X-Challenge Urban Micromobility Competition

Dear X-Challenge Applicant,

Are you ready to revolutionize urban mobility? Or perhaps shape the future of sustainable transportation, fundamentally changing the way urban transportation is known in the heart of Budapest, in the 10th district?

Join us in the X-Challenge Urban Micromobility Competition and actively contribute to creating a greener district and achieving a more sustainable way of life by changing transportation habits with your concept.

The micromobility innovation challenge aims to engage forward-thinking high school students, university students, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and urban enthusiasts to develop creative concepts, visions, and concrete action plans. These plans may take into account the different mobility needs of various generations or utilize different micromobility tools and create mobility hubs to make the future sustainable and green district accessible.

The main theme of the idea competition is micromobility, so the ideas and solutions proposed by participants should be related to at least one of these areas:

  • Revolutionizing urban mobility
  • The future of sustainable transportation
  • Creating a greener district
  • Changing transportation habits
  • Establishing mobility hubs
  • Any other idea or solution related to micromobility

Now is the time to rethink and reshape urban transportation, either on your own or as part of a team! We are accepting submissions until October 16, 2023, at midnight.

You can find more details about the competition and the application process here: https://xgain.hu/x-challenge/

There are no bad ideas; every concept is valuable!

The X-GAIN Team



The Tipo EV conquered in front of half a million audience

Visitors to the IAA International Motor Show were impressed by the brilliant engineering combination of classic design and cutting-edge technology.

The IAA MOBILITY 2023 international automotive exhibition took place in Munich from 5-10 September, showcasing more than 300 industry innovations and attracting over half a million visitors. At the invitation of HIPA, a racing car jointly developed by Mouldtech Ltd., Robert Bosch Ltd. and the BME Competence Centre for Innovative Vehicle Technologies – electric, but at the same time reminiscent of the 1950s – was also on display. To improve the vehicle’s electric powertrain, the chassis, the drive system and the body were redesigned through the coordinated efforts of the partners. Hundreds of visitors stopped and took photos every day to admire the results of this value-creating Hungarian engineering achievement. Many of them asked how to get their own vehicle like this. The good news is that the factory in Zalaegerszeg is ready to produce not only electric but also petrol models.

Prof. Máté Zöldy, Head of the Competence Centre for Innovative Vehicle Technologies at the Department of Automotive Technologies of BME, said, “I am proud that the work of my colleagues and our students and the cooperation with our partners has resulted in one of Hungary’s flagship projects at the International Motor Show. Sharp industrial projects accelerate the transfer of knowledge between the university and partners, which helps us to become even better!” The completed vehicle is not only a marketable product, but also serves the teaching and research activities at the university.

A young business at a prestigious event

A newly-formed spin-off company from BME also got the chance to showcase its innovations at the prestigious motor show.

The IAA MOBILITY 2023 international automotive exhibition took place in Munich from 5 to 10 September, where more than 300 industry innovations were presented to over 3,700 journalists from 82 countries and more than 500,000 visitors. At the invitation of HIPA, BME Automated Drive Lab also presented its innovations at the event.

Visitors could try driving a real car from 500 km away from the Munich exhibition. The guests were seated in a specially designed driver’s cabin and the steered vehicle moved on the ZalaZONE automotive test track in Zalaegerszeg in accordance with the signals from the steering wheel in Munich.


The other demonstration was a smart intersection, where passers-by were given a glimpse of how the real environment is mapped into digital information using digital twin technology and how this can help in everyday life. The development of the detector algorithms presented here was supported by the European Union within the framework of the National Laboratory for Autonomous Systems (RRF-2.3.1-21-2022-00002).”

Smart intersection

In addition to education, Budapest University of Technology and Economics is a leading centre of innovation. The results of scientific research projects also have market value. Based on this, DriveByCloud Kft. was established in May this year to develop and exploit existing technology into a marketable product. The business is off the ground and is working to introduce itself and the technology it has developed to potential customers as much as possible.

DriveByCloud Ltd. staff were under constant siege from visitors at the demonstrations throughout the week. As a result, 16 negotiations were conducted that could lead to further cooperation opportunities. They hosted a number of engineers and managers from some of the largest European car manufacturers and suppliers. They and many others expressed their appreciation of the innovations on show.

Zsolt Vincze, CEO of DriveByCloud Ltd, the new BME spinoff company, stressed after the event:  “I can’t imagine a greater opportunity to introduce a technology with great potential for the automotive industry to as many relevant stakeholders as possible. I am very grateful for the support of both HIPA and BME, which made this special presentation possible for us.”

Our colleagues attended the Silverstone Classic Festival.

Our department, in collaboration with Mouldtech Kft and Robert Bosch Kft, is participating in the development of the Tipo 184 retro racing car. As part of the project, our colleagues, Dr. Máté Zöldy, Dr. Péter Harth, and Ádám Nyerges, along with Bálint Kocsis representing Robert Bosch Kft, were present at this year’s Silverstone Classic festival, where a version of the Tipo 184 racing car had its own booth. From Mouldtech Kft, Dávid Tímári, Róbert Zsédely, Benjámin Hegedűs, and Soma Sárosi attended.

England has a rich tradition in motorsports and preserving automotive heritage. At the festival, we had the opportunity to see the decades-long evolution of racing sports up close. First, in the paddock area, where teams were feverishly preparing for the races. Later, on the track, various categories saw daring pilots continuously making laps on the Silverstone asphalt. The area around the racetrack was filled with displays of beautiful, unique, and rare cars from local car clubs. Additionally, a separate tent showcased Formula 1 cars from recent decades. The Tipo 184 racing car fit perfectly into this environment and attracted a lot of attention. Its ’40s-inspired design was a breath of fresh air, as most racing cars present were from later eras.

We sincerely thank Mouldtech Kft for the opportunity to participate!