Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Mark is a student flying to El. Venizelos for his holidays. The NuevoTraveller app informs him of a public transport strike and suggests he uses TaxiShare. Mark checks users' profiles and selects as co-passengers Ira and Nikos who live near his hostel in Thissio. During the 45 min taxi ride, Ira and Nikos chat with Mark and recommend to him St Marina's fair on that night. Four days later, Mark is in Amfilochia staying in an eco-friendly hostel selected through EcoLodge. His next destination is Lefkada. With BusJoy he books online and tracks live his bus. A bus co-passenger, Tord, invites Mark through BoatShare in a sailing trip to Zante. A new journey begins! Plus, Mark earned points for his eco-acts toward rewards by the app's sponsors.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Immediate estimated impact of a free mobile app facilitating and rewarding public transit use, transport share and eco-lodging:
1. In Greece, 1,454,237 KTEL bus itineraries are performed annually, serving approximately 15,0000,000 passengers. As such, the average bus passenger load is at present limited at 10.3.
2. In Athens, there are 14,000 taxis driving ca 5,000,000 km per day. Hence, their estimated daily carbon footprint is 720 tons CO2 for 280,000 taxi rides. Every time we take a cab as single passengers, we produce an average of 2.5kg CO2.
3. When we travel, everything, from our flight to our all-inclusive luxurious accommodation or our added extras, such as our boat trips to nice pebbled beaches, has an impact on the local economy, community and ecosystem. Truly responsible travel and respectful engagement with the locals can be offered with a single click. To everyone.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Although we consider Greece as a prime initial niche for implementing our idea due to its tourist industry, we trust that our project can escalate internationally, as there are no national or ethnic restrictions and/or policy limitations for a worldwide spread.
Our intention is to enable and promote a lifestyle change, not a policy reform. This is by making greener travel modes easier, reliable, safe but, also, more fun by offering to our users the incentive of socialising and networking with locals or other travelers of similar age/gender/interests while traveling for leisure or business.