Towards a greener city.

Join the hackathon to create solutions for improved mobility and reduced pollution!

April 15 – 17, 2021
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by 12/04/2021
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EIT Urban Mobility. Funded by European Union

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Lead Hackathon Partner

Why Apply?

1

The time for clean
mobility is now

Actually, clean mobility should’ve been here already 20 years ago. The transport sector accounts for 20% of total CO2 emissions, and in combination with the joint target of climate neutrality by 2050, there’s extremely fertile grounds for clean mobility innovations.
2

Build network for
future success

Huge part of our hackathon is also to bring together the whole Baltic mobility community, so join us to find partners, mentors or industry connections! If your contact network is fine as is, then we welcome you to check our public events open to everyone!
3

Develop your idea
further in incubator

The hackathon is just the kick-off, but the 10 week summer incubation program is the real focus! Get first idea validation in hackathon and later use it to apply to summer incubator. We will support up to 8 teams to develop MVPs and deploy them in VEF district.

Agenda.

The hackathon will also include public events open to all - students, startups, professionals and the wider community. Check out below and add to your calendar now!

WEDNESDAY

April 14

17:00

Team Matchmaking Session

Thursday

April 15

14:00

Opening Ceremony

PUBLIC EVENT
15:30

Team Work Starts

18:00

Checkpoint #1

Friday

April 16

9:00

Breakfast Session

PUBLIC EVENT
13:00

Checkpoint #2

16:00

Evening Session

PUBLIC EVENT
17:00

Checkpoint #3

Saturday

April 17

10:00

Pitch Dry Run

12:00

Pitch Session

PUBLIC EVENT
13:30

Winners Announcement

MONDAY
May 31

Incubation application deadline

Challenges.

Person paying for their transport using NFC technology.

Improve the ease-of-use of MaaS

Mobility as a Service solution offering is growing across European cities, but let’s be real - how many separate apps are you ready to install on your mobile device? To ensure better UX and ease-of-use, we invite teams to work on solutions that would aggregate payment, rental, ride sharing, issue reporting, or other relevant elements for multiple transport service providers!
Road that goes through green forest.

Enable traffic calming measure rollout

The city of Riga plans to roll out various traffic calming measures, including setting up low emission zones by 2025, and is interested in solutions that would enable smooth implementation of these measures. This includes remote detection of traffic violations such as unauthorized entry, parking, vehicle weight, exceeding pollutants as well as incentives for using public transport, ride sharing, park & ride, last mile mobility solutions and more.
City landscape with man holding neon sign

Accelerate transfer
to e-mobility

Even though Baltic states have committed to ambitious climate targets, including lowering emissions from the transport sector by 55% until 2030, the local residents are still quite timid adopters of electric cars, falling 5 times below the EU average. What improvements are there to be made in charging infrastructure, user experience, driving and purchasing incentives and how can we encourage more people to explore and ultimately switch to e-mobility?
Woman waiting at public transport stop.

Envision next gen public transport stops

It’s often said that public transport systems form the backbone of urban mobility, but are our current bus stops and railway stations up to the challenge? We invite participants to think of new functions the stops and stations could provide besides sheltering from rain, ticketing and providing advertising space! Could the network of 2000 stops in Riga be used for data gathering of public transport use, passenger flows, air quality and more?
City from drone view

Urban data & marketplace

Even though most cities agree that data based decision-making is the key for improved and smarter urban living, there still is little data available for urban planners, city officials and the private sector to use and analyze. For purposes of improving public transport and overall quality of life in the city, we welcome new ideas on how to collect, select and employ useful data through crowdsourcing or IoT and how this data could be shared with the interested parties!

Prizes

2nD Place

2 000 €

1ST Place

3 000 €

3rD Place

1 000 €

Top 3 most promising solutions will be awarded monetary prizes to aid further solution development!

Jury.

Bence Huba

Bence Huba

Regional Innovation Scheme manager at EIT Urban Mobility
Egita Poļanska

Egita Poļanska

Cyber Batch Managing Director at Startup Wise Guys
Zane Kalniņa

Zane Kalniņa

Open Innovation Project Manager at Accenture Latvia
Eric van Eijndhoven

Eric van Eijndhoven

Chief Operating Officer at Tranzer
Artūrs Lindenbergs

Artūrs Lindenbergs

Innovation Lead at LMT

Mentors

During the 48 hours the teams will have several opportunities for consultation with highly experienced business, technology and product development mentors as well as city governance and mobility experts!

