Cabify and ETSIT-UPM promote sustainable mobility with new technological and data solutions
The Spanish mobility company Cabify and the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSIT-UPM) have signed a collaboration agreement for the creation of the first chair of intelligent technologies and data science for sustainable mobility the prestigious engineering school of Madrid.
This alliance promotes close collaboration between Cabify and the Polytechnic University of Madrid to promote technological expertise and offer solutions to face, through intelligence and IT, the main challenges of mobility in cities. According to Flix Prez, Director of ETSIT-UPM, “We are very satisfied. Sustainable mobility will be an area of activity of great importance in the near future in which the integration of ICT, the technologies that we teach in this school, is a strategic element; In addition, Cabify is an example of new businesses in the digital economy that are the result of the effort and success of our graduates ”.
For his part, Juan de Antonio, CEO and founder of Cabify, explains that “this synergy with the Polytechnic University of Madrid and its School of Telecommunications allows us to move forward on a path that is close to our hearts. Having the ability to create knowledge, promote research and, in the same environment, be able to link these solutions to real mobility challenges is essential to identify high impact opportunities. Moreover, I am personally happy that the first such project started in the school where I was trained as an engineer ”.
Through this Chair, research talents will approach the mobility sector and the company to jointly solve the real challenges we face by trying to promote sustainable, safe and accessible mobility in cities. For this, Cabify will allocate an investment of up to 100,000 euros per year in the activities of the Chair, mainly through the funding of research grants for ETSIT students. The medium-term objective is for these graduates, masters and / or doctors to become experts and referents in the field.
Carlos Herrera, ChiefTechnologyOfficer of Cabify, explains that “At Cabify, we operate in some of the biggest and most dynamic cities in the world, like Sao Paulo Buenos Aires, and of course in Madrid. This means that every few seconds we are receiving information from tens of thousands of devices directly on the streets of our cities. Very few organizations in the millennial history of our cities have had this gigantic opportunity to transform the places where we live within their reach, but to achieve this, it takes a lot of technical talent and original ideas, and we believe that this Chair is an excellent vehicle to promote this impact ”.
The Chair will have as co-directors Carlos Angel Iglesias, who heads the Intelligent Systems group of the Department of Telematics, and Pedro Zufiria, professor in the Department of Mathematics Applied to Information and Communication Technologies. Iglesias and Zufiria agree, stressing that “the chair gives us the opportunity to bring business closer to the university; In the same way that a Stanford student has Google, both as a reference and as an option for the immediate future, we believe that we must bring to our School the experience of companies like Cabify, which, thanks to the heavy use of technology, have changed the way we live “.
In fact, the program will operate under the open innovation paradigm and any member of the ETSIT-UPM educational community can participate. Within the school itself, a physical space has been located, designed by the Cabify team, to be a meeting place for ideas and research efforts. For now, due to the pandemic, digital interaction between the company and the university community is being prioritized.
Collaboration for the recruitment of graduate and master students
In addition, Cabify has also set up a collaboration agreement concerning the hiring of engineers who have completed their university training, both at the undergraduate level and at the master’s level. The Spanish mobility company has its technological production center located in Madrid and in order to face the challenges that the company has set itself, it plans to continue to bet strongly on the hiring of engineer profiles. “In the past 18 months, we have already hired 170 people in the technology and product areas, under the leadership of my colleague Roberto Prez. In the current context, it is particularly important that the opportunities do not end, especially in the junior profiles, ”said Carlos Herrera of Cabify.
In fact, ETSIT-UPM is the mother of Cabify CEO and founder Juan de Antonio, and key company executives such as Juan Ignacio Garca (ChiefFinancialOfficer), Carlos Herrera (ChiefTechnologyOfficer), Leonor Barrueco (VicepresidentadeGrowth) or Luca Chvarri (Vice President of New Business). As ETSIT Director Flix Prez points out, “It was a surprise to find that alumni of the school abound in Cabify, and that they occupy the more technical positions to those who lead the strategy of the school. company, which highlights the training given at home and the impact that we can generate from Madrid ”.
The company has a strategic line of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship which is framed not only by the UPM Chair in sustainable mobility, but also by other projects that can offer young people opportunities in the technological world. In addition, Cabify’s commitment to innovation and development is a fundamental pillar and, in this sense, the Spanish mobility company invested more than 9 million euros in R & D & I in 2019, a figure that has risen to 20.6 million euros over the past 4 years.