Hack ARIADNA 2021 – EU Project

Auxilia, Y4PT, Factual and partners are proud to announce Hack ARIADNA 2021 (Awareness Raising & capacity building Increasing Adoption of EGNSS in urban mobility Applications and services http://ariadna-project.eu/)


The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is being felt across the globe. The pandemic has completely changed our life as we know it. This 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.

In this 2nd edition, Hack ARIADNA is calling for solutions to help the world improve and support a Sustainable and Healthy Mobility for All by leveraging Galileo in Public Transport and urban mobility.


  • We are searching for ways to inform and make stakeholders in the urban mobility space, such as Public Transport Authorities, Public Transport Operators, and Mobility Service Providers, as well as end-users aware about Galileo (navigation technology, more info below) and the benefits it brings, and we want them to use it daily or more often.
  • The call is open for your solutions in the following topics: Mobility for All, and Sustainable Mobility
  • Submissions will be assessed using the following criteria: innovativeness, convincing concept, etc.
  • We are calling for already existing and new solutions, the creation of MVPs or Prototypes with innovative ideas considering the above main topics.
  • No limits to your creativity! All we ask is that you integrate the use of Galileo in your solutions.
  • Mobility for all: leveraging Galileo-enabled geolocation capabilities to design mobility solutions allowing people to move with the best possible conditions
  • Whatever the urban contexts in which they live: low-density territories, underprivileged or weakly-connected neighbourhoods
  • Whatever their age: elderly people, millennials, etc.
  • Whatever their gender: safe mobility for women anytime and everywhere
  • Whatever their moving abilities: people with reduced mobility, blind people
  • Sustainable mobility: promoting mobility solutions with the least impact in terms of carbon and other air-polluting emissions
  • Make active mobility -cycling and walking- easier and more attractive in all urban contexts
  • Increase the use of public transport and facilitate intermodal behaviour
  • Make car a shared mobility solution (car-pooling, car-sharing); include car users into MaaS and truly multimodal trips (including park & ride, etc.)
  • Develop or promote carbon-neutral last-mile logistics solutions in all urban contexts
  • Promote sustainable mobility behaviour via nudges or incentives schemes

This is another occasion to reshape our societies, to figure out a different way of living together in harmony with nature.


Hack ARIADNA facilitates access, promotes and trains in the use of the European Global Navigation Satellite 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 complementary 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 and reliability of Galileo compared to other geolocation systems makes it more competitive and can enable more resilient, added-value public transport systems, services, and applications. 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.

Galileo has the potential to enhance the quality of public transport 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 is on a mission to help settling multimodal fast commutes inside and around urban areas.

ARIADNA is led by an international consortium, coordinated by Factual Consulting, and four other partners from Spain, France, and Belgium. In addition to Auxilia, the other participants are the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Pildo Consulting and  CIT UPC. The project lasts 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 Galileo;
  • 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 Final Reshaping Societies – Barcelona 2023 .


Register here!  



Participants can be individuals of any age, groups or teams of people, youth of any age, young professionals, robotics experts, tech individuals, Start-up 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.


  • A first phase of subscription August 2021/September 2021.
  • A selection of the possible participants to the mentoring event will be made by Y4PT
  • From end of September 2021, 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 , last week of October 2021, and entitled to participate to activities and workshops from the Ariadna Consortium  and to the next Y4PT International Hack 2023 that will take place in Barcelona, Spain.


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  • Auxilia

Auxilia is a consulting firm supporting public and private actors in their socio-ecological transition projects. Drawing on the humanities and social sciences, our 30 passionate experts form an imaginative and committed team specialized in driving change.

Auxilia carries out innovative consulting assignments (energy, climate adaptation, circular economy, mobility, behavioural change) as well as scientific research projects (disciplines: sociology, psychology – methods: interview, survey, experimentation) to help local actors to engage in the socio-ecological transition.

  • Y4PT
  • 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.


Based in Barcelona but with a genuine glocal mindset, Factual is a boutique innovation and strategy consultancy focused on mobility. We liaise with clients, from the public and private sector, and support them in understanding and effectively adapting to a complex, interconnected, dynamic mobility ecosystem. We boost innovation by contributing our expertise and commitment to international, cross-industry consortia pursuing research and innovation under public-funded projects, and we back and accelerate disruptive, state-of-the-art new mobility concepts and services through an in-house factory, ultimately launching them to the market as independent spin-offs.


  • Our Global specialist Mentors are working with the teams of #HackAriadna to refine their ideas, powering mobility with Project Ariadna #GNSS data.
  • Alessandra Gorini: Doctorate in Biological Sciences, Founder & Director of Y4PT#Belgium #Italy
  •  Alfredo Barba: Co-Founder, Y4PT, lead graphic designer. #Mexico
  •  Tristan Helmstaedt  Sustainable Engineering and Process Technology
  •  Nabeel Faraz: Market research Professional, Entrepreneur. #India
  •  Laura Trevail: Artist, Technologist, Writer & Context Strategist. #UK
  •  Laurent  Jegou:  AUXILIA Sustainable Mobility Project Manager
  •  Martí Jofre: FACTUAL founder, Intelligent Transportation Systems Business Manager at Pildo Labs, Innovation Consultant at Fundació Creafutur, “Galileo for Mobility” Coordinator. #Spain

There will be also the opportunity to invite the winners to the face-to-face FINAL EVENT of ARIADNA in the context of Tomorrow.Mobility salon in Barcelona, November 2021 TBC depending on COVID Pandemic.