineers in large enterprises and talented entrepreneurial inventors in small or medium-sized enterprises to participate, as well as many other individuals of good standing or inherent potential in related fields, such as science majors, engineering students, academics, researchers, technicians and many others. Although targeted, the competition will be open to all people within participating APEC economies, with this outcome to be measured through the number of applicants. 

3.  A third outcome would be to raise awareness within the transportation industries of member economies of some of the most ingenuitive products, technologies and services currently in development, this measured through the number of novel public transport ideas or solutions that the competition brings to light. The competition will serve as a basis for information exchange and collaboration among APEC members, with the report to include briefings on the most innovative public transport system, technology, product and service designs submitted to the competition, bringing them to life with expert commentary from the judging panel and aligning these with the various needs and challenges that different member economies have in the development of sustainable public transport. To adjudicate the competition applications and offer insight through presentations and in weaving together the INPUT report content, we plan to bring together public, private and academic experts involved in public transport in APEC member economies. 

Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries will include:

1.  Competing technical and scientific professionals in member economy transportation industries;

2.  Competing local inventors, SMEs and entrepreneurs, as well as organizations and institutions engaged in transport system operation and development;

3.  Companies and the general public who will benefit from progress towards livable urban centers;

The main direct beneficiaries of the competition will be finalist applicants and award winners, with the key indirect beneficiaries being the enterprises, institutions and other organizations that they work for and the participating APEC economies that they represent. These beneficiaries will benefit not just from the remunerative prizes linked to the awards, but to an equal extent the international prestige that will be associated with the awards and the promotional leverage that this will bring to bear on the innovations submitted in application, not least in terms of the creation of new connections and opportunities. Additionally, audiences at the INPUT Competition event, readers of the INPUT report and related content, and all competition participants and associated bodies stand to benefit from exposure to the new innovations in public transport that the project seeks to bring to light.

Furthermore, enterprises and institutions within related transportation industries, and commuters in urban populations of participating APEC economies will be able to benefit from the resultant implementations derived from successful public transport system, technology, product and service innovations.

Dissemination

INPUT Report – the report detailing the innovations put forward by competition finalists alongside expert commentary will be circulated widely throughout the Asia-Pacific region on project conclusion, disseminated through the key contacts and channels of PPSTI and other relevant foras if necessary, as well as through those of participating member economies and the project’s organizational overseers and strategic partners. It will also be made available through the APEC website and other online web portals, with notice given to press and media. The report is intended to be released as an APEC publication.

The target audience of the report is in large part the same as the intended beneficiaries of the project.

There is no intention to sell detailed outputs arising from this project.

Gender

The project recognizes the five pillars promoting women’s economic empowerment, with the competition to work towards contributing to the fourth and fifth pillars in particular, giving voice and agency to women participants and through competition criteria specifically calling for innovative technological solutions in public transport that are of benefit to women.

The PO will proactively encourage the involvement and participation of women in seeking a balanced representation of men and women in all aspects of the project’s agenda and in leveraging the project’s outputs within each member economy. Previous APEC business ethics programs have achieved a strong gender balance in this way.

This will include taking an equitable approach to the recruitment and selection of experts for the judging panel. The PO will therefore ensure that there are at least three women on the judging panel of twelve, or reach a proportional target of at least 25% should the final panel consist of less than twelve members.

The PO will also take measures to encourage as many competition applications from female applicants as possible, such as through an award category dedicated towards individual applicants from SMEs and academic research institutions, which both generally have a greater proportion of women than average in the transportation industries. Robust participation by both genders in the project is anticipated, particularly through those leading industry and government organizations of great importance to SMEs, as well as through APEC. The project will examine the positive gender impact of project outputs on an ongoing basis. In doing so it will collect information on the proportion of female to male participation, which will be submitted in the completion report to the Secretariat on the successful conclusion of the project. A target will be set for the proportion of women participants to be no less than 30% of the total.

