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 hackathon focused on fostering innovation and 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. CityVerve provided resources and expertise to help participants shape their IoT and smart cities solutions in a collaborative approach that to enable better outcomes for citizens, businesses and communities.
Congratulations to Sam Li (TfGM) and Sandra Stincic-Clarke (BT) and all the other contributors who made the Hackathon such a success. Five teams took part in a hotly-contested competition to address a number of key transport-related business challenges. Light My Way (@BikeLightMyWay) won the competition with an innovative smart bike light idea for safer route-funding: essentially, the light uses navigation information and other transport data to indicate automatically to cyclists themselves and to other road users where they should turn to get to their destinations. Routes could be optimised and valuable data fed back to the transport data hub.
Thanks to John Davies (BT) for a summary of the event and images.