Underground rail tracking app picks up the prize for best innovation at Intelligent Mobility Hackathon.
The Transport Systems Catapult has announced the winner of the UK’s first Intelligent Mobility Hackathon. Team ‘Tubester’, consisting of Vladyslav Piskunov from Myintranet, Sam Li of AECOM and Sami Moustachir from Stratagem Technology, picked up the win with their underground tube tracking innovation.
‘Tubester’ presented their idea along with teams ‘Open Motion’ and ‘Colour Coders’ to a panel of expert judges at Level39 in Canary Wharf, London. The three teams had previously battled through a 24hr Hackathon with teams from all over the country, travelling between London and Milton Keynes, seeking solutions to problems faced by commuters and travellers around the UK.
The event was backed by Level39, Tech Mahindra, SETsquared, Amazon Web Services, BrandsEye and FlightStats, as well as a number of organisations providing data and expertise to support competitors.
‘Tubester’ used WIFI mapping and smartphone accelerometers to alert users when their tube stop is approaching, even though GPS is unavailable underground. They highlighted the implications in terms of helping tourists and disabled travellers and the ability to provide Transport for London with a new source of passenger data.
TSC CEO Steve Yianni, who also sat on the judging panel commented
“We’ve had a fantastic evening at Level39 and all the judges were highly impressed with the solutions presented to us. In a short space of time the teams have converted complex data and technology into ideas which can generate tangible improvements to the travelling public. All three teams provided fantastic solutions to the transport challenges they were given and the judges it found it hard to select a winner, but Tubester just edged it with the commercial applications they presented with their solution.”
All the teams generated a great deal of interest amongst members of the judging panel and the wider audience. We are hopefully we will see these ideas made into a reality in due course and I would like to extend my congratulations to all the teams for the hard work that got them here.”
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Steve Yianni, CEO, Transport Systems Catapult
Laurence Oakes-Ash, Andromeda Capital Partners
Michael Hurwitz, Director for Energy, Technology and International, Department for Transport
Jasper Wetaway, Founder, Borders
Kuldeep Gharatya, Head of Technical Strategy, Systems Performance and Innovation, London Underground
Nick Searle, Project Lead for Cognicity Programme, ENTIQ
Vladyslav Piskunov – Myintranet
Sam Li – AECOM
Sami Moustashir – Strategem Technology
Amar Sood – Building Intellect
Yun-Fu Hsieh – Royal College of Art
Fang-Jui Chang – Royal College of Art
Gabriela Uchoa – University College London
Nathan Suberi – University College London
Nikhil Saigal – University of Oxford
James Lua – Civil Service
Suleiman Deni – University College London
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