Competition eligibility criteria will also explicitly welcome applications of system, technology, product and service solutions aimed at benefitting women, in addition to children, the elderly and people with disabilities. These groups will also benefit from the project’s efforts to promote ethical business practices within and between APEC member economies. The project outcomes will also contribute towards the realization of seamless smart transport modes in liveable cities that in turn will provide public and personal safety for women’s participation in the workforce and work-family life balance, resulting in an increase in productivity and economic wellbeing.

Conference organizers will also actively seek to secure at least two female speakers, with both the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai INTEX Exhibition with oversight over this project and the Conference Director responsible for organizing and delivering the events of this project being female.

Work Plan

Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

Sep 2020

Competition announced

Launch of Competition and Call for Applications

Oct 2020

Draw up list of potential expert panelists

Confirm Shortlist of Potential Panelists to Invite

Dec 2020

Invite industry experts to adjudicate

Confirm Competition Judging Panel of Experts

Feb 2021

Brief judging panel and set up adjudication process for applications received

All Panelists Clear on Applicant Eligibility and Shortlist Criteria

Feb 2021

Deadline for competition applications

Experts Panel to Draw up Shortlist

Feb 2021

Panel deliberation and review of applicants

Finalists determined

Mar 2021

Organize INPUT Finalists Presentations

Host Presentations of Finalist Applicants

Mar 2021

Hosting of INPUT Awards Ceremony

Announcement of Winners

1 Apr 2021

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Apr 2021

Conduct review of Submitted Solutions

Review to Form Basis of INPUT Report

Apr 2021

Complete INPUT Report

Report to be Utilized as Knowledge-Sharing Tool

1 May 2021

End of project report writing

Submission of the INPUT Report to the Secretariat

Jun 2021

Project Completion Date

Aug 2021

Submit APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents

APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents

Jun 2021

Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects

Conducted as required by all APEC funded projects

Risks

1.  Event not being capacity building-focused: Care will be given to make sure that the competition event and report are as focused as possible on providing capacity building support not just to the finalist participants, but to the greater presentation event audience and the wider report readership. This will be done through the provision of a clear competition Terms of Reference (ToR) and professional applications process that ensures that the content and quality of submitted ideas and solutions received, as well as the subsequent selected finalist presentations, are of an appropriate level to be of capacity building benefit when shared with target beneficiaries.

2.  Not meeting sustainability goals: Much effort will be put in to securing sponsorship and industry support for the competition in order to meet sustainability goals. Securing further industry support across the Asia-Pacific region will have a positive effect on sustaining capacity-building support for key beneficiaries beyond the project schedule, whilst either corporate or governmental sponsorship would both increase the impact of the competition prizes and make further editions of the competition possible.

3.  Not getting enough applications – the most apparent risk to this project is in not receiving a suitable number of eligible applications to the competition, which would critically compromise its reputation, its impact and its aspired prestige.

Sufficient promotion of call for applicants – in addition to a widely publicized launch event at an established industry conference platform in Shanghai guaranteed to be attended by senior leaders and influencers from across the rail and metro industries, the competition will be promoted through the channels and networks of APEC’s participating member economies, the project’s co-sponsors and strategic partners, and through a broad selection of transportation industry media.

4.   Not getting a significant diversity of applications – the primary intent behind this competition is to bring new innovations in public transport to light through encouraging the participation of not just scientists and engineers in large enterprises and institutions, but also inventors and innovators from SMEs and start-ups.  A significant risk is that the competition will not attract a suitable diversity of applications from individuals from smaller organizations.

Focus on promotion through multiple channels and media – this risk will be countered through the use of both traditional, online and social media to promote the opportunity to participate in the competition beyond the readership of industry media and as far and wide as possible.

5.  Not attracting broad enough participation in the competition from throughout APEC – there is a concern that applicants from some member economies may be at a disadvantage in the competition due to the nature of the public transport industries and the asymmetric state of their development across the APEC region.

Focus on promotion through member economy industry channels – to the fullest extent possible, efforts will be made to publicize the opportunity to participate in the competition through any and all industry channels made available through participating member economies.

