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August 9, 2018, 10:00 am

City of Vancouver to Host Transportation Hackathon

City of Vancouver


Vancouver residents are invited to take part in VANquish Collisions Hackathon, a three day collaborative workshop on September 7-9, where participants will work in teams to develop a data-based solution to help reach the City's goal of zero transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries.

"We are very excited to be encouraging developers, data scientists, designers, and strategists from throughout Vancouver to participate in our first transportation Hackathon," says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering Services.

The challenge

"We are issuing a challenge to our tech and data savvy residents: What interventions will move us more quickly towards our zero transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries goal while encouraging active travel, especially for vulnerable road users such as seniors and children? We are looking forward to seeing what kinds of creative solutions our tech community comes up with over the three day event."

Hackers will have one evening and two full days to work in teams coding collaboratively to create digital solutions to solve a specific problem. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three solutions. The combination of data, technology, and talent at this event will shape creative ideas to achieve our City's goals.

Who should register?

You're encouraged to register for this event if you have a background in:
  • Data science and technology 
  • Web app development
  • Interface 
  • Graphic design and data stories

Focus areas

Using data and information provided by the City, participants will have the opportunity to develop and present their solutions that focus on one of four key areas:
  • Seniors
  • Children
  • Pedestrians and cyclists
  • Access to community amenities


Solutions will be judged on:
  • Innovation
  • Feasibility
  • User experience
  • Strategic thinking
  • Alignment with the challenge
This event is part of a Canada-wide collaboration with other municipalities, with similar transportation safety themed hackathons being hosted by the City of Toronto and City of Calgary.

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