The winner of SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition: Mariana Avezum


Racing a Prototype for Hyperloop: SpaceX Competition Experience to Build Future Sustainable Transport and Other Innovative Approaches to Deliver Sustainable Transport Today

Speaker: Mariana Avezum

Mariana Avezum, is the founder of the WARR Hyperloop team, the interdisciplinary student team at the TU Munich who went on to winning, three times, the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Within the The Hyperloop Pod Competition which is sponsored by SpaceX and attracting more than 1,000 applicants globally, the team designed, built, and tested functional prototypes for the new mode of transportation demonstrating various aspects of the Hyperloop concept.
 
She is now pursuing a PhD in the area of sustainable mobility and is researching how the different mobility providers can and should communicate with each other, in order to ensure that the future of mobility is as green as possible. She has started her business Moowe to incentive people to go sustainably from A to B, by calculating the greenest route in inner city commutes. By Moowe, Mariana strives to promote conscious mobility to decrease the individual carbon footprint by bringing economic value to sustainable mobility.
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We spoke to Mariana Avezum before Eurasia Rail 2019 . She evaluated the show, railway industry and Hyperloop Competition.
 
Racing a Prototype for Hyperloop: SpaceX Competition Experience to Build Future Sustainable Transport and Other Innovative Approaches to Deliver Sustainable Transport Today

It is well discussed that cities in the future are bound for a great change on how people go from A to B. Currently several approaches are being discussed for the future of mobility: from air taxis to underground tunnels, to modular modes of transport, to hyperloops.

Congestions originates from the fact that over 60% of the available physical space on city roads is underused by empty cars, which have a great effect on pollution. By working towards both a cultural change and a technology revolution, it is possible to efferently solve traffic. 

In the panel, Mariana Avezum will analyze how high-speed rail systems operating under low pressure environments have the potential to more efficiently connect cities while reducing the effects of urban sprawl.

Eurasia Rail, Eurasia’s biggest and one of the world’s biggest railway exhibitions, will bring the most important actors of rail systems sector in the region together on April 10-12, 2019 at fuarizmir. Panels, technical seminars and mega Project presentations were planned in this platform to create an environment of information, provide professionals with network development opportunities and inspire with content. What is the importance of creating such a program for the exhibitors and visitors alike?
 
One of the main challenges in the current mobility scenario is the lack of communication between all involved stakeholders. From government agencies, to infrastructure providers, to mobility services, to passengers, each have different interests, and bringing all of these groups together at a single event represents a big opportunity to identify synergies between project partners. 
 
What do you think the high points of this year should be? What should the visitors listen carefully and adapt in their own sectors?
 
Integrating the different futures of mobility
 
How important do you consider Eurasia Rail to be for our country? Why should the professional manufacturers or implementers participate in this exhibition? Or why should a sector professional visit the exhibition? 
 
As several other modern city, Istambul has one of the greatest traffic situations worldwide. Bringing together professionals from different areas form the transportation sector allows for new opportunities to be created. 
 
What led to attend in Hyperloop Competition? What was the motivation behind?
 
I was searching for a master thesis, and thought this would be a cool project :) Growing up in São Paulo I had enough of traffic problems throughout my life, and saw in the Hyperloop the possibility to research and build something, that could really make a difference. 
 
What is the biggest learning from the competition experience and SpaceX vision? How did it affect to your today’s vision of developing new aproaches to sustainable development?
 
My biggest learning from the Hyperloop competition is to always trust your team, and to validate technical concepts as fast as possible. The amazing teamwork behind the project really did show me the amazing results that motivated people can achieve in such a short period of time, simply by putting into a lot of hard work into the process. 


 
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