Coolest IT geeks seek solutions
to smart transport in region
Hackers, experts, and IT specialists from all over the region met at Impact HUB Ostrava. The first
weekend of June was dedicated to the Open Data Hackathon, whose attendants spent 48 hours on
non-stop coding, using data supplied by regional authorities. The very first Moravian-Silesian Open
Data Hackathon was held as part of the project “Smart Idea” under the auspices of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Government.
„Hackathons“ are inspiring meetings of IT experts,
graphic designers, and programmers who are given
a limited period of time to achieve stated objectives.
The “HUB for Change” society, who organized the
project for the region, provided the background to
over 30 hackers who were to create solutions clearly
defined by the title of the hackathon: “Transport
4.0”. Other entities dealing with the issue of traffic
data were the Ostrava Transport Company, IT4I, the
Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre, Liftago, Keboola
“As far as I know, we are the very first public institution
in the Czech Republic to organize a hackathon. The
final presentations clearly showed that it makes a lot
of sense. The local hackers have shown us ideas about
how we can work with the data we own, and what
public transport can look like in ten years when we retender vehicles”, says Jakub Unucka, Deputy Governor
for Transport and Smart Region.
The final presentation introduced actual solutions to
topical issues in accessibility and transport. The new
trends in the region may include using taxis together
with public buses, shared lines, traffic optimization
according to the weather trends or passenger moods
or enhanced night-time connections.
The Moravian-Silesian Region is going to organize
more hackathons in the years to come: another
hackathon for secondary school students is taking
place in autumn and a hackathon for hackers from all
the Czech Republic next year.
Text a foto:
Náměstek hejtmana J. Unucka
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