All posts by Rikesh Shah

Rikesh Shah is the Head of Commercial Innovation at Transport for London

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TfL continues to engage the developer community

Start-ups and SMEs can bring lots of value to large organisations and TfL is no exception. Through our open data activity, there are over 600 apps in London using TfL data with an incredible 13,700 registered users of our open data. This has generated an economic benefit of up to £130m per year in terms of customer, TfL and city wide value through new businesses being developed by using TfL’s open data.

It’s vital that TfL continues to engage with the app developer community, academics and others through promoting the right challenges, access to the right people and tools, and continually seeking feedback from our open data users. I know we do this through several channels such as the Tech Forum, events and this blog but I’m hoping that we do some more. So, it was great to be involved in two events this weekend:

At TfL, we’re committed to engaging with the developer community to continue to help with the creation of innovative travel tools

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New study quantifies value of open data to London

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.

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There are more than 600 apps powered by TfL’s open data, and these are used by as much as 42% of Londoners.

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Accelerator programme for mobility start-ups

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.

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Nitrous TfL Showcase Evening

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. 

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Ticketmaster and TfL Hack Day

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.


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June 16: TfL and Ticketmaster London Hack Day

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.

Join us at our hack day in association with Ticketmaster on June 16, part of London Tech Week

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Your App – Use of TfL Design and Logos

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.

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If your app is using TfL’s registered trademarks or intellectual property, you should amend your design

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Devs – Can You Help Us Provide Better Accessibility Info?

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.

It’s important that wheelchair users know if a station is step-free, and if it is, whether the lifts are working that day.

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Accelerate Your Idea With Nitrous London

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.