The Cooper Union, 2020-2021
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT.
The Covert Scooter is a two-part project: 1) A uniquely designed foldable scooter; 2) The scooter has a safe, highly accessible, and low-cost docking sharing system. Our goal is to provide a fast, fun and cheap short-distance transportation tool that anyone can use anytime.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SOLVE THIS SPECIFIC PROBLEM?
We were motivated to solve this problem based on our own dissatisfaction of the NYC public transportation system. Subways, buses and bikes are the most popular methods of public transportation, but they possess many drawbacks. In a city where public transportation plays a huge role in citizens' daily lives, there needs to be a better solution. In order to increase peoples' mobility and the Last Mile Problem, we aimed to design a solution where people don't need to worry about parking. The solution we've designed can be integrated into the current public transportation system, and it can also be accessible from anywhere within the city.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE FINAL ROUND?
We're excited to present our exciting idea in person to various people and get their valuable feedback! Since public transportation is a social problem that everyone has a voice on, we believe it's extremely important to hear from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST NERVOUS ABOUT FOR THE FINAL ROUND?
Although we're most excited about the presentation, it's also our biggest worry. Since it's a topic relevant to everyone, it can be challenging to persuade individuals to believe in the future benefits our project will deliver. We already foresee many challenges ahead, and there's no doubt our listeners will bring up even more.
DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD MAKE IT THIS FAR IN THE COMPETITION?
We didn't set any expectations — we simply worked on our project diligently and presented it to the best of our ability!
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