Interdependent Mobility Contest Ended

Imagine a mobility solution for members of a coliving residence in 2030!

Start December 16, 2016 End January 15, 2017 23:59 UTC Deliberation Results March 2017
December 16, 2016
January 15, 2017 23:59 UTC
March 2017


Coliving is an emerging future living scenario which is expected to increase by 2030 among young people who live in cities. Coliving is an arrangement where a group of likeminded individuals share the costs, resources, and sometimes tasks, of living in a large apartment, house, or loft, and usually build a community around a particular set of shared values. It is up to each individual's discretion as to how long they live in such an arrangement. Some individuals might choose to colive for just a few months, while others may choose to colive for many years. Organized and spontaneous social activities are a key component of coliving. 

A coliving residence includes on average around 10 people in their 20s-30s. Each coliving residence has its own unique structure and ways of working. These household systems are often discussed at weekly meetings, where the members of the household discuss upcoming events, the status of chores and so on. Just like roommates come and go in a coliving residence, household systems that manage things like paying bills, cleaning and so on are constantly evolving. Each resident puts their unique thoughts and effort into the household systems. Additions and adaptations to household systems are a natural part of coliving and this means that a coliving residence is always in flux, it is a continual evolution. A result of this is that coliving people are constantly navigating between what is ideal (best case scenario) and what is real (or achievable) as a group. The benefits individuals receive from coliving can be wide ranging from emotional well-being, personal development and meeting the most basic of human needs, such as home cooked meals.  

The objective of this contest is to find a perfect mobility solution that can be used fairly by all of the members of a coliving residence in 2030. Today they informally give rides to one another, but members of coliving places are aware that they cannot continually request rides from each other because they believe that such expectations and financial burdens are not fair for those people that own cars. They do not see this as a solution to their everyday mobility needs.  

It is important to understand how coliving works, but it is also important to understand coliving people. Here are a few common themes that might help you to better understand coliving people:

  • Many coliving people are motivated to make choices in their daily lives that demonstrate their values (e.g. social justice, entrepreneurship, the arts or environmental sustainability).
  • Most coliving people are willing to participate in systems such as shared household chores because they are motivated by a higher purpose and they find that the benefits of participating outweigh the risks.
  • Some coliving people consciously choose to spend less of their time generating income, so that they can spend more of their time doing something they are passionate about.
  • Most coliving people own few material possessions. This may be a result of their values (e.g. sustainability), lower income level, amount of personal space they have within the residence and sharing/borrowing things with their roommates.
  • Many coliving people often teach and learn skills or knowledge together as a way of maximizing their resources.
  • Most coliving people often choose to live in areas near city centers that have lower rent costs and are perceived to provide diverse, cultural experiences.

Creative Challenge

Create an innovative solution for members of a coliving residence in 2030, which will allow them to share the costs and chores of their short term mobility needs with likeminded people, as well as increase joy and flexibility in their lives.

It is especially important that the system helps coliving people avoid social conflict within their group. The group does not have the energy or time to create a solution from the ground up, however each individual is able to provide roughly 1 hour of labor per month towards maintaining a solution if that is necessary. The group needs to understand what costs will be associated with the solution. The solution should also be flexible enough to accommodate several members’ mobility at one time or be used by one member alone.

Your solution should cover three main parts of the challenge:

  1. Quickly build relationships that support my mobility with likeminded people. Like-mindedness is important to coliving people. Having common ground or shared values and interests spark an instant connection between individuals and accelerates relationship building and understanding of each other.
  2. Increase my joy in mobility by sharing costs and chores. Maximizing resources is important to coliving people. Sharing costs such as rent, utilities and food makes living more affordable, in turn minimizing the time spent earning money. Sharing chores such as dividing labor or being able to avoid some chores one does not like to do can save time and provide the freedom to focus on more important things.
  3. Increase the flexibility of my mobility with short term commitments. The ability to be temporary is important to coliving people. Coliving residences increase freedom and flexibility through month-to-month lease or subletting options.

Your solution can be either a product or a product & service concept for the future that enables the user to achieve all three parts of the mobility challenge.

In 2030, public transportation exists in the form of busses in their city, however the users do not see this option as effective or efficient. The new autonomous bus routes are more expensive than the regular bus routes, so coliving residents rarely use them.  There are also so few of them that it doesn't really seem to be a more efficient way to travel yet. Your solution should also take into consideration that the coliving residence will have members that leave the group or are added to the group as time progresses

In your entry please answer the following mandatory questions:

  1. How does your solution enable the users to build relationships that support their mobility with likeminded people?
  2. How does your solution increase the user’s joy in mobility by sharing costs and chores?
  3. How does your solution enable flexibility through the use of short term commitments?

Your idea really needs to appeal to coliving people, so we have created a persona to help you.  You can test your ideas against the persona's story to determine if they will be appealing to coliving people. You can download the persona’s story in the guidelines.


The examples are only provided to illustrate our expectations. Please do not use them in your submission or it will be rejected.

As an idea starter, one might look at the variety of cooperative frameworks that exist. There are many types of cooperative models that might spark inspiration such as Producer Co-ops, Consumer Co-Ops, Worker Co-Ops, Retail Co-ops and Social Co-ops. How might these models help spark solutions to the mobility challenge? Your solution should not require long-term commitments, but should help leverage relationships between likeminded people to support each other's mobility and allow the users to make savings related to sharing chores.

Examples of a bad idea: something that already exists, a predictable evolution of solutions available today. In particular, in order for your solution to be considered a radical innovation, it must really set itself apart from the variety of ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) and car sharing services (Zipcar, Turo, etc.) we use today.


Jury's Prize

  • #1 Prize €3,500
  • #2 Prize €1,500
  • #3 Prize €1,000


Presentation with illustrations and text, max. 4 pages in a PDF.

Winning Criteria

Solutions will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Level of innovation
  • How effectively they enable the users to build relationships that support their mobility with likeminded people
  • How effectively they increase the users’ joy in mobility by sharing costs and chores
  • How effectively they enable flexibility through the use of short-term commitments



Guidelines for this contest

  • Download the persona’s story, as well as other materials about coliving here.
  • Entries should be in English
  • Authorizations and licenses to use protected elements (incl. music, photos..) must include at least: (i) the right to incorporate the protected elements in new works that are derived or based upon these elements, (ii) the right to use for commercial purposes and (iii) the right to use on the Internet. You must be able to provide a written proof of these authorizations and licenses at any time.

eYeka standard guidelines

  • Do not show any personal details in the entry (name, contact number, e-mail address, etc.).
  • Keep the source files / working files of your entry until the winners have been announced as they may be needed.
  • Your participation must comply with the rules you accepted when you joined the contest.
  • Your entry has to be your own work to be considered into the contest. If you have included protected elements (music, photographs, designs, fonts, etc.), make sure to fill in the Legal Information section when you upload. You may be asked to provide the authorizations and licenses to use such elements.
  • You must be able to provide the written authorizations from each of the authors and actors who have contributed to the entry.
  • Do not depict sexual, violent, religious, political content or any illicit content as per the rules.
  • Any entry that fails to comply with these rules will not be considered for the contest.