4th Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Barcelona 2023




4th Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Barcelona 2023

64th UITP Global Public Transport Summit Barcelona 2023

02-07 June 2023

The fourth 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 top leading sustainable mobility event.

The 4th Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Barcelona 2023 will take place from the 2nd until the 7th of June. Global winners will be announced during a Award Ceremony at the INIT Germany exhibition stand on the 5th of June and the concrete results of the different local hackathons will be exhibited at the Y4PT Fair (exhibition stand) from the 5th until the 7th of June.

Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon was acknowledged by the European Mobility Week Secretariat as one of the best practices of 2017

Software and Hardware Prototype Development Competition applied to the Transport Sector

Passenger Transport and Freight – Innovation – Entrepreneurship – Intermodalism – Sustainability – Technology

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After the success of the first three (3) editions of the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon series in Montreal 2017 (Canada), Dubai 2018 (United Arab Emirates) and Stockholm 2019 (Sweden), the 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 Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world during the 2019-2023 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.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Spain-based hackers at the 4th Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Barcelona 2023 (https://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon) in the framework of the 64th UITP Global Public Transport Summit Barcelona 2023 – the world’s oldest, largest and top leading sustainable mobility event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.

Many cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons. Other cities are also welcome to join.

Different local stakeholders such as universities, youth groups, ICT companies, transport operators, authorities, startup mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of the next editions of the world’s first-ever global transport hackathon and the world’s top leading transport innovation contest, acknowledged by the European Mobility Week Secretariat (European Union) as one of the best practices of 2017.

Everyone is invited to get on board. This is an one-off opportunity to show to your audience and users how important is for you to support this kind of events where innovation and creativity is putting forward new ICT-related solutions to boost both the private sector business performance and the public sector policy efficacy, and thus to unlock new opportunities to expand, diversify and renew your organization’s portfolio of products and services.

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 have joined forces along with UITP, to organize the fourth edition of the world’s first-ever global 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.

Transport Challenges


  • ALL MODES: All modes of transport are covered, whether terrestrial, aquatic, air, etc.
  • ALL MEANS: All means of transport currently available are included, such as bicycles, trains, walking, cars, buses, aircraft, among others.
  • PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT: Transport solutions are meant to mobilize people and/or goods.

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.

  • Topics of the Y4PT Healthy Mobility World Campaignhttps://www.y4pt.org/projects/campaigns/healthy-mobility/
  • Congestion
  • Urban Sprawl
  • Shared/Collaborative Mobility
  • Road Safety and Education
  • Active Mobility
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Security
  • Universal Accessibility (Reduced Mobility, Social and Gender Integration)
  • Combination of Passenger and Freight Transport
  • Intermodality
  • Mass and Non-Mass Public Transport
  • Active and Sustainable Tourism
  • Health and Transport
  • Long-Haul Transport
  • Means of Payment and Transport Faring
  • Weather Forecast Climate Change
  • Transport Electrification (Zero Emissions)
  • Financing
  • User Engagement
  • Payment Avoidance
  • Travel Experience
  • Among others

Open Data


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 invitation-only event.

Hackers must demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in the transport field, as well as being capable to play roles such as:

  • Software
    • Algorithm designers
    • Software programmers
    • User interface designers
    • Project managers (business development)
    • Marketers
  • Hardware
    • Process technicians
    • Designers of functional models at scale
    • Graphic designers
    • Project managers (business development)
    • Marketers

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 whole Hackathon.



Any person who is willing to participate as a hacker must fill out the online registration form in advance (by invitation only).

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
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Smartwatch
  • Multi-socket extension
  • Ethernet Cables
  • Portable network switch
  • Portable router
  • Desktop software
  • Digital camera
  • Notepad and pen
  • Video recording camera
  • Portable storage devices (e.g. USB flash memory)
  • Set of databases (stored already in a hard-disk)

Dress Code

  • During the Y4PT Hackathon itself (while coding): Informal clothes
    • NOTE: Y4PT is concerned about overproduction of one-time use goods and cares about the environment, so that, according to your role, please bring a color-specific T-Shirt (to be packed in your luggage). It doesn’t matter if it is not the same color, but try to find the closest color as possible: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EBErnWOCRUHtWzjWFcG60VeYQayulEUz/view?usp=sharing
      • Hackers: Blue
      • Mentors: Orange
  • During the Final Pitch and Award Ceremony of the Y4PT Hackathon: Casual clothes. All participants (hackers and mentors) must bring one pair of light blue jeans as specified in the specific mail received, and one pair of white jeans. Wearing clean, white sneakers is mandatory for professional photo shootings.
  • Y4PT Fair and UITP events inside the Summit: Formal clothes.



