The London Data City | Data Nation challenge was launched on the morning of Tuesday 12 April at an event hosted by Digital Catapult. The launch event outlined the context and details of the 6 month-long challenge being undertaken by teams in London and Singapore, starting with the Transport and Mobility challenge that runs until Monday 16 May.
In partnership with TfL, the Greater London Authority and Ford, Digital Catapult are setting challenges based around 2 key questions:
Public Transport Challenge
How can we accurately identify, filter and characterise transportation delay events across large-scale, dynamic, multi-modal transportation systems?
Enabling users to make seamless progress towards their destination. People need help to very quickly identify breaks in the system and need greater help for decision making in case the system breaks and when to abandon their plans for a better option. Participants need to choose data sources (from sandbox or beyond) to achieve the end goal.
Road Network Challenge
How can we enhance customer service and experience across London’s road network?
Through Data City | Data Nation we intend to deliver new technology solutions that help understand and predict events on London’s road network and go about enhancing the overall customer experience whilst travelling that network. TfL will provide SCOOT traffic data (described in more detail here) to participants of the challenge that is not yet publicly available.
We’ll update this blog as key milestones in the challenge are met, and will of course announce the winners in May. Good luck to all taking part!
Setting the scene for the challenge
There were many expert speakers setting the context and details of the challenge, and their presentations are summarised below.
Rikesh Shah, Lead Relationship Manager at TfL, introduced our open data policy and what data would be released for the challenge
Introduction – Chirdeep Chhabra, Digital Catapult
- Digital Catapult’s 4 main areas of focus: Sharing of data between organisations, personal data, content and licensed data and data generated across the Internet of Things
- Data City | Data Nation overview: Brings together London and Singapore and private sector closed data in a sandbox for innovation, 6 months duration for the whole challenge. Transport and Mobility starts today
- Aim is to produce new insight into public services and private products
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