IMCreate 2015 now open for entries

Join teams of experts to develop the transport solution of tomorrow at IMCreate – the Transport Systems Catapult’s (TSC) inaugural Intelligent Mobility (IM) Hackathon.

The world’s first Smart Transport Hackathon is now open for entries. The event, supported by Level39, Tech Mahindra and BT will take place on the 14th and 15th November. The intensive environment of a Hackathon event, along with transport data from both the TSC’s www.imdata.co.uk and BT’s HyperCat data hub, will be used to address key developmental needs within the UKs transport network. 

The TSC will also be adding a global element, inviting teams from around the world to take part simultaneously with teams in the UK. There are already teams confirmed in Brazil, China and India, with prizes for the best international team now added to the event.

Teams will develop their ideas while travelling on different forms of transport, starting at technology accelerator Level39 at Canary Wharf in London and ending with the train from Euston to Milton Keynes. The event will conclude at the TSC’s groundbreaking Imovation Centre facility – home of the LUTZ pathfinder driverless car project and transport Visualisation Laboratory. Food, drinks and snacks will be provided over the weekend along with transport from London to Milton Keynes during the event.  

Prizes

Prizes for the top ideas include places on SETsquared’s technology incubator entrepreneurship course, time at TSC and with transport challenge owners and the offer of an internship at Tech Mahindra in Milton Keynes. More prizes provided by partners will be announced over the coming weeks.

How can you enter?

The event is aimed at students of all levels from undergraduate to PhD and researchers. Teams will be made up of computer programmers, business experts, artists and designers – so if you think you have the skills to make a difference in Transport this is the event for you!

You can apply as a full team of five or as individuals that will be placed in teams. To apply applicants are encouraged to send a 30 second selfie video using your phone or create a text to avatar video explaining your background skills, what you are currently engaged in, plans for the coming year, and finally why you or your team should be part of IMCreate. If this is not possible you can also send your written profile to imcreate@ts.catapult.org.uk.

Team applications are asked to include three computer programmers, one business expert and one art or design related expert where possible.

The application deadline is the 16th October. Applicants will be informed whether they have made it through by 21st October. The winners will be announced at a showcase event in London on the 2nd December.

Quotes for Press

IMCreate organiser Charles Carter from TSC’s Information Exploitation team commented, “Artificial Intelligence and robotics are predicted to revolutionise the job landscape over the next 10-20 years, with certain jobs being replaced by automation, and significant growth in problem solving, creative and entrepreneurial roles. As well as developing fresh ideas and solutions to address transport challenges at IMCreate, we want to stimulate the debate around how the UK can best prepare for this new paradigm. The very skills that will be flexed during the hackathon will be those on which our future economy will be based.”

John Davies, Chief Researcher at BT said “We are pleased to support this event by making available an Internet of Things transport data hub based on our Stride and Hypercat For All projects. The hub exposes a wide range of transport-related data feeds. We look forward to seeing the innovative applications the contestants will develop.”

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