BERN, Switzerland – It’s a new era in mobility. “Sharing instead of owning” has become a guiding principle for many. More and more people are willing to carpool, bike to work, or lend their cars when they’re not using them. Through the use of smartphones and social networks, it’s easier than ever to save money but also change your travel habits by finding more eco-friendly solutions for transportation.
Join us as we report on the World Collaborative Mobility Congress, or wocomoco, in Bern, Switzerland. We’re looking for five student reporters to cover the field of Collaborative Mobility. It includes forms of mobility which focuses on sharing modes of transport, such as car sharing or ride sharing, but also other concepts such as e.g. bike sharing or flexible parking space rental.
The forum, which is organized by Mobility Academy, will take place on the 7th and 8th May 2014. Wocomoco-nauts, as the CEO of Mobility Academy Dr. Joerg Beckmann calls the participants, would engage in talks and workshops on shared public and urban spaces, as well as sustainability, political challenges in Switzerland and intelligent mobility as a solution. Of course, the best way to get to the conference is sharing a ride and meeting other participants even before the official start of the seminar!
Deadline for applications is 6th of April. We welcome students from all fields of study.
Program Dates and Deliverables:
- Mid-April: Online webinar to introduce conference reporting and the individual reporting topics.
- 6 May: Meet the onsite project manager and team of reporters one day prior to the conference to get prepared (arrival latest 3:00pm)
- 7-8 May: On-site conference attendance on the 6th, hunt for stories, meet the speakers and conduct interviews. Produce one to two short blog posts per reporter.
- 9 May: Wrap up with the rest of the team and departure (noon)
- 9-18 May: Write and publish two journalistic articles per reporter (deadline: 18 May)
Compensation: Travel expenses reimbursed up to 200 CHF, accommodation on-site covered.
Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome).
Strong academic background or interest in business/policy/economics. Focus on mobility a plus.
Preferably experience in online journalism and live blogging.
Excellent written and verbal English skills.
Application: By March 31, please fill out the form directly here.
Student Reporter is a media partner of wocomoco 2014. The conference coverage project is supported by AXA Winterthur as part of our six-month coverage project in partnership with Impact Hub Zürich on the Future of Urban Mobility in Switzerland.