The list will be updated continuously as our mentors confirm their participation and support.

Inese Andersone

Inese Andersone

Head of City Development Committee at Riga City Council
#SmartCities #Governance #Strategy #Export
Elīna Lidere

Elīna Lidere

5G Innovation Lead at LMT
#IoT #Business #Communication
Jānis Meirāns

Jānis Meirāns

Advisor to Vice Mayor on mobility issues at Riga City Council
#Mobility #Governance #TransportEconomics
Kārlis Ķezberis

Kārlis Ķezberis

Country Manager at Bolt
#Ridehailing #Scooters #Mobility
Lior Steinberg

Lior Steinberg

Urban planner and co-founder at Humankind
#activemobility #humankindsmartcities #urbanchange
Egija Gailuma

Egija Gailuma

Head of CityBee Latvija
#Mobility #Carsharing #Mindset
Cornelia Dinca

Cornelia Dinca

International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City
#smartmobility #sustainablemobility #multimodalmobility #urbanplanning
Viesturs Celmiņš

Viesturs Celmiņš

Director of VEFRESH innovation movement
#UX #Publictransport #Infrastructure #IOT
Benoît Larrouturou

Benoît Larrouturou

Energy and mobility expert at Solar Impulse foundation
#Energytransition #UrbanMobility #Improvingclimate
Kaspars Ozols

Kaspars Ozols

Deputy director of development, Senior Researcher at EDI
#Research #IoT #ConnectedAndAutomatedDriving
Līva Veļķere

Līva Veļķere

UX Designer at Accenture Latvia
#designthinking #digitalproducts #ux
Staņislavs Hiļčuks

Staņislavs Hiļčuks

Industrial business Lead, Innovation studio Technical Lead at Accenture Latvia
#AI #ComputerVision #MachineLearning #Adequacy
Kaspars Egliņš

Kaspars Egliņš

Innovation Lead at LMT
#Mobility #IoT #Smartcity
Liene Briede

Liene Briede

Lead of Entrepreneurship & Innovation support programs at RTU
#business #systemthinking #bringthevalue
Rik Roeske

Rik Roeske

Project Lead / Hyperloop implementor at Hardt Hypleroop
#Futuremobility #networks #projectmanagement
Roberts Kadiķis

Roberts Kadiķis

Senior researcher at EDI, Machine learning expert
#AI #ComputerVision #MachineLearning
Justīne Panteļējeva

Justīne Panteļējeva

Digital urban planning division lead at Vividly Urban
#digitalplanning #datapower #XR
Līva Pilvere

Līva Pilvere

UX/UI Designer at Accenture Latvia
#ux #ui #onthemove
Raitis Stūrmanis

Raitis Stūrmanis

Tech lead at Latvijas Pasts
#last mile #future transportation #transportsustainability
Miks Mitrevics

Miks Mitrevics

UX/UI Designer at Accenture Latvia
#creativedirection #ux #ui
Aleksandrs Ļevinskis

Aleksandrs Ļevinskis

Researcher, Connected and Automated Mobility at EDI
#ProductDevelopment #Hardware #Electronics #Wirelesscomms
Ansis Valdovskis

Ansis Valdovskis

Head of Electric Car Charging network at Latvenergo / Elektrum
#EMobility #Productdevelopment #Infrastructure
Kristaps Makbets

Kristaps Makbets

Innovation project manager at LMT
#TrasportAsIoT #SynchronizedTraffic #LayeredMultiLevelTransportation
Dr Kristina Gaučė

Dr Kristina Gaučė

Mobility expert from Vilnius
#Sustainablity #planningforpeople #publictransport
Jānis Judvaitis

Jānis Judvaitis

Researcher at EDI, IoT expert
#IoT #EdgeComputing #Testbed
Kalvis Kalnins

Kalvis Kalnins

UX/UI Designer at Accenture Latvia
#UX #Design #Usability

Hackathon.

We believe that smart and human centered mobility solutions can only be designed in collaboration. Thus, we invite everyone interested in future mobility to join us in the hackathon to jointly develop creative and bold solutions for a greener city!

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Incubator.

Hackathon is only the kick-off, the following 10 week incubation program is the real deal! We welcome you to use this hackathon as an opportunity to find team mates, get first idea validation and later use it to apply to incubation program!

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Practical Info.

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How does it work?