6.  Not receiving an appropriate balance of applications between the 2 categories – given the differences between the System and Component award categories and their target applicants, there is a risk that there will be a significant imbalance in the quantity and possibly quality of applications submitted to them. 

Ensure stakeholder involvement is committed to thorough promotion – this risk can best be mitigated through a level of competition promotional activity through key stakeholders such as participating member economies and associated industry trade bodies that will ensure that as many people in a position to benefit from the opportunity of entering it are informed of it as possible.

7.  Not being able to secure a suitable panel of experts to adjudicate – the risk that the project will not be able to secure a suitably experienced and respectable judging panel. 

Incentivize involvement in the panel through appeal to prestige – panelists will be encouraged to participate by being given strong reasons for associating themselves with it. The PO will also reach out to member economies’ many focal points for recommendations on experts in the transportation fields, as well as contacting POs of previous projects engaged in similar areas for recommendations.

Monitoring and Evaluation

1)   Number of collaborations or partnerships created as a result of the project: 8

2)   Number of new ideas or solutions in public transport shared as a result of the project: 10

3)   Number of expressions of interest (stakeholders engaged)

This is a measure of those individuals that respond positively to the project team initial contacts in seeking involvement and subsequent selection to the judging panel of experts. Target of at least 30 expressions of interest from at least 10 APEC member economies.

4)   Number of applicants

A measure of the total number of applications received in response to the competition announcement by the agreed deadline. Target of at least 60 applications from at least 12 APEC member economies.

5)   Quality of applicants (those judged to meet criteria)

A proportional measure of the total number of eligible applications received as evaluated by the judging panel in consultation with the agreed eligibility criteria. The proportion is expected to be high and in alignment with the clarity of communicating the competition’s criteria.

6)   Promotional impact of competition

A composite measure of promotional effectiveness of the competition derived from the amount of public engagement realized and the degree of media publicity received.

7)   Participation of member economies (target 50%)

A composite measure of engagement derived from the proportion of member economies standing to potentially benefit from the innovations gathered by the project.

8)   Proportion of female applicants (target 25%)

A measure of the proportion of applications submitted by individual female applicants in comparison with the total applications received.

9)  Monitoring reports

Two internal monitoring reports will be drafted to detail the above measures, one report midway through the project in February 2021 and one final report two months following project completion in June 2021. Please note these are for the purposes of monitoring and separate to the INPUT report output.

10) Quarterly assessment from co-sponsoring economies

All 8 co-sponsoring economies will be kept updated as to project progress in accordance with the outlined outputs and work plan schedule on a quarterly basis through an agreed monitoring report.

Linkages

The project will draw upon the influence of CIRC 2020 in alignment with the above mentioned activities and in working towards the cross-fora priorities of TPT-WG, seeking to leverage the expertise of the judging panel and key stakeholders outlined below to maximize the impact of the project’s outcomes. In close partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Shanghai and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok), Shanghai INTEX Exhibition will work with all stakeholders to effectively coordinate the delivery of the project.

The project will complement the ongoing work of the PPSTI to improve efficient, seamless transport connectivity and sustainable livable cities as major enablers of economic and social growth through its focus on bringing new beneficial innovations to light. This will be done with and in collaboration with representative administrative departments and ministries of the project’s co-sponsoring member economies. It will also draw on the active involvement of China’s Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Transport, the Shanghai University of Engineering Science, TongJi University, Jiaotong University, the China Association of Metros, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Korean Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and others.

Sustainability

1)  Continued Impact

Through entering the INPUT Competition and being promoted by the INPUT Report, applicant innovations that are brought to light will continue to generate an impact beyond project completion. Applications detailing effective, viable and scalable solutions will have an increasing benefit within participating APEC member economies’ urban populations and their transportation industries. It is in this way that the project will demonstrate its benefit for the many, not just the few.

