Local Transport Hackathon – Lisbon 2017


A hackathon, portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon”, is an event, which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. 10 Teams will race in an (almost) 24 hour long event, developing a mobility related project.


The Transport Hackaton will happen from day 7 through 8 of April. The registrations will close on the 31th of March


Through an online registration here


The event will have place at FCUL – Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.


Everyone is invited to get on board.


Encourage innovative use of transport-related data and demonstrate its impacts to the public
Create new uses through digital technology and develop applications for the transport sector
Expand the transport academic, research and business community
Provide an opportunity for personal development and network building
Support the evolution and democratization of open government data


Registrations – Hackers profile and teaming-up

The Hackathon is an event open to the general public (people over 18 only). After the closing of the registrations at 31th March, only 10 teams will be selected. Each team will be made of up to three (3) members.

Ideally, hackers must demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in the following fields:

  • Transport / Mobility
  • Web development
  • Software programming
  • User interface design
  • Project management (business development)
  • Marketers / Communicators



Rules and Information

The schedule summarizes the different moments during the hackathon. For more specific information regarding the event you can check the portuguese regulation here.

18:30 Talks
20:00 Registration / Community Dinner
21:00 Hacking start!
09:30 Breakfast
13:30 Lunch
16:30 END of Hacking
17:00 Presentations
19:00 Prize delivery and closing session



Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and its members, and following the long-standing tradition of Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world, 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 Canada-based hackers at the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 in the framework of the 62th UITP Global Public Transport Summit Montreal 2017the world’s oldest and leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions. More than 20 major cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons.


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.

We encorage the use of open data from lisbon. 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.



In the week before the Transport Hackathon, the Transport Bootcamp will have place. This is an opportunity exclusive for the contestants to adquire new skills regarding web, cloud and data managment tools, such as Microsoft Azure, OutSystems and ESRI technologies. These will be an full-day/morning/afternoon workshops in this companies offices with a certificate in the end. Since these workshops wont have many vacancies, not all participants will have this opportunity, but the organization will guarantee at least one place per team.


Contest Categories

There will be three winning categories for three different teams. The main prize will be given to the categories with the best work within all the three.

  • Local Transport Challenge:
    The entry to win this category will have to try to solve one (or many) major issue with the currently available public transport in the city of Lisbon.
  • Public Transport Booster:
    The entry that wins this category will have to set the bar high when it comes to public transportation means, as it will have to make it stand out when compared to all others means of transportation.
  • Healthy Mobility:
    In this category, not only will you have to adress some sort of issue with the public transports as you will have to tackle the subject of physical activities that will have to be somehow incorporated with the public transportations.



The judges of this Hackaton (chosen by us, the organization), will be evaluating according the following criteria:

  • Quality of the presentation itself and presentation materials;
  • Application;
  • Feasible in practice;
  • Deployable on a larger scale;
  • Technical quality.



One (1) member of the winning project team will have the one-off opportunity to travel to Montreal (Canada, North America) , to attend the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon 2017, in the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2017, the world’s oldest running and leading sustainable transport event.

The prize includes:

The name of the person travelling to Montreal should be agreed by the whole winning project team. It is recommended that such person holds a valid passport. The day right after the Hackathon the air ticket booking will be initiated.

Other prizes may and will probably still be announced by the organization before the hackathon.



Further information on the 1st Y4PT Transport Hackathon Lisbon 2017, please contact the organization: oficinaenergias@fc.ul.pt

Carla Silva – Chapter Representative – Y4PT Portugal – carla.silva@y4pt.org

Bernardo Tavares – Chapter Representative – Y4PT Portugal – bernardo.tavares@y4pt.org

Y4PT Transport Hackathon


Y4PT Transport Hackathon