(Hint: Team leader from the best project will take part of the next fifth edition of the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon series in Hamburg 2025!)


During the Hackathon, participants will be mentored by specialized professionals and experts in transport and ICTs to guide them in the development of their projects, in such a way that relevance and coherence with the objectives and challenges formulated are guaranteed.

Judging Criteria and Jury Panel

  • SOFTWARE: Your project can be any software solution, such as an application for mobile, desktop, web, etc.
  • HARDWARE: Your project can be a hardware solution, such as a gadget, device, vehicle, infrastructure, structure, etc.

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:

  • Software
    • Algorithm
    • Code
    • Graphic interface
    • Business model
  • Hardware
    • Processes
    • Functional scale model
    • Design
    • Business model

Judging Criteria

  • Design – User Experience
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability – Business Model
  • Use and re-use of Open Data
  • Technical Strength of Solution
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Impact
  • Quality of the Pitch

How to pitch? How to make a project presentation?

Agenda – Date and Time

NOTE 1: Download here the official mobile app of the UITP Summit.

NOTE 2: Bear in mind this agenda with its activities, timings and duties can vary upon request from the organizers. Be flexible and committed.

The Y4PT Hackathon will take place from Friday the 2nd until Sunday the 4th of June 2023.

If any participant arrives before the 2nd of June, this time is for you to get rest and arrive fresh on the first day of our hackathon meeting.

Friday, 2 June 2023: Arrival and Hackathon Day 1 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)

  • Arrival:
    • The hotel, where all will be staying is the Travelodge Fira, just in front the venue of the Y4PT Hackathon and UITP summit.
    • The hotel will make the best to make the rooms available but consider maybe this will not be possible, so you will have the opportunity to leave your luggages at the hotel. Check-in time: 14h00 / Check-out time: 10h00.
    • 08h00: Some Y4PT team members such as Alessandra, Sebastián, Dario, Federico, Nabeel and Alfredo will be at the hotel to welcome the arriving participants.
    • From 08h00: UITP Summit entrance ticket has been already delivered via e-mail, to be scanned at the main venue access. No physical registration required in this case; if not, you can request your badge on site with your original passport at the UITP Summit Welcome Center.
    • Breakfast at the hotel is available daily from 07h00 to10h00. Check with the hotel front-desk agent (24/7) the timing if it has changed.
    • Note: Each person takes care of his/her own airport-hotel transfer by public transport, no reimbursements foreseen.
    • There will be some photo and video shootings at the hotel for documenting the arrivals.
    • Attention: Public transport travel cards will be collected on the 3rd of June at UITP Summit Welcome Center, till then, any transport option is on your own budget.
    • All participants (hackers and mentors) must bring ONE meaningful object from your life/experience/Y4PT/achievements, etc., which will remain to another person as a gift. Please, no heavy objects, we are all traveling light!
  • 09h30: Mentors’ meeting only.
  • 15h10: Nabeel meets all Hackers in the Travelodge hotel lobby room to go all together to the Y4PT Hackathon venue. Please be sharp!
  • Workshop for Hackers only:
    • 15h30 – 19h00: Welcome greeting and workshop, plus pitching intro and team forming for hackers, mentored by Y4PT. Polo T-shirts distribution.
    • 16h30: Coffee break.
  • Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

Saturday, 3 June 2023: Hackathon Day 2 (Venue  will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)

  • 07h00 – 08h00: Breakfast at the hotel (included in the stay).
  • 08h00 – 08h15: Delivery of 5-day public transport travel cards.
  • 08h30 – 09h00: Intro of the day (meditation + motivational energizer) with welcome words by the UITP Secretary-General Mohamed MEZGHANI (who is also the President of the Y4PT-UITP Foundation).
  • 09h00: Hacking and team working.
  • 11h30: Coffee break for hackers/mentors (time subject to UITP organizers).
  • 11h45 – 13h30: Hacking resumes (includes 1st project checkpoint by Y4PT mentors).
  • 13h00 – 14h00: Lunch for hackers and mentors at the hackathon venue (time subject to UITP organizers). Alessandra’s private meeting with INIT Germany for Y4PT Hackathon Awards Ceremony settings.
  • 14h30 – 17h00: Hacking resumes.
  • 17h15: Energizer exercise.
  • 17h30: Coffee break for hackers/mentors (time subject to UITP organizers).
  • 17h30 – 19h00: Hacking resumes (includes 2nd project checkpoint with Y4PT mentors).
  • 19h00: Venue closes, free dinner time for hackers and mentors. Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

