Overview

Update:

  1. Results have been announced, you can check your status here https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/he-public-data/winners-PRI%20(2)66d33ee.pdf
  2. Teams are being shortlisted for running pilots and they will be updated soon.
  3. Details about on how to claim your prize will be updated soon.

In the last 5 years, the increasing traffic in the city of Bangalore and the decreasing public safety has become a big concern. According to the WRI Cities, Bangalore has a vehicle for every two people leading to severe traffic congestion. About 3.5 lakhs vehicles are added annually which mounts to 1000 vehicles per day. Traffic congestion alone costs Bangalore about 5% of its economic output.

You can access the BMTC Data & API for Urban Hack 2015 here - http://hck.re/7QtaKf.
Sample crime data for the hackathon can be downloaded here - http://hck.re/BliBjD.
You can get Geocoded Bangalore household data and other datasets for Bangalore here : http://hck.re/SEF3BW

If we look at safety data, from the late 70s, the overall rate of burglary has reduced by a whopping 79%. A lot of this can be attributed to the advancement in home security technology. However, over the same time period, murder has increased by 7% and kidnapping has increased by 47%.

This rapid urbanization has resulted in increased commute times and loss of productivity among the working class, compounding the threat of widening income inequality and recurrent crimes as the urban landscape of the city is fast spreading in all directions.

To answer that,Bangalore City Police, and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation,along with the NASSCOM have teamed up with HackerEarth and WRI Cities to kindle the smart minds of India. We’re conducting a hackathon to build technology solutions for social impact. Urban Hack will be the first-ever smart city hackathon aimed at improving transportation, crime prevention and public safety through the use of technology.We invite all enthusiastic developers to participate in this 32 hours hackathon that will be held both online and offline.

The NASSCOM 10k warehouse in Bangalore will host participants who wish to choose an offline venue, and others can participate online on HackerEarth. Here is the google form link for offline venue confirmation: http://goo.gl/forms/i4bD4cEzpe

The winners of the hackathon will be rewarded cash prizes worth INR 5 lakhs and will get to work closely with the Bangalore City Police and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation to pilot the applications.They will also get to showcase their applications before seed investors and prominent VCs and win an opportunity to qualify for the NASSCOM 10k program.

Supporting this hackathon are IBM and Xerox. IBM is sponsoring the awards for the winners and Xerox is providing participants with access to transport APIs.

RSVP at : http://hck.re/DsibPR

Themes

Road safety

In India, road accidents account for over 100,000 deaths annually, and over 500,000 serious injuries. This data is from 2013. As per 2014 data, the number increased by 15%, and the trend for 2015 isn’t reducing. There are many factors that are behind road accidents, and data and technology can play a vital role in reducing them. Be it at the driver’s end, where technologies like assistive breaking on cars, or smart cameras on signals or even software for better surveillance; all of these can help in imporving road safety.
What can you build?

Public transport

Public transport is going to be the backbone for any densely populated area. Buses are still going to be able to transport more people from one place to another while occupying a significantly lesser area per person than any other mode of transport. Metro rails more so. How can technology make sure that all citizens are aware of the offering of the public transport? There still isn’t a dedicated inclusive public transport route planner and this is just one of the many problems that can be solved by technology. What do you have in mind?

Women safety

Crime against women is at a nauseating high across the world. Be it on the streets, public transport or even the internet, violence against women is on the rise. However, cyber awareness apps and early warning systems have helped in curbing this problem. However, it is time for technology to step up. How can you employ technology in our day to day lives, to make sure that violence against women doesn’t happen again or at least the offender doesn’t go unpunished?

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Prizes

1st Prize

1 Team - Cash prize of INR 2 Lakh

2nd Prize

1 team - cash prize of INR 1 Lakhs

3rd Prize

1 Team - 2 iPads

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