06-12 June 2019
The third edition of the world’s first-ever global transport hackathon and world’s top leading transport innovation contest in the framework of the world’s oldest, largest and leading sustainable mobility event
The 3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Stockholm 2019 will take place from the 6th until the 8th of June. Global winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremony of the 63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm 2019 on the 9th of June and the concrete results of the different local hackathons will be exhibited at the Y4PT Hackathon Fair from the 10th until the 12th of June.
After the success of the first two editions of the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon series in Montreal 2017 and Dubai 2018, Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), its members and other stakeholders, and following the long-standing tradition of the Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world during the 2018-2019 season, by combining the best of boundless human creativity and the benefits of current information and communications technologies (ICTs) in collaborative environments, with the aim of advancing transport sector towards sustainability.
What is a Hackathon?
A Hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, where a number of skilled people meet to engage in software programming and hardware prototyping, with the aim of ingeniously solving specific issues in a collaborative and cooperative environment. Hackathon outcomes usually lead to the inception of startup projects and trigger other innovation processes in different ICT-intensive fields such as the transport sector.
Most of the cities are going through a gradually-increasing integration with the outer world that has meant new and disruptive socio-economic conditions which market and its players are yet striving to adapt well. For instance immigration, climate change and security are three core pending issues on both the local and global agendas.
Furthermore, emerging concepts such as sharing economy are not anymore a matter of the future. They are already here, being present now among all of us somehow. And they are fostering a fast change at all levels in different sectors, forcing all existing approaches to be re-thought.
For years the transport field has served as the right testing ground for new technological developments and results have been later replicated in other sectors.
In the light of the above, several stakeholders, with the Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai (RTA Dubai) (http://www.rta.ae/) as the 1st Honorary Founding Member of the Y4PT Foundation and others, have joined forces along with UITP, to organize the third edition of the world’s first-ever transport hackathon, an open and collaborative space where people are called to contribute to solving major transport-related challenges while employing ICTs in an ingenious way.
Hackathon projects should contribute somehow to a ultimate goal, doubling public transport’s market share worldwide (PTx2): “UITP estimates that it would save around 170m tons of oil and 550m tons of CO2 equivalent; reduce urban traffic fatalities by 15%; double the number of jobs in public transport operators as well as reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease by 50% thanks to the greater role of walking, cycling and public transport.”
Moreover all projects should be in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the one addressing sustainable transport (Target 11.2): “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”.
A wide range of current and critical challenges faced by the transport sector as a whole will be addressed during the Hackathon, with public transport as the cornerstone of multimodal mobility solutions, in line with the Y4PT’s holistic point of view on sustainable transport.
- Urban Sprawl
- Shared mobility
- Road Safety
- Active Travel
- Urban Pollution (Air-related and others)
- Accessibility for Persons with Reduced Mobility
- Combination of Passenger and Freight Transport
- Health and Transport
- Long-Haul Transport
- Payment and Pricing
- Weather Forecast and Climate Change
- Electrification of Transport (Zero Emissions)
Currently different organizations in both public and private sectors have released a wide range of sets of databases, freely accessible to the general public, without restrictions on use.
In the case of the public sector, access to open data is one of the key principles of transparency and good governance, necessary for the control exercised by citizens on results of the performance of leaders and civil servants, as well as the effectiveness of public policy in different areas.
On the web there are different open data libraries:
Hackers are advised to download in advance databases and to storage them in hard drives (or removable discs) to be used during the Hackathon.
Hacker’s Profile and Teaming-Up
The Hackathon is an event open to the general public (people over 18 only).
Hackers must demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in the transport field, as well as being capable to play roles such as:
- Algorithm designers
- Software programmers
- User interface designers
- Project managers (business development)
- Marketers / Communicators
Each team will be made of up to five (5) members, ideally corresponding to each of the profiles above mentioned.
Hackers are free to choose if they want to run a project individually, or on the contrary, they want to teamed up with others.
English language must be the working language during the Hackathon.
Any person who is willing to participate as a hacker must fill out the online registration form in advance (NOTE: Registration is closed).
