PITTSBURGH, Sept. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), cityLAB, and the City of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative economy-focused transportation conference, dubbed Mobiliti. For the first time, US employers will be able to connect their labor shortage challenges with local residents’ mobility struggles to identify the ROI of direct investment in workforce transportation. Employers and residents will collaborate to co-create employer-funded pilot programs with the aid of local government and transit technologists.

The co-design workshop will feature residents of the event’s 2018 host city, Pittsburgh, PA. Drawn from the corporate sectors most heavily driven by shift work and hourly wages, impacted residents will receive a living wage to cover their participation during the event’s two-day working session. They will contribute stories and insights to highlight the national problem of ignoring alternative transportation options for low-income, low-access laborers.

“The event should be an eye-opener for employers -- it’s clear that mobility is an inseparable component of economic development,” said the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Mobility and Infrastructure Karina Ricks.

Facilitated by BCG’s Centre For Public Impact and human-centered design experts at BCG Platinion|MAYA Design, Mobiliti aims to reveal the efficiencies of an inclusive approach to getting workers where they need to be. Event participants will form cross-functional teams and, through MAYA Design’s immersive design activities, develop a playbook of employer-led investment-ready pilots which not only combat mobility issues nationwide, but prove the financial and social benefits of employer-funded transit initiatives by working at the confluence of strategy and technology.

Brian Collie, a Senior Partner at BCG and Leader of the firm’s North America Automotive practice, stated, “BCG is tasked with solving many forward-facing challenges for our clients, not least of which is the future of transportation and the future of work. Mobiliti will unite large employers, emerging and existing technology providers, and at-risk communities to make sure the transformation is equitable and sustainable with MAYA Design’s world class human-centered design methods. We’re excited to play a role in developing these pilot programs which the attendees will bring back to their organizations and cities for 2019 investment.”

The Centre for Public Impact’s North American Director, Dan Vogel, offered further insight. “CPI has experience working directly with cities and understands how local governments are seeking to innovate in the face of the major human challenges of the 21st century, such as urban transport and economic mobility. Mobiliti provides an opportunity to build dynamic new models that can be scaled to improve transportation options, increase employee productivity, and help employers attract and retain talent.”

Aniela Kuzon, Ford’s Global Lead for the City of Tomorrow Challenge, has said, “Community-focused mobility is an agenda we’re aggressively pursuing at Ford, and on the heels of our City Of Tomorrow Challenge, we’re excited to continue nurturing our collaborations with cities and their residents to deliver innovative, immediate impact.”

Mobiliti will be held on October 4 and 5, and is made possible through the generous support of the BCG Centre For Public Impact, the City of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, the Hillman Foundation, cityLAB, Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic 21, Trade Institute Of Pittsburgh, and BCG Platinion|MAYA Design. For tickets and more information, visit http://mobiliti.us.

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About BCG Platinion | MAYA DesignBCG Platinion launched in Germany in 2000 to add deep technical expertise to The Boston Consulting Group’s existing capabilities. Today, our presence spans across the globe, with offices in Asia, Europe, and South and North America. Our New York-based North American team began in 2014, and in 2017 acquired MAYA Design - a Pittsburgh-based digital design and innovation lab - to grow our capabilities around technology and design.

MAYA helps organizations solve complex problems in product and service design, digital strategy, corporate and consumer-facing environments, and pervasive computing. MAYA’s research and work in pervasive computing has helped guide clients into the future of a connected world, spun off five companies, and inspired the book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology.

We support our clients’ total digital transformation through technology, design, cybersecurity, and risk management and financial engineering capabilities. And together with BCG, BCG Platinion’s interdisciplinary team of technical experts enable customized solutions to accelerate delivery value.

About cityLABcityLAB is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that performs experiments with the city as our laboratory. Experiments are chosen to seed economic development, generate buzz, and effect positive change in the city, from inside and out. www.citylabpgh.org

The Boston Consulting GroupEric GregoireGlobal Media Relations Senior Manager

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