Sunday, 4 June 2023: Hackathon Day 3, Final (Venue  will be open 08:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M. only)

  • 07h00 – 08h00: Breakfast at the hotel (included in the stay).
  • 08h00: Venue opens.
  • 08h45: Meditation time at the hackathon venue + motivational energizer.
  • 09h00 – 10h45: Hacking resumes (3rd and final project checkpoint by Y4PT mentors. Rehearsal before final pitch).
    • Y4PT mentors set the jury panel spot for hackathon pitch deliberation.
  • 10h30: Coffee break.
  • 10h45: Nabeel greets the members of the jury panel.
  • 10h45 – 11h00: Energizer.
  • 11h00 – 12h45: Final pitch to the international jury panel (Y4PT, UITP, INIT Germany, STIB Belgium, Hamburg PT Germany and TMB Spain). Please wear all the same jeans (will check this on the spot) and white sneakers.
    • Y4PT Hackathon (venue location): Room CC7.4+5, in between Hall 6 and 7 (View the entire UITP Summit exhibition floor plan at https://uitpsummit.org/exhibition/ and the general floor plan of the Fira de Barcelona at https://guestevents.firabarcelona.com/enclosure/granvia/ ).
    • Jury panel members:
      • Mrs. Beatrice Paques, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Network, STIB (Belgium)
      • Mr. Vivian Valerian Andrade, Key Account Manager, INIT (Germany)
      • Mrs. Tina Marie Lesch, Expert for Public Strategy and Policy, Hamburg PT-Hochbahn (Germany)
      • Mr. Francisco Barelles Planells, Expert for Digital Transformation, TMB Barcelona (Spain)
      • Mr. Jordi Lluis i Padierna, Head of Communication Technologies, FCG (Spain)
      • Mrs. Catherine Lennon, Senior Director of Communication and Marketing , UITP (Belgium)
      • Mrs. Alessandra GORINI, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Y4PT-UITP Foundation (Belgium)
    • VIP observers:
      • Mrs. Deyanira Consuelo Ávila Moreno, Bogotá’s Municipal Secretary of Mobility (Colombia)
      • Mrs. Carolina Martínez Cuéllar, CEO of La Rolita (Bogotá’s main public-funded PT operator) (Colombia)
  • 12h45 – 13h00: Jury deliberation in same room (participants remain out of the room).
  • 13h00 – 13h30: Mandatory session of photo and video shooting for final video, to be presented on Monday morning at Y4PT Hackathon Awards Ceremony.
  • 13h30 – 14h30: Lunch for hackers/mentors at the Y4PT Hackathon venue.
  • 14h30 – 15h30: Preparation session with teams, mentors to explain the Y4PT Fair days, illustrating the keyring gadget and dress up for the UITP Summit Opening Ceremony.
  • Official global shooting wrap up, (inside and outside) thanks to mentors, thanks to hackers and celebration for all.
  • 14h30: Preparation of the Y4PT Fair shifts schedule to be given to each hacker by Nabeel (plus Geert).
  • 16h00: Opening Ceremony of the UITP Summit.
  • 17h30: Coffee break.
  • 17h30 – 19.00: Rehearsal of the Y4PT Hackathon Awards Ceremony for morning after.
    • Mentors to prepare the Y4PT Fair (stand exhibition).
  • 19h00: Venue closes, free dinner time for hackers and mentors. Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

The Y4PT Fair will take place from Monday the 5th until Wednesday the 7th of June 2023.

Monday, 5 June 2023: Fair Day 1 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