Those hackers who initially registered individually but would like to set up a team, on the first day of the Hackathon they can meet other hackers in the same situation.
Hackers must bring a valid official photo ID to enter to the Hackathon venue.
What should Hackers bring to the Hackathon?
The Hackathon venue will be provided with high-speed Internet access, tables, chairs, electric sockets, audiovisual equipment and other basic resources.
It is up to hackers to bring whatever they might need to develop their projects on-site.
Checklist might include the following tools:
- Laptops and peripherals
- Multi-socket extension
- Ethernet Cables
- Portable network switch
- Portable router
- Desktop software
- Digital camera
- Video recording camera
- Portable storage devices (e.g. USB flash memory)
- Set of databases
(Hint: Team leader from the best project will take part of the next edition of the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon!)
Judging Criteria and Jury Panel
The winning project will be chosen by a select jury panel with extensive experience and knowledge in transport subjects.
Each submitted Hackathon project must be brand-new, unpublished (not having been showcased at past events) and in its entirety as well as each component, must be comprised of the team’s original work (third parties’ intellectual property must be properly credited according to the legal terms of these parties’ works).
Hackathon projects must clearly include an approximation of at least:
- Graphic interface
- Business model
- Design – User Experience
- Sustainability – Business Model
- Use and re-use of Open Data
- Technical Strength of Solution
- Creativity and Innovation
- Quality of the Pitch
Program – Date and Time
The Hackathon will take place from the 6th Thursday until the 12th Wednesday of June 2019.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019: Arrival
Thursday, 6 June 2019: Hackathon Day 1 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 09:00 P.M. only)
Friday, 7 June 2019: Hackathon Day 2 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 09:00 P.M. only)
Saturday, 8 June 2019: Hackathon Day 3 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 09:00 P.M. only)
Sunday, 9 June 2019: Hackathon Awards (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)
Monday, 10 June 2019: Hackathon Fair Day 1 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)
Tuesday, 11 June 2019: Hackathon Fair Day 2 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)
Wednesday, 12 June 2019: Hackathon Fair Day 3 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)
Thursday, 13 June 2019: Depature
The Hackathon will be held at the Stockholmsmässan (Stockholm International Fairs) (Mässvägen 1, 125 30 Älvsjö, Sweden, Europe). Most of the participants will stay at the Generator Stockholm Hotel (Torsgatan 10, 111 23 Stockholm, Sweden, Europe).
Other Y4PT-related activities during the UITP Summit
Apart from the Hackathon, there will be other Y4PT-related activities during the 8th Y4PT World Youth Meeting Stockholm 2019 in the framework of the UITP Summit. Take a look!
To be confirmed:
- Y4PT Hackathon Wrap-Up during the Opening Ceremony of the UITP Summit
- Y4PT Young Researcher Award during the UITP Awards
- Y4PT Hackathon Fair at the UITP Summit
- Y4PT Spot at both UITP’s Exhibition Stands
- Y4PT Presentation on the Breathable Cities World Campaign during the Poster Session of the UITP Summit
Further information at http://www.y4pt.org/projects/youth-meeting/stockholm-2019/ .
The Hackathon brings together the most important actors in the transport sector worldwide:
- Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai (RTA Dubai) (http://www.rta.ae/): One of the most acknowledged and respected transport authorities in the world, RTA Dubai is the local government entity that regulates urban mobility in the whole Emirate.
- International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (http://www.uitp.org/): With over 133 years of history, UITP is the only spokesperson for the public transport sector worldwide, representing the interests of all stakeholders, including authorities, operators, supply industry, academic-research centers, civil society, among others.
- Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation (http://www.y4pt.org/): Established more than 13 years ago by the UITP, Y4PT is the leading global youth network on sustainable transport.
For further information, contact the Hackathon coordinators:
- Mrs. Alessandra GORINI, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Y4PT-UITP Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Sebastian PERNET, Co-Founder, Y4PT-UITP Foundation, email@example.com
Keeping up with #Y4PThackathon
Follow up the Y4PT Transport Hackathon series on social networking/media websites ( http://www.y4pt.org/social-networks ) such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #Y4PThackathon .
Do you want to organize a local transport hackathon in your city?