Melbourne developers take out Smart City Hackathon to help make cities liveable

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways October 11, 2016 10:29

Melbourne developers take out Smart City Hackathon to help make cities liveable


In an age where data and technology rule, three names have been announced as winners the Smart Cities Hackathon, hosted by MasterCard and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia as part of the 23rd ITS World Congress which began on Monday 10 October.

This weekend saw some of Australia’s most talented developers go head to head and compete in the Hackathon, powered by AngelHack. Hong Yew, Ram Kanagaratnam and Kyle Mantesso’s solution ‘Geolicious’ beat 16 other teams take out the challenge and win A$10,000 in prize money. Entrants were required to provide a solution to the question; “how can we match the data being collected with the transportation being used in order to improve consumer experience, reduce congestion and make navigation seamless for both individuals and goods?” 

One of the Hackathon’s esteemed judges was award-winning technology journalist, Chris Griffith. 

“The winning solution entitled Geolicious stood out because it offers motorists ways to avoid upcoming regimes of congestion tax, helps them find alternative routes and rewards them for using them,” Griffith said. 

ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said the inclusion of a Hackathon in the 2016 ITS World Congress is a reflection of the disruptive nature of ITS: “Increasingly, established organisations’ are turning to new disruptive technologies in order to remain relevant and overcome the challenges they face. The addition of a Hackathon to the ITS World Congress is a logical step forward and one which will demonstrate how big open data and collaboration can address real-world issues and create opportunities,” 

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways October 11, 2016 10:29