The CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon

The CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon
_2nd - 4th February 2018

To sign up:

The CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon will bring together developers, data scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, and makers to apply creative Internet of Things solutions to transport challenges. We will be making data and hardware from the CityVerve project available to use and there will be mentors on hand to help teams realise their solutions.

The challenges for the weekend will be based around two main areas of focus—cycling and bus stops. We’re looking for solutions that will encourage and enable citizens to adopt cycling and buses as modes of transportation. The scope of these will include, for example:

  • Using bike journey data and infrastructure data to better understand user behaviour.
  • Identifying business opportunities from cycling data.
  • Creating an aggregated booking platform for different bike hire schemes.
  • Making bus stops innovative and interactive.
  • Improving the experience of using buses for existing users and encouraging more people to use them.

There will be voice activated kit from the Talkative Bus Stops use case to hack—with the potential to see your solution trialled at bus stops across Greater Manchester as part of CityVerve.

About CityVerve

CityVerve is the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) smart cities demonstrator, taking place in Manchester. It brings together the brightest minds and pioneering uses of IoT technologies to redefine ‘smart’ in the context of a living, working city.


The challenge winners will given business development support and mentoring for two months, plus workspace at Manchester Science Park, to enable them to create and validate their solution as part of the CityVerve demonstrator. During this time they will also have the opportunity to present their solution to stakeholders and investors.
Other fun prizes will also be up for grabs.

The venue

Opened in September 2017, MSP’s 70,000sq ft Bright Building is located in the heart of Manchester Science Park and is part of the Oxford Road Corridor Innovation District.

Schedule for the weekend

Friday 2nd February: 18:00 - 22:00 – Challenge kick-off and networking
Saturday 3rd February: 08:00 - 22:00 – Development of solutions
Sunday 4th February: 08:00 - 19:00 – MVP selection, pitching, judging, prize giving

Please note: This is not an overnight hackathon.

This is event is delivered with support from Manchester Science Partnerships, Transport for Greater Manchester, and BT.

CityVerve is delivered by a consortium of 21 partners from the public and private sectors, and is funded by Innovate UK.

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