13th September 2016

Data in motion hack week – #1 Managing the capacity of London’s transport network


We’ve teamed up with Transport for London and Amazon Web Services to help manage the capacity of London’s Transport Network. Through the TfL Hackathon taking place from September 23 to September 30 at the AWS Offices with special surgeries at the Geovation Hub, we are are keen to work with the start-up community, app developers, UX and design specialists, and anyone with a passion for data in order to build new applications and unlock new insights from their data. The purpose of the Hackathon is to use the datasets to find ways to manage capacity on the public transport network, manage capacity on the roads network, and improve air quality. TfL recently featured their plans for a range of new open data feeds via its Unified API. The Open Data sets are fuelling entrepreneurship, accelerating scientific discovery, and enabling Londoners and visitors to travel more easily across the capital. 

The three key transport areas that will be covered are: 

London busses at night

TfL is committed to improving the customer journey and increase the capacity of services to cope with increasing passenger numbers. However, even with this investment, capacity on services will need to be managed at certain times and places. This has an impact on reliability and the quality of the journeys that people have. Customers have told TfL they would like more information to help them avoid the busy times and places. This might be by taking a different route, making a small change to travel time, or even travelling in a different way. You could help offer a quicker and more comfortable journey.

Highway road

London’s rapid population growth, increasing economic activity, and rising traffic volumes is posing a set of challenges for the road network. By 2018, they expect to see around 1.25m more trips each day on the roads. Therefore, to maintain road network performance, they need to increase the effective capacity of the roads, and move from not just dynamically managing London’s streets in real time, but to make the jump towards predictively managing them.

Borris bikes and London bus

For TfL, the role is more than simply getting people from A to B quickly. They also want to make London cleaner and greener and contribute to a better quality of life for Londoners, now and in the future. Air quality is the biggest environmental challenge to face London. They want to know when and what is the best way is to provide customers with information that can influence behavioural change around being ‘greener.’

Hackathon details:

Location: Amazon’s offices – 60 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD, London and remote access.

When: Hack for the week 23 – 30 September 2016. Launch session is on 23 September at 18:00.

What you’ll  need: You will need to bring a laptop and set up an Amazon Web Services account. Amazon Web Services credits and an API will be provided to access the data.

We will be running Hack Surgeries at the Geovation Hub at 14:00 on Tuesday 27 September and Thursday 29 September. These surgeries aim to solve your location-based problems with the help of our team of professional software and GIS developers who will be providing technical support. Already have some ideas? Click here to register and add the event to your calendar.

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