CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon

Time: 18.00

Venue: Bright Building, Manchester, M15 6GZ

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About the hackathon
CityVerve is the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) smart cities demonstrator, taking place in Manchester. It brings together the brightest minds and pioneering uses of IoT technologies to redefine ‘smart’ in the context of a living, working city.

This event, the first in a series of hackathons, will focus on the creation of new solutions using IoT technologies and data that address Travel & Transport challenges—specifically, ways we can use technology to encourage citizens to adopt cycling and buses as modes of transportation and improve the experience for existing users.

We’re making resources and expertise available to help you shape your IoT and smart cities solutions in a collaborative approach that will help enable better outcomes for citizens, businesses and communities, as part of our aim to foster open innovation.

Schedule for the Weekend

Friday 2nd February: 18:00 - 22:00 – Challenge kick-off and networking

Saturday 3rd February: 08:00 - 22:00 – Development of solutions

Sunday 4th February: 08:00 - 19:00 – MVP selection, pitching, judging, prize giving

Please note: This is not an overnight hackathon.

CityVerve is delivered by a consortium of 21 partners from the public and private sectors, and is funded by Innovate UK.

This is event is delivered with support from Manchester Science Partnerships, Transport for Greater Manchester, and BT.

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an intensive event bringing together diverse skills, technologies, expertise and experience to identify problems, create solutions, and run with opportunities within a defined timeframe. It’s intense, immersive, productive, fast and thorough, and for this event we don’t stop there. We will be creating working prototypes and viable business propositions over the weekend, ready to take into incubation for real-world application in Cityverve’s functional national Smart City demonstrator, and global pitch.

What skills are you looking for?
Developers, designers, thinkers, business, legal, creatives, policymakers - whatever your skills, if you can apply them to a weekend with like-minded people solving problems, creating solutions and running with real-world opportunities to change the world, you are Hackathon gold. This event is also an ideal opportunity to expand your skillset, with workshops and industry mentors provided throughout.

What about food and drink?
Complimentary (and tasty!) food and drink is provided throughout the event - please let us know when you sign up if you have any dietary requirements.

What should I bring?
Bring your own laptop. Also bring any tech of your own that you would like to hack with - e.g. Raspberry Pi, Arduino, VR, voice, mobile devices, wearables, components, tools, modelling kit. We will be providing challenge-specific tech for hacking, but having kit to hand that you are already familiar with or are keen to explore further will help you get your project to prototype at speed.

Further information is available on the event page.