Thirty highly-skilled software developers, students and entrepreneurs worked 48 hours with the motto "Hack the Bay Area Traffic Congestion"
EIT Digital and EIT Climate-KIC, together with hackathon experts Ultrahack and partners City of Palo Alto, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and ProspectSV, challenged the hackers to find solutions that could help reduce the Bay Area traffic congestion, could be readily implemented and could be easily scaled.
In the end, three winning teams split USD 9 000 in prize money, while a fourth received both an Honorable Mention and a USD 1 000 peer-recognition prize.
The 1st prize winner, team “Footbus”, offered a solution to reduce the congestion created by student drop-off traffic at school. Replacing a single choke point at the school with several drop-off points around the school offers a simple but powerful concept to diffuse traffic. Students can go the last mile with volunteer-supervised walking groups (“Foot Bus”) and are encouraged to gain badges via a special app that keeps track of the students’ pedestrian achievements.
2nd prize winner, team “Time2Park”, proposed a solution to help reduce traffic created by drivers in search of parking spaces in cities and crowded events. The solution identifies the probability of finding a parking spot in certain areas around the targeted venue and can be easily integrated into existing navigation solutions.
Honorable Mention and Cooperation prize winner was team “Lease Fractionalization”, which promotes traffic reduction by matching professionals with rooms, apartments or homes that can be leased on a recurring basis during the workweek. They also won the prize for the team that was voted as most cooperative and supportive of other teams throughout the weekend.
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