Further to the Shakespeare Review which used TfL’s open data activity as a case study in 2013, we asked Deloitte to carry out a more comprehensive study on the value of open data to our customers, users and London overall.
It’s great to see so many customer-facing apps using TfL’s open data. With over 600 apps in areas of public transport, active travel and healthier streets, we are continually focused on releasing new data.
There are lots of people involved in the ecosystem, ranging from app developers and start-ups to accelerator programmes.
Back in March I posted this blog about Nitrous and their accelerator programme, which was focusing on some key transport challenges, and asking for applications to the programme. This short video looks at some of the participants in the accelerator programme, filmed at the event at City Hall on Thursday 22 June, as guests were treated to an evening of presentations and networking.
It was great to be part of London Tech Week through the excellent Hack Day on Friday June 16, put together by the teams at Ticketmaster and Transport for London. With over 600 apps powered by our data in the market place, I always look forward to these events as it allows me to raise awareness of TfL’s open data approach providing the opportunity for organisations and individuals to develop their own creative solutions.
This has helped to form new businesses, create jobs and launch new customer-facing travel products, giving customers more choice on their devices. A great part of this process is that this type of event is open to everyone at no cost, so we saw students, corporate professionals, freelancers, academics and participants from other sectors.
As part of London Tech Week, TfL are teaming up with the market-leading ticketing company in the UK, Ticketmaster, to host a hackathon at their London HQ. Bring your ideas to life at the London Hack Day, hosted by TfL and Ticketmaster on Friday June 16.
It’s great to see that there are now over 600 apps using TfL’s datasets to develop customer facing products, and these products have a huge role to play in helping people to move around the capital. The Digital Partnerships team at TfL continues to engage with developers through this blog, the recently launched Tech Forum, as well supporting the introduction of new data with recent examples including Cycle Superhighways, Cycle Quietways and busiest times at stations. We are also looking at ways to improve our data based on your feedback.
London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but whilst we have made progress on accessibility, we recognise there is an enormous amount of work still to do.
We are delighted that Nitrous London is shaping an accelerator programme this spring, focusing on some key transport challenges. Nitrous London work closely with fast growing startups bringing them to focus on a wide range of challenges in different industries from finance, transport to technology.
Nitrous London is looking for later stage start ups who currently or in the future can contribute to maximising capacity on the public transport network and/or across London’s roads. Ideally, the start-up would be open to using TfL’s data available at api.tfl.gov.uk
The programme supports sector agnostic companies to validate their proposition within TfL and the wider mobility market, including access to senior decision makers from industry. This will help establish product/market fit and pave the way for future collaborations.
I thought this might interest some of you and if it sounds like it’s worth exploring, please visit http://www.nitrous.london/programmes/#/mobility/ or contact Nitrous London at team@Nitrous.London for more information.
Applications should be received by Friday 24 March to be considered.
Future Cities Catapult & Amazon Web Services (AWS) are bringing top innovators together to work on the future of UK cities and UK citizen services, with the London Innovation Series from January 23-27. Join the London Innovation Series, where I will be amongst a large number of presenters, to learn how to build digital services for cities and government in a new and fresh way.