Firstly, it is hoped that the success of the INPUT Competition itself will provide the impetus for future iterations of the competition, attracting corporate sponsorship and further academic, governmental and industry support, and leading to cumulative benefits. Even if this proves challenging, the incentive of a call for applications should encourage innovators from across APEC to share their ideas and solutions for improving public transport in ways that lead to partnerships and collaborations. The competition and report will bring the best of these innovations to light and act to facilitate their future development and implementation.

Secondly, through the awards’ targeted capacity building elements, such as remunerative prizes, associated publicity and prestige, and prospective connections and opportunities to forge business partnerships for winning and finalist applicants, the project will produce benefits that will exceed initial investment and sustain an impact beyond project duration.

Third, it is hoped that the INPUT Report will be distributed widely within the APEC region and shared with all local stakeholders that may stand to benefit. It will be distributed as widely as possible for the purposes of sharing the best innovations that the competition has gathered.

2)   Beneficiary Support

The key beneficiaries (finalist and winning applicants) will be supported beyond the term of the project primarily through sustained contact with interested stakeholders and engaged partners over the practicalities of developing their innovations further. It is hoped that business partnerships and investment in the development of winning solutions brought to light through the competition platform and report dissemination will result, acting to secure their sustainability.

The broader project beneficiaries include competition platform audiences & report readers, as well as eventual consumers, commuters & users of applicant solutions. Audiences and readers will benefit from imparted knowledge and insight on the presentation and dissemination of the new and innovative ideas, designs and solutions brought to their attention by the hosting of the competition and the compilation of the report. Commuters and users will benefit from the utilization of derived systems, products, technologies and services in the second.

3)  Future Actions

Next steps to be taken to build on project outcomes include: 

·   The preparation of a project continuity plan to transition INPUT into a series competition in the future, dependent on its reception and initial success in demonstrating impact and potential. This will be overseen by the project team, with all material to be reviewed and vetted by the PO in due course. 

·   In adherence with APEC’s underlying principles and stated strategic priorities, continuing to work with key stakeholders in related government, academic, corporate and industry spheres towards the sharing of best practice and advancement of further policy recommendations on science, technology and innovation derived from the experience gained through the project; 

·   Supporting and monitoring the progress of winning applicants from SME, start-up or academic backgrounds; 

·   Developing additional mechanisms for regional coordination among all stakeholders, especially SMEs, on addressing start-up development and spin-off expertise; and

·   Continuing to advocate for APEC’s role in serving as an important platform for collaboration among all stakeholders in advancing the sharing of technology and championing further integration in the region.

Project Overseers

Dr. ZiFeng YANG is a senior project manager working for CAS. He received his degree from Hong Kong City University. He is also a key member of the CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok) for advanced technology commercialization and localization in the targeted regions, also main area of the APEC region. His job also covers market-oriented CAS products development, capacity building and policy recommendation on Science, Technology and Innovation. He led the organization of the second and the third APEC Internet of Vehicles Symposium. He introduced many resources to the project related to technologies on Broadband Wireless Communication, which primarily researches IOV communication, IOV sensing and its applications to ITS. In recent years, he is also involved into one sub-project of the Program on Key Basic Research Project of China (973 Program) from China’s MOST, some other projects of Hi-Tech R&D Program of China (863 Program); projects of Key Program for International S&T Cooperation. He is also the primary contact (zfyang@casiccb.com) responsible for this APEC project. 

Mr. Daniel Scrimgeour received his Psychology BSc from the University of Essex, UK and his Conflict Resolution MA from the University of Bradford, UK in 2002 and 2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as an analyst and communications manager at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London, UK. From 2008, he worked in a number of senior communications roles within charitable infrastructure and international development, before transitioning into the exhibitions industry in 2014. Moving to Shanghai, China, in October of 2015, to take up an international marketing communications role at Shanghai INTEX Exhibition, he has since risen into roles of increasing responsibility, now Communications Director. His research interests include international communications and networks, systems theory and next generation technology, especially in the fields of transport and energy. He is also the secondary contact (dan@shanghai-intex.com) responsible for this APEC project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

One organisation will provide the short-term clerical and secretariat services; and b) the organisation contracted will provide services related to the APEC project event only.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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