3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Stockholm 2019



3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Stockholm 2019

63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm 2019

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 top 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 Startup Fair from the 10th until the 12th 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 two editions of the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon series in Montreal 2017 and Dubai 2018Youth 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.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Sweden-based hackers at the 3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Stockholm 2019 ( https://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon ) in the framework of the 63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm 2019 – the world’s oldest, largest and top leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.
Many major 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, start-up mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of third edition 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 as one of the best practices of 2017 (https://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon/emw-best-practice/).
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, with the Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai (RTA Dubai) (https://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.

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 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:

  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • Personal Shower Towel (Y4PT wants to instil eco-friendly customs and behaviors so please bring your own towel to dry off after shower. No hotel towels will be provided due to they are polluting the environment way too much!)

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 of the Y4PT Hackathon and Y4PT Startup Fair: Formal clothes



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


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?

Program – Date and Time

NOTE: Download the mobile app of the UITP Summit: https://www.uitpsummit.org/mobile-app/

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): Mentors must arrive at 08:00 A.M. and Hackers at 02:00 P.M.

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. – 09:00 P.M. only)

Monday, 10 June 2019: Startup Fair Day 1 (Venue  will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

Tuesday, 11 June 2019: Startup Fair Day 2 (Venue  will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

Wednesday, 12 June 2019: Startup Fair Day 3 (Venue will be open 08:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. only)

Thursday, 13 June 2019: Depature


The Hackathon will be held in the Room # T6 (in the front of the Concourse C, close to the “Room of Silence”) 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!


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

  • Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai (RTA Dubai) (https://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) (https://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 (https://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:

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