Winners announcement day

  • 07h00: Mentors at INIT Germany exhibition stand (Hall 6, next to INDRA and ZF).
  • 07h30: All participants at INIT Germany stand for the announcement of the winners:
    • Agenda for the Y4PT Hackathon Awards Ceremony (to be confirmed by INIT Germany):
      • 09h30: Video check, setting of the table for the trophies.
      • 09h30: All hackers and mentors wearing Y4PT T-shirt polos.
      • 09h52: Arrival of UITP Secretary-General (Mohamed MEZGHANI) and VIPs.
      • 09h53: Welcome by Mohamed. Display of the aftermovie of the 4th Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Barcelona 2023 in the background, with no sound.
      • 09h55: Welcome by Jurgen Greschner, CEO of INIT.
      • 09h56: Announcement of the winners by Mohamed (UITP), INIT, STIB and Hamburg PT (to be confirmed). Handover of each trophy from a youth to a different CEO plus pics of VIPs.
      • 10h00: VIPs and Mohamed (UITP) leave the stage.
      • 10h01: End of the ceremony.
      • 10h02: Photo and video session with winners outside and inside the INIT Germany exhibition stand.
  • 11h00 – 13h30: Time to be confirmed. Launch of the Y4PT Fair (presentation of hackathon projects by all hackers at Y4PT’s exhibition stand. Rooms of the hackathon will be kept for belongings storage). Y4PT Fair shifts schedule will be ready on the 4th of June.
  • 13h30 – 14h30: Lunch at the UITP Summit time to be checked on UITP Summit general agenda.
  • 14h30 – 16h30: Y4PT Fair resumes (all hackers required to follow the schedule at the exhibition stand).
  • 16h30 – 18h00: Welcome reception of the UITP Summit to be checked.
  • 18h00: Free time.
  • 19h00: Venue closes, free dinner time for hackers and mentors. Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

Tuesday, 6 June 2023: Fair Day 2 (Venue  will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

  • 07h00 – 08h00: Breakfast at the hotel (included in the stay).
  • Time to be confirmed: Participation of some Y4PT hackers at the Welcome Reception of INIT’s 40th Anniversary at INIT exhibition stand.
  • 08h30 – 09h00: Welcome time at the Y4PT Fair (exhibition stand).
  • 09h00 – 10h30: Y4PT Fair resumes.
  • 10h30 – 11h00: Coffee break. Note: at least one team member per project must remain at the Y4PT Fair. Same on days to come.
  • Time of coffee break to be checked.
  • 11h00 – 12h30: Y4PT Fair resumes (all hackers required on the spot).
  • 12h30 – 14h00: Lunch at the UITP Summit venue.
  • 14h00 – 15h30: Y4PT Fair resumes (at least one hacker per team required on the spot).
  • 15h30 – 16h00: Coffee break time to be checked.
  • 16h00 – 18h00: Y4PT Fair resumes (all hackers required on the spot).
  • 17h00 – 18h00: Diversity Charter Reception, all invited, at UITP exhibition stand.
  • 18h00 – 22h00: Networking Dinner of the UITP Summit: To be confirmed.
  • 22h00: Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

Wednesday, 7 June 2023: Fair Day 3 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

  • 07h00 – 08h00: Breakfast at the hotel (included in the stay).
  • 08h30 – 09h00: Welcome time at the Y4PT Fair (exhibition stand).
  • 09h00 – 10h00: Y4PT Fair resumes (all hackers required on the spot).
  • 10h00: Hackers meet future talents with Lindsey MANCINI at Y4PT Fair.
  • 10h30 – 11h00: Coffee break.
  • 11h00 – 12h30: Y4PT Fair resumes (all hackers required on the spot).
  • 12h30 – 13h00: Y4PT-UITP-TMB group photo (place to be defined).
  • Time to be confirmed: Closing Ceremony of the UITP Summit.
  • 13h30 – 14h30: Lunch at the UITP Summit venue.
  • 14h30 – 16h00: Internal meeting with all hackers at a place to be defined.
  • 16h00: Free time.
  • 19h00: Venue closes, free dinner time for hackers and mentors. Free evening (at each person’s expense. No reimbursements foreseen).

Thursday, 08 June 2023: Departure

  • 00h00 – 23h59: Breakfast at the hotel (included in the stay), hotel check-out and departure of hackers from abroad.


The Hackathon will be held at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via (Barcelona Gran Via Trade Fair/Convention Center) (Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain).

Most of the participants will stay at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via Travelodge Hotel (Carrer de la Botànica, 25, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain).

Other Y4PT-related activities during the UITP Summit

Apart from the Hackathon, there will be other Y4PT-related activities during the 9th Y4PT World Youth Meeting Barcelona 2023 in the framework of the UITP Summit. Take a look!


The Hackathon brings together the most important actors in the transport sector worldwide:

  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (https://www.uitp.org/): With over 137 years of history, UITP is the only spokesperson for the whole 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 (https://www.y4pt.org/): Established more than 17 years ago by the UITP, Y4PT is the world’s leading global youth network on sustainable mobility.


For further information, contact the Hackathon coordinators:

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