Phase 2: 2016 IATR Hackathon

The IATR hack-a-thon that will take place Friday, September 23, 2016. will involve a theme. This theme is broad enough to cover many angles and issues, and is intended to involve broad data sets. The theme of the first-ever IATR hack-a-thon will be based on the focus of the IATR's 29th Annual Conference being held in San Francisco and hosted by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA): "21st Century Transportation Regulation - A Vision for Shared Mobility, Multi-Modal Integration & Governance."

The IATR Hackathon begins at 11:30am PST on Friday, September 23 to 11:30am PST on Saturday, September 24, 2016. All deliverables from participants must be submitted for judging by that time. Here are more details on how to submit your entries.
The broad challenge is to analyze the provided data sets to propose ideas that promote shared mobility and multi-modal integration, and/or enhance equity in transportation services for disabled passengers and underserved communities, and/or to increase vehicle safety or reduce motor vehicle crashes, utilizing data sets involving the local, national and international data and innovative solutions:

  • Local San Francisco/Bay Area and/or Regional solutions using data obtained from taxicab, limousine and/or Transportation Network Company (TNC) companies, taxicab, limousine and smartphone apps/dispatch companies;
  • National solutions for the United States and/or Canada using data sets obtained from taxicab and limousine companies, government regulators outside San Francisco, trade organizations, TNCs and/or credit card or payment industry providers; and/or
  • International solutions using data obtained from international trade groups, government regulators and/or other private companies to enhance global transportation solutions and travel between countries.

Sample solutions: The challenge, for now, is couched in broad terms to allow for maximum innovation. A format for the presentation of ideas and solutions will be provided, and may include but not limited to, prototype apps or software, heatmaps identifying trends and significance of data to identifying problems and regulatory solutions, specific policy recommendations based on the data. One example could be prediction analytics identifying the probability of drivers to find fares at certain locations and times, based on aggregate data, or proposed pricing or other congestion mitigation strategies to manage peak time taxicab traffic. Once final sponsors are data sets are identified, the challenge questions may be further narrowed. All solutions will be judged based upon pre-formulated and shared weighting or scoring criteria in the form of a uniform rubric to be provided to those who will judge the submissions, and said scoring criteria will be shared with registered teams and participants.

More details about the IATR Hackathon can be found here.

Data Sources

Many of these data sources require a password (noted with a *). Passwords will be provided to participants at the event.

Industry Data

Regulator Data*

New York City Data

San Francisco Data

Other Urban Data

How To Submit Your Entry

Paper submissions via email or form submissions, that will be reviewed and judged for finalists (or a single finalist, in the discretion of the judges), and for a team or teams to further develop their ideas for the Austin, Texas 2017 IATR conference. In order to maintain consistency and not provide an unfair advantage, all submissions will be written but judges will have the discretion, in a unified manner when convened, to call and ask questions if needed.

The information to be submitted must include the following:

  • Name of team
  • Teams can request mentors and are must identified their employment or academic affiliation as professor or student
  • Contact info. (name of each hacker, e-mail and telephone contact info.), and the best contact number for the days of the event and thereafter for judges to call and ask any follow-up questions after initial scoring;
  • Challenge Question(s) addressed: (1 or more questions can be addressed)
  • Solution summary: (no more than a paragraph explaining the solution, akin to a published paper abstract)
  • Data sets utilized
  • Attach powerpoint or prototype (to be no more than 10 pages)

The submissions can be sent to the following email address: The submission form can be found here.

Phase 1: 2016 BRIDGE SF Disrupting Mobility Hackathon

The BRIDGE SF 2016 UC Berkeley Hackathon explores how Shared Automated Electric and Connected (SECA) vehicles will impact the way people and goods move within a city. Participants will be asked to define and solve these challenges:

  1. How will SECA vehicles impact residents, commuters and businesses?
  2. Can SECA vehicles better serve the underserved?
  3. Will SECA vehicles lead to greater safety?
  4. What about adapting to new or unpredictable changes including emergencies?
  5. How can multiple shared services work together?
  6. How can multi-modal integration be achieved between various public and private transportation modes?

The winners from the BRIDGE SF 2016 Hackathon are team GoCar! They will present their results at the Phase 2 IATR Hackathon later this month.
Here is their presentation.
Runners up Generate UCI will also present their work at the IATR Hackathon.
Here is their presentaiton.

Evaluation Criteria
Each team will present their concepts to a panel of expert judges at the end of the Hackathon starting at 2pm Sunday, September 4th. The judges will evaluate your project based on its value-add to the end users including research academics and institutions; developers and planning departments; and to the general public especially in regards to:

  • Improved Travel Times
  • Accessibility (Seniors, Disabled)
  • Economic Benefits (Jobs, Productivity)
  • Scalability, Open Source Design and User Interface
  • Environmental Impact.

The winner of the Hackathon will be awarded a Microsoft BizSpark membership.

They will also receive a a 3 month internship with the Urban-Rural Systems project at Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. (Some terms and conditions apply.)

Winners will also receive tickets to BRIDGE SF's Thought-Leadership Panels on Thursday, September 8th @ the David Brower Center in Berkeley. They may also present at the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) conference Friday, September 23rd in San Francisco.

Data Sources

Thanks to the generosity of car2go participants have access to their API for the hackathon.

The API keys will be provided to participants at the event. Use of the keys means you agree to the terms of use.

Here are some data sources that you might consider using for this hackathon:

Automated Vehicles Data

Our Sponsors

Phase 1 was possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

About the 2016 Disrupting Mobility Hackathon

The 2016 Disrupting Mobility Hackathon will take place through two events:
Phase 1: The BRIDGE SF Disrupting Mobility Hackathon at the Institute of Transportation Studies Library, September 3+4
as part of the BRIDGE SF conference.

Phase 2: The IATR Hackathon at the 2016 IATR Conference, September 23 in San Francisco.

Contact Us!

For general inquiry, please contact us by sending an email to: For questions about data securement, confidentiality and other technical questions please contact Kendra K. Levine at or Brook Taye at