Student Rideshare App

Sponsored by: Go! Vermont, VEEP, Way to Go! and Net Zero Vermont

 

Do you want to be part of a team to help solve the problem of how to get from here to there in rural Vermont? Waytogo Vermont can support your school’s team (4-10 students) to work together to develop a real-time ridesharing mobile app to help connect friends, family and school staff to sharing rides. Opensource software such as agilemile.com and libretaxi.com could serve as a starting point. Your app will be presented at a coopertition at the State House at the end of the school year.

Join transportation, energy and app technology professionals to learn about Vermont’s tools, incentives and resources for green transportation to school, work and play. The mission of Go! Vermont and its partners is to reduce solo car trips, save energy, and reduce transportation costs and environmental impacts. Join a team to help develop a mobile app to encourage more ridesharing. Are the apps that exist working?
Bring your experience on what you need to solve your rural transportation needs!
Come join the fun, plan to use your coding skills-and your experience of trying to go somewhere in Vermont. Your team will present your app at the State House in June!

Come to the Champlain Maker Faire School Maker Day September 27th, 10:00-2:00 at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn – Learn about how to make green travel choices, available rideshare programs, existing apps, and ways you and your team can obtain the resources to advance real-time ridesharing in innovative ways or an app.

There are several apps currently available for students to share rides, however, each has it’s limitations. Apply now to form a team to develop a student ride share app for students and parents that works for everyone! APPLY HERE: Scrounge-A-Thon Application Form

September 27 Student Ride Share Schedule

10:30 am – 11:00 am East Hall: Gather to listen to a panel of speakers including Cara Robechek of VEEP, Debra Sachs of Net Zero Vermont, and Technical App Person (TBD) to dialogue about current transportation programs that students and families can take advantage of, available ride share apps, limitations, barriers and challenges of currently available apps, and what it takes to create an app.

11:00 – noon Students convene on their own to formulate project ideas and a strategy to improve upon or create an app. Develop key questions for students to help guide and to formulate their 12:30 pitch.

12:30 – 1:00 Main Stage: Students convene at main stage to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges: Deb, Lori, Cara, and Tech person (TBD)