24-hour 'hackathon' offers £7,500 prize pot for traffic innovation


A 24-hour transport ‘hackathon’ is being held at Lancaster University next month, giving computer programmers exclusive access to key traffic data as part of a £7,500 give-away.

Vital data streams including traffic flows and road work information will be opened up to the public to help IT wizards, small businesses and large companies to help develop new traffic technology innovations.

The best ideas for innovations will win a share of the £7,500 prize pot and could go on to be used on the UK’s streets to help keep the nation’s transport networks moving.

Leading infrastructure firms Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Amey will be partners in the event, which is being run by technology firm In Touch Ltd as part of the Smart Streets Project at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21.

The event takes place from 09.30am on March 6th until noon the following day, and the lab complete with the latest technologies, will be open all night, with breakfast served at 9am.

In Touch Ltd director John Walden said: ‘This hackathon offers unique potential for those attending to change the way our roads are managed. The event can be attended by back bedroom developers, small businesses or even large companies as part of their commitment to CSR.’

The Hackathon is being delivered through Smart Streets; an Internet of Things (IoT) demonstrator project funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

Smart Streets is led by In Touch Ltd in collaboration with Lancaster University, Birmingham University, Carillion, Amey and Balfour Beatty.





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