To participate you need to register on the Eventornado platform till April 12. There you can pitch your idea, form a team or join an existing ones. We also invite you to attend Team Matchmaking Session on April 14 where we will help you to find a team or missing teammates!

The hackathon will take place on 15-17 April. Together with your team, you will have 48 hours to develop and validate your idea and work on its prototype. During the hackathon you will have several checkpoints with mentors as well as possibility to reach out to additional response mentors. We start on Thursday at 14.00 with an Opening ceremony and finish on Saturday at 13:30 with the winners announcement.

After the hackathon, teams will have the opportunity to further develop their ideas in the Urban Mobility Incubator

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Who can apply?

The hackathon is open to all, but especially targeted to participants from Baltic states who are interested in sustainability, technology and innovation and have an interesting mobility project or an idea to develop within the scope of the challenges proposed. The primary language of the hackathon is English; therefore, all participants should be able to communicate in English.

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What skills are required?

We are open to participants with a wide range of skills. The key attribute here is “motivation to act”. Specifically, we are looking for sustainability enthusiasts, innovators, engineers, programmers, data geeks, students, scientists and designers. The work will be done in teams, combining participants with various skill sets.

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Do I need an idea to participate?

No. You can register to the hackathon and browse other participant ideas on Eventornado and join the one that interests you the most! But if you do have an idea or even several ones, we highly suggest you to submit them on Eventornado to see if they gain traction.

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How does team formation work?

If you have an idea and are looking for teammates, you should submit it on Eventornado and invite others to join.

If you don't have an idea and want to join a team, you should browse the submitted ideas on the Eventornado platform.

Participants are responsible for finding a team (submitted idea) to join, and Team Leads (those who submit ideas) are responsible for forming their teams. To help teams form successfully, participants will have the opportunity to join the Team Matchmaking  Session on April 14 at 17:00.

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Can we apply as a team with an existing project?

Existing teams with already developed products or solutions are welcomed to join the hack, but should have a clear goal in mind on what they would like to accomplish within the 48 hours. During the hackathon our mentors will give advice and practical tips for your project to bring it to the next level.

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What about the team size?

The minimum requirement of team members is 2 people. As you have to coordinate within your team, we recommend a manageable team size up to 5 members to be effective. If you consider applying with friends/team, we still recommend keeping the team open to new potential participants from Eventornado platform. You’ll be surprised by the outcomes you find yourself with by the end of the hackathon.

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What tools are used during the hack?

All phases of the hackathon except live stream events will happen on the Eventornado platform. Opening ceremony, final presentations, and other public events within the hackathon will be streamed on social media. More information will be provided closer to the event dates.

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What support will I receive during the hackathon?

We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the hackathon. Each team will have a designated team mentor that will check in on them through 1:1 calls on the Eventornado platform at set checkpoints to make sure you move in the right direction or connect you with response mentors in case you need some more guidance in particular domains. Part of them have great fieldwork experience, others have strong technical backgrounds. Be open and ask for tips and advice. They are there to help you!

If unsure about the process, the event organizer team will also be there to support you throughout the 48 hours.

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How are the solutions evaluated?

The winning teams will be decided by a jury made up of industry experts and professionals. The final decisions of the judges are to be based on the following parameters: Idea, Design & UX, Development, and Presentation. The panel will assign a score to each parameter, which will then determine the ranking of each participating team. At the end of the 48-hour hackathon the winners will be the three teams with the highest total scores.

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What happens after the hackathon?

After the hackathon, teams will have the opportunity to further develop their ideas in the Urban Mobility Incubator.

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Who owns the intellectual property of the hackathon projects?

Always the team who created the project - not Urban Mobility Hackathon organizing team, nor our partner companies.

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What happens if our team wins?

If you are among the top 3 teams, first of all, please do celebrate this milestone! Afterwards you will be contacted by the organizers team shortly after the hackathon to agree on the best format how to receive the prize. We invite you to also consider applying to our summer Urban Mobility Incubator!

Please note that we will ask all hackathon teams to include in their final pitch how they plan to spend the monetary prize if they are among the top 3 teams and specify how it will help them to further develop their idea. Additionally, in a few months the winning teams will be invited to participate in a short public recap session to reflect on their experience in the hackathon and share updates regarding their progress!

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I am new to hackathons. What are they and how they work?

A hackathon is an invention sprint-like event where ideas get built into solutions with teamwork and mentoring support. The organizers will guide you through all the steps of the hackathon, from idea submission to mentoring and final presentations to the jury for the selection of winners.

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