This is not just another design contest!

Design the Next Move

Submissions are OPEN
from August 15th 2022

WELCOME TO THE NEXT MOVE CHALLENGE

ENVO Next Move is a design contest organised and held by ENVO Drive, aiming to design the next generation of sustainable personal transportation. The objective is to encourage leading minds to shape the future of the electric personal transport industry in various contexts of use, ranging from navigating the city to exploring nature.

Who is eligible to participate?

The competition is open to all. Everyone with a visionary and creative mind keen to shape the micro-mobility future is eligible to participate. No professional qualifications are required. To be eligible to participate, the following rules must be confirmed:

How to join?

To join the challenge, individuals or teams must register and upload their designs in the format described below. ENVO will review the submissions, and 50 entries will receive permission to enter the main challenge. To develop these entries further, selected participants will be supported by a team of mobility experts over two months. In the final stage, the jury will choose three projects as the competition’s winners.

  • Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams of a maximum of four.
  • Whether joining as an individual or a team, participants must ensure the originality and ownership of their submissions. 
  • In the case of joining as a team, all members will have equal ownership over the submission. 
  • Each individual or team can join the competition with only one submission. 
  • Once a participant joins the competition as a team member, the participant cannot submit another entry as an individual or as a member of another team. 
  • Once a participant joins the competition as an individual, the participant cannot submit another entry as a team member.
  • ENVO reserves the right to remove a submission for the competition without prior notice if the above rules are not followed.
  • As mentioned, everyone can join the contest with just one submission as an individual or a team. 
  • Designs should be submitted in JPG format. 
  • Each submission can include only one file, which should match the following requirements: a) It should visualize the concept. b) It must include a maximum 300 words text description that explains why the proposed design fits the evaluation criteria. c) The ENVO logo must be visible in the file. d) The file should be in B2 size (50 × 70 cm), landscape with 300dpi resolution.

ENVO NEXT MOVE 2022 Guidelines

Design Categories

You can join the competition with a maximum of two submissions as an individual or a team. Each submission must be submitted in one of the following categories. Click on each category to know more about the use cases and features.

Snow Electric Mobility Solution

Electric micro mobility solutions are not yet fully adopted for extreme weather conditions. Almost no reliable electric micro-mobility solution for areas covered by snow for more than half the year is available. How can a solution address the challenges of moving through the snow with zero carbon footprint? Submissions that answer this question should also address the following design criteria:

Solutions can be used for recreation, transport over snow on roads, backcountry, frozen lakes, and towing. Considering combined man and electric power for exercise purposes is a bonus.

A stable yet maneuverable form factor that is also light and compact. The maximum weight is 75 kg. It should be transportable using an SUV or a minivan.

The final product will have a minimum of 20kms/h speed and a maximum power of 1.5kW with a maximum weight of 50kgs (110.2 lbs). The product should be able to transport using SUV/Minivan when disassembled/deflated. If you can combine human and electric power in your design, that's a dealbreaker. 

Water Micro Electric Mobility Solution

Exiting watercraft rely on hydrocarbon-based energy sources to achieve high speeds. Using electric engines is still not common among such products due to poor performance. ENVO aims to utilize hydrofoils to manufacture efficient water mobility systems of the future powered by electricity. Submissions in this category should consider the use of hydrofoils and follow the below design requirements:

Such products can be used for recreation and micro-mobility transport over water in lakes, rivers, or harbors. A mix of human power and electric engines can also be used for exercise. Submissions for this category should

Designs should be light, compact, and easily transportable. Ensuring stability and maneuverability is of great importance. The target weight is 50kg, and dimensions should allow transportation with an SUV or a minivan.

The final product will have a speed of up to 20 km/h and a maximum power of 1.5 kW. Combining human power and electricity would be a great bonus. The product should be able to run for 30 minutes per charge.

All-Terrain Electric Platform

A durable design with a low center of gravity and a hub motor allows more flexibility in suspension design. The solution must have four wheels and enough ground clearance for off-roading. Either weatherproof or open cockpits are acceptable. A modular platform is desirable, so variable options like seats and extendable cargo can be added or removed. Dimensions must allow transportation with a pickup track either in full size or after disassembly. Maximum width of 110 cm, wheelbase of 200 cm, and weight of 140kg (including batteries) are recommended.

The solution should work for nature lovers who also may use vehicles on the road. Such specifications make the product suitable for search and rescue or medical use in remote areas, patrolling parks and forests, beach transport, camping, hunting, and fishing. Other use cases include using the solutions as an amphibious vehicle or a year-round vehicle with a snow tracks add-on.

Stable design with a low centre of gravity and a hub motor that allows more flexibility in suspension design. The solution must have four wheels and enough ground clearance for off-roading. Either weatherproof or open cockpits are acceptable. A modular platform is desirable, so variable options like seats and extendable cargo can be added or removed. Dimensions must allow transportation with a pickup track either in full size or after disassembly. Maximum width of 110 cm, wheelbase of 200 cm, and weight of 140kg (including batteries) are recommended.
The target speed is 65 km/h, and the expected engine power is a minimum of 3 kW.

