Hack ARIADNA 2020 – EU Project

CIT UPC, Y4PT and partners are proud to announce Hack ARIADNA 2020 (Awareness Raising & capacity building Increasing Adoption of EGNSS in urban mobility Applications and services, Galileo Project, http://ariadna-project.eu/)


The impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is being felt across the globe. The pandemic has completely changed our life as we know it. This unfolding situation is affecting not only the health of individuals, but also transforming the operation of organisations across almost all sectors, the cohesion of communities, as well as destabilizing our economy, provoking serious financial disruption. Many more implications continue to affect our lives and our societies.

It is a serious and frightening time, and we are seeing a wide range of responses to the threat, showcasing the best and worst of humanity.

Space data offers huge potential to support the fight against new health-threatening viruses such as COVID-19. Hack Ariadna is calling for solutions to help public authorities to monitor and analyse emergency situations, to increase awareness amongst citizens about viruses like COVID-19, and to help the world improve public transport and support healthy mobility.

It is a global fight to limit the negative impact on our communities, but is also an occasion to reshape our societies, to figure out a different way of living together in harmony with nature.

We are committed to fight this worldwide battle together!


Hack Ariadna facilitates access, promotes and trains in the use of the European satellite navigation system, Galileo. The target audience are stakeholders for whom urban mobility and public transport is an essential factor.

Developed by the European Union, Galileo is a satellite geolocation system similar to the United States’ GPS, Russia’s Glonass or China’s Beidou.

With Galileo, the European Union aims to ensure its strategic independence in this highly strategic area, improve its market share in the geolocation sector, and expand its high value-added services.

In 2019, a billion smart phones were already using Galileo. New vehicles that are launched on the market incorporate the European system EGNSS. However, even though its use is common in our daily life, Galileo continues to be little known among city councils, public transport authorities and operators, companies and individuals.

Transport of goods and people is one of the sectors in which Galileo offers the greatest number of possibilities, both for economic stakeholders who are involved in the sector (urban transport operators, industrial suppliers and public transport providers) and for final users. The greater accuracy of Galileo compared to other geolocation systems makes it more competitive. Greater accuracy also enables new transport services to be developed that meet current market needs and existing services to be optimised, making them more flexible and efficient. Therefore, Galileo opens new application opportunities in areas such as fleet management (buses, trains, trams, etc.), traffic management, mobility applications, communication between vehicles and road safety, among others.

EGNSS has the potential to enhance the quality of public transportation by reducing operational costs, and reducing negative externalities, while fostering the development of a wide range of new shared mobility services.

Our lives are now depending majorly on immediacy. From our everyday commute to work to the next-minute delivery on our preferred e-commerce platform, we are not good at waiting-in-line. And this has been mostly backed up by fast but robust technology breakthroughs enabling commercial aviation, satellite navigation and intelligent software.

ARIADNA could help strongly to settle multimodal fast commutes inside and around urban areas.

ARIADNA is led by an international consortium, coordinated by the Spanish company Factual Consulting, and four other partners in three European countries. In addition to CIT UPC, the other participants are the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP), Pildo Consulting and Auxilia. The project will last 24 months and will end in November 2021.


  • Through a fully remote, agile, global contest designing solutions and developing innovative applications that will help the world find better new mobility solutions through the use of EGNSS;

  • Deliberately utilising, training in and exploring the best aspects of remote collaboration. Transforming every disadvantage into an opportunity to learn, grow, connect, solve and inspire.

  • Lead by: our experienced, global Y4PT Team and ARIADNA Consortium’s partners contributing support and action across different time zones.

  • Participants: any individual can participate, collaborating to develop & deploy fast new responses in real time.

  • Winners will be entitled to different kind of prizes, and one selected person from the winning team will participate to the Y4PT Global Hack COVID19 Reshaping Societies – Melbourne 2021.


We are searching for ways to inform and make users aware about Galileo, and we want them to use it daily or more often.

The call is open for your solutions in the following topics:

  • Public Transport during and post COVID-19:

Ensuring social distancing, and in consequence user safety, by: 

    • Queue/Crowd management at bus/metro stations, in the city centre, streets…proposing routes and modes of transport.
    • Fleet management systems/models.
    • Determine average load on vehicles.
    • Flatten the demand curve.
    • Increase resiliency (e.g. pre-book on-demand mobility services as a complement to traditional PT).
  • More sustainable and healthy mobility:

Reduce emissions, promote healthy and sustainable mobility, improve the quality of life of people living in urban areas.

    • Exploring ways to count cyclists (allocate them to specific lanes and directions of ride).
    • Bonus on bike usage.
    • Calculation of time (and money) saved if people chose cycling/shared e-scooters over cars, and indicate the closest share cycling/e-scooter service.
    • Public e-bike and e-scooter sharing services: usage monitoring (O/Ds, riding behaviours, etc).
    • Bus O/D matrices.

Submissions will be assessed using the following criteria:

We are calling for already existing and new solutions, the creation of MVPs or Prototypes with innovative ideas taking into account the above main topics.

No limits to your creativity!


Register at: https://ariadna.eventbrite.com 


Participants can be individuals of any age, groups or teams of people, youth of any age, young professionals, robotics experts, tech individuals or companies who will demonstrate their commitment, creativity, or enthusiasm for sustainability in their application. Are you one of those innovative and creative individuals or teams with a great ability to get the most out of limited resources? Then the call is for you!

