Net Impact recently partnered with Toyota to engage students on bringing sustainability to the transportation industry. The Next Generation Mobility Challenge was held at Vanderbilt University on Friday, March 18, an opportunity for only 50 students to spend 7 hours in interdisciplinary teams to create innovative solutions to make the transportation industry more socially and environmentally sustainable. Participating teams pitched to Toyota and mobility experts and the national winning team received an internship with Toyota’s innovation partners.
JP Hechter, a Belmont senior audio engineering technology major and computer science minor, was a member of the challenge’s winning team. Michael Kranzlein, a Belmont senior with a computer science and French double major, also participated and came in second place. Hechter’s team will ultimately compete in a national event for the Toyota internship opportunity.
Kranzlein said, “Overall, the event was fantastic! Logistically, everything was very smooth, and I could tell that the event truly was about innovation. There was great representation across all disciplines and from quite a few schools.”