Part of TfL’s commitment to open data and working in collaboration with key organisations to develop innovative solutions for our customers, we’re a partner for MasterCard’s three-day Trip Hack which launches on Friday June 3. Coding takes place on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday June 5 when the £10,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team.
What is Trip Hack?
More than 100 coders, designers and developers from all over the UK will take part in the three-day hackathon that is being run by London & Partners, with the backing of British Airways and Transport for London. MasterCard, British Airways and TfL will each give the teams access to their APIs for the duration of the hackathon.
MasterCard aim to “create a payments-enabled travel app that helps consumers making all kinds of journeys, whether they are day to day trips to their place of work, or even to holiday destinations further afield” and will be looking for innovative and creative solutions.
Coders will form teams of six and will be judged on their entries, with the winners taking the £10,000 prize and getting the chance to pitch their idea at London Tech Week, with business support from The Traveltech Lab.
Rikesh Shah, Lead Digital Relationship Manager will be there on Friday to launch the challenge with other colleagues from TfL, and Rikesh will also be on the judging panel on Sunday when the winning entry is decided.
Where and When?
Venue: The Trampery, 239 Old St, London EC1V 9EY. View on Google Maps
- Friday, June 3 – 6pm to 9.30pm: networking and team-building begins
- Saturday, June 4 – 9.30am: arrive for check-in and introductions with coding to begin at 11am
- Sunday, June 5 – 12pm to 4pm: coding ends and presentations to a panel of expert judges take place
“We are scouring London for the best talent, to help build a travel app that will enhance our journeys as consumers as we navigate our way from A to B. That doesn’t have to be within one city, it could be from one city to another. If we look at how contactless has changed the daily commute for Londoners, we are looking ahead to how future payment technology can unify transport systems for the greater benefit of the user. The hack builds on MasterCard’s efforts to find, develop and launch new commerce applications for a generation that thinks differently about money and payments. ”
Elliott Goldenberg, Head of Digital Payments at MasterCard UK & Ireland
“Millions of people every day use apps powered by our free open data to check the Tube, find a bus or see how the roads are running. We are keen to work with a wide range of partners to see how this data can deliver further benefits to customers and road users and this ‘Hackathon’ is a really helpful step in making that happen.”
Phil Young, Head of Online for Transport for London