Even a simple app enabling citizens to adapt more easily to the changed conditions can mean the world to somebody, not to mention the role that the healthy mobility tech start-ups play amid these predicaments. There are so many ways to participate and make a difference, so show us how YOU are a champion in reshaping our societies in a sustainable way.

Submissions will be reviewed by Y4PT and ARIADNA Partners and assessed relative to creativity, value and potential for immediate or fast sustainability and replication.


Hack ARIADNA 2020 responding to the pandemic and other challenges related to the sustainable mobility with commitment & ingenuity!

🌏 100+ global participants
🌏 11 Global Mentors
🌎 11 Finalist Teams
🌍 6 international expert judges
🌎 4 winning projects!

Worldwide innovation, functional prototypes, active trials!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of #HackAriadna 2020!

🥇 Joint 1st Prize Winners #HAMBA & #SENSE4AIR 

#HAMBA “Re-imagining urban movement through AI” Kartik Mistry.  🇿🇦South Africa

#SENSE4AIR App + connected sensor ecosystem for improved air quality. Marco Van Niewenhoven,  Massimo Santi, John Heesterbeek, Sander Claassen. 🇳🇱The Netherlands 🇮🇹Italy

🥈 2nd Prize Winners #NETVAN


Implementing free wi-fi in Mini Vans, to reach rural zones impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Sofia Crespo, Juan Fernandez & Rodrigo Galvan.  🇪🇨Ecuador 🇲🇽Mexico

🥉 3rd Prize Winners #SHEMOVES

 “Safe mobility, a bridge to womens’ independence.” Iqbal Nooris, Rahmatullah Sherzai. 🇦🇫Afghanistan, 🇺🇸USA And huge celebrations to all our finalist teams. You are changing the world for the better.

🛰️ #HAMBA 🇿🇦

🛰️ #NETVAN 🇪🇨 🇲🇽

🛰️ #MAASAFE 🇪🇨

🛰️ #SENSE4AIR 🇳🇱 🇮🇹

🛰️ #SAFER 🇺🇾

🛰️ #UMOV 🇪🇨





🛰️ #SHEMOVES 🇦🇫 us

Representatives of the top teams will attend our 2021 Global #hackathon, Melbourne #Australia 🇦🇺!

#Y4PThackathon #NewNormal #StayHome #Covid19 #NewNormal #crisis #innovation


  • A first phase of subscription September 2020/October 2020.
  • Mid October 2020 a selection of the possible participants to the mentoring event will be made by Y4PT.
  • From end of October 2020, tailor made encounters with Y4PT Mentors will take place to bring people together, discuss, implement, and refine the ideas, prototypes and skills of participants.
  • Winners will be announced during the Final 17/19th of November 2020, and entitled to participate to the Y4PT International Hack 2021 that will take place in Melbourne, Australia December 2021.

Finale Agenda

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Meet the People Behind


Hack ARIADNA 2020 – EU Project by Sebastian PERNET


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About the partners


CIT UPC is the Technology Centre of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, one of the leading technology universities in southern Europe in the fields of engineering, architecture and sciences. CIT UPC puts the knowledge and research capacity of more than 200 UPC technology transfer centres at the service of innovation in companies.

As a technology partner, we help to build business competitiveness through the generation, development and application of high quality technological knowledge. We provide companies with comprehensive technology solutions and multidisciplinary support to meet their needs and challenges.


For over 15 years, Y4PT has been bringing together young minds and industry experts in hacks and other events worldwide to collaborate in investigating and solving problems that face us all. We have a growing community of over 40 countries, and double that number of Y4PT Young Ambassadors. Each year we have generated 30/40 local Labs and Hacks, with more than 3 projects per event developed by local Authorities and stakeholders. Yearly global hacks since 2017, each with over 60 participants, have exponentially augmented the perspectives of these projects and collaborations.

To date, we have reached more than 10,000 young people – a proactive, creative, talented and committed worldwide community.


Our Global specialist Mentors are working with the teams of #HackAriadna to refine their ideas, powering mobility with Project Ariadna #GNSS data.

🛰️ Alfredo Barba: Co-Founder, Y4PT, lead graphic designer. #Mexico

🛰️ Rafael Cuesta: UITP Ambassador, member of the European Commission Mission-Assembly for Climate Neutral & Smart Cities,  High level Consultant, Special Advisor to Y4PT. #Colombia #UK

🛰️ Geert De Leeuw: Lecturer & researcher at Breda University of Applied Sciences, Transport & urban planning, urban geography #Netherlands

🛰️ Nabeel Faraz: Market research Professional, Entrepreneur. #India

🛰️ Alessandra Gorini: Doctorate in Biological Sciences, Founder & Director of Y4PT#Belgium #Italy

🛰️ Dario Gorini: Film Director, Author & Creative Writing Professor. #Italy

🛰️ Alvaro Gomez: Film maker and photographer. #Spain

🛰️ Laura Trevail: Artist, Technologist, Writer & Context Strategist. #UK

🛰️ Martí Jofre: FACTUAL founder, Intelligent Transportation Systems Business Manager at Pildo Labs, Innovation Consultant at Fundació Creafutur, “Galileo for Mobility” Coordinator. #Spain

🛰️ Ramón Dueso: Business Development, R&D, Technical, at CIT UPC, UPC BarcelonaTech Technology Center #Spain




For further information, contact:

Mrs. Alessandra GORINICo-Founder and Executive Director, Y4PT Foundationalessandra.gorini@uitp.org