Weather Protected Electric Bike/Trike (Velomobile)

Currently, there is a good variety of electric bikes and trikes on the market. However, most products are neither designed for all weather conditions. This means there is a demand for weather-protected electric bikes and trikes that can be used in the city and nature. This category allows for more freedom in ideation and brave concepts; however, there are some design requirements to be considered:

The solutions must be suitable for recreation and transportation.

Designs should be light, compact, and easily transportable. Ensuring stability and maneuverability is of great importance. The target weight is 50kg, and dimensions should allow transportation with an SUV or a minivan.

The minimum riding time is 30 minutes.

The cutting-edge micro-mobility solution of the future

Do you have an impressive micro-mobility solution that does not fit into the above categories? There is still an opportunity for you to join the challenge with an innovative yet feasible design. The overall requirements include:

Define a clear user group and also think about where the solution is going to be used. There must be a clear demand for the solution. You can think about either an existing gap in the market or an emerging demand.

The form factor should be transportable according to the context of use. Remember to consider enough space for batteries and a motor suitable for the way the design is going to be used.

The design should be presented in a way that one can understand approximate dimensions, range, and weight proposed for the solution, as well as the rationale behind those specifications. 

Evaluation Criteria

As ENVO Next Move is a part of ENVO’s distributed innovation initiative, the design evaluation criteria combine innovativeness and feasibility. In addition to the design criteria mentioned for each category, the jury will consider the following requirements with the same weight for each bar:

Technology feasibility and vision

Technology feasibility and vision

Designs should be futuristic, creative, and feasible. Understanding the tech trends that might not have been adopted yet, but can shape the future of micro-mobility is of great importance.

Innovative
yet simple

Innovative yet simple

Increasing demands for efficiency and minimum environmental impact dictate new design principles, including simplicity in form and technical parts. Designers must think about innovative designs that can embrace simplicity. It is a challenging balance to address, but it can guarantee design success once met.

Social
awareness

Social awareness

Designs should take into account the way that the socioeconomics of mobility will change. Designers must consider the values of their user group and how they evolve in the future in connection with mobility.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Environmental and social sustainability principles must be embedded in designs. The solution must contribute to a more suitable mobility behavior and an inclusive, diverse, and resilient society. Another critical aspect of sustainable design is a sustainable product life cycle with a minimum environmental footprint.

Business
viability

Business viability

Designs should be futuristic, creative, and feasible. Understanding the tech trends that might not have been adopted yet, but can shape the future of micro-mobility is of great importance.

Prizes

All the contributors’ ideas will be judged by ENVO technical team, and then the 50 best ideas will be chosen to enter the incubation process. These 50 best submissions will win 100 C$ each. After two technical sessions with these 50 winners, they have enough time to submit their revised concepts again, and the competition will start. 

TOTAL PRIZE

15,000 C$

+

Golden Buzzer

2ND PRIZE

3,000 C$

Silver Trophy
Certificate of Achievement

1ST PRIZE

5,000 C$

Gold Trophy
Certificate of Achievement

3RD PRIZE

2,000 C$

Bronze Trophy
Certificate of Achievement

JURY

The jury will be announced soon.

Paolo Tumminelli

Designer

Khodi Feiz

Designer

Lucas Harms

Managing Director at Dutch Cycling Embassy

Ehsan Baha

Strategic Designer

Rik de Reuver

Product Designer

Marianne Karlsson

Professor and Head of Division for Design & Human Factors

Webinars

Through the competition following webinars will be held to exchange knowledge and disseminate ideas:

Micro-mobility futures

08.30.2022

Micro-mobility futures

This will be a public webinar held by experts from academia and industry, informing participants and other interested audiences about the possible futures of micro-mobility. The preliminary date of the webinar is 08.30.2022

Smart Cities and micro-mobility

09.30.2022

Smart Cities and micro-mobility

The second public webinar will describe relationships between intelligent cities and micro-mobility by addressing technological, environmental, and social aspects. The initial date for this event is 09.30.2022.

Design for sustainable micro-mobility

10.30. 2022

Design for sustainable micro-mobility

This will be a private webinar for the selected participants to help them improve their designs' viability and feasibility without compromising sustainability. The preliminary plan is to hold the event on 10.30.2022.

Important Dates

08.15.2022
11.10.2022
11.15.2022
11.25.2022
11.30.2022
12.10.2022
12.20.2022
  • 08.15.2022

    First Phase Submission Start
  • 11.10.2022

    Announcing the first 50 winners
  • 11.15.2022

    First idea development session

  • 11.25.2022

    Second idea development session

  • 11.30.2022

    Final Submission

  • 12.10.2022

    Jury to announce the ten finalists

  • 12.20.2022

    Closing ceremony and Final Winners announcement

Submission Start

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